The public spaces of East Village, from the two kilometres of RiverWalk™ to urban parks and heritage buildings, are an invitation to explore every corner of our urban village. Our bridges and pathways connect EV to other Calgary neighbourhoods in world-class style, our various innovative parks are places to relax in the urban rush, and our carefully-restored historic buildings are a reminder of EV's roots as Calgary's first neighbourhood. For a map of the neighbourhood, click here
Calgarians love RiverWalk. Hundreds of fresh air enthusiasts run, cycle and stroll along the award-winning pathway every day.
And no wonder. Dedicated pedestrian and cycle lanes wind their way along the edges of the Bow and Elbow rivers, dotted by restful benches nestled among naturalized vegetation.
Just a skipping stone bridge away from East Village, St. Patrick’s Island offers residents a beautifully revitalized 31-acre backyard. Since reopening in summer 2015, nature lovers, families and urban explorers alike have reveled in the natural beauty that has been restored through mindful renewal and a landscape design approach that nurtures the bond between people and nature.
When the George C. King Bridge (formerly St. Patrick's Bridge) opened in October 2014, it became a symbol of the new connection between East Village and downtown Calgary and the community of Bridgeland, north of the Bow River. It also symbolized the easy hop, skip and jump that East Villagers have to their backyard playground of St. Patrick’s Island.
East Village’s smallest connector (just 65 metres long) is making a big difference. The simple and elegant Elbow River Traverse connects East Village with Inglewood and Ramsay, allowing a daily stream of cyclists, walkers and runners to safely cross the Elbow River, avoiding the busy Inglewood 9th Avenue Bridge.
5th Street Square
East Village’s smallest urban park, 5th Street Square, provides a little breathing room in the middle of a busy day. The neighbourhood plaza at the intersection of 7 Avenue and 5 Street SE invites busy passersby to step off the street and rest awhile on one of the jauntily angled benches or have a quick meet-up with friends.
Tree-lined on both sides, 5th Street Square is the perfect place to stop and and take in the activity of life in East Village. This multi-purpose space also plays host to vibrant community gatherings, such as food truck events, seniors' programs, and holiday festivities.
Crossroads is the final puzzle piece in the pedestrian pathway that links key elements of East Village: the George C. King Bridge, RiverWalk, the Riff pedestrian street and Fort Calgary. The Crossroads area contains a children’s playground a thriving community garden, an apple orchard, and the Wheel of Women installation.
Celebration Square, or C-Square, is the second East Village urban square to offer you a breather in the midst of your busy day. Located at 4 Street and 7 Avenue SE, it is perfectly situated to provide a mid-day sunshine break to folks in nearby offices or residents returning home from downtown. A curved stretch of wooden bench offers ample seating, a small stage allows a variety of programming, and the veil's architectural baffles animate the movement of passing trains.
Set against the backdrop of the picturesque George C. King Bridge and the natural beauty of the Bow River, the EV Music Pavilion – gifted to the City of Calgary by Quebec City - adds another layer of programmable public gathering space along EV’s popular RiverWalk.
As Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood, East Village is home to a handful of heritage buildings. Historic landmarks from the turn of the previous century, these hardworking icons contain colourful histories within their walls. We are committed to preserving their stories.
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.