At the heart of what we now call Calgary, the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers was the gathering place for Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. We respectively acknowledge that our city’s post-contact, built heritage and cultural landscapes occupy the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 peoples (the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Stoney Nakoda and the Tsuut’ina First Nations), and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

Welcome to CHI


The Calgary Heritage Initiative Society (CHI) advocates to preserve and promote the productive use of buildings and areas of historic significance.  CHI is a city-wide, membership-based volunteer heritage advocacy group, founded in 2005.


Our website was designed as a central resource for heritage research and information, whether you are interested in the heritage of the building you live in or are passionate about heritage protection and advocacy. Have a look at our Watch List to see the status of buildings. Visit the latest in our Posts section for fascinating stories about our built heritage and info on live talks, tours and workshops.


If you are interested in the history of your home, check out our Researching A Property page for tips and resources, as well as our Designation 101 page for details of that process.


Interested in getting involved? Become a Member of CHI, and if you are interested in Volunteering, tell us what you would like to do. Got a question not covered on the site or in the Archives? Email us at, we'd love to hear from you.

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