A river is a beautiful thing, so it’s hardly surprising that Calgary’s first neighbourhood – East Village – took root at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Of course, when it comes to moving people in and out of Calgary’s core, rivers pose significant obstacles. And that’s why a bridge is also a beautiful thing.
Woven purposefully into the East Village master plan are three urban squares: 5th Street Square, Celebration Square and Crossroads, each designed to nurture human connections and offer escape from the dizzying pace of daily life.
Though few in number, the historic buildings in East Village are big in character. The colourful histories of the Simmons Building, Hillier Block, St. Louis Hotel and King Edward Hotel add a compelling dimension to the neighbourhood’s personality.