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!)
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!
Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Calgary
Last Updated: July 2018
Location: The Camera Store (802 11 Ave SW)
Location: Underpass near Studio Bell (850 4 St SE)
Location: Staples (321 61 Ave SW)
Location: East Village River Walk (near Simmons Building, 618 Confluence Way SE)
Location: 1304 10 Ave SW (Community Natural Foods)
Location: 102 4 St. NE (Bridgeland / behind Luke’s Drug Mart)
Location: 2613 14 St. SW (by 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.
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: 1409 4 St. SW (Winston Manor)
Additional Details: Created by James Wyper (@JamesWyper on Instagram)
Location: 802 12 St SE (Inglewood Drive-in)
Location: 1403 4 St. SW (Lindt)
Location: 1503 4 St. SW (Parking lot of Rose & Crown Pub)
Additional Details: Created byNelson “Dedos” Garcia / Nomadic Alternatives
Location: 117 15 Ave SW (Deli Oriental Meat Style & Food)
Additional Details: Created by Rhys Douglas Farrell (@itsxyz on Instagram)
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: 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)
Location: 1443 Kensington Rd NW (Chicken on the Way)
Location: LRT Bridge Underpass
Additional Details: Located north of 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.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!
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!
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 accommodations 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!
Thanks to Nicola Pringle (@nicopringo) for designing my Guide to Instagrammable Walls logo!