Bridgeland/Riverside is both an historic inner-city community that encapsulates Calgary’s story of immigration, and a hot up-and-comer with great restaurants and a multi-cultural vibe.
The neighbourhood can be found on the north side of the Bow River, just northeast of the downtown core. Riverside is a fitting and obvious name because of its geography, while “Bridgeland” was coined due to the nearby operations of the Dominion Bridge Company in the 20th century.
Established in 1914, this area was the first home of many new Canadians from Germany, the Ukraine and Italy.
Working-class to the core through the 1900s, these days the community has great international restaurants and specialty food stores, as well as quick access to neighbouring Renfrew’s upscale diners and oyster bars – features that draw the eyes of many newcomers to Calgary.
The city’s extensive river pathway system runs adjacent to Bridgeland/Riverside, and there are city-run tennis courts and playing fields just off of First Avenue NE.
Bridgeland/Riverside’s main entry points by road are Edmonton Trail (running north to south) and Memorial Boulevard (which runs east to west and borders the community to the south).
In terms of public transit, there is a Bridgeland/Memorial stop on the northeast line of the CTrain, as well as regular bus routes.
There are a handful of schools in the community:
917 – Centre Ave. NE
Phone: (403) 263-5755
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