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Located in the western region of the city of Calgary in Alberta, West Calgary includes the communities of Signal Hill, Glamorgan, Killarney, Lakeview and Braeside. The area of Calgary was first inhabited by several bands of the Blackfoot Natives, but it only came upon more dramatic settlement in the 18th century following the arrival of the Europeans. With the development of a post for the North-West Mounted Police and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the area became particularly popular for settlers who were looking for land to farm. Calgary was incorporated as a city in 1884 and it developed into an important hub for the industries of farming and agriculture. While the city has a relatively diversified local economy that includes energy, tourism and technology, it has been heavily linked to the oil industry since its discovery in the 1940s. As one of the most prominent metropolitan cities in Western Canada, Calgary is famously known for the Calgary Stampede and hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics. For those who love being close to the amenities of the city but appreciate the majesty of Alberta's natural beauty, the area of West Calgary is one of the best destinations in the province to experience the best of both worlds.
With a location that is close to the Weaselhead Natural Area and Fish Creek Provincial Park, the West Calgary area provides a variety of opportunities for physical recreation from hiking to biking to berry picking to canoeing. West Calgary is also home to a number of green spaces including Bowness Park and Edworthy Park, which sits along the Bow River and provides access by bike or trail to the downtown core. For avid golfers, there are many exceptional golf courses within the parameters of the Western part of the city including the Canyon Meadows Golf Club, Silver Springs Golf & Country Club and Earl Grey Golf Club. The Southland Leisure Centre is a popular destination for Calgarians located along Southland Drive SE and featuring everything from a wave pool and waterpark to squash courts and a climbing wall. As one of Canada's largest cities, Calgary is also home to a number of retail destinations including Southcenter, Chinook Centre and The Core, which features a variety of high-end stores like Harry Rosen, Holt Renfrew and BCBG Max Azria. For the enjoyment of kids and adults alike, the Calgary Zoo is located just minutes from downtown Calgary and offers plenty of opportunities for spotting animals like gorillas and giraffes, learning about different animal species and partaking in special events.
MacLeod Trail SE runs to the east of West Calgary and provides northern access to the downtown core and southern access to the communities of Okotoks and High River. Crowchild Trail SW is a major thoroughfare running through the area and provides access to the city's Northwest including the University of Calgary and the communities of Brentwood, Royal Oak and Tuscany. The light rail transit system known as the C-Train is the public transit system that provides access to many communities throughout the city of Calgary. The Calgary International Airport is located in the eastern portion of the city and offers flights to domestic and international locations.
West Calgary and the city of Calgary are host to a number of popular events for visitors and tourists throughout the year. In addition to the Sled Island Music Festival in June, the Folk Music Festival in July and the Calgary International Blues Festival in July, the city also hosts the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival. Held in the middle of August, the festival features a variety of races, games, food trucks, musical acts and cultural festivities. As one of the most popular events in Calgary and around the world, the Calgary Stampede in July is known as the greatest outdoor show on earth. In addition to traditional rodeo events like calf roping, chuck wagon racing and bull riding, the annual event also features carnival rides, food vendors and live music performances. Calgary Winterfest is held in February to commemorate the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and features popular sights and events like ice sculptures, dogsled races, live music and cultural dances.
From the nearby natural landscape of Edworthy Park and the Weaselhead Natural Area to the Southland Leisure Centre and the shopping of the downtown core, the area of West Calgary is an ideal place to be close to nature while still enjoying the amenities of a metropolitan center. If you would like to learn more about real estate options in West Calgary, please contact the Liv Real Estate® Team for more information.
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