Walking Tours & Experience Ideas

Support Local when Masking Up!

Now that masks are a mandatory part of visiting public spaces, we’ve compiled a list of a few great spots #intheloop to mask up while supporting local businesses! 1. Marda Loop Brewing Looking for a cold beer and snacks? Marda Loop Brewing offers an incredible selection of craft beers and a delicious menu. Additionally, they are offering branded masks for $10 or disposable...

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Back to the Origins of Marda Gras

The Marda Gras Street Festival has been a big part of Marda Loop for decades.  Due to COVID, this is the first year that Marda Loop has not hosted a summer festival since 1985.  As we look forward to returning in 2021, this is a good time to look back on Marda Gras’ beginnings. Marda Gras began as an initiative of a newly founded organization of local businesses, the Marda Loop BRZ (today’s BIA)....

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Keeping it Sweet in the Loop!

With an upcoming weekend of warm weather, now is the perfect time to try some new ice cream flavours and sweet treats #intheloop! To make your adventure even sweeter, we have compiled a list of a few spots in Marda Loop to get your fix on! Village Ice Cream Here’s the scoop: Village Ice Cream is the perfect place to stop #intheloop for a cold treat on a hot day! With a huge...

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Father’s Day Shopping #intheloop

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it is time to start considering what to get for dear old (or young), DAD! To help you out, we have put together a list five amazing spots #intheloop to get gifts for Dad. 1. Springbank Cheese Co. Springbank Cheese is perfect for the gourmet Dad! With tonnes of variety, you can get anything from aged-cheddar to chocolate cheese. Thi...

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Picking-up food in the Loop

Why picking-up picks everyone else up! As we navigate our way through the reopening of our neighbourhood, the Marda Loop BIA would like to remind everyone what GOOD picking-up vs using delivery services does for our hardworking restaurateurs and businesses. We get it, it can be easier to order through delivery services, but when you take a nice little drive or a stroll to your favourite haunt to...

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Four great places to shop online in the Loop!

There is nothing we love more than to see people out and about in the shops of Marda Loop. But these are strange times and we have had to adapt! We are proud that many of our businesses have developed online shopping opportunities over the last three months. Still in your pajamas after your latest Zoom meeting and want to shop from the comfort of home? Check out these four spots:...

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Stay Safe, Support Local during COVID-19

Stay Safe, Support Local Updated April 13, 2020 During this uncertain time, we would like to let you know that the well-being of all Marda Loop residents, visitors, workers and businesses is of the utmost importance to the Marda Loop BIA. Many of our shops and services remain open for pick-up and delivery, phone and online orders, respecting public health directives. Our grocery and food retailers...

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Last Run of the No. 7 South Calgary streetcar

The “Marda Loop” streetcar It was a typical Sunday, November 7, 1948, the suburban quiet occasionally interrupted by the familiar squeak and rattle of the old South Calgary streetcar.  By Monday morning’s rush hour (such as it was back then), a diesel bus was temporarily on the route. The streetcar tracks were soon torn up.  A trolley bus (an electric bus powered by overhead wires) took over in Fe...

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Your Guide to GREAT Coffee and Tea in the Loop

Unbeknownst to some, Marda Loop boasts a lot of fabulous coffee houses that offer something for everyone. If you’re looking for a place to soak up some caffeine or rooibos, here’s your guide: For the Casual Coffee Sipper, Phil and Sebastian Phil and Sebastian’s in Marda Loop is kind of the OG of coffee in our neighbourhood. Beyond their great coffee and tea selection, they also carry a va...

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Marda Loop Remembers

The communities of Marda Loop have a long military history.  Many who served and gave their lives for Canada trained, worked, shopped and lived in these neighbourhoods. PPCLI marching out the main gate in the 1950s. (Sourced from www.militarybruce.com) The lands that later became Currie Barracks were first used for militia training during the Great War.  Construction of Currie Barracks be...

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