Affordable student community near the University of Calgary with lots of nearby parks and recreation facilities
Banff Trail is an established community that sits on the east border of the University of Calgary, with Crowchild Trail and the Trans-Canada Highway running along its west and south borders. Located within walking distance of campus, Banff Trail is one of the more affordable neighbourhoods that surround Calgary’s largest university. Many homes in Banff Trail have converted basement suites, offering buyers the option for a supplemental income stream.
As with many communities near the University of Calgary, there are lots of young adults living in Banff Trail (residents aged 20 to 35 make up more than half the population!). There are very few children, and a high number of renters living in the area. Most homes are single-family residences or “converted homes” that have separate-entry, basement rental suites. This community has only a few apartment-style residences.
The average cost of single-family homes in Banff Trail during the first half of 2018 was about $597,000, only slightly above the city average. There are a few pricier luxury in-fills throughout the neighbourhood, which are mostly duplex-style homes.
Apart from convenient access to the University of Calgary, Banff Trail enjoys tons of nearby recreational facilities and parks. The University of Calgary has sports programs and equipment rentals available to the public, and the Foothills Athletic Park and Aquatic Centre offer a public swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, and track and field facilities. Canmore Park borders the north end of Banff Trail, where residents can find baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and a children’s spray park. This park is groomed for cross-country ski trails in the winter. For inner-city hiking and wildlife, residents need only travel five minutes north to Nose Hill Park, one of Calgary’s largest and most popular green spaces.
Banff Trail enjoys a few good restaurants and cafes that are a favourite among locals, including Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Nick’s Steakhouse & Pizza, Tipperary’s Pub, Wheat Pizza by Jay, and Higher Ground Cafe. For more dining options and boutique shopping, popular Kensington Village is only a 5- to 10-minute drive away. Major retailers are also conveniently accessible at North Hill Shopping Centre and Market Mall.
One downside to this community is that it can feel a bit transient in some areas. There are a number of hotels located in the southwest corner, and the Trans-Canada Highway and Crowchild Trail runs along the south and west borders. However the north area of the community has more of a conventional neighbourhood feel. With reasonable home prices and so many nearby activities, this community should not be overlooked!
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LIVING IN BANFF TRAIL
- Nearest C-Train Station: Banff Trail Station (located in the west end of the community; approx. 15-minute walk from most areas)
- Easy access to Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW, Crowchild Trail, and Stoney Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Five-minute drive to Safeway, London Drugs and major retailers at Brentwood Village Shopping Centre
- Ten-minute drive to clothing stores and more at Market Mall
- Specialty stores along Trans-Canada Highway/16 Ave NW (Oak and Vine, Phoenix Comics, Turn it up! Records and Hi-Fi)
Dining & Nightlife
- Local favourite cafes and restaurants located within Banff Trail (Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Nick’s Steakhouse & Pizza, Tipperary’s Pub, Wheat Pizza by Jay, Higher Ground Cafe)
- Pubs and fast food options along Trans-Canada Highway/16 Ave NW (The Cat ‘n Fiddle Pub, La Viena)
- Highly-rated cafes, restaurants, and bars in nearby Kensington Village (Higher Ground Cafe, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Pulcinella, Wine Bar, Kensington Pub)
Health & Wellness
- World Health in North Hill Shopping Centre, Anytime Fitness in Brentwood Village, and boutique fitness studios in Kensington Village within a ten-minute drive
- Foothills Aquatic Centre, Foothills Athletic Park and Volleydome within a five-minute drive
- Alberta Children’s Hospital and Foothills Medical Centre within a ten-minute drive
- Medical professionals, salons and spas in nearby Kensington Village
- Grades K-6 (French Immersion Only): St. Pius X School
- Grades K-9 (Regular): St. Vincent de Paul School
- Grades 7-9 (French Immersion Only): Madeleine D’Houet School
- Grade 10-12 (Regular, Spanish Bilingual, and Extended French): St. Francis High School
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THINGS TO DO IN BANFF TRAIL
- Canmore Park: This modest park sits at the north end of Banff Trail and offers baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and a children’s spray park. The park is groomed for cross-country ski trails in the winter, where skiers can practice hills.
- Confederation Park Golf Course: Occupying the west end of Confederation Park, this city-run, nine-hole golf course has medium-difficulty greens and a driving range.
- MacEwan Concert Hall: This popular music venue is host to a variety of contemporary music acts throughout the year, including some high-profile artists and bands.
- McMahon Stadium: Home of the Calgary Stampeders and University of Calgary Dinos, this football stadium has hosted a number of significant events over the years, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The stadium occasionally serves as an open-air venue for concerts and festivals.