Guide Originally Posted: September 2017
Guide Last Updated: September 2020
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! They can be indoor or outdoor, but I’ve primarily focused on outdoor walls (they’re more accessible!)
I think Instagrammable Walls add to the beauty of a city, and can attract people to a location as a destination. It’s a wonderful way to explore and experience art, and discover artists!
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, discover artists and artwork, and in today’s social media world, it gives you some really great settings for vacation photos to share online!
In September 2017, I partnered with Tourism Calgary produce a Guide to Calgary’s Instagrammable Walls too, and then in September 2020, I revisited for an update to this guide! (I’ve been to Calgary a lot between 2017 and 2020, lol you can check out all my Calgary travel blog posts here!)
Check out some of Calgary’s Most Instagrammable Walls below!
Note: murals change often, so you may read this, head to a wall, and find it’s different or perhaps a building has been taken down. lol. I’ve also tried to include artist information where I could. If you know the artist for a wall that does not include an artist credit, please let me know and I’ll include it! Also, this is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the possible Instagrammable Walls in Calgary, but it’s a pretty good one, lol.
Many (but not all) of the walls I visited during my September 2020 visit (featured in this guide) were part of the Beltline Urban Mural Project (BUMP) Festival, Calgary’s amazing annual mural festival!
Learn about the Beltline Urban Mural Project + Festival / see all past BUMP mural and artist information
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! Also be sure to follow the artists listed and @YYCBUMP!
Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Calgary
Last Updated: September 2020
Location: Alley of Myhre’s Deli (1411 11 St. SW)
Location: Staples (321 61 Ave SW)
Location: East Village River Walk (near Simmons Building, 618 Confluence Way SE)
Artist: Katie Green (note: these murals are temporary and may be different / from a different artist when you read this guide!)
Location: Foxglove Studio (915 9 Ave SE – Inglewood)
Location: East Village Junction 439 8 Ave SE.
Location: 2613 14 St. SW (by Fringe Hair)
Location: 1133 Kensington Rd NW (behind Plaza Theatre)
Location: 449 9A St NW (Geo’s Hair near Sunnyside CTrain Station)
Location: Along 26 Ave., between 15 A St. and 16 St. SW
Location: 1403 4 St. SW (Lindt)
Location: 809 1 Ave NE (Blue Star Diner)
Location: 124 2 Ave SW (parking lot across from Chinese United Church, Chinatown)
Location: 710 17 Ave SW (Reid’s Stationers)
Location: 124 10 St. NW (near/behind Oak Tree Tavern in Kensington/Hillhurst)
Location: 1443 Kensington Rd NW (Chicken on the Way)
Location: Sunnyside CTrain Bridge Underpass (north of the Sunnyside CTrain Station—drive or walk up in direction of SAIT).
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.
Thank you to Tourism Calgary for helping me set up an itinerary to come scout Instagrammable Walls of Calgary!
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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. This does not impact the opinions stated in this post. I really, really love finding, photographing and sharing Instagrammable Walls!
Thanks to Nicola Pringle (@nicopringo) for designing my Guide to Instagrammable Walls logo!