Stephen Avenue is populated by landmarks such as the Hudson's Bay Department Store, the Core Shopping Centre, Bankers Hall, Scotia Centre, the Telus Convention Centre, Glenbow Museum, Flames Central, and Olympic Plaza. Even the iconic Calgary Tower is just a block over.
There's no denying the vibrant and eclectic ambiance found in this part of Calgary. Stephen Avenue's close proximity to the train tracks is one of the main reasons for its early success, and why it's had such an interesting evolution. The name of the avenue actually comes from George Stephen, who was the first president of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
In addition to being a fun place to eat, shop, and wander in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Stephen Avenue is also a fascinating place to explore some of the early history of the city (and of Western Canada for that matter). I shot several ghosting images updating archival photographs from around downtown Calgary that I also encourage you to have a look at here.
|"Conversation" sculpture on Stephen Avenue in Calgary.