Bridgeland-Riverside (1903 - )
In Calgary’s early days, Bridgeland and Riverside began as separate communities on the north side of the Bow River. Riverside, near the Langevin Bridge along the busy trail to Edmonton, was incorporated as a village in 1903, and informally known as Germantown. Further north and east, CPR had the rights to the land, and developed Bridgeland for working-class residents. After its annexation to the City, the Calgary General Hospital opened in 1910, prompting a building boom of many modest homes in the community. In 1998, implosion of the 1000-bed hospital ushered in a new era of development in what was now known as Bridgeland-Riverside. Gentrification is bringing in a new generation of young professionals and families, and numerous mid- and high-rise condos along with large contemporary homes are meeting their housing demands. This former blue-collar community of European immigrants is now seen as a trendy, desirable place to live.
To learn more:
- Scollard, D. c1981. Hospital: Portrait of the Calgary General. Calgary: Calgary General Hospital. Accessible at Calgary Public Library.
- Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association. 1989. Community with a View: A Heritage Tour of Bridgeland-Riverside. Calgary: Calgary-Riverside Community Association. Accessible at Calgary Public Library.
- Bridgeland-Riverside Historical Building Inventory, Volumes 1-17. 1998. Accessible at Calgary Public Library.
- Interviews with Residents of Bridgeland-Riverside. 2008. Accessible at Calgary Public Library.
- Michel, Marlene. 2015. Usu leut, our people: An historic look at the Germans from Russia living in Bridgeland/Riverside. Calgary: Marlene Michel.
- McKendrick, Sharon. History: The Calgary General Hospital. Calgary: Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association. Online Resource.
- Calgary Herald 1994 Walking Tour of Bridgeland (Take the tour and see what's changed!)
- Bridgeland Walks. Overview Tour. Online Resource.
- Bridgeland Walks. Ukrainian History Tour. Online Resource.
- Bridgeland Walks. Churches Tour. Online Resource.
- Bridgeland Walks. Riverside Art Walk. Online Resource.