What is CHLS?
Calgary Homes & Lifestyles is an exploration and celebration of different Communities throughout Calgary.
All cities have a heart, and our program focuses not just on this city but on the neighborhoods and lifestyles that make Calgary such a dynamic and resilient place to call HOME.
Our goal is to feature our great city from a lifestyle perspective. Showcasing communities, and the people of the businesses in each neighborhood that are diversified.
Calgary my Home
Calgary my Lifestyle!
In each featured community, we hope to create the feel of a personal and insightful tour, showcasing the people, homes and businesses that love their neighborhood.
This master-planned, neo-traditonal Community has a small-town feel with its walkable streets, acres of green space and loads of amenities.
Add in a 15,000 square foot rec centre, 4km of pathways, 2 ponds, schools, central High Street shopping and many parks for the young and young at heart, it’s easy to see why McKenzie Towne has been voted Favourite Community 8 times.
With over 6800 residences, condos to executive homes, as well as retirement and assisted living homes, it is a truly multi-generational community for all ages and stages of life.
In 1875, the Northwest Mounted Police established Fort Brisebois (later Fort Calgary). By 1906 as Calgary began to boom, East Village was already well established. But as family-run businesses gave way to large foundries, the community was declared a skid row in 1941 and sat neglected for 50 years. In 2008, the City of Calgary and developer CMCL saw the potential in this river-side community and began revitalization.
Filled with historical landmarks such as the Simmons Building and the King Eddy Hotel, along with cutting-edge architecture and multiple public arts displays, this centrally located community has become THE hub for arts and culture in Calgary.
Bridgeland is located within easy walking distance to the downtown core.
Annexed into Calgary in 1910, the area became the first home for many working-class immigrants mainly German and Italian. They set up family-run grocery stores, delis and restaurants, giving the neighbourhood a European feel. The legacy of those immigrant families can still be felt in the community.
With the demolition of the Calgary General Hospital in 1998, the small neighbourhood opened up. The site is now home to Murdoch Park and the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association, where residents can engage in a number of social and recreational activities with of one of the best views of the city skyline.
Auburn Bay and SETON Urban District are in Calgary’s deep south east. This unique area combines cottage lifestyle with a bustling second urban core.
Auburn Bay boasts a 43-acre lake complete with a sandy beach, 13 acres of park, and a 7000 square foot community centre. Residents of this idyllic community need not venture far to enjoy the best of urban living.
When completed, SETON will serve the equivalent of Alberta’s 3rd largest city, providing accessibility to 2.5 million square feet of offices, shopping, Seton Central Park, public library, public high schools, Cineplex theatre, hotel, condo residences, restaurants, and health services, including the South Health Campus and hospital.
Rocky Ridge is north of Crowchild Trail, and west of Rocky Ridge Road, about 1 kilometre west of Stoney Trail. Stoney Trail connects the community to the Trans-Canada Highway, just west of Canada Olympic Park.
The community is mostly single family homes in a range of styles, with some multi-unit condominiums along Ranchview Rd NW and on the south side of Country Hills Blvd. Rocky Ridge construction began in 1995, with the first phase called Rocky Ridge Ranch, which will eventually have 2,500 homes. All the houses will have a western theme, with vinyl siding (no stucco), stone or river rock facades (no brick) and where appropriate, large front verandas.
The area has become one of Calgary’s most popular outdoor shopping venues. Businesses consist of small-scale retailers, coffee shops, and pubs. The BRZ hosts an annual street festival, the Marda Gras Festival, in early August. The area is named after Marc and Mada Jenkins, who were the owners of the Marda Theatre (Odeon Theatre), the name being a combination of their two names. The theatre was opened in 1953 and closed in 1988, and was demolished in 1990.
Historically, the area has always been a hub of activity for that part of the city as it was once a turnaround point for the “Marda” streetcar line. In recent years, the community saw a serious decline due to the departure of the Canadian Forces base and the closure of the MQ (Married Quarters) area. However, in the last 7 – 10 years, there has been a large upswing in the business and residential community due to substantial redevelopment in the area and the community has regained some of its historical vibrancy.
The Bowness Community Association was established in 1963 and is located at 7904 – 43 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB inside the Bowness Community Association and Arena. The Association is governed and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, several resident committee volunteers, and last but not least, the Community Association staff.