North West Calgary Relocation Guide
With beautiful views of the cityscape and rolling hills, North West Calgary is very popular with real estate buyers. The region is home to excellent schools and medical centres, as well as a convenient transportation system and plenty of recreation opportunities.
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North West Calgary Schools
Parents with children between k-12 will find a profusion of choices throughout Calgary. The Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, and French Language School Board all operate public schools in North West Calgary. There are also several private academies in the region.
Calgary Board of Education
Conseil Scolaire du Sud de l'Alberta
Calgary Catholic School District
Post Secondary Schools in Calgary
Students wishing to continue their studies have at least three premium post-secondary schools to choose from, right in their own backyards:
- The University of Calgary offers over 100 programs of study leading to bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. The school has high standards for admission and a reputation as an important research facility. The main campus is in North West Calgary.
- Southern Alberta Institute of Technology has its main campus on 16th Avenue in North West Calgary. This nationally recognized polytechnic institution offers more than 70 applied degrees, diplomas and certificates.
- Alberta College of Art and Design is on 14th Avenue in the North West. The college is one of just four degree-granting Art and Design Colleges in all of Canada.
Transportation & Recreation in North West Calgary
The C-Train is Calgary's Light Rail Transit line. It currently runs from Downtown all the way to Dalhousie Station in Dalhousie, North West Calgary. All communities in North West Calgary also have city bus service and connections to the C-Train. Calgary Transit has also expanded the NW LRT line to Crowfoot Station, just west of Crowfoot Town Centre.
Calgary City Trails
For those who prefer to be 100% self-propelled, Calgary has the most extensive urban trail system in North America. Approximately 635 km of pathways and 260 km of bikeways scout the highways and byways, taking walkers, joggers, cyclists and rollerbladers to work, school and play every day, all-year-round. The city has regular snow removal on the best-loved paths to keep residents moving even in the coldest months. Like the rest of Calgary, the North West is well-served by this fantastic inner-city system.
There are a number of environmentally protected areas that are open public land. Edgemont Ravines, Ranchlands, Confederation Park, Bowmont Park and Nose Hill Park all give Calgarians a chance to explore the natural ecosystems of Alberta wetlands, high plains, and grasslands right in the heart of the city.
There's plenty of opportunity for those who like to get out and go in Calgary. With so much great open terrain and only a short drive from the most majestic mountains on the continent, horseback riding, golf, hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking are all popular activities here.
For those who prefer the indoors, Calgary Recreation operates three public aquatic centres in North West Calgary: Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic, Shouldice Centre and Foothills Aquatic Centre. Local residents can enjoy heated swimming pools, fitness centres, hot tubs and drop-in childcare at these centres. The city also operates two arenas, arts programs, a range of fitness classes, an 18 hole golf course at Shaganappi point and dozens of tennis courts in the North West.
Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children's Hospital are both located in North West Calgary. Foothills is at 1403 - 29 Street NW, while the Children's Hospital can be found at 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW. There are also several clinics in the area.