Park place

Jennifer and Mike Elliott created their perfect home alongside nature in Woodbine

When Jennifer and Mike Elliott moved to Calgary from Regina with their two young children 20 years ago, they had several must-haves on their home wish list. Namely, the home had to be in an area that was child-friendly, and close to schools, parks and mature trees. They purchased a four-bedroom home in Woodbine with an old-world front porch, just minutes from Fish Creek Park. Now that their kids are grown, they have renovated their home top to bottom, including a new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, lighting and furniture. The final stage was completed last year – a brand new art studio and gallery for Mike, who has shifted his career focus from the oil and gas industry to art. (more…)

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Colourful community

Natural and man-made beauty collide in Canyon Meadows

As the late-summer sun lingers long into the evening, the sound of children’s laughter rings out and residents of Canyon Meadows ride their bikes through the tree-lined neighbourhood. It’s a picturesque scene – one that attracted Susan Ortt and her husband Glen to the neighbourhood 25 years ago.

“We were really looking to purchase in a family friendly community close to the bike paths and Fish Creek Park,” said Susan Ortt, who has watched the community mature over the years.

Her children attended the local schools and are now grown, but she is still fully immersed in the community. “I absolutely love my home. It backs right onto Fish Creek Park, and Glen and I really enjoy spending our weekends cycling around the pathways,” she said.

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Not-so-hidden gem

Flora, fauna and family fun abound in Canada’s second-largest urban park

Few realize that the title of second-largest urban park in Canada belongs to Fish Creek Provincial Park. Then again, it’s not just the size that attracts two million visitors a year to this sprawling natural area in south Calgary.

In addition to Sikome Aquatic Facility for swimming, the park is home to a mountain bike skills park and many sites for hiking, biking and bird watching. A number of day-use areas offer prime picnic spots, while those who seek more formal dining can enjoy the on-site Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant.

There’s a visitor centre with theatre and exhibit areas, as well as the Environmental Learning Centre, a nature school that hosts students in science education from Calgary and area schools. The learning centre in particular reflects the values embraced by the park and its users.

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