Natural neighbourhood

Chestermere’s Kinniburgh is a haven for young families and outdoor enthusiasts

The community of Kinniburgh in southeast Chestermere has quickly become coveted by Calgarians yearning for a more pastoral, connected way of life – one that revolves around the beauty of nature and lakeside living. The community itself is relatively new, with plan approvals not yet 15 years old, but the land has a rich and varied history.

The community is named after piano shop owner Charles Kinniburgh, a homesteader in the late 1890s who purchased tracts of arable wetlands on the east side of the irrigation reservoir that would become Chestermere Lake. Today, Kinniburgh North and Kinniburgh South encompass close to 90 hectares of land and Chestermere Lake has become a summer and winter playground for the 20,000-plus residents of the city of Chestermere, located 15 minutes east of Calgary.

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Growing together

Neighbouring northwest communities of Bowness and Montgomery harken back to Calgary’s formative years

Perched along the shores of the Bow River in Calgary’s northwest, the adjacent communities of Montgomery and Bowness share a powerful sense of history.

“Bowness is now 116 years old, with generations of families that still live and work here,” said Jacqui Esler, executive director of the Mainstreet Bowness BIA and former main street business owner.

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Community of the future

Drake Landing sets high bar for technology and sustainable design in Okotoks

Nestled on the eastern edge of Okotoks, the community of Drake Landing stands as a testament to what can be accomplished when innovation meets technology and sustainable master planning.

“The vision for Drake Landing has always been to provide a safe and sustainable community for people to raise a family in a scenic, small-town setting,” said Steven LePan, director of sales and marketing for Anthem United, the developer behind the community.

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Houses on the hill

Signal Hill and other Westhills communities provide residents with beauty and functionality in equal measure

Carla Nelson and her husband moved to Signal Hill seven years ago, attracted by the home styles and location. “We were looking for a bigger home to raise our family in – a home with a developed basement and a yard that was already established and larger than what was available in the newer areas,” said Nelson.

The couple purchased a two-level split that amply accommodates their two boys, ages five and seven, and rambunctious puppy.

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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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