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Fresh ideas for Calgary's most iconic street

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The future of Stephen Avenue

Fresh ideas for Calgary's most iconic street

Stephen Avenue is one of Calgary’s busiest, most animated, and recognizable streets. The avenue means different things to different people. For some, Stephen Avenue is Calgary’s premiere hospitality and retail destination. For others, it’s a pedestrian friendly environment to take a walk, to people watch, and socialize. It is also a historic destination, containing the highest concentration of historic buildings in the entire city. For some, it’s a cultural hub, connecting Calgarians and visitors with some of the city’s most prominent cultural facilities. It is this diversity that makes Stephen Avenue attractive to so many people, and a focal point of Calgary’s Centre City.

Because most office workers leave the core at the end of the day, Stephen Avenue is not the vibrant, animated space on weekends and evenings that it is during the day. This is Stephen Avenue’s greatest challenge — drawing people in for more than just a place to go for lunch or after work. The City is focused on creating an experience that will draw people in at all times of day, every day of the year.​​​​

For detailed information about the project, please refer to the project design brief​, as well as our project library below.

Project Update:

The City of Calgary and the Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) are pleased to announce that Gehl (San Francisco), Stantec (Calgary), James Lima Planning and Development (New York), Toole Design Group (Edmonton), and Live Work Learn Play (Toronto) have been selected as the consultants tasked with helping The City and CDA define the future of Stephen Avenue.

This interdisciplinary team of local and international experts will work with The City and CDA to evaluate what works well, what could be improved, and envision what the future experience of Stephen Avenue should be from 11 Street S.W. to Olympic Plaza. 

The team’s work will focus on extending the energy and vibrancy of the pedestrian mall westward; encouraging private investment and redevelopment downtown; and creating short and long-term improvement strategies that can be implemented by both the City and private investors to make Stephen Avenue better for Calgarians and visitors. Ultimately, this work will help make Calgary more attractive for recruiting new businesses downtown in light of the economic downturn, and promote urban vibrancy and economic activity in the core.

Through the selection process, the project team were the clear choice for this project through their combination of international expertise and local knowledge in people friendly design, economic development, transportation, and understanding what makes great, resilient cities. 

Work begins this month and will include a robust research phase to understand existing conditions, development of options for public input, and a robust plan for improvements in the short, medium and long terms. For more detailed information about the project team and the consultant selection process, please read ourFAQ.

Rethinking Stephen Avenue


This project will aim to:

  • Extend the energy and liveliness of the pedestrian mall westward along 8 Avenue S.W.
  • Establish a new vision for Stephen Avenue that creates opportunities for private investment and redevelopment
  • Create short and long-term strategies that can be implemented over time to make Stephen Avenue better for Calgarians and visitors

In 2018, The City asked Calgarian’s to consider how they use Stephen Avenue and to let us know what they like about it, what they don’t like and what areas need improvement. We wanted to learn more about the public life and public space of Stephen Avenue to build a foundation for this project. To learn more about this public engagement, please visit the project’s Engage page.

Project library

The list of plans, policies, and documents below will help guide The City’s project team to develop the Stephen Avenue Streetscape Master Plan.​​

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