Altadore, Calgary

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Altadore is located in Calgary
Location of Altadore in Calgary
Coordinates: 51°01′05″N 114°06′02″W / 51.01806°N 114.10056°W / 51.01806; -114.10056Coordinates: 51°01′05″N 114°06′02″W / 51.01806°N 114.10056°W / 51.01806; -114.10056
Province Alberta
City Calgary
 • MayorNaheed Nenshi
 • Administrative bodyCalgary City Council
 • CouncillorEvan Woolley
1,095 m (3,593 ft)
 • Total6,831
 • Average Income
Postal code
WebsiteMarda Loop Community Association

Altadore is a residential neighbourhood in the inner-city portion of the southwest quadrant of Calgary, Alberta. It is bounded by 33rd Ave SW and the neighbourhood of South Calgary in the north, River Park and 14 St SW in the east, the Garrison Woods neighbourhood and Crowchild Trail SW in the west, and 50th Ave SW in the south. Altadore is part of the Marda Loop Communities Association (MLCA) along with Garrison Woods and South Calgary.

Altadore was named one of Calgary's best neighbourhoods in 2010 for its proximity to River Park, one of Calgary's best parks on the Elbow River, Marda Loop, the largest and busiest outdoor shopping area in Calgary, and for having a vibrant party and cultural scene.[3] The Marda Loop[4] Business Revitalization Zone is located within the community, along 33 and 34 Avenues SW. The neighbourhood is experiencing a gentrification process with many high-end, semi-detached homes built in the last 15 years.

Altadore was established in 1945. It is represented in the Calgary City Council by the Ward 8 councillor. The community has an area redevelopment plan in place.[5]

The meaning of "Altadore" is unclear.[6] It may have been named after a mansion in County Wicklow, Ireland,[7] or it may have been a portmanteau word whose first part derived either from "Alta", the standard English abbreviation of Alberta, or "alta" for high (the neighbourhood being on a hill), and whose second part was derived from "dore", a version of the French "d'or", or "of gold".


In the City of Calgary's 2018 municipal census, Altadore (not including Garrison Woods, which had previously been included in the Altadore census area) had a population of 6,831 living in 3,218 dwellings.[8] Including Garrison Woods, with a land area of 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi), it had a population density of 3,140/km2 (8,140/sq mi) in 2012.[9]

Altadore neighbourhood demographics from the 2018 municipal census document:[2]


Altadore contains two schools operated by the Calgary Board of Education. Altadore Elementary, on 16th Street S.W., serves students from kindergarten to grade six and was opened in 1952.[6] Dr. Oakley School, on 20th Street S.W., serves students with learning disabilities from grades three to nine. Dr. Oakley School was once an elementary and junior high school, but was re-purposed in the early 1980s due to low attendance.[10]

The designated public junior high school is Mount Royal Junior High in the Mount Royal neighbourhood, and the designated public senior high school is Central Memorial High School located in the North Glenmore Park neighbourhood.[11]

There are no schools operated by the Calgary Catholic School District located in Altadore. Separate school students attend St. James Elementary and Junior High School and Bishop Carroll High School.

There are also a number of private schools in Altadore, including the french Lycée Louis Pasteur, and Rundle Academy. The community was also once the home of I.L. Peretz School, a Jewish elementary school operated under the aegis of the Board of Education; after the school moved, the building eventually became the home of the Calgary Waldorf School before it was demolished in 2004 and replaced by a condominium complex.

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  1. ^ "Calgary Elections". City of Calgary. 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b City of Calgary (2018). "Altadore Community Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-12-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Marda Loop Business Revitalization Zone". Archived from the original on 20 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
  5. ^ City of Calgary Planning (2005). "Altadore Area Redevelopment Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  6. ^ a b Altadore Elementary Archived 2009-08-30 at the Wayback Machine at the Calgary Board of Education.
  7. ^ A Guide to the County of Wicklow. George Newenham Wright. Oxford University Press, 1827.
  8. ^ "2018 Civic Census Results" (PDF). City of Calgary. 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Community Boundaries" (Esri shapefile). City of Calgary. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Dr. Oakley School Archived 2008-10-19 at the Wayback Machine at the Calgary Board of Education.
  11. ^ "Designated Schools By Community 2018-2019 - Calgary Board of Education" (PDF). Retrieved May 10, 2019.

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