Bordered by the meandering Elbow River to the south and west, Elbow Park is one of Calgary’s most picturesque and affluent inner-city communities. Large lots with expansive homes – some modern, some classic – define this elegant neighbourhood. With a premier sport and social club located right in the neighbourhood and lots of nearby park space, this family-oriented community sets the bar high!
Virtually all homes in Elbow Park are single-family style (there are no apartment-style buildings whatsoever), and over 90% of homes are owner-occupied. Much like the surrounding communities of Upper Mount Royal, Britannia, and Altadore, Elbow Park is known for its high property values. The average cost of a single-family home in Elbow Park hovered around $1,170,000 during the past three years, more than twice the citywide average.
Census data shows that Elbow Park is a community of families, especially those with school-aged children. The number of children between the ages of 4 and 15 is well above the citywide average, and there are comparatively few young adults (aged 25 to 34) living in the neighbourhood. A significant senior population is also at home in Elbow Park.
An indicator of the community’s wealth, the posh Glencoe Club provides private sport and social club services to Elbow Park residents. Although established in 1931, the club hosts modern golf simulators and fitness facilities. Children’s programs, an outdoor pool, premier dining facilities, and hobby groups round out the list of activities.
Elbow Park is well-positioned to take advantage of Calgary’s best shopping and dining districts. The community borders 4th Street to the northeast, a popular culinary destination with a variety of highly-rated restaurants. It’s also a twenty-minute walk or short drive to 17th Avenue, Calgary’s largest dining and retail district (also known for its nightlife!). Another twenty-minute walk northwest brings residents to even more great restaurants, cafes, and boutiques in Marda Loop.
Elbow Park also enjoys proximity to some of Calgary’s best inner-city park space. At Stanley Park, visitors will find tennis courts, lawn bowling facilities, picnic areas with BBQ stands, and an outdoor swimming pool. River Park offers a large off-leash dog area with beautiful river valley views, and Sandy Beach Park is a popular spot for picnics and a liftoff point for rafts and canoes on the Elbow River.
The Elbow Park Residents Association organizes volunteers to help keep the neighbourhood looking sharp (with pruning, weeding, and maintenance duties) and address community issues like traffic safety. It organizes regular social events throughout the year, including a unique “Movie in the Park” event completed with a beer garden and food trucks.
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LIVING IN ELBOW PARK
- Nearest C-Train Station: 39th Avenue (20- to 30-minute walk from most areas of Elbow Park)
- Easy access to Crowchild Trail, Macleod Trail, and Glenmore Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Safeway located near northeast of community (4th Street and Elbow Drive)
- Five-minute drive to local grocery market (Our Daily Brett) on 14th Street, Blush Lane Organic Market and several gourmet food stores (Springbank Cheese Co., Blue Door Oil and Vinegar, Tres Marias Mexican Food Market) in Marda Loop
- Five-minute drive to boutique clothing and specialty stores along 17th Avenue (Purr Clothing, Best Buy, Structube) and in Marda Loop (Crabapple Clothing Company, Valerienne, Clothing Bar Boutique Consignment Store)
Dining & Nightlife
- Independent restaurants with a variety of cuisines along 4th Street (Vin Room, Suzette Brittany Bistro, Mercato)
- Popular coffee shops (Monogram Coffee, Phil & Sebastian), specialty food stores (My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe, Cookie Occasion) and pubs (Merchants, Original Joe’s) in Marda Loop
- Restaurants (Cibo, Bread & Circus Trattoria, Model Milk) and cocktail bars (Betty Lou’s Library) on 17th Avenue
Health & Wellness
- Boutique fitness studios, salons and spas along 14th Street (Revive Lifestyle Fitness, Hello Gorgeous Skin Lab, The Fringe Hair and Esthetics)
- Medical clinics, dental clinics, holistic health centres, and drugstores in Marda Loop and along 4th Street
- Grades K-6: Earl Grey School (Regular), Elbow Park (Regular)
- Grades K-9: Rideau Park School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: Western Canada High School (Regular and French Immersion)
- Grades K-6: Holy Name School (French Immersion only), St. Gerard School (French Immersion only), John Costello Catholic School (Regular)
- Grades K-9: St. Michael School (French Immersion and Regular), St. Augustine School (Fine Arts), St. Matthew School (French Immersion and Regular)
- Grades 6-9: St. Gregory School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: St. Mary’s High School (Regular and Extended French, IB), Bishop Grandin School (Regular, Spanish Bilingual, Extended French)
- Grades K-9: Calgary Arts Academy
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THINGS TO DO IN ELBOW PARK
- Stanley Park: A popular destination for picnicking, this park sits along a picturesque bend of the Elbow River under tall, shady cedars and hemlocks. Visitors can wade in the river, try out the swimming pool, or take advantage of tennis and lawn bowling facilities.
- Marda Loop: Over 130 stores and restaurants are located along 33 Avenue SW, one of Calgary’s top shopping and dining destinations.
- River Park: River Park is located on a ridge overlooking the Elbow River, with excellent view of the downtown core. This park is most popular for its large off-leash dog area.
- Sandy Beach: Located along the Elbow River, Sandy Beach Park is a popular spot for picnics and launching rafts down the river (rafters can easily disembark an hour-long float down the river at Lindsay Park). The area is equipped with picnic areas, shelters, fire pits, and barbecue stands. Pathways run along both sides off the river, connected by a pedestrian bridge. A small hike up the east ridge offers great views of the river valley.
- Glenmore Athletic Park: This well-appointed athletic park features four soccer fields, three baseball diamonds, seven tennis courts, and an outdoor track. The Stu Peppard Arena, Glenmore Aquatic Centre, and Glenmore Velodrome are also located within the park.
- Calgary Golf & Country Club: Bordered by the Elbow River, the Calgary Golf & Country Club is the oldest private course in Alberta. Traditional etiquette is enforced and cell phones are not allowed on the course.