Hillhurst, Calgary

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Hillhurst United Church on Kensington Close
Hillhurst United Church on Kensington Close
Hillhurst is located in Calgary
Location of Hillhurst in Calgary
Coordinates: 51°03′12″N 114°06′09″W / 51.05333°N 114.10250°W / 51.05333; -114.10250Coordinates: 51°03′12″N 114°06′09″W / 51.05333°N 114.10250°W / 51.05333; -114.10250
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
City  Calgary
Quadrant NW
Ward 7
Established 1914
Annexed 1907
 • Mayor Naheed Nenshi
 • Administrative body Calgary City Council
 • Councillor Druh Farrell
 • Total 0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Elevation 1,053 m (3,455 ft)
Population (2006)[2]
 • Total 5,288
 • Average Income $50,822
Website Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association

Hillhurst is a northwest neighbourhood located within the inner city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The boundaries of the community include 8th Avenue N and 16th Avenue N to the north, 10th Street W to the east, the Bow River to the south and both 14th Street W and 18th Street W to the west.

Most of the popular Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) resides within the Hillhurst community, and it borders the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology grounds to the north-east. The community has an area redevelopment plan in place.[3]

Kensington has seen a revival over the past few years with a host of new residential development by local Calgary builders which will add over 20,000 sq.ft. of new street level retail as well as approximately 240 residential condo-style homes to the neighbourhood. Encompassed by the areas of Hillhurst and Sunnyside, Kensington is an active family-friendly area, abundant with amenities.


Established in 1914, Hillhurst is one of Calgary's oldest neighbourhoods. The first homesteads appeared here in the 1880s – the most notable being that of Felix McHugh. In 1883, he established his homestead in Section 21, now known as Hillhurst. The site of his house is now a playground at corner of 9A Street and Memorial Drive. Ezra Riley acquired the land, and sold it to the city in 1904. He also donated a 20 acre parcel, which is now Riley Park, and a stone structure where St. Barnabas Church is now located.[4]

The city set the size of the lots to 25 feet with lots selling for about $300 each in 1907. In the early days, much of Hillhurst was a slough. As more and more people came, the dirt trails and wooden sidewalks gave way to paved roads; cement side walks, and lit roadways. Now, Hillhurst is a community with a population of approximately 5000. The small well-kept houses and tree-lined streets are the result of over 80 years of care and hard work.[4]


In the City of Calgary's 2012 municipal census, Hillhurst had a population of 6,291 living in 3,557 dwellings, a 6.4% increase from its 2011 population of 5,914.[5] With a land area of 2.1 km2 (0.81 sq mi), it had a population density of 3,000/km2 (7,760/sq mi) in 2012.[5][6]

Residents in this community had a median household income of $50,822 in 2000, and there were 18.6% low income residents living in the neighbourhood.[7] As of 2000, 15.3% of the residents were immigrants. A proportion of 48.2% of the buildings were condominiums or apartments, and 56.2% of the housing was used for renting.[2]


In 2006, there were five schools in the district:

Sporting Teams[edit]

Hillhurst is home to the Calgary Kookaburras Australian rules football club.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Calgary Elections". City of Calgary. 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b City of Calgary (2006). "Hillhurst Community Statistics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  3. ^ City of Calgary Planning (2005). "Hillhurst Area Redevelopment Plan" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-11. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association - History". Archived from the original on 2010-09-20. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  5. ^ a b "2012 Civic Census Results" (PDF). City of Calgary. 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Community Boundaries" (Esri shapefile). City of Calgary. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ City of Calgary (2004). "Ward 7 Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 

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