The Marda Loop BIA represents over 170 businesses that are the soul of Marda Loop: where life connects.

The Marda Loop BIA works to promote, improve and enliven the Marda Loop business district. Come to Marda Loop and find everything you need.


The name Marda Loop comes from two significant South Calgary landmarks. The word “Marda” comes from the Marda Theatre (1953-1988), which was founded by Mark and Mada Jenkins. “Marda” was created by the merging of the founder’s names. The word “Loop” comes from the streetcar that made rounds through early Calgary’s downtown and outlying areas. It travelled as far as 34th Avenue and 20th Street, before “looping” back to the City Centre.  After 1950, it was replaced by a trolley bus that went down 33rd Avenue to a turnaround loop near 22nd Street.

It wasn’t long before the area became known as Marda Loop and, though both the trolley and the theatre are long gone, the name and the history are still an important part of the area.

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