Posted on April 27, 2015 by George Byma & Associates
Warmer weather is right around the corner and that means that you and the family are looking for something fun to do. For those who live in SW Calgary, there’s no shortage of excitement! Families can always count on an interesting way to spend the afternoon, without travelling too far from home. In this article, I’m going to share 10 fun things to do when living in SW Calgary. The best part is; all of these attractions are less than 20 minutes away from your West Calgary home.
Located on the beautiful shores of the Glenmore Reservoir, Heritage Park Historical Village is a popular day trip destination for families who are interested in exposing the young ones to the Calgary’s rich cultural history. It’s not uncommon to see field trips and summer camp groups touring around this fun SW Calgary fixture.
Some of the fun things to do at Heritage Park Historical Village include: old fashioned wagon rides, an antique midway, and a ton of interactive exhibits that manage to blend learning with fun!
Just a little ways up from the Heritage Park Historical Village is the Weaslehead and North Glenmore Park Conservation Area. This beautifully kept natural area is home to a wide array of Calgary wildlife, great views of the Glenmore Reservoir, and the Calgary Canoe Club.
Some great ways to spend your afternoon at the Weaslehead and North Glenmore Park Conservation Area include: picnics (there are multiple picnic areas), tennis, and if you like to hike or bike, there are lots of trails.
Largely recognized for its role in the 1988 Winter Olympics, Canada Olympic Park (COP) remains a popular attraction of Calgary residents. The COP is most active during the winter months when both professional and recreational skiers are taking to the slopes. However, there are still plenty of things for people to do at COP during the warmer months!
For instance, families can sign up their kids and teenagers for ice-skating and hockey lessons, all-day summer camps, and mountain biking adventures.
Located west of the city limits, the Glencoe Golf and Country Club is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the Calgary area. This private family golf course features more than 45 different holes for golfers of all skill levels, and a range of indoor and outdoor practice facilities. I definitely recommend checking out this premier course when the sun is shining.
Calaway Park is Canada’s largest outdoor theme park. This exciting destination is less than 20 minutes away from SW Calgary and features more than 40 family friendly rides and attractions. Whether you’re on the edge of your seat at one of their theatrical shows, or holding on for life in one of their highflying roller coasters, Calaway Park has something for everyone!
Located on the banks of the great Bow River, Bowness Park is an excellent destination for a day trip. Bowness Park has been around since the turn of the century and remains one of the best-preserved natural areas in the city.
Some of best things to do at Bowness Park are: paddle boating in the shallow lagoon, keeping an eye out for wildlife, and ice-skating in the wintertime.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is located near COP and gives Calgary West sports fans yet another great place to spend an afternoon. The facilities cater to corporate events where industry leaders can inspire their teams and educational programs where teachers can introduce young sports fans to some new role models.
The Canada Sports Hall of Fame is also the site of the Indy Sportz Film Fest, which features independent documentary films on some of Canada’s biggest sports icons. I definitely recommend checking it out!
If you live in West Calgary and your palms are itching, head over to the Great Eagle Resort and Casino and cash in on your luck. This SW Calgary gambling destination boasts more than 84,000 square feet of gaming, which include more than 40 table games, almost 900 slot machines, and a 24-hour poker room.
If you’re not a gambler, the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino still has something for you. The venue hosts many musical acts and performances, from honky-tonk hoedowns to legendary rock stars like Roger Hodgson and the Beach Boys. If you’re hosting an event, you can also consider renting out one of the event rooms at the casino.
Griffiths Woods is one of my favourite hangouts strictly because it’s so close to home. While smaller than many other SW Calgary parks and attractions, Griffiths Woods poses as an easy place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a quiet, reflective walk with nature.
I hope that you enjoyed my list of 10 fun things to do when living in SW Calgary. If you have any more questions about the area, or the perks that come with owning a SW Calgary home, give me a shout!
If you live anywhere around West Calgary, Wentworth is name that you’re familiar with—that’s because Wentworth is synonymous with luxury. The upscale multi-family homes, stunning single-family homes, and immaculate estate homes leave no room for doubt as to why this is one of Calgary’s most popular places to live. In this article I’ll be offering 5 reasons to invest in Wentworth Real Estate today!
Location, location, location!
Located in SW Calgary, Wentworth is bounded by Old Banff Coach Road to the north, and Bow Trail to the south. It’s a part of the larger West Springs neighbourhood and plays a role in earning this area a reputation for excellence. You would scarcely believe that these luxury lots in Wentworth are just over 20 minutes away from Calgary’s downtown core.
The natural beauty of SW Calgary has given rise to a handful of wonderfully kept parks and pathways that are meticulously maintained by the kind folks of the Wentworth Residents’ Association. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle couldn’t be easier, and you’ll be able to enjoy some nature to boot. I recommend checking out Edworthy Park, Sarcee Park, and Patterson Park. And don’t forget to take a jaunt down the winding trails in the Wentworth neighbourhood itself!
Estate homes in Wentworth, Calgary
Wentworth is home to some of the most grandiose homes in the city, bar none. The average price of a Wentworth home for sale is bound to fetch more than a million dollars. I can guarantee that those who decide to make that investment will have no regrets about buying in to this prestigious community.
If you’re in the market for an upgrade and have set your eyes on an estate home, I recommend taking a drive through the three distinct districts of Wentworth; there’s the Willows of Wentworth, Wentworth Estates, and Wexford. They each have their own unique charms but the thing that unites them all is that they all have classy Calgary mansions.
Multi-family residences in Wentworth, Calgary
The main subdivision of Wentworth features an eclectic mix of townhomes and multi-family residencies. These inclusively priced homes give individuals other than the high rollers a chance to become a part of this dynamic and growing community.
The builders only opened the doors of their presentation centre in early 2015 and are now accepting bids on pre-construction homes. It’s definitely in your best interest to plan your purchase ahead of time and get in on the ground floor. Developments like these are only going to appreciate in value!
Shopping in Wentworth, Calgary
If you’re a fan of shopping then you’re in luck. Besides being so close to the city centre and the plethora of shops there, Wentworth has some shopping districts of its very own that are bound to impress.
Residents of Wentworth can head slightly south for the Aspen Landing Shopping Centre. This shopping plaza was built in 2009 with the residents of SW Calgary in mind. Some of the many stores housed in the Aspen Landing Shopping Centre include the Alberta Diamond Exchange, several major bank branches, restaurants, and health and wellness retailers like Shoppers Drug Mart.
Strathcona Square Shopping Centre is another nearby shopping district due east of Wentworth. It’s an upscale shopping centre that differs from the others, namely the fact that this one is home to many more professional services. But on that note, I should talk about one of the chief attractions of living in Wentworth, Calgary.
The Wentworth Medical Clinic is a reliable medical institution built to serve the people of the Wentworth community and the surrounding area. It’s a walk-in clinic for those in need of medical attention and also has a number of medical services that the staff provides by appointment. These services include: dental care, chiropractic care, laser skin treatment, and tattoo removal. The amenities in this neighbourhood certainly endow you with the tools necessary to lead a healthy life.
There’s a lot going on in Wentworth and the entire West Calgary area. When you’re looking at areas to buy property in, a hallmark of a good investment is the simple fact that there is work being done to further improve life in the neighbourhood.
The care and dedication of the Wentworth Residents Association, the new developments like Vivace on West 85th, and all of the local shopping districts coupled with the neigbourhood’s distance from the city spells prime real estate.
Calgary will undoubtedly continue to grow but there’s only so much land within reach of the city centre. As the population of Calgary soars north of a million, the demand for properties like these is only going to increase, and so will the price tag!
If you’d like to hear some more about this amazing neighbourhood from someone who lives there, you can get in touch with me directly and I’ll show you the ropes.
Welcome to a sensational home in beautiful Evergreen. You'll be delighted by the inviting foyer, open main floor plan, hardwood floors, soaring 9' ceilings and abundance of large, bright windows. Highlights include a cozy gas fireplace in the living room and the stunning modernized kitchen, featuring granite countertops, upgraded appliances and an island that's ideal for entertaining. The exceptional breakfast nook is enhanced with 12' ceilings and a stunning view to the lush backyard. Upper level features a fabulous bonus room, master with 5pce ensuite, 2 extra bedrooms and 4pce bath. Lower level is spacious and functional, featuring a family room, 3pce bath, and extra bedroom or office space. Ideally located on a desirable and private corner lot, the impressive south facing backyard will delight you. The outstanding outdoor area features extra trees and shrubs and a space that is large enough to park an RV or to use as a boat pad. All this and the Evergreen K-4 School is right around the corner!
This charming walk out bungalow is ideally located, backing the extensive pathway system of desirable Tuscany. The mountain views from its west facing deck will delight you, and the extensively spacious landscaped yard will impress! The main floor features a large living room with bright windows and gas fireplace. The kitchen features a fantastic skylight, vaulted ceiling, ,exquisite granite countertops, gas cooktop, and cozy, bright eating area. Elegant French doors lead way to a flex room, a perfect sitting room, home office, or guest room. Main floor includes the master bedroom and lovely 4 pce ensuite. Laundry area and additional 2 pce bath complete the main level. The remarkable lower level walk out is certain to amaze you! The stunning, ultra spacious, wide open, custom design, features gigantic, bright windows and ultimate family room for entertaining. You'll enjoy its fantastic wet bar, gas fireplace, 2nd bedroom, 4 pce bathroom and workshop/storage area. A MUST SEE!
As the name suggests, West Springs is a west Calgary community. It’s recognized Calgarians for being a rather upscale neighbourhood on the western edge of the city. Families enjoy living in this neighbourhood for a wide range of reasons. Some love the estate-like homes; others like that West Springs is still pretty close to the Calgary city centre. In my homebuyer’s guide to West Springs Calgary, I’m going to highlight 4 reasons why this neighbourhood might be right for you and your family – I live here and I love it!
West Springs homes come in a variety of shapes and sizes but the one thing that they all have in common is that they’re all beautiful, inside and out. Therefore, depending on your lifestyle and the size of your family, there are tons of options to choose from that are bound to impress.
West Springs Calgary offers a neat mix of property styles. The majority of them are singe-family homes and plenty of those can be considered bonafide mansions.
There aren’t nearly as many multi-family homes in West Springs Calgary but one definitely worth highlighting is the Eighty5Nine condo development. This west Calgary condo development features contemporary styling and access to all of the great amenities that West Springs has to offer.
Estate homes aren’t uncommon in Calgary either but the West Springs homes are first rate compared to other west Calgary neighbourhoods. One selection in particular is the Wentworth Calgary homes.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little biased when it comes to Wentworth Calgary. That’s because I’m a resident of this community myself! However, now I’m able to let you know exactly what makes living here so great. Wentworth Calgary borders on West Springs and is without a doubt one of the most popular neighbourhoods for Calgary residents in search of a quiet, luxurious community that still affords access to the city.
There are several districts housed within the Wentworth community and each of them has its own unique charms. The Willows of Wentworth backs on to a beautiful conservation area. The Wentworth Estates are founded on spacious lots. And the Wentworth area as a whole features a handful of multi-family and upscale condo developments to choose from. Each of these areas is well serviced by the regional amenities, some of which are even exclusive to Wentworth and West Springs.
West Calgary amenities
West Calgary has many amenities to make living in West Springs a breeze. If you’re the type that likes to be outdoors, there are many trails surrounding the neighbourhood and a few beautifully kept regional parks for your enjoyment. I recommend checking out Canada Olympic Park, just north of the neighbourhood, if you’re looking for an adrenaline boost in the winter months.
There is a small shopping district that caters to the community and it’s full of cool little cafes for bringing your friends or grabbing your morning coffee.
In case you’re ever in need of medical attention,Wentworth Medical and Walk-in Clinic is able to treat you on the spot. Wentworth Medical definitely adds some extra value to this already affluent community.
And finally, one of my favourite reasons for living in this West Calgary neighbourhood is the simple fact that it’s so close to the city centre. You really wouldn’t expect to see such beautiful, spacious lots within as little 20 minutes away. The Bow Trail SW brings commuters and city slickers alike straight into the heart of the city. Owning a motor vehicle is recommended in this neighbourhood, but just in case public transit is your preference, the 69Street Station gives commuters access to the C-Train which will carry you right into the city.
Well, I think that just about wraps it up for my home buyer’s guide to West Springs Calgary. I invite you to take a drive through our community and see for yourself why this is such a great place to live. But just in case you have any more questions about the neighbourhood, or would like to inquire about West Springs Real Estate, give me a call and I’ll be your guide!
Welcome to Westview Parc!. Many trees in the courtyard makes for warm privacy. There are 4 bedrooms on the upper floor and is ideal for a young family. Its steps away from pubic transit and 5 min walk to Mount Royal University, Starbucks, and Shopping. Updated renovations were completed a few years ago including the warm hardwood laminate floors, which are a warm welcoming feature. The Dining room is between the kitchen and living room which flows nicely. The undeveloped basement awaits your ideal design for the ideal media room which is a 24 foot length for the BIG Screen!. Seeing is believing how spacious this feels. The back yard and porch face SW for warm afternoons. Book your appointment soon to see this spacious condominium .. =)
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