Southwest Calgary Relocation Guide
Important waterways like the Bow River, Fish Creek, and Elbow River all run through Southwest Calgary. The Glenmore Reservoir is a popular place to swim, boat, bird-watch and fish in the summertime. Like so much of the city, the Southwest is also graced with plenty of public parkland, mature trees and an extensive urban trail system that Calgarians use all year round.
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SW Calgary Schools
Parents looking for schools for K-12 students will find an abundance of choices in Calgary. The Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, and French Language School Board all operate public schools in the Southwest. There are also several public charter schools and private academies in the Southwest.
Calgary Board of Education
- Calgary Science School (Science, grades 4-9)
- Calgary Girls' School (Girls, grades 4-9)
- Westmount Charter School (Gifted, grades K-12)
- Calgary Arts Academy (Fine Arts, K-9)
- Almadina Language Charter Academy (Muslim, K-9)
Conseil Scolaire du Sud de l'Alberta
École de la Source (K-10)
Catholic School Board
Post Secondary Education
Mount Royal College is a degree-granting college with a campus at Mount Royal Gate. Established in 1910, this popular institution attracts 13,000 students every year.
SW Calgary Transportation & Recreation
The C-Train is Calgary's Light Rail Transit line. It currently serves the area from Downtown all the way to Somerset/Bridlewood Station in Southwest Calgary. All communities in this quadrant also have city bus services and connections to C-Train stations. Over the next 10 years, Calgary Transit plans to extend the LRT system further into the west part of town, going up to 69th Street and possibly even to 85th Street.
Residents of the Southwest enjoy Calgary's incredible trail system. In addition to walking and cycling, many trails like those around Glenmore Reservoir welcome horseback riding as well. Like the rest of Calgary, the Southwest is well-served by this fantastic inner city trail system.
The city also operates four public recreational facilities in SW Calgary. Local residents enjoy heated swimming pools, fitness centres, hot tubs, drop-in childcare, and a range of fitness classes in the Southwest through the Calgary Board of Recreation.
Canada Olympic Park, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Edworthy Park, Optimist Athletic Park, Glenmore Athletic Park, and Stanley Park are just a few of the many parks and green belts in the Southwest region.
The Westside Recreation Centre is also located in Southwest Calgary. This is a stunning family fitness facility with skating rinks, an aquatic park with a wave pool, and water slide. The Westside gym includes a climbing wall, cardio equipment, weight machines and a 430m walking/running track. The centre also offers recreational programs for kids and adults, rooms for community events, parties and meetings. There's drop-in childcare for parents using the facility as well as regular daycare, after school and preschool programs. There's also a free outdoor skate park and basketball courts for public use.
SW Calgary Attractions
- Calgary Tower
- Olympic Plaza
- Convention Centre
- Performing Arts Centre
- Calgary Science Centre
- Mewata Armoury
- Glenbow Museum
- Prince's Island Park
- Heritage Park - Canada's Largest Living Historical Village
- Glenmore Reservoir and park
- 7 golf courses
- Lindsay Park Sports Centre
- Southland Leisure Centre
- YMCA on Heritage Drive,
- Spruce Meadows Equestrian Centre is at the edge of the city limits on the south end.
More about SW Calgary
Historically, Southwest Calgary is a politically conservative area and the former riding of both Preston Manning and Stephen Harper. The area has approximately 107,920 residents. More than 19% have immigrated here, and more than 19% hold university degrees. The average family income is $91,529, and unemployment is just 4.4%.
Rockyview Hospital is located in SW Calgary.
Contact the Justin Havre team for more information about moving to SW Calgary.