5 Interesting Spots on 10th Avenue and 17th Street S.W. in Calgary

This area in Calgary’s Sunalta neighbourhood is home to a huge games, books and miniatures store, Calgary’s only elevated LRT station and more.

Illustration by Jarett Sitter.

The Sentry Box

This 13,000 sq.-ft. nerd-culture hub stocks fantasy, science fiction and military games, books and miniatures for purchase and has demo games to try out in-store. There are also game nights and workshops/demo events where you can meet up with fellow enthusiasts. Its sister store next door specializes in Magic: The Gathering and other collectible card games.

 

Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers

Founded in 1978, this non-profit, artist-run centre provides resources like studio space and equipment rentals. The society also presents the annual Artifact Small Format Film Festival, which screens Super 8 and 16-mm films and presents the Film/Music Explosion! event — performances by local artists accompanied by screenings of Super 8 music videos.

 

Sunalta LRT Station

Located on the CTrain’s west leg, Sunalta Station is Calgary’s first and only elevated LRT station. Sitting approximately 15 metres above street level, the station provides pedestrian access over the CPKG (formerly CP Rail) lines to 9th Avenue S.W., connecting the communities of Sunalta and Downtown West End.

 

Sunalta Community Hall

This charming hall won Community Centre of the Year at the 2022 Canada Prestige Awards. The hall hosts a range of community-building events throughout the year, including pumpkin carvings, movies in the park and an annual potato roast to celebrate the end of the garden harvest.

 

SABI Mind

Specializing in psychedelic-assisted therapies, this clinic treats those struggling with mental health and chronic pain with substances such as ketamine. In addition to treatment, SABI has a research focus. This past May, it launched the Global Psychedelic Survey to create a comprehensive assessment of psychedelics use in adults around the world.

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This article appears in the July 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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