Rated the 3rd best community in Calgary in Avenue Magazine’s 2015 ranking (and 14th best in 2017), Acadia is a “hidden gem” in southeast Calgary. Situated at the centre of several busy commercial centres, Acadia may be overlooked by buyers seeking a family- and senior-friendly residential community. But with a number of recreational centres, schools, parks and public spaces, this conveniently located community maintains a quiet, residential feel.
Bordered by Macleod Trail to the west and Blackfoot Trail to the east, Acadia enjoys the best access to shopping in Calgary. Although close to several major routes in Calgary, Acadia is still a step removed from the noise of Glenmore Trail and Deerfoot Trail. Almost every major Canadian retailer can be found along Macleod Trail, or at nearby Deerfoot Meadows, Chinook Centre or Southcentre Mall. Residents who prefer to shop local will love being a five minute drive from two of Calgary’s most popular farmer’s markets, Calgary Farmer’s Market and Market on Macleod, which offer fresh produce, meats and artisan crafts.
Acadia is notable for its many sports and recreational facilities. The city-run Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre boasts a six-lane salt water pool, weight room and studios for group fitness classes, with affordable admission prices. For sports lovers, the Acadia Recreation Complex has a full-size hockey arena, curling rink and squash courts while the Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre offers eight indoor and five outdoor tennis courts. Add to this several baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a large off-leash dog park and a nearby golf course, and Acadia residents have no excuse not to be active!
Acadia’s population is older, with less children and more seniors than citywide averages. Almost half of residents are renting. Homes in Acadia are split evenly between single-family units and apartments. As this community was established in the 1960s, many homes are bungalows from that decade.
Buyers should be aware that Acadia experiences a moderate level of crime, with the 59th highest rate among Calgary’s 185 communities. Crimes in Acadia are primarily related to theft and social disorder.
With a slightly older population, active seniors will love the opportunity to get to know their neighbours through the number of recreational activities available in the community. However, families should also consider this affordable neighbourhood for the abundance of schools, sports programs and amenities.
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LIVING IN ACADIA
- Local Bus Routes (10, 39, 79, 80)
- Heritage C-Train Station and Southland C-Train Station are located nearby; most Acadia residents can reach either within a 20-minute walk
Groceries & Shopping
- Prime location for access to shopping
- RONA, Bulk Barn and Wal-Mart are located in Acadia
- CO-OP, Costco Save-On-Foods, Sobeys and Safeway all located within a five minute drive
- Five minute drive to Southcentre Mall and Calgary Farmer’s Market
- Ten minute drive to Deerfoot Meadows shopping centre (IKEA, Superstore and more) and Chinook Centre
Dining & Nightlife
- Restaurants: Asian Buffet, Joey’s Seafood and Bolsa (in Acadia); The Keg Steakhouse, Cactus Club and Kinjo Sushi Grill (located a five minute drive away)
- Pubs and bars: The Kings Head Pub, Schanks Sports Grill, Regal Beagle Pub, Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dance Hall
- Fast food options: KFC, Starbucks, McDonald’s,
Health & Wellness
- Acadia Recreation Centre
- Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre
- Alberta Tennis Centre
- Ishi Yama Judo Club, Arashi Do Martial Arts
- My Yoga Calgary
- Grades K-4: Acadia School
- Grades 6-9 (Regular), 5-9 (French Immersion): David Thompson School
- Grades 10-12: Lord Beaverbrook High School
- Grades K-6 (French Immersion only): St. Cecilia School
- Grades K-9 (Regular, French Immersion): St. Matthew School
- Grades 10-12 (Extended French): Bishop Grandin High School
THINGS TO DO IN ACADIA
- Calgary Farmers’ Market: This indoor, year-round farmers’ market is probably Calgary’s most popular — and for good reason. With a kids’ play area, a large food court and favourite local food vendors (The Silk Road Spice Merchant, 2 Greek Gals and Hearts Choices, to name a few), Calgary Farmer’s Market is always bustling.
- Market on Macleod: Compared to the popular Calgary Farmers’ Market, Market on Macleod has a few less bells and whistles (no kids’ area, for example) but just as much heart. This indoor market is open year-round and is down for its ethnically diverse artisan foods.
- Chinook Centre: The largest shopping mall in Calgary offers a range of retailers, including high-end designers, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Visitors can grab a bite to eat at one of several full-service restaurants before catching a movie at Scotiabank Theatre (Cineplex Odeon).
- Carburn Park: Located in the Bow River Valley, this lush park is popular for hiking, birdwatching, fishing and canoeing.
- Sue Higgins Park: This large off-leash dog park offers designated fenced-in paddocks and swimming areas.