In a city as innovative and exciting as Calgary, there’s always lots to do and see – which is why you want to be sure that you live in a place that gives you access to all the things that make Calgary so great in the first place.

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One of the city’s newest developments is Currie, which features everything needed to live a satisfying, modern, healthy life. Once completed, it will cover nearly 195 acres and be home to up to 12,000 residents.

Located just off of Crowchild Trail on the grounds of the former Currie Barracks, the community is diverse, featuring a collection of housing, heritage buildings, employment, green space, retail and amenities all within easy reach of each other. The community will also feature over 23 acres of sports and recreation fields, dog parks, playgrounds and two schools.

As Currie aims to add to the density of Calgary, it will really help to change the way Calgarians live healthy, community-oriented lives. It’s easy to add this development to the growing list of things that other Canadian cities are jealous of!

Here are eight other reasons cities are jealous of Calgary!

Mayor Nenshi

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What’s not to love? As one of Canada’s most popular and wittiest mayor, he’s tackled his first six years as mayor with ease. Not only does he have a great rapport with his 279,000 Twitter followers, he’s also known for attracting international headlines, like the time he was named World’s Best Mayor.

+15 system

Not loving Calgary’s often long winters? You’re in luck. The city’s +15 network connects almost every building downtown. Which means you can explore the best that Calgary has to offer without ever stepping a foot outside. They’re actually the world’s most extensive pedestrian skywalk system. At last count, the system is 18kms long and is comprised of 62 bridges.

Cycle tracks

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 4.59.12 PM Calgary already had the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America, but now, with the addition of the downtown cycle track network, you easily get to wherever you want in Calgary without breaking a sweat (unless you want to.) Whether you’re biking to work, or just to meet up with your friends at the pub, Calgary is quickly becoming a cycling city!

Village Ice Cream

(which is opening near Currie)


When Village Ice Cream opened a few years ago, it defied all odds by opening its doors in a long-forgotten annex of downtown Calgary. Soon, it became the go-to ice cream destination for Calgarians, even when the temperature dipped well below zero. With old favourites and an ever-changing menu, Village Ice Cream is quickly expanding to meet the insatiable demands of its fans. With a new shop in Brittania and another location coming to the heart of Marda Loop, Village Ice Cream is not to be missed.

Phil and Sebastian’s

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Calgarians are a proud people. We’re proud of western heritage, we’re proud of our city and we’re proud of our Phil and Sebastian’s coffee. What started as a small booth at the Calgary’s Farmers Market has has now expanded to a coffee phenomenon that includes packed coffee shops all over the city, award-winning baristas and coffee that’s now available far outside of the city!

Year of Music

 

2016 is a big year for Calgary. The city is hosting The JUNO awards, The National Music Centre is opening, Sled Island is celebrating its 10th anniversary, Alberta Ballet is turning 50 and the Calgary Philharmonic is turning 60. Not to mention the initiative to turn 9th Ave into The Music Mile, there’s endless events for even the most fickle music fan.

Calgary Stampede

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 5.02.18 PM There’s lots to like, and yes, lots not to like about the Calgary Stampede. But at the end of the day, what other city dresses up like cowboys for ten straight days and has a blast while doing it? The Calgary Stampede is a cultural sensation and it doesn’t get better than that.

Chinooks

 

Sure, for some they cause some nasty headaches, but there’s no arguing that the warm air that comes from Chinooks are always welcome reprieves from winters that sometimes last too long. A temperature increase of twenty degrees is sometimes surprising, but always welcome!


Mike Morrison