5 Interesting Things in Calgary’s University District

The University District is home to a movie theatre, Central Commons Park, the AdaptAbility retail store and more.

Illustration by Jarett Sitter.

Alt Hotel

Set to open this summer, this new Le Germain Hotels property will feature modern stylings inspired by the Rockies. It will also be among the first Alt Hotels to be LEED certified, meaning it will meet ecologically sustainable and energy efficiency goals, in line with the sustainably developed surrounding community.




This locally founded retail store specializes in products for those living with diverse and special needs and their families. The goal is to provide a safe place for shoppers to experience the products and see if they are the right fit. Items in stock include wheelchairs, sensory development toys and safety accessories.

4035 University Ave. N.W., adaptabilitystore.ca


Cineplex VIP Cinemas

Love going to the movies but wish you didn’t have to share the theatre with a bunch of little kids? This swanky cinema is for those aged 18-plus and features reclining, heated seats and in-seat service for drinks and food. Pro tip: order one of the fishbowl cocktails, which will last you a full movie.

3953 University Ave. N.W., 587-315-6410, cineplex.com


Central Commons Park

University District’s Central Commons is a space for all seasons. In the summertime, you can picnic at the public barbeques, cool off at the splash pad or check out summer markets and other community events; while in the winter, the central area becomes a skating rink, complete with cozy firepits.



Rotary Flames House

This facility, supported by the Calgary Flames Foundation, provides palliative and hospice care for children with life-limiting illnesses, and grief and bereavement support for their families. It’s the only hospice centre of its kind in Alberta, and one of only six in Canada.

18 Childrens Dr. N.W., 403-955-5500, calgaryflamesfoundation.com/rotary-flames-house

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This article appears in the March 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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