Strolling through any neighborhood in Calgary you are bound to meet people from all over the world who have come to the city for greater opportunities. Calgary has been ranked among the world’s cleanest, safest and healthiest cities in numerous international studies, so with the high quality of life Calgary provides it’s no wonder the city is growing so rapidly. However, with many new up and coming neighborhoods in the city, it can be tough to decide where to settle down.
Here are a few reasons why moving to the west side of Calgary is beneficial:
- Close to the mountains
Living on the west side of the city provides easy access to Highway 8, taking you right over to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. If you want to escape the city for a weekend, the great restaurants, hiking trails and relaxed culture in Canmore is only an hour drive away. There are also 6 ski hills within a 2.5 hour drive of the city, and being on the west side saves up to 30 minutes of travel time. Not only can you can enjoy Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Nakiska, Marmot Basin, Mount Norquay or Castle Mountain but there are also countless trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing minutes away in Kananaskis.
- Easy downtown commute
Jump on Bow Trail and you are 20 minutes from the downtown core. The west side of the city offers convenient access to the cities major roads, leaving you with a shorter daily commute. Calgary’s downtown core has a vibrant culture filled with unique restaurants and a dynamic art scene.
- Proximity to recreation
Western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park, Calaway Park, is only 10 kilometers away from the west of the city. The park features 32 rides ranging from tame to extreme. If you have kids, you might even want to consider investing in season’s passes. Living on the west side of the city you are also a short drive away from Canada Olympic Park, which functions as a multi-purpose competition, training and recreation area for both high performance athletes and the general public. You can snowboard and ski in the winter, or zip line and mountain bike in the summer.
- Parks in the area
Living near parks and green spaces is important for both your mental and physical well-being. North Glenmore Park surrounds the north side of the reservoir, and has picnic areas, fire pits, tennis courts, cross-country skiing and walking trails to enjoy. It is also home to both the Calgary Canoe Club and the Calgary Rowing Club.
You will also find Edworthy Park along the Bow River, which has similar amenities, as well as an off leash area and a gazebo. It also includes the Douglas Fir Trail and the historical Lawry Gardens.
The west side of the city is perfect for the adventurous folk who like to visit the mountains, as well as those who work and/or simply enjoy spending time in Calgary’s energetic downtown core. Invest in the west, and the lifestyle you desire will become a reality.