University District is all about staying active and well, with Orangetheory Fitness, YYC Cycle and a plethora of parks for play on our doorstep.Could calling FORE be your calling?
Tip: Expected to open in November Orangetheory Fitness has special pre-opening prices now. Stop by their future location in U/D at 4128 University Avenue to get the details and in on the deals!
We also love to mix it up! So why not head outdoors to give golf a go this summer and fall? Enjoy the weather outdoors and practice all kinds of golf moves to score some fun, U/D style. Solo or with friends and family, let’s explore the range of golfing options around our NW Calgary community. It’s not all caddies and club memberships; there are many different adventures to try.Bonus: This sporty activity is suitable for people of all ages and levels.
Not quite ready to rival Tiger Woods? Here are some nearby driving ranges perfect to get into the swing of things!
Maybe you love the notion of golf but want to try a different way to approach the sport? You are in luck. Frisbee or Disc Golf or sometimes called Frolf is an ideal way to play. Just like traditional ball golf, players throw a disc into a basket or at a target instead. Scorekeeping is the same with the lowest score winning.
TIPS: Check out Thorncliffe Disc Golf Course, Baker Park or Forest Lawn Disc Golf. Check out this fancy Fly Through video to get your bearings before you play! And Baker Park — dubbed the busiest course in Canada 2020 and the 9th busiest course in the world — offers Doubles Challenges all winter long.
Disc golf is as social as it is sporty! There are lots of clubs and competitions to take part in. Visit their websites for more information about how to get involved!
Nothing is more nostalgic and fun than a game of minigolf! A few hours enjoying this activity is also a cheerful romantic date idea.
Give it a whirl at:
WinSport Mini Golf
This intermediate 18-hole outdoor course will challenge all ages and abilities and takes up to 60 minutes to complete.
Pebble Beach – Oasis Greens Golf Centre
This is the “only” Championship Miniature Golf Course in Western Canada and takes 70 minutes to complete.
Golfuture YYC 9 Hole Mini Putt
Open year-round, we love this course for its Bow River views and the fact that it is open year-round!
If the time has come and you feel at home on the range, here are a few golf courses near University District to visit!
Golf Courses 10 minutes by car:
Silver Spring Golf and Country Club
A 7-minute drive away from University District, Silver Springs Golf and Country Club offers its members a relaxing and comfortable environment for golfing. This golf course has over 300 acres of rolling hills and valleys with dramatic elevation changes that are perfect to test your golfing abilities. You can also enjoy a delicious dinner and bond with fellow members at their gorgeous clubhouse. Find out more about this amazing golf club at their website!
Confederation Park Golf Course
Looking for something more easy-going? Just an 8-minute drive from University District and you will get to Confederation Park Golf Course! A public city golf course, it is an advanced 9 hole course as well as a driving range of 2 level hitting bay with 47 stalls. There’s also a putting green and chipping area for people to practice. For more information, visit its website.
However you choose to play, have fun golfing outdoors and remember to distance and sanitize to keep safe. All of the courses have special measures in place to ensure you and others can enjoy the sport and peace of mind, too!
Among the recently opened businesses are two with Calgary roots, YYC Cycle and Monogram Coffee. We caught up with their founders to learn about their links with the Northwest, why they chose University District, and what we can expect.
A homegrown Alberta business co-founded by Andrew Obrecht and Grady Topak; the new YYC CYCLE U/D location is their third spin studio location in Calgary.
Do you have a background in the Northwest?
We sure do. As two business graduates from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business, Grady and I spent many years around the university and wider area. Grady grew up in Edgemont until he was 20, then lived in Ranchlands for the latter half of university. He now lives in Valley Ridge, so he’s always been around the Northwest. We find that the Northwest has such a tight community who are always open to supporting each other. We are very excited to now have a presence within a community that was so important to our lives and entrepreneurial journey.
What drew you to open a location in the University District?
We were most intrigued with the overall vision of the University District and the energy that it wanted to create for the Northwest. We wanted to be a part of that vibrant new community and for YYC CYCLE to add to the energy. It was also such a great opportunity to give back to a community that had given us so much. We believe that the University District is well on its way to being an incredibly vibrant place, with a unique mix of people and businesses that we haven’t seen before in Calgary.
What can customers expect from YYC Cycle?
We pride ourselves in providing a safe and inclusive fitness experience for everybody at YYC CYCLE. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or if you’re a spin pro, our goal is to leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated.Our riders can expect a warm and kind welcome, amazing boutique studio look and feel and a safe yet challenging workout under top-of-the-line lights and sound system that will leave them inspired and elevated when they finish! Our top-of-the line bikes not only promote cardiovascular health, but strengthen and tone muscles in your legs, core, and upper body while you continue your own personal journey. Daily classes are taught by inspirational MOTIVATORS, who will guide you to train through the beat of the music in just 50 minutes.
Covid Safety Protocols
We built and designed this studio during the pandemic, so a lot of thought went into making it the safest place it could be. It has a much larger studio footprint, planned for operating in Phase 1 and Phase 2.We invested in electrostatic sprayers to clean our bikes, and steam cleaners to clean the hard-to-reach parts of our studio. A HRV air exchanger refreshes the air in the studio with new outside air every 10 minutes. We’re all about community at YYC CYCLE, and the Northwest provides the perfect platform for this. This type of environment couldn’t be more perfect to build our Northwest Biker gang.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Our first U/D Block Party is on for September 19, 2021 from 1 to 4 pm. As our Retail Main Street bursts to life, we are celebrating with the Extraordinary President’s Choice® SuperDogs™, live music, roaming entertainment, a KidZone and Contests. There is free parking at this pet and family friendly event! See how you can enjoy special one-day only U/D retailer promotions, too!
U/D celebrates local and small chains like Monogram, a Calgary-based company co-founded by Jeremy Ho, Benjamin Put and Justin Eyford, that recently opened its fourth location on University Avenue. Both Jeremy and Justin are former winners of the Best Barrista in Canada Championship and represented Canada at the World Barista Championship.
Did you know? Another Calgary favourite OEB Breakfast Co. will be joining U/D this fall. Watch for their opening details soon!
Do you have a background in the Northwest?
I grew up in Edgemont and attended the University of Calgary. I worked as a barista at University Café while I earned my degree. This is our first location in Calgary’s Northwest, and we couldn’t be more excited. We know many of our current community live, work and play in the Northwest and it was time to move a little closer.
What drew you to open a location in the University District?
We love the vision that U/D has in creating a vibrant community feel that is inclusive to all communities and age groups and supports local, independent quality focussed businesses like Monogram. The area is a close-knit, warm and relaxed community focused on getting the most out of what life has to offer. It’s a diverse group of folks and we’re pleased that many already call Monogram their cafe.
What can customers expect from Monogram?
At Monogram, we’re all about coffee that sparks your imagination and brings people together. When the community steps into our cafes, our goal is to have everyone feel welcomed and genuinely a part of our Monogram community. We want folks to feel a sense of wonder and new connection for the quality of our coffee and commitments towards sustainable sourcing, roasting and brewing. We’re in love with the design of our U/D space, the dry-stacked brick and clean woods and things like our brand new by-the-cup brewbar.We want people to find their perfect seat, whether it be perched at the rolled-up garage door, getting creative in the communal layouts, or feeling snug in the corner of the ‘secret’ side room.
Coffee Slushies Exclusive to U/D
Enjoy coffee slushies, exclusive to our U/D location or the tried-and-true drinks and food menu that folks have come to love from Monogram, including our fun seasonal drinks and fresh-baked butter block pastries and ritual donuts on the weekends.
Our focus is being able to use amazing coffee to build and foster relationships. Ultimately, we want people to feel they have been served warmly and that we care deeply for their needs and their community’s needs.
The locally acclaimed artist, known for his much loved, joyful public art expressions throughout the city, was challenged to represent the essence of University District. “I was born and raised in Calgary. Been painting since I was very young. I want to acad which is now auarts,” he says. “I received my bachelor of fine arts and have been working day and night since! I work with galleries, coordinators and public art projects in several different countries.”
Here in U/D, Rhys was chosen for his colourful, bold, and fresh view of life!
He is a true Calgary success story who has made his mark in the city with his eye-popping public art projects with Telus Spark, the Beltline Urban Mural Project, City of Calgary and more. Canadian Art Magazine named his first solo show a “Must See!”
Beyond Canada, Rhys’ work is highly collectible and he has worked and studied in Spain, Sicily and Kuala Lumpur.
In U/D, Rhys drew from a long list of words that embrace the essence of University District before landing on Mindful Vibrant. Words like connected, innovative, walkable, sustainable, accessible, healthy and safe, active, educational, diverse, cultural and artistic, multi-generational, urban and gathering place all rang true!
But it was Mindful and Vibrant that spoke to the artist and compelled this piece. Mindful Vibrant, this new installation is an impressive 32 feet long and four feet tall!
It’s bold and sparks positivity through simple colours and these few powerful words — Mindful Vibrant — artfully spelled out on a massive canvas.
What’s more, Rhys wanted to involve the community in its creation. And that is precisely what elevates this art to a whole new level.
University District community members picked up brushes, chose colours and painted themselves right into the University District scene! Dozens of University District residents and visitors joined the artist in August to bring the unique paint-by-numbers style mural to life.
This colourful text mural is based on positivity and change. Using the words MINDFUL and VIBRANT to communicate to the viewer that the world is moving forward, this mural is composed of bright and vibrant shapes. They all connect to create a beautiful message.
“The inspiration behind this project was to illuminate a new area that will be created for the University,” says Rhys. “The concept of this project was to bring positivity and optimism to a dull and dismal construction area. Using the words mindful and vibrant to express the message and scope of this project.”
YOU ARE WELCOME: On the fencing in front of the future Alt Hotel location, you can come by and enjoy the art any time. We’d love to see your smiling shots with the mural on social media! Don’t forget to tag us in them and use #udlife so we can engage!
Speaking of public art! Have you noticed the incredible chalk art by Rozzie Lee outside of the Discovery Centre? It’s interactive and calls for your input. Take a trip to the Discovery Centre and share your thoughts about what you love to do in U/D. So far, it looks like the parks and playgrounds are our most popular attributes! Pick up a stick of chalk in your favourite summery shade and have your say!
“We are excited to see and take part in the Mindful Vibrant mural project,” says University District’s Vice President Community Experience Maureen Henderson.
“This mural matters because art and artists are an important part of life through their expression and creative contributions to our world. We hope his art in our community makes people think about their unique place in our unique space. The artist invited them to step up, participate and help shape our Mindful Vibrant community one brush stroke and colour at a time.”
Using bold colours — red, pink, blues — brings cheery and vibrancy to the two words that instantly make us feel brighter and joyful, proud and appreciative of the community coming to be at University District. This summer, people are re-emerging and interacting with one another in new ways. Enjoying art that gives a smile is more important now than ever.
“We hope it puts a physical and mental spring in the steps of all in University District,” says Maureen. “Further, having us all be a part of its creation, means we can be proud about how we each helped make something extra special in our remarkable community.”
As you may know, RMHC Alberta supports families seeking vital medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured child. Over one thousand Alberta families every year stay at one of the province’s Ronald McDonald Houses. Some stays last up to a few nights; some as long as several weeks or months at a time.
Each Ronald McDonald House has private family suites for families to rest, while the houses have open kitchens where families can sit down and share experiences over a homemade meal. The sense of community enables families to rely on each other and shore up strength when they need it the most. Learn more about Alberta’s Ronald McDonald Houses and donate at rmhcalberta.org
Two off-site suites in the nearby Aria building have welcomed RMHC Alberta with a program that will serve additional families in 2021. The new pilot partnership specifically caters for Alberta families less suited to communal living in the Ronald McDonald House when their child is receiving medical care.
These suites were made possible by a partnership with Graham Group and Gracorp Properties and are located across the street from our special neighbours: Alberta Children’s Hospital, and adjacent to the Ronald McDonald House.
Aria’s self-contained, one-bedroom apartment suites are designated for RMHC Alberta families who will have an above-average length of stay, and/or whose children are immunocompromised, making communal living in the Ronald McDonald House challenging.
“When we heard RMHC in Calgary, located a block away from Aria, needed additional space for a few families that couldn’t safely stay in their communal environment, we were eager to help,” says Novy Cheema, Managing Director of Real Estate at Gracorp Properties.
“With a Save-on-Foods grocery store on the main floor and located across the street from the Alberta Children’s Hospital, staying in a suite at Aria is an ideal set up for RMHC families to have access to everything they need and peace of mind while they care for their child who is undergoing treatment. We are honoured to help the RMHC families and look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”
Those families staying at Aria have full access to the programs and services offered at the nearby Ronald McDonald House.
RMHC Alberta CEO Jason Evanson, says “We are so pleased to have the Aria suites available, only 400 metres away from the Ronald McDonald House, allowing us to serve more families. All of us at RMHC Alberta are truly grateful to Gracorp for their hospitality and for enabling this pilot project.”
When Frankie Butler was six months old, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. After staying in the ICU at Frankie’s bedside for the first initial days, her parents Amanda and Chris were referred to the Ronald McDonald House.
“We were totalled, absolutely wrecked – we were so exhausted, and the Ronald McDonald House was so lovely and welcoming,” Amanda says.
When it came time for Frankie’s high-dose chemotherapy to begin in January 2021, Amanda and Chris were recommended for the new pilot project.
“We were shown the space and completely blown away,” Amanda says. “It was so lovely to have that natural light, that beautiful modern space, and during COVID- 19 a safe, private place just for us – it’s a situation that no one ever wants to be in, but this spot was just so perfect.”
Amanda and Chris would take turns sleeping at the hospital with Frankie, and then switching off with each other to sleep in their Aria suite.
“We’d flop back and forth from Aria to the hospital – and if we were too tired to make food, there was still that support and connection to the Ronald McDonald House so close by,” she adds.
Amanda explains that there was about one week out of each month that Frankie would be out of the hospital, and to have that non-communal space available with an immunocompromised baby was ideal.
“We would never want anyone to actually understand what we’re going through – but I don’t think I can describe as a parent how helpful it was to have this little piece of support for us,” Amanda explains. “It helped a lot, and not just because it was a place to sleep, but because it’s a beautiful place – Aria allowed us to take care of ourselves so we could take care of Frankie better.”
For Amanda and Chris, the Aria suite gave them a quality of life that can’t be overstated.
“When you’re in this position you need convenience because you’re just so tired and all the little things are what are the most exhausting,” she says.
“After a long day at the hospital, going down to the gym to do a quick run on the treadmill, or popping into Save-On-Foods to get some fresh fruit, or heading over to the Ronald McDonald House for a prepared meal – kept us happier and healthier for our daughter.”
For the Butlers and families like them, collaboration amongst neighbouring organizations in University District had a profound impact on their life. It is an example of what University District stands for: people, connection and community. By working together, our neighbourhood can grow and thrive in the most amazing ways.
It’s time to lace up if you want to help families like the Butlers who need to stay at a Ronald McDonald House.
From July 19-24, RMHC Alberta is hosting its second-annual provincial walk/run, Hustle for the House! Walk, run, bike, or stroll in support of RMHC Alberta families in your community. Registration is $35 for adults, $20 for youth, and $10 for your four-legged furry friend!
If you raise over $100, you’ll receive a pair of iconic red and white striped socks! Go to rmhcalberta.org/events to register or for more information.
Invite your friends and family to reconnect over a summer staple activity: firing up a BBQ! Enjoy the sun and warm breeze as you chat away along with some scrumptious cooking over the grill. University District has got you covered with planning the best barbeque ever! All you need to do is gather the ingredients and get cooking.
While you are welcome to BBQ on your U/D patio or in one of the common courtyards like Esquire and Aria — which are well equipped with BBQ areas for residents — there are many parks and picnic sites in and around Calgary.
Did you know about these communal BBQ and patio areas in and around U/D?
These designated picnic site areas are available free for up to six hours –, on a first-come, first-served basis unless they are already reserved/booked. To ensure you have a BBQ and picnic site, book ahead with the City of Calgary.
Remember to book five days in advance and bring your issued permit with you to the picnic or BBQ site just in case.
TIP: At the Discovery Centre, there are a few tables and chairs set up for you to use! While this is not a BBQ spot per se, why not pick up smokey BBQ’d goodness from a Retail Main Street vendor and enjoy it here while you watch the world go by!
Bowness Park is a beautiful spot to BBQ in the afternoons and evenings Monday to Friday from 3:15 pm – 9:15 pm or Saturday and Sunday lunch up to 2:45pm.
Barbeques at Bowness are free-standing metal containers which allow you to burn firewood or charcoal briquettes inside. You will need something to light the fire with, so pack matches or a lighter. Bring some tin foil too if you plan to cook directly on top of the barbeque to be sure you have a clean surface. Or how about roasting sticks for cooking inside the barbeque, closer to the heat! Chicken kabobs anyone?!
You can also bring your own camp-style or backyard barbeque into the park, provided it is propane-fuelled and does not use charcoal. Wheeling in a larger barbecue fuelled by propane is also acceptable!
Avoid frustration or disappointment and book your space ahead of time! Go here!
Tip: Pets are allowed, too! Be sure to bring all the essentials and playthings to make your pet’s time fun, safe and respectful of others.
We love our recipes and catering to all dietary preferences keeps us challenged! Here are some of our U/D grilling favourites for meat lovers, fish fans and veggie-types!
TIP: You can get all of the ingredients for these recipes and more from Save-on-Foods, now open in University District!
You and your guests will love this Mexican Avocado Corn Salsa Smoked Sausage Hotdog for meat lovers! Make your BBQ a hands-on culinary event!
For ingredients to make 5 servings, you’ll need:
5 hotdog buns
1 cob of corn, to char (kernels will need to be removed)
½ avocado, cut into ¼ inch dice
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lime juice
¼ cup crumbled queso fresco cheese or feta
For the sauce:
1 tsp lime juice
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp sriracha
Directions are as follows:
No worries! We’ve got the perfect ingredients for a Marvellous Veggie Burger!
Ingredients to make four servings, you’ll need:
4 hamburger buns
4 veggie burger patties
1 tomato, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
ketchup and mustard (optional)
Follow these instructions to assemble and serve the most delicious veggie burgers:
Want something from under the sea? We got you covered…
For 4 servings, these are the ingredients you’ll need:
1 pound skin-on salmon filets (about 4 pieces)
For a marinade:
½ tsp each ground cumin, black pepper, paprika, and chili powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tbsp packed brown sugar
For the peach salsa:
½ tsp olive oil
¾ cup onion, thinly sliced
½ tsp granulated sugar
¾ lbs soft, ripe peaches, peeled, chopped
½ small papaya, peeled and finely chopped
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced
⅙ cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 ½ tbsp lime juice
½ tbsp lemon juice
½ tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Grill some tasty salmon with these directions:
You may know University District’s Argyle by Homes by Avi for its integrated green roof or its community garden, its spacious suites and expansive retail main floor.
But did you know that Argyle is also attracting real estate buyers who intend to rent out their units for added income or as pure investments?
“We are seeing lots of interest from all walks of life as people seem to be rethinking their homes and their financial goals, too,” says Homes by Avi Marketing Manager Stephen Dawe.
As part of this shift, Homes by Avi is anticipating interest from people who see opportunity in Argyle as an investment.
“We didn’t design Argyle for the investor market. These homes could be forever-homes and will be for many of our residents.
“But the appeal of the inherently vibrant U/D location, its closeness to UCalgary, hospitals and Market Mall that make people want to live here are all the same reasons investors are confident in Argyle as a great investment for renting out units.”
Local property buyers and those from as far as BC and Ontario are learning about University District and its Argyle development.
The fact that University District is situated in the largest employment centre outside of Downtown Calgary, is a sustainably built community and is becoming so dynamic — with a range of shops, restaurants and services — plus fun activities like zumba at the North Pond and Village Ice Cream pop-up fun all summer at the Discovery Centre for I Can for Kids.
“They are eyeing Argyle for its investment appeal! Purchasing a unit in Argyle to rent out — to city newcomers, students, hospital staff, professors and professionals — makes short and long-term sense to them,” says Homes by Avi marketing manager Stephen Dawe.
“So we are making it easy for people to purchase homes to rent to this influx of people.”
Feature-rich Argyle units are also available for purchase fully furnished and tastefully decorated by the experts in design at Homes by Avi. There are two finished packages — the Harlequin and the Wescott — to peruse!
Did You Know? Argyle has just launched a brand new website catering to the investor market. Its savvy sales team can provide a current schedule for the building development as well as a Rental Property Investment Pro-Forma to help you make an informed investment decision. Check it out here: https://www.homesbyavi.com/calgary/search-by-community/calgary-nw/argyle-UD/argyle-condos.
What brings the bustle to U/D? Beyond the range of retailers, restaurants and park spaces, University District is first and foremost about the people.<
“People are a draw for real estate investors as much as the amenities and quality of a unit,” says Stephen. “Just look at the numbers! UCalgary employs 5,000 faculty and staff and sees more than 40,000 continuing education, full and part time students. Foothills Medical Centre has 17,000 staff and almost 750,000 annual patient visits. Alberta Children’s Hospital has 3,500 staff and physicians and 340,000 outpatient visits a year. Then there is Market Mall with about 1000 people working there.”
Being close to work is more than a bonus for reduced commuting times! It’s a strong motivator for real estate investors who see opportunities in demand for homes near major employment centres and schools.
ith all of the new activity in commercial spaces at U/D, the timing has never been better. Visit our recent blog post outlining what’s new and coming soon around the corner from Argyle!
“While Argyle is first and foremost a building for resident home-owners, many purchasers are renting out their units and it’s never been easier to explore investing than now with the Argyle team at U/D online or with a visit to the Discovery Centre,” says Stephen.
Whether it’s brunch with friends, lunch with the kids, a romantic evening out or even a work get-together, picnics are a great way to soak up some vitamin D and relax while snacking away!
Of course, setting up your outdoor eatery takes a little planning – and we’re here to help! Read on for tips to create the perfect picnic atmosphere, U/D-style!
The most important question to answer is where your picnic will be taking place! Lucky for us, University District – and Calgary as a whole – is full of green spaces where you can take in lovely views while eating your meal al fresco.
In U/D, check out the North Pond as a serene and beautiful picnic spot, with lookout views and a stunning grove of trees to serve as your backdrop! Ample seating makes the pond a pleasure. Local spots to fill your hamper are so close by! Save-on-Foods comes quickly to mind.
How about a summer celebration in the NW Commons Park? Its award-winning inclusive playground, oversized chess and ping pong offers not only a great place to picnic but built-in accessible fun!
Venturing into Northwest Calgary, the park options are endless – from the gazebos and picnic spots in Edworthy Park to wading areas in Bowness Park, there really is an ideal picnic spot for everyone!
Looking to make your picnic an adventure? Head over to Nose Hill Park, leave the car in the parking lot and take a quick hike up to the top of the hill and reward your hard work with a great meal and phenomenal city vista!
TIP: Some parks in Calgary have charcoal grills available for use, while others allow small camp stoves to be brought along! Check the City of Calgary parks page to see more.
Getting a patio brunch spot in the city can be tough during the summer months. So why not get the group together for an outdoor brunch in a central park? Ask everyone to dress up in themed garb — 1920s flapper-style, Hawaiian luau, hippie gear or all-stripes — to and make an event of the meal.
If you and your coworkers are getting tired of sitting in the office kitchen, it’s the perfect time to shake things up with a professional picnic lunch. Bringing a little fun to the middle of the day by ordering in or bringing your lunch pot-luck style from home and heading over to the nearest park!
Kids love picnics too, so why not plan a special outing for the children in your life? Make it themed to their favourite movie, or just have them help pick their favourite foods – the excitement of eating in the park, followed by play time, is often enough to keep them happy for hours. Picnics are also a great birthday party plan, allowing you more time to enjoy the day without having to prep for – and clean up after! – a house full of kids. Remember to pack a kite, a ball, a frisbee and Bluetooth speakers! Read on for more perfect picnic packing tips.
TIP: Starting June 1, some Calgary parks are allowing alcohol consumption in specific areas – so you don’t have to give up the brunch mimosas or lunch beers! It is based on a booking system with time restrictions – read all the details here.
Sandwiches and lemonade are a picnic meal classic, but that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. Cook a meal at home and pack it up to take to the closest park – although be sure to pack well so hot food stays hot and cool food stays, well, cool.
If cooking isn’t your thing – or you’re looking for something quick and easy – opt for takeout from a local restaurant! There are so many options right here in U/D! From a few slices of pizza to a five-course meal, the ease of picking up dinner on the way to your coveted picnic spot means less to worry about and more time to savour your meal.
TIP: Check out our local retailers for take-out ideas. And this guide to parks and play areas for more ideas on where to head!
In addition to your food, remember to pack hand sanitizer, sunscreen and bug spray! If you’re out in the sun, remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
TIP: Making picnics environmentally friendly means ditching the plastic utensils and paper plates. Opt for reusable or compostable selections and refillable drink bottles instead! Be sure to use garbage receptacles and keep our outdoor spaces clean and tidy for the next visitors and the planet!
Summer is fleeting! So let’s get outdoors and enjoy it every chance we have! When out and about enjoying Calgary’s many green spaces, remember to respect the area by cleaning up, using garbage receptacles and not feeding wild animals. Keeping our parks clean and safe means more are able to enjoy!
E-Scooters are back on the streets of Calgary this month, following a 16-month trial in 2019 and 2020.
It’s perfect timing as we move into summer and want to get around and have fun outdoors. At a time when many usual activities are still unavailable to us, e-scooters are an easily available mobility option to get to work, to play and to discover what is easily accessible in the U/D vicinity.
We’re here to get you up to speed with e-scooting and Bird, the operator of e-scooters in and around University District, and to provide suggestions for places to tour and stop at on your e-scooter journey.
Did you know? Calgary was the first Canadian city to record one million e-scooter rides?
Here’s why Calgarians say they love e-scooters so much:
Back with a sleek new look, Bird Canada is one of only two operators to be granted a permit to operate their shared e-scooters in Calgary and the only successful brand from the pilot trial to return in an official capacity. A wholly Canadian owned and operated company, Bird Canada has chosen Calgary as their Canadian operational headquarters and is also planning to bring e-bikes to the streets soon.
It is returning with a fleet of all new silver Bird e-Scooters that have a built-in bell and new tires that address safety, traction and stability.
“Our return to Calgary goes far beyond the typical roll-out of e-scooters to include a meaningful commitment to the City,” says Alexandra Petre, General Manager of Bird Canada. “This year, we’ve formed a partnership with University District as well as University of Calgary, demonstrating our commitment to offer micro mobility solutions in sustainable, innovative ways. “We have a new fleet of Bird 2s that are very sleek, very exciting, very fun to ride and also incredibly safe.”
E-scooters are here to stay, even after the summer months. The city’s transportation department will ask scooter companies to pick up their scooters if there is a snowfall but will allow them to operate year-round on warm weather days.
Scooters will be allowed to operate on pathways, bike lanes, temporary adaptive lanes and quiet sidewalks.
A new rule this year allows scooters on quieter streets with lower traffic volumes and speeds, like those in residential neighbourhoods. Rules still in effect from the pilot project include only allowing people 18 and older to ride and only one person on a scooter at a time.
According to the city, violating the rules can net you a fine from peace officers or Calgary police, and the companies can also issue fines through their app as they will be monitoring rider behaviour using data collected by the scooters. There’s a highly visible and unique identification number on each device and decals with raised lettering to make it easier to report improperly parked devices.
“Anybody that mis-parks a scooter is subject to a $10 fine,” says Petre. “Anyone that has three instances of such a fine can actually be kicked off the app.” Visit the City of Calgary Shared e-scooter mobility program page for full details of program rules, fines and Covid- 19 safety when riding.
Bird e-scooters make access to, from and within our community even easier. Although you can go anywhere within the designated zone while going about your everyday life, e-scooting is also a fun way to get out and explore. Here are some ideas: