Explore Downtown - Victoria Park

#ExploreDowntownYYC Victoria Park

Rich with history, Victoria Park is one of Calgary’s oldest communities and was named after Queen Victoria in 1889. Victoria Park is now known as the events and culture district, easily accessible by foot or wheels. While exploring, you’ll find independent retailers, service providers, and cozy cafes tucked into historic buildings among innovative high-rises.

Food and drinks

Victoria Park is home to many restaurants that shape Calgary’s growing culinary scene. Here are some fan favourites and hidden gems.


Enjoy a Belgain waffle with your cappuccino at Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie & Bread Shop. Manuel Latruwe has been serving melt-in-your-mouth sweet and savory goods for over 20 years. For those who require vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and keto options, check out ZCREW Cafe. Each dish and cup is 100% handcrafted with locally sourced, free range ingredients.


Open 11 am – 11 pm daily, Ten Foot Henry offers a fun, family style dining experience with the option of enjoying their covered patio. Their menu is anchored with vegetables with fish and meat items as well. Offering a fun, playful take on classic diner staples is The Beltliner. This Victoria Park staple also has a to-go coffee counter featuring Fratello coffee as well as sandwiches, pastries and snacks.


Cardinale is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, don’t miss out on their homemade Italian dishes. Love Vietnamese food? Check out Lotus Vietnamese Noodle House. Their menu is filled with traditional soup, noodle, and rice dishes.


Offering 10 ‘always’ flavours and rotating seasonal flavours, Village Ice Cream whips up rich, dense, creamy flavours with fresh ingredients. Dairy sensitivity? Village also offers dairy free options! If you’ve never had a roll cake, you must check out KAN YOU CAKE. Based on French technique and Asian flavours, Kan You Cake focuses on quality ingredients and unique flavor combinations.

Events and culture

Victoria Park is home to Calgary Exhibition and Stampede as well as the Scotiabank Saddledome. If you missed the 2021 Stampede, be sure to check it out next year! The Saddledome is Calgary’s leader for entertainment excitement and is home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames, the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, and the NLL’s Calgary Roughnecks. In addition to sporting events, it also hosts concerts, conventions, and ice shows. Keep an eye out for upcoming games and visit their website for a schedule of upcoming games and events.

For live entertainment, you can also visit Yuk Yuk’s located inside the Elbow River Casino for a standup comedy show. Their pro-amateur open mic show’s take place on Wednesdays and bonus: free parking for patrons.

If you’re interested in art, add the Stride Gallery to your itinerary. Stride is a non-for-profit artist run centre that fosters community conversation and participation. Please note, current visits are by appointment only.

Visit A/Maze with your friends or family for an adventure none of you will forget. Located in the original Calgary Wine & Spirit Co., built in 1911, A/Maze is an immersive, real-life escape room. Each room is meticulously designed to provide a unique experience.

Shopping and services

In need of a new outfit? Check out New/ish, a local secondhand and vintage shop for all. Top off your experience at New/ish with a custom skin analysis and facial at Frida Beauty Bar.

With the widest selection in Canada, The Revente is an ambitious, female-led marketplace offering authenticated, designer resale. From Levis to Louis Vuitton, check them out if you’re looking to buy or sell some clothing or accessories.

Specializing in men’s and women’s apparel, O’Conners is owner operated and proudly local. Discover for yourself what discerning Calgarians have known for more than half a century—O'Connors is an unparalleled one-stop shopping experience.

Have a furry friend in your life and enjoy a good brew? Treat them and yourself to something special at Four Dogs Brewing.

Public Art and outdoor spaces

Haultain Park is nestled between Victoria Park and Calgary’s Beltline and was once the site of two historic schools. The original, smaller school was built in 1894 and was Calgary’s first sandstone school as well as the first school with electricity and running water. This school still remains and is now used as the office of Parks Foundation Calgary. Check out the old school and enjoy a game of tennis at their public courts. Other park features include benches and picnic tables.

Getting around

Driving and parking

Check out the newest feature on Calgary Parking's MyParking app.

The Local Deals feature in the app will connect you with exclusive local deals from businesses you know and love! The feature unlocks coupon codes that you can use at your favourite participating YYC businesses. There are also several public parking lots in the area, and street parking is free on Sundays, holidays, and weekdays after 6 p.m.

Public transit

You can also access Victoria Park via the Victoria Park/Stampede LRT station. For more information on Calgary city buses or the CTrain, including schedules, maps, passes and fares, visit Calgary Transit.

Walking, biking, scootering

Calgary is home to an extensive network of bike lanes, pathways and cycle tracks, many of which run through its downtown core with access to Victoria Park.

Once in Victoria Park, most shops and restaurants are accessible by walking or wheeling. Alternatively, you can rent a Bird or Neuron e-scooter. Make sure you download the app in advance and familiarize yourself with applicable laws, road rules and City by-laws.

We encourage you to safely explore Victoria Park and recommend you check ahead with restaurants and shops to ensure they are open and to learn what safety precautions are required before you go. To find out more about Victoria Park shops, services, and restaurants, visit their neighbourhood page.