The lands that became northwest Calgary’s Mount Pleasant community were annexed by the City in 1910, making it one of Calgary’s older neighbourhoods. When development began in the area in 1912, Calgary’s population numbered fewer than 50,000 people.
As the city grew to 100,000 people by 1947 and 200,000 by 1955, then-suburban Mount Pleasant experienced an influx of new amenities into the area when North Hill Centre opened its doors in 1958. The opening of the Tran-Canada Highway came four years later, establishing the new thoroughfare as the community’s southern border.
Mount Pleasant’s northern border, and perhaps its greatest asset, arrived in 1967 with the opening of Confederation Park. Once known as the North Hill Coulee, the 160-acre park was designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Home to the Confederation Park Golf Course and the Lions Festival of Lights, the park also features a newly installed natural playground, baseball diamonds, picnic areas and a wetland area.
One Calgarian who is familiar with everything Mount Pleasant has to offer is local REALTOR® Gurinder Brar. As someone who has sold several homes in the area, Brar shared his thoughts on what makes Mount Pleasant one of Calgary’s best places to call home.
CREB®Now: Why is Mount Pleasant a great place to live?
Brar: It’s a great place to live because it is one of Calgary’s older, established communities that continues to add newer family homes. It is very popular because of the convenient location – you are not situated in busy downtown, but you are less than 10 minutes away from enjoying the perks of inner-city living. Off-leash dog parks, recreational parks, shopping, transit, golf and much more are just minutes away.
CREB®Now: What are your favourite spots in the community?
Brar: Choosing a favourite spot in Mount Pleasant is a tough one, I am there almost every day. Having Confederation Park run through the community would have to be my pick. There are so many recreational opportunities, it is perfect for anyone. Mount Pleasant also hosts weekly Friday night campfires and even some movie nights. We also can’t forget about the Stampede breakfast every year at the community pool.
CREB®Now: What is the biggest challenge facing the community?
Brar: The biggest challenge facing Mount Pleasant is that it is a highly desirable community. With the high demand, there is a lot of new construction, which sometimes creates traffic delays and limited parking temporarily.