Local Attractions

Top Things to do in Calgary, Alberta

At Hotel Arts Kensington, we offer the best of both worlds: a charming neighbourhood,location next to the Bow River and easy access to vibrant downtown Calgary. Our boutique property is surrounded by over 250 shops in the Kensington neighbourhood and the nearby Peace Bridge puts the heart of the city at your fingertips. Guests will also find bicycling, rollerblading and jogging opportunities right outside on the Bow River pathways. There's plenty of things to do in Calgary, Alberta!

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Kensington Village

distance: 50 meters from hotel

Once owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, Kensington Village is now a revitalized neighbourhood,filled with residential homes and over 250 shops and restaurants. This family-friendly urban village hosts an ongoing series of events that feature something for everyone. Kensington Village is a pedestrian and bike-friendly community, and it also offers public transportation access (the LRT Sunnyside Station and several bus stops) to and from downtown Calgary.

Bow River

distance: 70 meters from hotel

Meandering through the City of Calgary is the beautiful Bow River, named after First Nation people that made bows out of reeds growing along the riverbank. The Bow River Pathway, developed along both banks of the river, is just steps from our inn and is a perfect way to explore the area on one of our complimentary bicycles.

Peace Bridge

distance: 700 meter from hotel

Opened for use in March 2012, the Peace Bridge connects the southern Bow River Pathway to Downtown Calgary. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the glass roof and steel-arched bridge is made for pedestrians and cyclists, providing a convenient route from Kensington Riverside Inn into downtown.

Prince’s Island Park

distance: 1.7km from hotel

Prince’s Island Park is located on an island in the Bow River that was donated to the City of Calgary by the Prince family in 1947. The park is part of the pathway and hiking trail system on both sides of the river. Primary access to the 20 hectares park is through footbridges, with limited vehicle access. A wetland area exists on the eastern end of the island, which is home to many geese and mallards, and the park hosts a series of festivals, expos and events throughout the year.

Downtown Calgary

distance: 500 meters from hotel

Downtown Calgary is made up of three neighbourhoods,– the Downtown West End, the Downtown Commercial Core and the Downtown East Village – as well as a number of districts, including the Government District, the Cultural District and the Entertainment District. Skyscrapers in the Downtown Commercial Core are some of the tallest buildings in Western Canada, and the dense downtown area is connected by a system of walkways and bridges (known as the “+15”) that is the largest of its kind worldwide. Spend a day exploring a city rich in history, culture and architectural achievements. 

SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)

distance: 3 km from hotel

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as SAIT, is a post-secondary institution that offers skill-focused, experience-oriented training in over 100 diverse fields. Established in 1916, it is Canada’s first publicly funded technical institute and Calgary’s oldest post-secondary institution.

TELUS Convention Centre

distance: 3 km from hotel

Located a five-minute drive away in downtown Calgary, TELUS is a full-service convention center with dedicated convention space, exhibit space, meeting rooms and function areas. With an impressive calendar of events, TELUS hosts more than 600 conventions, conferences and events annually.

BMO Centre

distance: 5 km from hotel

Previously known as the Round-Up Centre in Stampede Park, the BMO Centre is the largest convention center in Calgary. A not-for-profit community organization, the Centre hosts an action-packed calendar of events, from concerts to food festivals. BMO Center is located five kilometers, or about a six-minute drive, from Kensington Riverside Inn.

Kensington Riverside Inn


1126 Memorial Drive NW

Calgary, AB, T2N3E3

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