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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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latitude: 51.047762, longitude: -114.068985
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Calgary is a City in Alberta, Canada at latitude 51°02′51.94″ North, longitude 114°04′08.35″ West.

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Getting Started

Like any city, the Calgary OSM map has nearly infinite opportunities for improvement, and we could use all the help we can get. An excellent way to get familiar with things is to zoom into your local neighborhood and add as much detail as you can. Check out the projects section if you're looking for a more specific challenge. Don't be discouraged from making changes to the map or to the Wiki.

Local Community

Check out Users in Calgary to see the public Wiki pages of our local users. The list is incomplete, and many more local mappers are visible using The Overview of OSM Contributors Map.

With the pandemic, it's best to keep community engagement online for the time being. The most active media of communication being the #osm-ca IRC channel.

Please introduce your friends to OpenStreetMap! Reach out to enthusiast communities in orienteering, urban planning, open source and anyone else who may be remotely interested.

Projects

Roads and Infrastructure

The majority of all roads have been mapped as of December 2021, either by actual on the ground mapping or by tracing aerial imagery. Most roads traced from aerial are lacking names however.

Communities

Newer communities may have missing or incomplete data.

Community Last Mapped Notes User
Auburn Bay, SE April 2010 Map updated with new developments tracked by GPS. All street names updated. Nearly complete as of December 2021. MarcPro
Mahogany, SE December 2021 Building out Taorenxuan
New Brighton, SE April 2010 Updated with GPS tracks and street names. MarcPro
Copperfield, SE December 2021 Complete, minor portion in SE is under construction. MarcPro
Mackenzie Towne, SE April 2010 Updated with GPS tracks and local knowledge. Added bike paths. Completed street names. MarcPro
Evergreen, SW December 25, 2021 A majority is complete, pathways and sidewalks need to be mapped. Jrreid
Silverado, SW September 2013 Zippanova
Chapparal Valley, SW July 2008 Stub roads in north end. Note that access is only off 194th avenue Jrreid
Tuscany, NW July 2008 Substantially complete Jrreid
Panorama Hills, NW June 2008 Jrreid
Saddleridge, NE July 2008 Jrreid & Lofenyy
Evanston, NW July 2008 Jrreid
Shawnessy, SW November 2011 danboss
Sherwood, NW June 2008 Area between the mapped portion and Sarcee Trail expected to open late 2008 Jrreid
Rocky Ridge, NW July 2008 NE area undeveloped currently, otherwise complete Jrreid
Royal Oak, NW June 2008 Substantially complete Jrreid
Sage Hill, NW July 2008 Jrreid
Aspen Woods, SW June 2008 Jrreid
Springbank Hill, SW (includes Montreaux) June 2008 Jrreid
West Springs, SW June 2008 Jrreid
Cranston, SE April 2010 About 90% complete, some street without names. Some bike paths added. MarcPro
Legacy, SE
Hotchkiss, SE
Walden, SE
Evanston, NW
Sage Hill, NW
Nolan Hill, NW
Redwood, NE
Skyview Ranch, NE
Cityscape, NE

Building Canada 2020

Building Canada 2020 Initiative (BC2020i) was a community-led initiative with the vision to map all buildings in Canada on OpenStreetMap by the year 2020.

Simple information on buildings (geolocation, building footprint, full address and type of use) is of major societal value. This information, however, is often lacking in some areas or not completely accessible on a single open data platform. Creating a nation-wide, freely accessible and non-proprietary source of information on buildings will contribute to the development of the data infrastructures of the future, upon which a multitude of public and private projects could thrive.

See Canada/Building Canada 2020 for more information.

Canada Post

Thoughout the country, only a few of the existing post offices have actually been mapped. According to an external document, put together using data from Canada Post's own database and the Overpass API, as of November of 2021, only 42% of all post offices have actually been mapped throughout the country, and only 22.4% have been mapped in Alberta.

Information on which specific post offices have been added in the northern territories and western provinces can be found here.

See WikiProject Canada Post for more information and post office tagging guidelines.

Calgary Transit

Calgary Transit provides an important service for the city, and there's a multitude of reasons why we would want it mapped out completely. There's a Wikiproject set up to do just this with all kinds of very specific and helpful information.

See Wikiproject_Calgary_Transit.

Power Network Infrastructure

The Alberta power grid uses voltages different from the surrounding provinces and U.S. states. There's a Wiki Project dedicated to the mapping of power-related infrastructure in Alberta.

See Power networks/Canada/Alberta for more information.

Suggested Mapping Guidelines

(Borrowed from the Winnipeg guidelines)

Here are some suggested guidelines for road classification in and around Calgary and Alberta. These are not authoritative, but should help ensure consistent classification of roads around the city.

Highways and provincial roads

Guidelines for Alberta highways and provincial roads can be found in the Alberta Tagging Guidelines. The guidelines in the Tagging Guidelines section were originally in this Calgary page but were moved there to avoid duplication.

Road tagging guidelines

Highways that run through the city are classified as described by Canada:Alberta#The_quick_guide. They should be tagged with their street name (e.g. highway=primary, ref=1A, name=Crowchild Trail NW).

  • Motorway: Only roads which are freeways: free flowing and have no traffic lights. Have a speed limit of 90-110 km/h (presently Deerfoot Trail, Stoney Trail, Crowchild Trail, and Glenmore Trail)
  • Primary: Only provinicial highways (per Canada:Alberta#The_quick_guide) and related connectors. Presently these include:
    • 1A - Crowchild Trail (W city limit to 16 Avenue NW)
    • 2A - Macleod Trail (S city limit to Stoney Trail SE)
    • 8 - Glenmore Trail (W city limit to Deerfoot Trail SE)
    • 22X - Spruce Meadows Trail (W city limit to Macleod Trail SE)
And these connectors:
  • Crowchild Trail NW (24 Ave N to Memorial Drive) - connects 1A to 8
  • Sarcee Trail SW - connects 1 to 8 (signed as a 1 to 2 connector)
  • Secondary: Major arterial roads that are not numbered highways (e.g. Beddington Trail, Bow Trail, 52 Street SE, Country Hills Boulevard). These generally have speed limits of 60 km/h or higher.
  • Tertiary: Smaller arterial roads, typically with speed limits of 50-60 km/h. These includes major collector roads in residential neighbourhoods.
  • Residential: Most residential roads (any that aren't considered tertiary). Speed limits are 50 km/h or less.
  • Unclassified: (sometimes called Minor) Roads that do not qualify as tertiary, but are in commercial or industrial areas. Includes much of the downtown core. Unclassified roads are roughly the same as residential roads, but are outside of residential areas.
  • Service: Back lanes, driveways, parking aisles, and similar unnamed paved roads. Speed limits usually below 50 km/h (sometimes unofficial). (see key:service for usages)
  • Track: Unnamed unpaved roads, not suitable for heavy travel. Fire access roads for parks or grasslands (if paved, upgrade to service).

All roads with a classification above service should be named with the street name and quadrant.

Walking and biking trails

Walking paths can be tagged with highway=footway, whether they are paved or gravel paths. If bicycles are allowed (as they normally are), add bicycle=yes. foot=yes is implied and doesn't need to be specified explicitly.

Informal trails/paths (ie. most paths on Nose Hill, unpaved/dirt trails between buildings on the U of C campus) should be tagged with highway=path and also surface=* (usually grass, gravel, dirt, etc.). If bicycles use these paths they can be tagged with bicycle=yes, but be careful about possible legal restrictions (eg. on the unpaved paths on Nose Hill bicycles are disallowed, but are still a common sight).

Unpaved vehicle tracks (ie. the track running N-S on Nose Hill, along the 24 Street W alignment) should be tagged with highway=track and surface=* (usually grass or dirt)

A path which is exclusive to bicycles (ie. the "no pedestrian" paths along the rivers where bicycles and pedestrians are given separate paths, grade/barrier separated cycle ways) should be tagged with highway=cycleway. Bike lane along a street should be tagged according to the rules outlined here: Bicycle

Steps anywhere (e.g. the stairways that access the river walk) should be tagged with highway=steps and incline=up (with the direction of the way pointing uphill).

Normal streets that form part of the cycle path network (ie. have the blue cycle signs) should be given the lcn=yes tag. If the name/reference is known lcn_ref=* should be added instead (as it implies lcn=yes).

See also BBBike @ Calgary - a cycle route planner for Calgary

Bus Stops and Bus Routes

A project page has been set up with the goal to map out the entire transit network. Tagging guidelines can be found there.

See Wikiproject_Calgary_Transit.

See also

See also Canadian tagging guidelines and Map Features.

OSM in the Wild

I've seen a few examples of OSM in Calgary in the wild, mainly used by news companies. A large part of outreach is getting known. If you happen to spot an example of OpenStreetMap being used here in Calgary, please post it here.