Near where? Near here!

This weekend Calgarians are invited to attend the launch of the Near Here pilot, a community-led event happening on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m.

The Near Here project began at The City of Calgary’s 2018 Pedestrian Hackathon and went on to receive a grant from the Alberta Traffic Safety Fund to bring the concept to life.

Created with the intention of making Calgary more walkable, Near Here combines exploration and human interaction, resulting in organic wayfinding to help pedestrians discover what’s ‘near here’ in the neighbourhood. Visitors can help others discover unique places, shops and things to do in the area by leaving their tips and suggestions on the boards.

The public can interact with the boards in the communities of Bridgeland, Kensington, Marda Loop and Mission during a four-month pilot, set to take place from May to August 2019.

The Near Here boards are a great example of trying new, low-cost and temporary changes to our existing environment to improve our local neighbourhoods and public gathering spaces.

To celebrate their installation, we’ve rounded up our top five ways to be creative with the boards to help others find their new favourite spots.

1) Best spot to get that Instagram-worthy shot










Have a favourite spot to get a great photo of the neighbourhood? What about the best vantage point to get a picture of the downtown skyline? Sharing your photo tips are a great way to get engaged with the boards!

2. Where to take your furry friends

What’s your favourite park to take Fido for an adventure? Is there a great pet store, groomer or doggy daycare down the block? Help out a fellow animal lover and share away.


3. Shop local 

Is there a great farmers market on the weekend, or a place to pick up locally-made goods? Let others know about your favourite home-grown places and share the love.

4. Best parks and paths

Do you know the perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon or take the family for a walk? How about a great cycle path with beautiful city views? Outdoor tips are a perfect addition!

5. Hidden gems 

Know of a can’t-miss vintage shop or a great café to grab a bite? Is there a cool piece of art or a guided tour in the area? Share your top hidden gems and help them shine.