Discover Vic Park

April 25, 2017, Posted by Megan

"Vic Park." "Victoria Park." What do these words mean to you? An LRT station? Some kind of garden? That pricy parking area for Stampede-goers? The alias for a freelance blogger? If you answered “the name for an area almost as old as Calgary itself,” then you’re correct!

The stories of Vic Park are ones that should be shared with everyone. From the land of the upper-class during the early 1900s; to ground zero for the world-famous Calgary Stampede; to largely forgotten, crime ridden and blighted; Vic Park is brimming with fascinating stories. Today, Vic Park is home to some of Canada’s best restaurants, some of the most sought-out hotspots in the arts and music scene, and many other one-of-a-kind businesses.

Unlike the majority of the city’s BIAs, Vic Park is an area of 39 square blocks, rather than just a single street. In this area we have one of the most diverse business ecologies in Calgary, as well as a booming residential population. Part of our work at the Vic Park BIA is figuring how to knit this all together, and how to foster a sense of community and identity.

This is where telling our community’s story comes in. Please join us on this journey through time and space as we rediscover some of the old, unveil the new, and celebrate everything that is distinctly Vic Park. Stay tuned for our next instalment, and be sure to subscribe to our Hot Sheet for weekly going ons and events.

Oh, and don’t be shy if you have a story to tell, or something interesting to share. We would love for you to send us your ideas and submissions.