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Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Calgary

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary

One of my favourite things to do in a city is find their Instagrammable Walls. Every city has them. Being ‘Instagrammable’ simply describes the wall’s aesthetic. These pretty, interesting coloured, textured, muralled, highly photogenic walls make a great backdrop for photos with yourself or your friends. They can be indoor or outdoor, but I’ve primarily focused on outdoor walls (they’re more accessible!) 

I think these Instagrammable Walls add to the beauty of a city, and can attract people to a location as a destination. 

If you live in the city, you’ve likely walked or driven by Instagrammable Walls but wouldn’t notice it’s ‘Instagrammable’ unless someone pointed it out. Or, maybe you note ‘that’s pretty’ but keep going.

If you’re from out of town, watching for and photographing Instagrammable Walls is a really great way to explore a new place, and in today’s social media world, it gives you some really great settings for vacation photos to share online! 

I’ve been hosting Instagrammable Walls Photo Walks in Edmonton this summer (2017), and have mapped out a Guide to Edmonton’s Most Instagrammable Walls, so I was really excited to partner with Tourism Calgary this fall to produce a Guide to Calgary’s Most Instagrammable Walls too! 

Check out some of Calgary’s Most Instagrammable Walls below! Note: Some locations include multiple photos because there were multiple murals. I’ve also tried to include artist information where I could, but wasn’t able to get it for all (if you know the artist – please let me know and I’ll include it!) 

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary Capture Calgary
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If I’m missing a wall, please let me know! My visit was fairly whirlwind, so I know there are some local gems that we weren’t able to get to. Thanks to local Calgarian Instagrammer Morgan (@worth_y) for sharing some of her favourite walls with us for the trip (check out her feed for more walls!) Thanks to Tourism Calgary and Instagrammer/tweeters for sharing their wall tips. Thanks to my good friend Kathy Le (@kathytrinhle) and her boyfriend Ryan for coming along with us for some of the wall scouting. And thanks to my husband Mike for being such a good sport and going all over Calgary with me to scout these walls! 

Be sure to email, tweet @lindork, message me on Instagram @lindork, or share Calgary wall locations/photos on Instagram using #IGWallsofYYC and #CaptureCalgary to get them added to the list! 

Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Calgary

Last Updated: September 26, 2017 

Location: East Village River Walk (near Simmons Building, 618 Confluence Way SE)

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - East Village Riverwalk
East Village River Walk Mosaic. Artist: Ron Moppett.
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - East Village Riverwalk
East Village River Walk Murals.
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - East Village Riverwalk
East Village River Walk Murals.
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - East Village Riverwalk
East Village River Walk with Calgary Instagrammer Morgan (@worth_y on Instagram!). Artist: Curtis Van Charles Sorensen
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - East Village Riverwalk
East Village River Walk Murals.

Location: 1304 10 Ave SW (Community Natural Foods) 

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Community Natural Foods Green Wall
Nice, big, green wall!

Location: 102 4 St. NE (Bridgeland / behind Luke’s Drug Mart)

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Bridgeland BeCubed
“BeCubed” in Bridgeland. Artist: Michelle Hoogveld
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Bridgeland BeCubed
“BeCubed” in Bridgeland. Artist: Michelle Hoogveld

Location: 2613 14 St. SW (by Fringe Hair) 

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Purple Wall
Purple Wall near Fringe Hair.

Location: 1020 2 Ave. NW (ContainR Park)

Additional Details: ContainR is a pop-up arts and culture hub, the first city-permitted Art Park in Calgary.

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - ContainR Park Springboard YYC Rebecca Reid Willow Herzog Sunnyside
ContainR Park (Springboard YYC) Mural in Sunnyside. Artist:Rebecca Reid / Willow Herzog.
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - ContainR Park Springboard YYC Zack Aboulazm Sunnyside
ContainR Park (Springboard YYC) Mural in Sunnyside. Artist: Zack Aboulazm
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - ContainR Park Springboard YYC Sunnyside
ContainR Park (Springboard YYC) Mural in Sunnyside.
ContainR Park (Springboard YYC) Mural in Sunnyside. Artist:Rebecca Reid / Willow Herzog.
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - ContainR Park Springboard YYC Sunnyside
ContainR Park (Springboard YYC) Mural in Sunnyside.

Location: 1133 Kensington Rd NW (behind Plaza Theatre)

Location: 449 9A St NW (Geo’s Hair near Sunnyside CTrain Station)

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary
Lots of great murals in Sunnyside!

Location: Along 26 Ave., between 15 A St. and 16 St. SW

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Grey White Texture Wall
Love this textured wall!
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Forest
Instagrammable Nature Scene!
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Dinosaur
Mike was the one who saw this mural and wanted to stop for it, lol.

Location: 1409 4 St. SW (Winston Manor) 

Additional Details: Created by James Wyper (@JamesWyper on Instagram)

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - James Wyper After the Flood
“After the Flood” by James Wyper (@JamesWyper on Instagram)
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Winston Manor Colourful wall
Love this colourful wall!

Location: 802 12 St SE (Inglewood Drive-in)

Location: 1403 4 St. SW (Lindt) 

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Black Wall - Lindt Chocolate
Black Texture Wall (Lindt Chocolate).

Location: 1503 4 St. SW (Parking lot of Rose & Crown Pub)

Additional Details: Created byNelson “Dedos” Garcia / Nomadic Alternatives

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Dances with Wolves Mural - Nelson Dedos Garcia Nomadic Alternatives
“Dances with Wolves” by Nelson “Dedos” Garcia / Nomadic Alternatives

Location: 117 15 Ave SW (Deli Oriental Meat Style & Food) 

Additional Details: Created by Rhys Douglas Farrell (@itsxyz on Instagram)

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Rhys Douglas Farrell Abstract Wall
Abstract Composition by Rhys Douglas Farrell (@itsxyz on Instagram)

Location: 809 1 Ave NE (Blue Star Diner)

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Blue Star Diner
The Star at the Blue Star Diner.

Location: 124 2 Ave SW (Parking Lot across from Chinese United Church, Chinatown)

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Chinatown Mural
Robot with Bubble Tea! Chinatown Mural.

Location: 710 17 Ave SW (Reid’s Stationers)

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Reids Blue Wall
Blue wall at Reid’s Stationers on 17th Ave.

Location: 640 8 Ave SW (Inside Lobby of Western Union Building)

Additional Details: This building was closed when we visited on the weekend but was open when my friend Ashley (@chattygirlmedia) visited during a weekday! 

Location: 124 10 St. NW (near/behind Oak Tree Tavern in Kensington/Hillhurst) 

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Hillhurst Kensington Graffiti Alley
Murals in the alley behind Oak Tree Tavern and Hillhurst Hardware, Calgary (Kensington/Sunnyside).
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Hillhurst Kensington Graffiti Alley
Mural near Hillhurst Hardware, Calgary (Kensington/Sunnyside).
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Hillhurst Kensington Graffiti Alley
Murals in the alley behind Oak Tree Tavern and Hillhurst Hardware, Calgary (Kensington/Sunnyside).
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Hillhurst Kensington Graffiti Alley
Murals in the alley behind Oak Tree Tavern and Hillhurst Hardware, Calgary (Kensington/Sunnyside).
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Hillhurst Kensington Graffiti Alley
Murals in the alley behind Oak Tree Tavern and Hillhurst Hardware, Calgary (Kensington/Sunnyside).

Location: 1443 Kensington Rd NW (Chicken on the Way) 

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Chicken on the Way - Yellow Wall
Yellow + Red Wall (Chicken on the Way in Kensington).

Location: LRT Bridge Underpass 

Additional Details: Located north of Sunnyside CTrain Station. Drive or walk up in direction of SAIT.

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Rainbow Underpass Sunnyside Bridge Pride
CTrain Rainbow Underpass (north of Sunnyside Station).
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Rainbow Underpass Sunnyside Bridge Pride
CTrain Rainbow Underpass (north of Sunnyside Station).
Instagrammable Walls of Calgary - Rainbow Underpass Sunnyside Bridge Pride
CTrain Rainbow Underpass (north of Sunnyside Station).

You made it to the end!

As I said, if I’m missing a wall, please let me know! If I’m missing artist information (which I am) and you know it (which would be great!) please let me know too.Be sure to email, tweet @lindork, message me on Instagram @lindork, or share Calgary wall locations/photos on Instagram using #IGWallsofYYC and #CaptureCalgary to get them added to the list! 

Instagrammable Walls of Calgary Capture Calgary
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Thank you to Tourism Calgary for helping me set up an itinerary to come scout Instagrammable Walls of Calgary! And be sure to check out my Weekend Eats (Where to Eat in Calgary) food post from this same weekend! 

Linda

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Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. I partnered with Tourism Calgary for a weekend exploring the city to capture Calgary’s most Instagrammable Walls. Our meals and accomodations were covered on behalf of Tourism Calgary. This does not impact the opinions stated in this post. I really, really love finding, photographing and sharing Instagrammable Walls! 

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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