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This page contains information relating to mapping activity that is specific to the city of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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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Mapping projects in Calgary

The majority of all roads have been mapped as of August 2008, either by actual on the ground mapping or by tracing aerial imagery. Most roads traced from aerial are lacking names however.

The pathway system running throughout the city has also been mostly completed thanks to data provided by

Several communities are still being developed around the edge of the city, and may need to have further mapping done as the newly built roadways open:

Community Last Mapped Notes User
Auburn Bay, SE April 2010 Map updated with new developments tracked by GPS. All street names updated. MarcPro
Mahogany, SE No roads accessible to public as of July 2008 Jrreid
New Brighton, SE April 2010 Updated with GPS tracks and street names. MarcPro
Copperfield, SE April 2010 Up to date with GPS tracks for newer roads. All street names updated. MarcPro
Mackenzie Towne, SE April 2010 Updated with GPS tracks and local knowledge. Added bike paths. Completed street names. MarcPro
Evergreen, SW August 6, 2008 Small area in NW of community unbuilt, rest is 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

Mapping guidelines for Calgary

(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

All bus routes in Calgary have now been marked with relations. Some bus stops have been added to these relations.

Tagging should be done as per Buses. Bus stops should be tagged with a ref tag and a bus_routes tag with the appropriate stop reference and route number. The stop node should also be added to all route relations for routes which stop there, with the role stop. If more than one stop number is located at a physical stop location, the values of the ref tag and the bus_routes tag should be separated by a pipe.

See also

See also Canadian tagging guidelines and Map Features.