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Rouleauville Square in the Mission district
Rouleauville Square in the Mission district
Mission, Calgary is located in Calgary
Mission, Calgary
Mission, Calgary
Location in Calgary
Country Canada
Province Alberta
City Calgary
Quadrant SW
Ward 11
Established 1900
Annexed 1906
 • Total 0.53 km2 (0.20 sq mi)
1,050 m (3,440 ft)
 • Total 4,433
 • Density 8,364.2/km2 (21,663/sq mi)
 • Average Income
Website Mission Community Association

The Mission district is an inner city neighbourhood of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, that originated as Notre Dame de la Paix, a Catholic mission, and was for a time the incorporated Village of Rouleauville. Mission is bordered by 4th Street SW with restaurants and shops, and it hosts the Lilac Festival in June.

It is represented in the Calgary City Council by the Ward 11 councillor. The community has an area redevelopment plan in place.


After a temporary location 40 km (25 mi) away (started in 1872), Oblate missionary Father Constantine Scollen, on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, founded the permanent location in 1875. In 1883, Oblate missionary Father Albert Lacombe, returning after a ten-year absence, obtained two quarter sections of land for a "Mission district" to ensure a strong French speaking Catholic community. Father Scollen who had lived in the area since 1862 and who had witnessed Treaty Six with the Cree Nation and Treaty Seven with the Blackfeet Nation left for Edmonton and then the U.S.A.

After obtaining the rest of the land that's now Mission, the area was incorporated on November 2, 1899 as the Village of Rouleauville named after Charles Rouleau. The village was founded in what was then the Northwest Territories. Despite Lacombe's desire to preserve the French language and culture, Rouleauville progressively lost its French character, becoming overwhelmingly English. In 1907 the village was annexed by Calgary. In the process all the French names of streets were replaced by Calgary's street numbering system.

Mission is one of many Calgary neighbourhoods impacted by flood events. In 1929, the area was submerged when the Bow overran its banks. The area was again impacted by floods during flooding in June 2013. An evacuation was ordered on June 20 for a minimum of 72 hours.


In the latter part of his life, Lacombe helped found a number of Catholic schools throughout the West, including St. Mary's School in 1885, initially using a two-storey log cabin convent in Mission district (Rouleauville). It is now the oldest school still operating in Calgary (though in a newer building). Repsol Sport Centre is also located in this neighbourhood.

In 1889 St. Mary's Church was founded, and in 1912 it became St. Mary's Cathedral when it became the seat of the newly formed Diocese of Calgary.


In the City of Calgary's 2012 municipal census, Mission had a population of &&&&&&&&&&&04325.&&&&&04,325 living in &&&&&&&&&&&03177.&&&&&03,177 dwellings--a 0.9% decrease from its 2011 population of &&&&&&&&&&&04363.&&&&&04,363. With a land area of 0.5 km2 (0.19 sq mi), it had a population density of 8,700/km2 (23,000/sq mi) in 2012.

Residents in this community had a median household income of $37,040 in 2000, and there were 25% low income residents living in the neighbourhood. As of 2000, 20.1% of the residents were immigrants. A proportion of 94.6% of the buildings were condominiums or apartments, and 70% of the housing was used for renting.

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