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17 Avenue SW
Length 12.5 km (7.8 mi)
Location Calgary, Alberta
East end Macleod Trail
14 Street SW
Crowchild Trail
37 Street SW
Sarcee Trail
West end 101 Street SW
(Calgary city limits)

17 Avenue SW is a major east–west arterial road in the southwest quadrant of the city of Calgary, Alberta.

Between the Calgary Stampede Grounds and 14 Street SW, it is a commercial street, with bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops, which has been designated a Business Revitalization Zone. Officially named 17th Ave Retail and Entertainment District.

From 14th Street to Sarcee Trail, it is flanked by a mix of residential and commercial space, with small strip malls, a retirement home, and denser commercial developments in the Westbrook Mall area. West of Sarcee Trail it runs through suburban neighbourhoods and acreages, by Rundle College and Westside Recreation Centre.

The west extension of the C-Train light rail transit system runs along 17 Avenue west of 33 Street SW, as does the rapid bus transit.

Red Mile

Typical celebration along the Red Mile

17th Avenue was nicknamed the "Red Mile" in 2004 during the playoff run of Calgary's NHL team, the Calgary Flames. During this time, it was not uncommon to see over 100,000 fans crowding the street and its bars and pubs on game nights.. The block has become the unofficial gathering place for Calgary Flames fans, with many celebrating in the street during their last playoff run in 2015. The street also "dead-ends" at the Stampede Grounds on its east side and is thus central to the party-like atmosphere that overtakes the city during the Calgary Stampede festival.

Major intersections

From east to west. The entire route is in Calgary.

km mi Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 Macleod Trail One-way, northbound
0.2 0.12 1 Street SE (to Macleod Trail south) One-way, southbound
0.4 0.25 Centre Street S
0.9 0.56 4 Street SW
1.1 0.68 5 Street SW
1.6 0.99 8 Street SW
2.5 1.6 14 Street SW
3.7 2.3 Richmond Road (to Crowchild Trail north) Ramps for Crowchild Trail partial cloverleaf interchange
4.1 2.5 24 Street SW (to Crowchild Trail south)
5.4 3.4 33 Street SW, Spruce Drive – Westbrook station
5.8 3.6 37 Street SW
  45 Street SW
Passes 45th Street SW station
Sarcee Trail Partial cloverleaf interchange
  Sirroco Drive / Costello Boulevard
Passes Sirocco station
  69 Street SW – 69th Street SW station
10.9 6.8 85 Street SW
  Stoney Trail (Hwy 201) Interchange under construction
  Township Road 242 Calgary city limits; roadway continues west
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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