Area Guide


The confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, where East Village now stands, was once the traditional land of the Blackfoot Nation, prior to the arrival of American fur traders around 1840.

In 1875, to curb the whiskey trade that had begun to move into the area, the Northwest Mounted Police established Fort Brisebois, which later became Fort Calgary.

By the time Calgary began to boom in 1906, East Village was a vibrant community, a mix of residential, commercial, service, institutional and industrial activity. 

Eventually the area fell into decline, first as large foundries took over from family-run blacksmiths, then as unsavoury elements took over the community, until the city medical officer of health declared East Village to be a “skid row” in 1941.

Urban renewal schemes of the 1960’s brought widespread demolition to East Village. Aside from the construction of a few mid-rise towers, East Village was largely neglected until 2008 when CMLC was formed.

Since 2009 when EV developer, CMLC, was formed, $357 million in infrastructure improvements has kick-started the revitalization of East Village. In the short time since then, the master-planned neighbourhood has become a vibrant, growing community, with an award-winning RiverWalk, public art, parks and streetscapes, and construction of new homes and bridges.


How does simmons look now?
simmons building

Update animation (2016) of East Village Master Plan
todays East Village
  • 2016 marks the 'Year of Construction' as this will be the heaviest year of construction to date with some 4 projects breaking ground. 

  • EV master developer, CMLC, has invested $357 million into the revitalization of EV

what's the future for east village?