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Neighbourhood Profile

Mount Royal in Calgary is made up of the communities of Upper Mount Royal and Lower Mount Royal. Located just down the hill from one of Calgary’s most prestigious and sought-after communities, Lower Mount Royal is where the well-heeled and the everyday people come together to eat, drink, shop, and socialize.

While lacking in the high-profile glitz and glamour of the mansions up the hill, Lower Mount Royal has character and charm to spare. There is an abundance of housing options on offer from higher density low-rise apartment buildings to townhomes and turn-of-the-century single family homes.

17th Avenue SW was christened the “Red Mile” following the Calgary Flames impromptu playoff run in the Spring of 2004 which resulted in throngs of fans draped in red jerseys taking to the street after every game. While those raucous celebrations were over a decade ago, the Red Mile remains one of Calgary’s favorite gathering places.

The best things about Lower Mount Royal

Cocktail Lounges
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Social Gathering Places

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Mount Royal Location

Lower Mount Royal is located in the Calgary South-West. See the map of the Lower Mount Royal area and landmarks.

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The Location and Transportation

Lower Mount Royal is located just below Mount Royal to the South and bordered to the North by the “Red Mile” 17th Avenue SW – one of Calgary most premier shopping, dining, and entertainment districts. Cliff Bungalow and Mission to the East and 14th Street and Bankview to the West round out the surrounding communities.

The preferred method of transportation for Lower Mount Royal residents is walking and cycling. 17th Avenue SW is easily reachable on foot and offers all of the vital services a homeowner might need. Calgary Transit offers numerous bus routes servicing 17th Avenue SW, 14th Street SW, and 4th Street SW in Mission with destinations in the Downtown core, inner-city communities, and beyond.

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Commute Times

To Downtown Calgary

8 mins 20 mins

To Calgary International Airport (YYC)

30 mins 70 mins

Mount Royal Real Estate

There are a wide variety of real estate options on offer in Lower Mount Royal. Comprising only 2% of the resale market, the remaining single-family properties were mostly built in the 1910’s – 1920’s and a lot have been extensively renovated to create beautiful character homes. In the 1960’s and 1970’s many of these original houses were taken down to make way for higher density low-rise apartment buildings. These apartments make up a large portion of the real estate market in the community to this day. Their proximity to entertainment and social gathering places combined with relative affordability make them very attractive to a new generation of first-time homeowners.

With such a prime location, rental units are popular after as savvy landlords know the vibrancy and youthful energy of the community will always make it an attractive option for tenants. Rather than traditional rental accommodations, many investors are now seeking opportunities for short term rentals appealing to Calgarians and visitors looking to be close to the heart of the action on party weekends and holidays.

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Mount Royal Community Highlights

There is perhaps no better way to appreciate the eclectic lifestyle that Lower Mount Royal offers then to enjoy a beer on a patio along 17th Avenue on a sunny Summer day watching the world go by. Those who prefer a more active lifestyle can window shop up and down the strip or find a quitter place to sit and reflect along the banks of the Elbow river in nearby Mission.

When the Calgary Flames are doing well or the Stampede rolls through town every July, prepare to share your favorite watering hole with thousands of your closest friends as Lower Mount Royal becomes the go-to place to celebrate and let loose.


People and Lifestyle

The lifestyle of Lower Mount Royal can best be described as “urban”. One of Calgary’s true inner-city communities, the area attracts a wide range of demographics and social-economic classes. It is not uncommon to be sharing a spot at a bar or coffee shop with students, Downtown business people, musicians, and artists.

The best part about the vibe is that it is unpretentious and welcoming regardless of what style of life you might be into.

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Shopping, Restaurants & Nightlife in Lower Mount Royal

The 17th Avenue Retail & Entertainment District (RED) has over 400 unique shops, eateries, services, and more to explore. Set in a lively outdoor environment the “Red Mile” spans 17th Avenue SW between 2nd and 14th Street SW – close to Downtown and Stampede Park. Boutique shops, fine-dining restaurants, lively lounges and inspirational cafes mix to create Calgary’s most popular lifestyle destination. There are also a host of salons and spas, business offices, and services that include everything from tailors to dentists.

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The Ship and Anchor Pub

The Ship and Anchor Pub is possibly Calgary’s favorite patio. Whether it is mid-July or mid- January in the midst of a Chinook, if the temperature is co-operating you will find the Ship patio packed with locals soaking up the beer and the atmosphere. Too cold for patio weather? Come inside for the live music and vibrant atmosphere of one of Calgary’s best known social gathering places.

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Trolley 5

Trolley 5 filled the gap left by the departure of a “Red Mile” mainstay Melrose Café in 2015. With big shoes to fill, this inhouse tap room and micro-brewery delivered fantastic beer and great food to the people. A lively gathering place for the after-work crowd, the menu is diverse and delicious and the local craft on tap is sure to please any palate. If you are looking for a more unique experience, they also offer brewery tours and tastings.

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Una Pizza and Wine

Una Pizza and Wine brands themselves as a neighborhood restaurant serving Californian influenced cuisine, thin crust pizzas, wine, and as much local product as they can get.

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Purr Fine Clothing and Accessories

Purr Fine Clothing and Accessories offers men’s and women’s fashion and accessories.

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Analog Coffee

Analog Coffee is Lower Mount Royal’s resident hipster coffee house. Afterall, every inner-city urban community needs one. Each detail of the guest experience is considered, calculated, and very intentional, from the décor, vibe, and food, to the coffee itself.

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17th Avenue

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Parks & Recreation in Mount Royal

Lower Mount Royal Parks and Recreation

A short peddle or walk from the heart of Lower Mount Royal is the Elbow river pathway system with kilometers of interconnected paved pathways along the peaceful and serene banks of the river. If you are looking for something a little more structured and high energy, try popping into one of the neighborhood gyms or spin studios.

Good Life Fitness

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One Cycle

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Schools in Lower Mount Royal

Lower Mount Royal Elementary Schools

Earl Grey School (Mount Royal)

Calgary Board of Education
Kindergarten – 6
845 Hillcrest Ave SW
t: 403-777-8570
e: [email protected]

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Lower Mount Royal Secondary and Post-Secondary Schools

Mount Royal Junior High School

Calgary Board of Education
Grades 7 – 9
2234 14 St SW
t: 403-777-7980

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Western Canada High School

Calgary Board of Education
Grades 10 – 12
641 17th Ave SW
t: 403-228-5363
e: [email protected]

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