The inexact science of naming Calgary communities

When it comes to the names of Calgary communities, some honour early pioneers, others are named after the surrounding landscape and some simply sound like a nice place to live.

Pleasant Heights, Scenic Acres and Sunalta (a mash up of sunny and Alberta) sound like they could have come out of a real estate subdivision name generator. But how do developers actually come up with the names for new communities?

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Choosing the Calgary lake community that’s right for you

Especially during the long, hot days of summer, the idea of living beside a lake is extremely appealing. Thankfully, Calgary is home to several unique communities with a man-made lake to call their own. For those thinking about buying their own lakefront oasis, here’s a look at each of Calgary’s established lake communities to help you find the one that’s right for you. (more…)

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Auburn Bay

Residents of this popular southeast community enjoy the lake lifestyle 365 days a year

“Life at the lake is just better,” said Tannis Anstey, marketing manager for Calgary communities at Brookfield Residential, while explaining the vision behind the community of Auburn Bay.

“It was really inspired by the cottage lifestyle. We wanted to create a four-season lake community where everyone feels welcome and neighbours become friends.”

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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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