Winter on the water

Calgary’s lake communities are great for more than just summer fun

While lakes are thought of as a source of summer-time recreation, they also offer plenty of recreational opportunities during the winter months. Just ask Auburn Bay resident Sonja Hayes-Powers. She, along with her husband and two children, moved to Auburn Bay two years ago.

“We moved here specifically to be in a lake community, because it gives you lots of things to do with your kids, both in winter and summer,” said Hayes-Powers. “For example, we’ll be going to the lake tonight with some friends to go sledding.”

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Top of the class

Nearby, quality schools are a must for many Calgary homebuyers

Tiffany Gaura wanted her two young kids to be able to easily walk to school without crossing a busy road.

In March, the family moved into the northeast, inner-city community of Bridgeland, two-and-a-half blocks away from the specialized Langevin School – a Calgary Board of Education (CBE) science school.

Meanwhile, Amanda and Jonathan Corson and their two-year-old son will move into a larger home in their Auburn Bay neighbourhood this November, just a short walk from the community’s two new elementary schools – one in the Catholic school system, the other public.

“Whichever school he goes to, he should be within walking distance,” said Amanda Corson, who is a teacher herself and who grew up walking to school.

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The good life by the lakeside

Snapshots of Calgary’s lake communities

Life at the water’s edge may not be the defining Calgary experience. But for thousands of Calgary homeowners, life by the lakeside was a key reason they chose to buy in one of the city’s many man-made lake communities. Here’s a look at each of the Calgary neighbourhoods with a blue jewel of H2O at its heart, making them among the most desirable communities in
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A lake of their own

Family on a “mini-vacation every day” at their new Auburn Bay home

The moment Jennifer and Justin Humphries drove through the entrance gates into Auburn Bay, one of Calgary’s newest lake communities, they were sold on the lake lifestyle. That was five years ago in 2012, when the couple was living in McKenzie Towne and had recently had their first child. They wanted more from their neighbourhood, and lake living was a top priority. Auburn Bay checked all of the couple’s boxes. (more…)

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