Experience Downtown - Victoria Park

Experience Downtown 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.

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

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.

Dinner

From sharing plates of great vegetables to burgers and for the adventurous, a 48oz rib-eye cooked over live charcoal, Briggs Kitchen + Bar is passionate about people and providing a cool environment. Love Vietnamese food? Check out Lotus Vietnamese Noodle House. Their menu is filled with traditional soup, noodle, and rice dishes.

Dessert

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 APT 22, a local boho boutique where you’re guaranteed find something that makes you look and feel stylish, and empowered. Top off your experience at APT 22 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 designing and crafting suits from scratch, St. Fox is an exclusive tailor of bespoke and made-to-measure clothing. Book an appointment online for your own hand-crafted garment.

Have a furry friend in your life? Treat them to something from Doggo YYC. Offering goods made in Canada, Doggo has food, treats, toys and accessories for your dog or cat.

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 the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) 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.


This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically. ​

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