Trendy inner city neighbourhood ideal for young professionals
Even though Mission is one of Calgary’s oldest communities, newer real estate developments and high-end businesses along popular 4th Street give this historic neighbourhood a trendy, upscale feel. Mission is located a comfortable walking distance from Calgary’s downtown core but is separated from the hubbub by the Beltline. Surrounded by the Elbow River and dotted with green spaces, Mission feels more residential than other inner city communities like Downtown East Village. It is also well appointed with a number of amenities such that residents will rarely have to leave the area for basic needs. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with other Missionites on the Elbow River pathways or at the popular indie coffee shop, Purple Perk. In this way, Mission maintains the distinct quality of a “city within a city,” reflecting its early beginnings.
Mission was one of the first non-indigenous settlements in the Calgary area. Originally a French Catholic mission, the area was incorporated as the Village of Rouleauville in 1899 and annexed by Calgary in 1907. Remnants of the community’s French Catholic history are preserved in the still-standing St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Parish Hall (now home to the Alberta Ballet’s dance studio) and Sacred Heart Convent.
As compared to inner city neighbourhoods like Inglewood and Bridgeland, Mission feels a bit more dense. Housing options are almost exclusively limited to apartment-style units, which make up 92% of residences in the area. Not surprisingly, Mission has a high percentage of renter-occupied residences, and generally attracts young professionals and active retirees. There are few families with children living in Mission and not many kid-friendly attractions. The Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association hosts events that are popular among the neighbourhood’s more mature crowd, including jazz nights and documentary film screenings.
Mission’s number one attraction is no doubt 4th Street — a mix of new and historic commercial buildings housing popular boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops. Although 4th Street offers a variety of amenities, it is perhaps most notable for exceptional restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines (Japanese-Italian fusion, Lebanese and French, to name a few). There are only a few pubs and wine bars mixed in along the way, making 4th Street a favourite spot for local foodies seeking a quiet dining experience. However, residents in search of nightlife need only walk five to ten minutes northwest to reach a number of popular bars on lively 17th Avenue.
Another major drawing feature of Mission is Lindsay Park, situated on the Elbow River and filled with winding pathways and shady picnic areas. Lindsay Park is particularly popular during summertime because the Elbow River’s slow current allows for swimming, wading and rafting. Although the park is well-lit at night, residents should be aware that occasional drinking and drug use is known to take place in certain areas.
Lindsay Park is also home to Repsol Sport Centre — a multi-sports recreational complex that includes an indoor track, aquatic centre and fitness facilities. The centre hosts several professional and amateur sporting events throughout the year and offers a number of fitness programs.
It’s not difficult to see why Mission attracts active, social young professionals: the community checks off more that a few top priorities, including proximity to the downtown core, good restaurants, top fitness facilities and the city’s best nightlife. But what sets Mission apart from other urban communities is that it still feels like a quiet, residential community despite its prime inner city location. Large trees, green spaces and the Elbow river will have buyers falling in love with this urban-yet-homey community.
LIVING IN MISSION
- 5-15 minute walk to Erlton/Stampede C-Train Station
- Bus routes 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 90, 449, 698, 771
Groceries & Shopping
- Local supermarkets and nearby organic food stores (Safeway, Amaranth Whole Foods Market)
- Boutique clothing and gift stores (Field Study, Cinder & Sage, Kricket’s Gift Shop)
- Short drive or transit ride to downtown CORE Shopping Centre
Dining & Nightlife
- 4th Street boasts a number of highly-rated, independent restaurants with a variety of cuisines (Mercato, Suzette Brittany Bistro, Aida’s Bistro, Rajdoot, and Anejo, to name just a few!)
- Local pubs and wine bars (Wurst, James Joyce, Vin Room)
Health & Wellness
- Repsol Sport Centre
- Boutique fitness studios (Yoga Santosha, Barre Belle Studio, One Cycle Spin Studio)
- Walk-in medical clinic and several drugstores
- Many specialized healthcare services are provided at the Holy Cross Centre and neighbouring private facilities
CONDOMINIUMS IN MISSION
THINGS TO DO IN MISSION
- Lindsay Park and Repsol Sport Centre
- Elbow River and bike paths
- Scotiabank Saddledome: Home to the Calgary Flames, the Saddledome also hosts concerts and Stampede events. Dutton’s Canadian Lounge, located within the arena, is a favourite restaurant and bar for local sports fans.
- BMO Centre and Stampede Park: Calgary’s largest exhibition centre is host to wine and beer festivals, trades expos and conventions.
- Lilac Festival: One of the city’s first major summer festivals, Lilac Festival draws Calgarians to 4th Street each year in early June to experience outdoor music acts, artisan vendors, local talent and beer gardens.
- Restaurants, bars and shopping at 4th Street and 17th Avenue