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

Streetscape Revitalization Project

In the last few weeks of fall of 2016 Kensington saw the closing chapters of an important rejuvenation project for the streetscape. Funded entirely by an award winning proposal for excess parking revenue, this $6 million dollar project was completed over two summers...

Access Ramps

Have you ever noticed these colourful wooden ramps in the doorways of some of our Kensington businesses? We noticed that wheelchairs and strollers had difficulty getting in and out of some stores with doorways that were not flush with the sideway so we decided to find...

Cut Red Tape

In 2011 the Mayor of Calgary initiated the Cut Red Tape program to address non-essential procedures, forms, licences, and regulations that added to the cost of dealing with The City of Calgary. Many of these issues affected our business members so when the opportunity...

Clean to the Core

Did you know that a lot of Kensington's streetscape cleaning is done by the City's Clean to the Core Team? The Clean to the Core program was modeled after the successful GAPP Program (Graffiti Awareness & Abatement Program) where the BIA’s and the City of Calgary...

IDA Award for Streetscape Funding

At the 2014 International Downtown Association conference, Kensington was awarded the Downtown Merit Award in recognition of the innovative funding opportunity that our Executive Director secured for streetscape improvements.  Through City budget monitoring and...

Featured Businesses

The Pie’s The Limit – A Chat with Pie Junkie

Originally opened as Pie Hole, and changed to Pie Junkie, Owner Nancy Goemans is no stranger to both the business world and food industry. Upon her mother’s passing, Nancy decided to pursue her passion with the money her mother left. Alongside business partner Jo-anne...

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.”