GARRISON WOODS AND MARDA LOOP, CALGARY

With its mix of condos and single-family homes – and nearby Marda Loop’s shops and restaurants – Garrison Woods, a former Canadian Forces Base, is a testament to New Urbanism.

By Karen Ashbee

8:00 Fitness buffs are ready to rock and roll at the Pro Bodies TKO Sports Conditioning class. Run by former Golden Gloves boxing champion Pete Estabrooks and his partner, Kyla Zalapski, this is the place to kick-start the day.

9:00 After a high-powered workout, many flock to the Belmont Diner for a chow-down. This 1930s-style diner makes breakfast the order of the day. It’s worth braving the daily lineups for consistently man-size meals and the all-you-can-eat toast and hash browns that come with every order.

11:00 An Americano at the Kaffa Coffee & Salsa House, located in a converted home that’s more coffee house than shop, is a mid-morning ritual. You almost expect the new Joni Mitchell to show up with a 12-string guitar and strum a few bars.

16:00 33rd Avenue is busy with locals running errands. Vintage fashions can be had at Think Twice, while the paraffin manicure at Elaments is addictive. Those pressed for dinner ideas know that 10-minute meals don’t have to mean reheated pizza: Red Tree Catering offers gourmet takeout like bison short ribs and butter chicken.

19:30 Candles glimmer at Jojo Bistro Parisien, lending a glow to the Provençal yellow walls and bistro posters. A fixture on the Calgary dining scene, chef Mohammed Guelli has been serving up some of the best bouillabaisse and steak frites since 1987.


“I like the diversity: We live in a renovated bungalow, but right beside us is a brand-new infill. We have a suburban feel, while being central enough that downtown is only five minutes away. And yes, there’s a Starbucks, but the purists can still go to Kaffa.”

– Kyla Zalapski, co-owner of Pro Bodies


Belmont Diner 2008 33rd Ave. S.W., 403-242-6782, belmontdiner.ca
Elaments Salon & Day Spa 3409 20th St. S.W., 403-242-0104, elaments.com
Jojo Bistro Parisien 2215 33rd Ave. S.W., #101, 403-246-0082
Kaffa Coffee & Salsa House 2138 33rd Ave. S.W., 403-240-9133
Pro Bodies Health & Fitness 2123 33rd Ave. S.W., 403-249-8885,
probodies.ca
Red Tree Catering 2129 33rd Ave. S.W., 403-242-3246,
redtreecatering.com
Think Twice Consignment & Gifts 2133 33rd Ave. S.W., 403-686-3251