Inglewood’s main drag — 9 Ave SE — was once the city’s original downtown thoroughfare. Now just across the Elbow River from the current city centre, it has retained much of its Old Calgary charm. The neighbourhood has endured dilapidation and gentrification on its way to becoming a home décor and antiques mecca that’s more recently known for its fine dining and entertainment spots.
• This relatively small area is chock-a-block with home décor and antique shops plus boutiques like Suzie Q Beads Buttons & Bijoux. Junktiques stocks antique, restored and custom-made furniture, while the closet-sized Circa carries a profusion of vintage and contemporary hand-blown glass lamps and vases.
• Fort Calgary was established by the Northwest Mounted Police to bring law and order to an area dominated by the whisky trade. It soon became a gathering point for settlers and First Nations people alike. Today the site features a museum and replicas of the 1875 palisade and 1888 barracks.
• Inglewood’s numerous historic buildings house several of the city’s top restaurants including Rouge, winner of the Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants 2010 Award. For more populist fare, there’s lunch-brunch mainstay and murder mystery dinner venue The Deane House Restaurant, an historic site (reopening fall 2014).
• Located in the historic Gary Theatre, Ironwood Stage and Grill is one of Western Canada’s premier live country, folk and blues performance venues.