Take a Stroll Through Bridgeland
The heart of Bridgeland is its vibrant main street. Home to dozens of independent businesses, cafes, restaurants and historic buildings that give this neighborhood its small-town feel. Along the stretch of First Avenue between 12A Street and Edmonton Trail you’ll find Calgary’s oldest independent pharmacy, a cult-favorite ramen shop, one of Calgary’s first fire halls, murals, public plazas and plenty of character. Venture off the main-drag and you’ll find parks, community gardens, and a whole lot of charm in one of Calgary’s oldest inner-city neighborhoods.
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Bridgeland Market on 1st Avenue NW
Your New Urban Village
to the restaurants on Bridgeland’s vibrant main street.
to the beautiful Bow River and the River Walk which connects to the longest paved urban pathway system on the continent.
to downtown via car, and 10 minutes during peak hours via the LRT.
to the Bridgeland LRT station which connects to SAIT, the University of Calgary, and downtown.
Some of Calgary's Best Restaurants
Dominion’s residents unquestionably have some of Calgary’s best restaurants at their doorstep. Here is just a taste:
Blue Star Diner
Blue Star describes their take on diner food as a fresh twist on age-old recipes. You’ll find the restaurant bustling at any hour, as they offer all-day meals that accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.
Lil Empire + Made By Marcus
The shared, sunny, west-facing patio is sure to be busy on sunny afternoons and evenings. Lil’ Empire is the restaurant arm of local butcher and charcuterie maker, Empire Provisions, who believe that sustainable, well-pre-pared food can also be affordable. Made by Marcus is known for their out-of-the-ordinary take on ice cream. Recent flavours include Matcha Tea & Yuzu, Coffee Cuban Cigar and Mandarin Olive Oil Cake.
The restaurant’s name in Japanese means “four seasons noodle house”, and its new location has a patio for warmer months. This lunch only spot is owned and operated by the father-son team of Tsukasa and Koki Aihara. Try the Chili Goma Ramen or one of their new take-away chicken katsu sandwiches.
Blue Star Diner
An Interview with
Bike & Brew
What’s your favourite part about being in this neighbourhood?
I love the community spirit of Bridgeland. Since day one we have been welcomed with open arms. It feels like a real family where the community is proud of living here.
Why do Bridgeland residents need a bicycle?
With the recent pandemic, people have realized or confirmed how great getting on a bike can be. A bike ride is something you can do as a family or as a solo mission. With the new cycling network and river pathways so close to Bridgeland, it has never been easier and safer to leave right from your house and enjoy hundreds of kilometers of paths. Calgary also has an amazing snow removal program when it comes to the bike lanes, allowing Calgarians to ride their bikes year round.
Care to share any hidden gems in the area?
I think the viewpoint from Scotsman Hill is the best in Calgary. And if you’re looking for some unique single track mountain biking, check out all the hard work that the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance has done along the trails heading north from Scotsman Hill.
If people don’t need a bike, why should they pop into the shop?
How about sipping an amazing Fratello coffee on our patio? Enjoying a delicious sandwiches or pizza from Peppino’s? A fresh pastry from Corbeaux? What about a nice cold beer or cider from one of Calgary’s local breweries or cideries? If any of the above don’t get you, simply stop by and say hi and enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Travis Ferguson, co-owner, Bike and Brew
Enjoying Every Season Out-of-Doors
Spring — Enjoy the bustle of Bridge- land’s plaza on a weekend. People watch with a coffee and a loan from one the many Little Free Libraries in the ‘hood.
Summer — Beat the heat and dip your feet in the beach area on St. Patrick’s Island. After, get a cone at one of Bridgeland’s many ice cream spots.
Fall — Calgary’s autumn is famously short, so when the sky is blue in October, find a friend, furry or otherwise, and enjoy the changing leaves in one of the neighbour- hood’s many parks.
Winter — Grab your skates and hit the community skating rink in Murdoch Park. And to warm up in February, many cafes along First Avenue take part in YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, which raises funds for Meals On Wheels.