When a community has 142 years worth of stories to draw on, you know that it will be a very interesting place. Featured on the Amazing Race Canada, one of the film locations for the series Fargo, Inglewood is more than just history; it is a stunning mix of old, new and remarkable uniqueness.
While it played a key role in the development of Calgary, over the years, Inglewood has accumulated an ever-growing collection of unique shops, as well as created and enhanced pathways and scenic vistas with many places to relax, meet people and enjoy this enchanting neighbourhood.
Inglewood’s History is Calgary’s History
Founded in 1875 across the Elbow River from Fort Calgary, it is this city’s oldest neighbourhood, with 9th avenue being Calgary’s first main street. What was created and then blossomed as East Calgary or Brewery Flats became officially referred to as “Inglewood” 36 years later, taking the name from a nearby homestead.
From that point the district evolved over the years into the thriving culture, leisure, dining and shopping hub that we know and appreciate today.
Not even the devastating Calgary flood that saw the area placed under mandatory evacuation order, could stop the continued evolution of Inglewood, which rebuilt and persevered.
Unique Spaces, Cool Places
To list all the wonderful aspects of Inglewood would make this a book instead of a blog.
Visiting Inglewood is never the same visit twice. Yes, there is that much to take in.
Walking down 9th. Avenue and streets around it, you will encounter a wide variety of one-of-a-kind shops that you will just not find anywhere else.
Like Recordland, the iconic new and used vinyl and compact disc shop or the amazing Kent of Inglewood, focusing primarily on gentlemen clientele and their grooming needs, even offering straight razor shaving classes!
For the live music lover, Inglewood is a big part of the Music Mile, with the Ironwood Stage & Grill, plus the Blues Can, being two key venues to enjoy local talent and touring musicians from all over the world.
Food Glorious Food
From the gourmet fare found at Rouge to the comfort food classics of Spolumbo’s, as well as the Inglewood Drive-In, where you will find one of the best burgers you’ll ever taste (and forever after crave) plus other delicious fare. Your culinary tour will take several visits to complete, as virtually every type and style of food is well represented here.
For the budding Chef, a trip to the Silk Road is an absolute must, with spices and seasonings that will boost the dishes you create for your next dinner party into the stratosphere! For a cup of pure joy, a stop at Tea Traders will bring you exotic and plentiful tea flavours from around the world that will make you savor every pot you brew.
If shopping is your mission, check out the Calgary-Inglewood website for a complete list of all the places you need to visit.
The district is also home to great events, giving you even more to see and do. Featuring the popular night markets, concerts and of course the popular Christmas in Inglewood, which will definitely become a yearly tradition.
Any day, any season, Inglewood is the destination that never disappoints Calgary’s singles; couples or families- there truly is something for everyone. It will bring you a sense of our history and the cultures that created it and continue to expand on what it has to offer. Prepare to be amazed.
Must see Inglewood locations:
The Calgary Zoo
The Livery Shop
Inglewood Bird sanctuary
Bow Habitat Station & Fish Hatchery
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