Located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, Inglewood bears the distinction of being Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood, dating back to the late 1800’s. It is a community with a rich history and even today one can see vestiges of its past. The development of Inglewood’s industrial base, including Pat Burn’s meat packing plant and A.E. Cross’ Calgary Brewery attracted people to the community in the early 1900’s .
Having been established adjacent to Fort Calgary in 1875, the founding of the community was led by Major John Stewart, Acheson Irvine and James Macleod, including the development of 9 Ave. S.E. (formerly named Atlantic Avenue), which became the city of Calgary’s first authentic main street. Originally known as East Calgary or Brewery Flats, the community was not officially given the name ‘Inglewood’ until 1911, when it was named after the nearby homestead established by Col. James Walker.
Today, Inglewood is vibrant, eclectic and an ever-evolving arts and culture-filled district with more than 100 shops, boutiques, eateries, night markets and breweries attracting locals and tourists alike. To take in all the offerings along 9 Ave would be a 2-3 day extravaganza in itself and well worth every minute!
The community is also home to the Calgary Zoo, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Bow Habitat Station, Inglewood Wildlands Park and the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery.
There’s plenty of new life in Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood…