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. Kensington by Bucci, St Johns by Streetside, and LIDO by Batistella 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. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b City of Calgary (2006). "Hillhurst Community Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  3. ^ City of Calgary Planning (2005). "Hillhurst Area Redevelopment Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association - History". 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). Retrieved 2007-05-09. 

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