Downtown West End was established in 1884, just a year after the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). CPR tracks border the neighbourhood to the south while the north is bordered by the Bow River. Downtown West End is also bordered by the 9th Street W to the east and 14th Street W to the west.
There is a lot to do in this neighbourhood. In terms of attractions, it has the Millennium Park, a 75,000-square-feet skatepark, and Mewata Armoury, which is considered a Provincial Historical Resource. There is also the Contemporary Calgary, a public art gallery that took over the area where Centennial Planetarium and Calgary Science Centre used to be.
Bow River is an attraction in itself. Also, it is the centre of a number of paved paths for cycling, walking, and even rollerblading.