Currently, the Marda Loop BIA represents over 130 merchants that are the soul of Marda Loop.

Our business members contribute to the annual BIA fund that allows the Marda Loop BIA to initiate several projects each year to help promote, maintain and enhance Marda Loop. Drive, walk or bike 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 a trolley car 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.

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.