Collingwood is a family-friendly community in northwest Calgary that is surrounded by green space. Although this community is far enough away from the buzz of downtown and the Trans-Canada Highway to make it feel suburban, residents will enjoy a short fifteen-minute commute to most areas of central Calgary. With lots of detached homes to choose from, families will love taking advantage of all the outdoor activities nearby.
Collingwood’s population is a fairly even mix of ages. Most people own their homes, and most homes are single-family style residences. The average cost of a detached home in Collingwood during the first half of 2018 was $546,986, just above the citywide average.
One of Collingwood’s standout features is its proximity to outdoor recreational areas that offer year-round activities. Nose Hill Park, one of Calgary’s largest and most ecologically significant green spaces, borders Collingwood to the north. This park is home to ample wildlife, including deer, coyotes, porcupines, and hawks, and is a popular spot for trail runners and hikers. There is a large designated off-leash area.
To the south, Collingwood is bordered by Confederation Park and a 9-hole, city-run golf course. This park is known for its tobogganing hills and is host to the annual Lions’ Festival of Lights each December. Just to the east lies Canmore Park, where visitors can find a splash park, tennis courts, and baseball diamonds. Canmore Park’s low hills are groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Although not as convenient as nearby neighbourhoods like Brentwood, Collingwood has decent access to amenities. Major retailers can be reached within a five-minute drive (Brentwood Village and North Hill Shopping Centre), and top restaurants are a ten-minute drive away in Kensington Village. There is a small strip mall in Collingwood, which houses an animal hospital, a pet store, and a couple of restaurants (C. B. Drive-Inn, Riverstone Pub).
There are three schools located in the centre of Collingwood along Northmount Drive which can make for a lot of traffic and buzz around drop-off and pick-up times. But the schools and a nearby church also add to the family-friendly feel of this neighbourhood.
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LIVING IN COLLINGWOOD
- Nearest C-Train Station: University Station (located on Crowchild Trial NW, within a 20- to 30-minute walk of most areas of Collingwood)
- Easy access to Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW, Crowchild Trail, and Stoney Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Safeway, Co-op, London Drugs, and several major retailers located nearby at Brentwood Village Shopping Centre
- Bog-box stores and major retailers located a five-minute drive away at Northland Village and North Hill Shopping Centre
- Ten-minute drive to clothing stores and more at Market Mall
Dining & Nightlife
- A few restaurants and fast food options located in Collingwood (C. B. Drive-Inn, Riverstone Pub)
- Restaurants and fast food options located in nearby Brentwood (Wami Ootoya Japanese Fusion, Jameson’s Pub, and Cora)
- 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 a ten-minute drive away in Kensington Village (Higher Ground Cafe, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Pulcinella, Wine Bar, Kensington Pub)
Health & Wellness
- Anytime Fitness, Karma Salon, Fit Body Boot Camp, and medical professionals in Brentwood Village
- Foothills Aquatic Centre, Foothills Athletic Park and Volleydome within a ten-minute drive
- Alberta Children’s Hospital and Foothills Medical Centre within a ten-minute drive
- Grades K-6 (Regular): Capitol Hill School
- Grades 7-9 (Regular and Spanish Bilingual): Senator Patrick Burns School
- Grades 10-12 (Regular and Spanish Bilingual): William Aberhart School
- Grades K-6 (French Immersion Only): St. Luke School
- Grades K-9 (Regular): St. Joseph School
- Grades 7-9 (French Immersion Only): Madeleine D’Houet School
- Grades 10-12 (Regular and Extended French): St. Francis High School
- Grades 10-12 (Regular and Extended French): St. Mary’s High School
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THINGS TO DO IN COLLINGWOOD
- Nose Hill Park: The Nose Hill Natural Environment Park is a large natural area covering 11 square kilometres of grassland in north Calgary. The park is said to be an example of the high plains ecosystem that once covered the area. The park is home to ample wildlife, including deer, coyotes, porcupines, and hawks. It is also significant for its archeological sites, including indigenous stone circles. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails and designated off-leash areas.
- Calgary Winter Club: If you can afford the high yearly membership fees, this premiere private sport and social club offers a range of athletic facilities including a gymnastics centre, curling rink, and climbing wall. Wellness services, kids programs, and social events are also offered to members.
- 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.
- Confederation Park Golf Course: Situated in the west end of Confederation Park, this city-run, nine-hole golf course has medium-difficulty greens and a driving range.