Guide to West Calgary

When you make the move to West Calgary, you choose a lifestyle. Find out what makes this district one of the most sought after areas in the entire city.

West Calgary’s diverse range of amenities showcases all that makes our city exceptional. It’s great to be located in possibly the most convenient district in the city, with the shortest possible trip to the mountains and quick access to trendy shopping and dining options downtown through the West LRT line. 

Of course, you don’t have to travel far to keep yourself occupied! Local shops, grocery stores, fitness centres, and medical services are all conveniently located centrally in the area. With some of the nicest bike paths and parks. 

This neighbourhood is designed with pedestrians in mind. Edworthy and Griffith Parks offer year-round activities to keep any outdoor explorer busy, including ice skating in the winter, farmer’s markets and events in the summer, live outdoor concerts at the outdoor amphitheater, and much more. Signal Hill Centre, in the heart of West Calgary, is home to restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, bars, medical offices, and more! 

Aside from the shops and services in the district centre, you’re bordered by numerous established communities with even more amenities, including the famous 17th Avenue, which is known for its nightlife, dining, and shopping! Because of this, you’ll be able to find everything you’re looking for quickly and easily, without having to travel across the city. West Calgary’s neighbourhoods feel nicely secluded with many kilometres of green space providing a natural barrier between the bustling inner city and your suburban retreat

Check out some of the unique bistros, cafes and bars on 17th Ave: this is Calgary’s entertainment destination. Whether you are shopping, relaxing or heading out for a night on the town, 17th Ave has some of the city’s hottest destinations. Located more centrally are several fantastic local dining options in Signal Hill just minutes away! This shopping district lets you take care of all your errands without going into the city!

Buyers continuously express interest at the excellent transportation found in this part of the city! It’s no surprise as it has never been easier to take advantage of Calgary’s excellent public transportation alternatives.

When your lifestyle pulls you in many different directions, you’ll be able to get around the city faster than ever before, thanks to its closeness to bus stops and the West 69th and Sirocco rail stations. 

The wide range of options for schools and post secondary options in West Calgary will meet the needs for any family. West Springs School, Earnest Manning High School, Battalion Park School, Rundle College, as well as Weber Academy, Calgary Academy, and the Guardian Angel School are among some of the most sought after schools in the city. 

There are also several post secondary options such as Ambrose University, Mt. Royal University, and Master’s Academy and College. With new additions to the Stoney Trail ring road, as well as improvements to Glenmore and Crowchild, West Calgary on average has some of the shortest drive times to certain attractions and locations throughout the entire city!

Reasons We Love West Calgary

Here are our top 6 reasons why West Calgary is one of the most sought after locations in the city.

Huge outdoor park that accommodates a variety of activities including biking, skating, hiking trails, sports, cafes, river access and more!

1. Edworthy Park 

This amazing park is situated in the southwest corner of Calgary, in a valley along the Bow River. This Park has a variety of routes and sites to explore, including the Douglas Fir Trail and the Lawrey Gardens.

Depending on the season, trails may be partly snow-covered or muddy. If you want to go exploring, please wear appropriate footwear. Choose shoes that have a decent grip and that you don't mind getting soiled.

With spots for family barbeques, long walks, hikes, biking, this park has something to offer for every occasion and season. The boardwalk hiking trails offer a unique challenge and great view of the city. There are also some areas to sit and lounge by the side of the river. Local Cafes and restaurants nearby make this a great destination to wander around after a lunch date.

In 1883, Thomas Edworthy prospected and acquired the land, he found sandstone on the property and provided it for the construction of numerous Calgary structures. The site was bought by the City of Calgary in 1962, and the park was named after the former owner.

Check out our guide to Coach Hill, one of our favorite communities in the area.

Another gem of Calgary’s park system offering accommodations for just about every outdoor activity imaginable, as well as access to sailing and boating on the reservoir.

2. North Glenmore Park

West Calgary has easy access to North Glenmore park as well - one of the best in the city!

Enjoy playgrounds, vast expanses of pathways and picnic sites. Nearby Lakeview has some great cafes and lunch options for a day trip to this area.

Enjoy Cross country skiing, tennis courts, BBQ stands and fire pits, seasonal lighting and skating in the winter.

Take part in almost any outdoor activity you can think of. With the Glenmore reservoir, Calgary Canoe club and Calgary Rowing club, this is a great place to try out water sports and enjoy this huge, natural area!

Featuring Calgary’s blue C-Train line, this route takes you from Downtown out to the end of 17th Avenue, accessible to all with its convenient location through the middle of the city. Leave the car at home and go about your day with ease!

3. West LRT

The 8+ kilometer West LRT connects downtown to 69 Street SW. The line's construction began in October 2009 and was finished in December 2012. 

The line serves neighborhoods west of the urban core. Sunalta, Shaganappi Point, Westbrook, 45 Street, Sirocco, and 69 Street are among its six stops. With connecting shuttle bus routes, this LRT line serves most of West Calgary.

With dedicated subway sections and raised platforms, this LRT line is reliable and a great short ride into the city center.

One common way of commuting for Calgarians is to drive to a station and ride in from there. This is a nice happy balance of having access to your car right away after work but also saving on mileage and gas, especially if you work in the city center.

If you are heading out for a night on the town, there are a few ways to take the West LRT to and from popular destinations. Firstly, most attractions in the city (Saddledome, Jack Singer Concert Hall, Jubilee Auditorium, Zoo, Etc) are easily accessed from the C-Train. It's also possible to walk to 17th Avenue from Downtown West Kerby Station. This 8 minute walk can be avoided with a nearby shuttle bus. You can also access Kensington, one of the city's best dining and entertainment districts just North of the river by making an easy transfer onto the Northwest C-Train line.

The only thing that's really missing with Calgary's C-Train is the completion of the Green Line - This project ads 1 more Northwest line and one more Southwest line mainly to add extra capacity for commuters and complete access to the airport. In the meantime, it's possible to access the airport by taking the C-Train downtown and transferring to the 300 BRT line.

Calgary’s most sought-after dining, entertainment and shopping district with the broadest selection of small businesses and boutiques in the entire city. With its ease of access through transportation or easy parking to be found in the Beltline, you will keep finding new things to discover in this district.

4. 17th Avenue High Street

This is Calgary’s Premiere high street shopping, dining and entertainment destination. It is Calgary's place to see, and be seen. There are almost 400 distinct stores, services, and other attractions to discover.

With its vibrant outdoor atmosphere, the 17th Ave Retail and Entertainment District is located between 2nd Street SW and 14th Street SW in the heart of Calgary, near to downtown and Stampede Park, among other attractions. Surrounding highstreets and districts offshoot from here into the Beltline districts making up one of the most interesting areas to explore in the city.

It is one of Calgary's most popular lifestyle attractions because of the combination of boutique stores, fine-dining restaurants, lounges, and inspiring cafés it contains. Salons and spas, as well as commercial buildings and services ranging from tailors to dentists, may be found throughout the area.

Throughout the years, 17th Avenue has been a favourite destination for both locals and travellers alike. Come and take advantage of all it has to offer.

There is a whole wealth of shopping and amenities right at your doorsteps! From dining to fashion, cafes to professional services, get it all done without having to drive into the core!

5. Signal Hill Shopping Center

The Signal Hill Shopping Centre, which is situated west of Sarcee Trail and north of Richmond Road in West Calgary, is a popular shopping destination. This retail centre is also next to the WestHills Towne Centre, which is situated in Stuart Green, in the southwest Calgary community of WestHills. 

The Signal Hill Shopping Centre is home to more than 50 diverse businesses and services, including grocery stores, restaurants, fast food restaurants, and a variety of retail outlets, among other things. Southwest Calgary locals like shopping at WestHills Towne Centre because of the large number of retailers and the close access to the more than 40 stores and services offered at WestHills Towne Centre.

One of Canada’s leading institutions for reputation and quality oflearning, close proximity to this up and cominguniversity presents a variety of opportunitiesand will be extremely appealing to families withstudents.

6.Mt. Royal University

The institution is well-known for offering extensive degrees in business, communications, nursing, and public relations, among other areas.

Furthermore, it is the site of many groundbreaking research centres, including the Institute for Community Prosperity, the Centre for Child Well-Being, and the Institute for Environmental Sustainability.

As MRU grows, so does the property value of the areas surrounding it. Whether you are looking to establish your family close to this area for work, investment, or practicality, it is clear that the University of Calgary is not the only education hotspot in the city.

We have helped our clients through countless transactions in this area!

We are always up to date on current listings and are well-versed in local lifestyle trends, so we can assist you in determining which houses are reasonably priced and excellently maintained before you begin your search. 

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If you are interested in buying or selling a home or property in West Calgary, have the best possible resources available today to help you locate your dream home. Contact us now!

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