Though Calgary’s streets are based on a numerical grid system that expands as it leaves downtown, some of Calgary’s streets are named after people or landmarks that deserve to highlight the local history. Let’s mention a few that you may not know about:
MacLeod Trail: named after Col. James Macleod who was a NWMP officer who approved the name Fort Calgary.
Crowfoot Trail: named after David Crowfoot, who was the Chief of the Tsuu Tina Nation from 1946 to 1953.
McKnight Boulevard: named for William McKnight who was part of the Royal Air Force during the 2nd World War and who spent much of his childhood in Calgary before disappearing in combat.
James McKevitt Road: one of the earliest settlers of the area, who came here in 1884 and started a farm with his wife and children.
John Laurie Boulevard: named after an educator and political activist who was very vocal and a strong advocate for the First Nations in the area.
Deerfoot Trail: originally named Blackfoot Trail Freeway, it was changed to Deerfoot Trail in 1974 to honor a 19th century Siksika Nation long-distance runner who was known for his incredible speed.
Memorial Drive: originally called Sunnyside Boulevard, it later became known as Memorial Drive as a living testament to all the soldiers who represented Canada in the First World War.
Stoney Trail: a name related to Alberta’s Nakoda First Nations.
Na’a Drive: a Blackfoot word for Mother Earth
Shaganappi: a word of Cree origins that refers and relates to bison hide lacings.
The latest opening of Tsuut'ina Trail is an homage to the Tsuu T'ina nation reserve on which the ring road has been partially built.
Curious about others?! Send them in, we will add them to the list! While you're at it, click here to understand the different word designations for different street types!
Mark, your Calgary realtor