Ahead of the curve

Cooper’s Crossing provides, walkability, amenities and classic architecture in Airdrie

On Airdrie’s southwest side, Cooper’s Crossing stands as an example of what a great master-planned community can look like. It was named after the Cooper family, who farmed the land for more than 100 years. The 320-acre development features 44 acres of parkland, two six-acre ponds and Discovery Park – a multi-generational gathering space with a fire pit, toboggan hill, secret forest, play structures, half-basketball court, gazebo and picnic area.

“Buzzwords like placemaking, walkability or ‘live, work, play’ communities are popular today, but we had a firm grasp on the importance of these concepts 20 years ago when we first started designing Cooper’s Crossing,” said Paul Gerla, owner and manager of WestMark Holdings Ltd, the Airdrie-based developer behind Cooper’s Crossing.

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The last best west

Historic West Hillhurst still embodies can-do spirit of its founders

Residents in the inner-city, northwest community of West Hillhurst cherish the values of yesteryear – community, connectedness, family friendly programming and volunteerism.

“There is such a great camaraderie here,” said longtime resident Chris Koper. “There are so many older community members that love to tell stories that connect us to the past.”

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The great indoors

Becky Feasby’s Briar Hill home showcases natural and manmade beauty

When Becky Feasby and her husband Colin first laid eyes on their 1960s-era, two-storey home in Briar Hill, they knew they had to have it. It wasn’t so much for the home, which was dark and in need of a major overhaul, but for the fantastic third-of-an-acre lot peppered with century-old trees. The couple thought that over time they would upgrade the home to suit the demands of their growing family – they have two teenage daughters – but when push came to shove, they realized that it would be more economically feasible to rebuild. (more…)

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Growing strong

Alberta’s agricultural heritage defines thriving Strathmore

The Town of Strathmore has a rich and varied history – a history that was built on agriculture and community spirit.

“Quality is a way of life here in Strathmore,” said Strathmore Mayor Michael Ell. “It just has that small-town feel to it and it is a friendly, caring community.”

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Kensington connection

Thriving community of Sunnyside is beloved by residents and developers alike

A community with an undeniable entrepreneurial and artistic character, Sunnyside is a place where anything can happen, and often does. Together with its western neighbour, Hillhurst, it makes up the funky, inner-city village known as Kensington, with its inspired restaurants and popular watering holes.

Events like the annual summer-time favourite Harry Potter Festival frequently transform the streets. During the Harry Potter Festival, muggles and wizards alike can try on a wand for size or flip through a “Marauder’s Map” at Flourish & Blotts (the one-day only rebrand of Pages Bookstore), have tea leaves read, or scoot across town by departing from platform nine and three-quarters at the Sunnyside CTrain station.

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