Calgary Small Business Rally
June 10, 7:30 AM, City Hall

Have you heard the news? Seen the property tax crisis unfold on our main streets? Watched the doors close on your favourite local businesses?

Council meets for an emergency session to discuss the property tax crisis at 8am, and small businesses need to be present.


Welcome to Kensington! 

With over 270 businesses Kensington is one of Calgary’s most vibrant communities.

Whether you want to bike along the river, stroll the neighbourhood while sipping some of Calgary’s finest coffee or spend the night listening to live music – Kensington has it all! Considered Calgary’s Urban Village, Kensington offers a unique, inner-city experience. Located just off the Sunnyside LRT Station and walking distance from downtown, it’s possible to spend an entire day exploring the shops and restaurants, or an entire weekend by staying at one of the beautiful boutique hotels.

271 businesses offering
dining, shopping & services

20-40 events per year
reaching up to 70,000 people 

3,000 people employed
by our member businesses

Local News & Projects

NearHere interactive display coming to Kensington

Kensington is proud to host a new interactive public engagement installation on the Safeway Plaza.   Created with the intention of making Calgary more walkable, Near Here combines exploration and human interaction, resulting in organic wayfinding to help...

Bow-to-Bluff Fully Funded!

Exciting news! After years of work, City of Calgary Council has committed $4 million to fully fund the Bow to Bluff Public Realm Plan. The Bow to Bluff plan began as a citizen-led initiative focused on transforming the neglected spaces along the LRT line between the...

Uncover Kensington – Foodie-Festival

Calling all grub lovers and feasting friends, Curiocity is unveiling our very first foodie-festival that will be coming to Calgary later this month. For 9 delicious days, Uncover Kensington will showcase some of the best restaurants in one of Calgary’s favourite...

First Canadian National Network of BIAs formed

Canadian BRZ/BIA Executive Directors representing all the provinces have formed a leadership group to move forward on work by the first Canadian national network of Business Improvement Areas under the auspices of the International Downtown Association. Kensington was...

Tax Shift Update

Executive Director, Annie MacInnis For the past two years the loss of revenues from downtown businesses affected by the economy has been downloaded onto businesses outside the downtown core. In 2017 and 2018 City Council used money from savings to cap business tax...

Featured Businesses

February: Pranic Forest

Pranic Forest is a brick and mortar shop here in Kensington. Walking into the shop almost feels like a dream - the crisp white aesthetic combined with the beautiful aromas is an experience not to be forgotten. Pranic Forest carries all things beauty and skincare and...

January: Pet Planet Kensington

This month, we got to sit down with a new Kensington business, Pet Planet! With the undeniable pet-friendliness of the Kensington neighbourhood, it's no wonder that this family-owned business has fit right in. Catherine and Richard, owners of Pet Planet Kensington,...

KensingtonYYC on Twitter

“One of my favourite communities in Calgary! Great for strolls, shopping, dining…you name it, Kensington’s got it!”

“It’s the perfect community for dining, shopping or just walking around. So many great local businesses!”

“Kensington is a fun and funky community like no other in Calgary. A must see for all who visit.”

“I love Kensington. I’ve been visiting it for 20 years and although it keeps getting better, I love how it still has the same welcoming feel.”