The name Glendale originates from the Canadian Pacific Railway station that was established at Glenbow in 1907. Glenbow is descriptive and refers to its location: it lies 'in a glen on the Bow' (Bow River). The name is a combination of two words. The post office operated from September 1, 1908 to October 15, 1920.
Glenbow was well known for its sandstonequarry that supplied building material for Calgary's early commercial and institutional developments. The Glenbow Museum in Calgary is named after this area.