Stephen Avenue Walk is an historic downtown pedestrian mall which is one of the few National Historic Districts within Canada. Many of the well-preserved buildings date to the late 19th and early 20th century. Those interested in architecture can check out the old sandstone City Hall building on the far west end of the mall, stroll through Olympic Plaza (site of the medal awards ceremonies during the 1988 Winter Olympics), and see the impressive six-storey Hudson's Bay Company building with its column-fronted arcade. 

Calgarians have been able to buy goods on 8th Avenue for over 100 years, although pre-1915 one could buy liquor, shoes, boots, baked goods, fish, postage stamps and coffee on this block. Now, many of those old stores and buildings have been replaced to construct the various malls and the Glenbow Museum-Convention Centre. Stephen Avenue Walk is now the heart of financial calgary, with Bankers Hall located along it. The buildings either side of the walk are connected by Calgary's 'Plus 15' walkway system.

You may catch the acts of various buskers in the wamer months and other live performances, or just enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars lining the street, which are, arguably, some the best in Calgary. During the Calgary Stampede, Olympic Plaza and the adjoining Stephenue Avenue Walk are the site of many festivities, ranging from daily free chuckwagon breakfasts to mini-parades and dancing.

Stephen Avenue Walk is situated along 8 Ave SW (Stephen Avenue) and spans from 1 St SE to 4 St SW. Stephen Avenue Walk is sometimes also called Stephen Avenue Mall (its official name for about 20 years, starting in the 1970's) because it is a 'pedestrian mall in the heart of downtown Calgary'; it is closed to vehicle traffic from 6 am to 6 pm daily.

Printable walking tour of Stephen Avenue Walk for students (with questions & activities)