CONNAUGHT – BELTLINE WEST
SW Calgary, Alberta
SW CALGARY, ALBERTA
The Beltline community district was created by authorization of the Calgary City Council on June 8, 2003. The former community districts of Connaught and Victoria Park no longer exist. They were combined to create the Beltline, Calgary’s most urban mixed-use residential district. The Beltline is named after the historical streetcar line that connected its neighbourhoods. On another historic note, names of Queen Victoria and her son, the Duke of Connaught, have retained important roles in Beltline. Beltline Victoria Park and Beltline Connaught are used to designate the east and west areas of the community. The community district comprises four neighbourhoods – West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Centre and East Victoria.
Beltline is bounded by the CPR tracks on the north, 17 avenue to the south, 14 street on the west and the Elbow River in the east. Most of Stampede Park is also in Beltline. So is the area to the west of Stampede on the Elbow around Park Road. The community formerly known as Connaught is contained by 14th St SW to 4th St SW and 17th Avenue SW by 10the Avenue SW.
According the the 2011 city census, 19,556 people now live in the Beltline making it the second most populous community in Calgary. The Beltline adds many new residents each year; mostly young urban professionals. Beltline is the fastest growing urban community in Calgary, and one of the fastest growing in North America. Like Lower Mount Royal, this neighbourhood runs along 17th Ave, which features great restaurants, shops, businesses, and nightlife. Nice urban parks are one of the many features of this borough, along with a great art supply store, many good coffee shops, and some trendy boutique work out places. At night, the clubs, bars, and lounges are abounding with a budding music scene.