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
Country Canada
Province Alberta
City Calgary
 • MayorNaheed Nenshi
 • Administrative bodyCalgary City Council
 • CouncillorJeromy Farkas
1,095 m (3,593 ft)
 • Total8,175
 • Average Income
Postal code
WebsiteAltadore Community Association

Altadore is a residential neighbourhood in the inner-city portion of the southwest quadrant of Calgary, Alberta. It is located between 14 Street and Crowchild Trail, south of the neighbourhood of South Calgary. It is bordered by the Elbow River and the River Park to the southeast.

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, and 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, luxury semi-detached homes built in the last ten years, favoured by trendy, young professionals and families.

Altadore was established in 1945. It is represented in the Calgary City Council by the Ward 11 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 2012 municipal census, Altadore had a population of 9,116 living in 4,486 dwellings, a 2.3% increase from its 2011 population of 8,907.[8] 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][8]

Residents in this community had a median household income of $53,786 in 2000, and there were 13.6% low income residents living in the neighbourhood.[10] As of 2000, 11.9% of the residents were immigrants. A proportion of 37.2% of the buildings were condominiums or apartments, and 41.2% of the housing was used for renting.[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] while Dr. Oakley School, on 20th Street S.W., serves students with learning disabilities from Grades Three to Nine.[11] 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.

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 Calgary Waldorf School, the Glenmore Christian Academy, or the french "Lycée" Louis Pasteur. 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. Dr. Oakley School was once an elementary and junior high school, but was repurposed in the early 1980s due to low attendance.

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  1. ^ "Calgary Elections". City of Calgary. 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b City of Calgary (2006). "Altadore Community Statistics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  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. ^ a b "2012 Civic Census Results" (PDF). City of Calgary. 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "Community Boundaries" (Esri shapefile). City of Calgary. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  10. ^ City of Calgary (2004). "Ward 11 Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
  11. ^ Dr. Oakley School Archived 2008-10-19 at the Wayback Machine. at the Calgary Board of Education.

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