A parkland community in west Calgary enjoying very low crime rates and lots of outdoor activities
The community of Patterson sits on a ridge in west Calgary overlooking Sarcee Trail to the northeast and bounded by Old Banff Coach Road to the southwest. Patterson is defined by its green spaces, enjoying excellent access to parks and outdoor activities. Although transit options are minimal, Patterson is quite accessible by vehicle (residents can reach downtown in fifteen minutes). With very low crime and affordable homes, this quiet community will appeal to active nature lovers.
Patterson was officially established as a neighbourhood in 1983 but its history dates back to the early twentieth century. The Hart House, a brick mansion constructed in 1902, still stands in the community. Now a preserved historical site, the residence was once owned by Canadian professional wrestler Stu Hart, who used the basement (the “Hart Dungeon”) as a training hall. Broadcast Hill in Patterson was home to the original CFCN Communications Ltd. radio and television broadcasting facility.
Today, Patterson offers a range of different living options. Compared to its surrounding west Calgary neighbourhoods, Patterson has a much higher percentage of multi-family residences and property values are significantly lower. In 2014, one third of homes were apartments and approximately one quarter of homes were rented. That year, there were less kids and more seniors living in Patterson than citywide averages.
Patterson’s parks are equipped with a baseball diamond, soccer field, tennis courts and a number of playgrounds. At the north end of the community, Patterson Park offers paved bike pathways and hiking trails that lead to the Paskapoo Slopes, a set of forested benches that were carved by a glacial lake. The south parking lot of Edworthy Park, a favourite for its spacious picnic areas and an off-leash dog park, is just a few minutes’ drive away. The WinSport ski park and multi-sports facility can be reached in ten minutes.
Patterson shares a community association with Coach Hill, which organizes unique events throughout the year including a “parade” of garage sales in summer and Christmas light displays in winter.
Among the west Calgary communities, Patterson offers some of the most affordable and varied living options. The community is well-suited to active seniors, couples and students (the University of Calgary and SAIT campuses are only a twenty minute drive away). However, families will also enjoy Patterson’s close proximity to kid-friendly West Springs and Aspen Woods.
LIVING IN PATTERSON
- Local bus routes (1, 40, 93, 305, 408, 452 and 699)
- There are no C-Train stations in Patterson; the nearest Park and Ride location is Sirocco Station which is a ten minute drive away
- Access to Sarcee Trail and the Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW
Groceries & Shopping
- CO-OP, Sobeys, Blair’s No Frills
- Five minute drive to restaurants and boutique at 85th Street in West Springs
- Ten minute drive to Westbrook Mall (Walmart, Dollarama, Jubilations Dinner Theatre)
- Fifteen minute drive to Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Old Navy, Toys ‘R’ Us and many clothing retailers)
Dining & Nightlife
- Schooner’s Neighbourhood Pub, Ginger Beef Express
- Restaurants and bars in neighbouring West Springs: Mercato West, Towa Sushi & Lounge, Ripe Tomato Pizza Kitchen, Cafe Momoko, 722 World Bier Haus, Vin Room West, Waves Coffee House
Health & Wellness
- Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital are a 15-20 minute drive away
- Located nearby in West Springs: Momentum Health West Springs (Physiotherapy), Mama Massage, RedBloom Salon, Urban Venus Nail Bar , Orange Theory Fitness
CBE Designated Schools
- Grades K-6: Olympic Heights School
- Grades 7-9: Vincent Massey School
- Grades 10-12: Ernest Manning High School
THINGS TO DO IN PATTERSON
- Edworthy Park: One of Calgary’s largest and most popular parks is located along the Bow River in southwest Calgary, and can be accessed from northwest Calgary by a footbridge off Bowness Road NW. This sprawling park includes the Douglas Fir Trail, which runs along a steep and densely forested escarpment on the river’s south bank. There is a charming cafe on the north end of the footbridge, a large off-leash area, and tons of picnic space with BBQ pits and shelters.
- Shaganappi Point Golf Course: Located a five to ten minute drive away, Shaganappi Point Golf Course offers an 18-hole course, 9-hole course, driving range and putting green. The course is groomed for cross-country skiing in the wintertime.
- WinSport: Formerly Canada Olympic Park, this ski hill and multi-sports facility was the site of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Today, it serves as a high-performance athletic training and recreational facility offering skiing, sledding and hockey during the winter, and mountain biking, zip-lining and mini golf in the summer.
- Westside Recreation Centre: This recreational facility in neighbouring Signal Hill contains a fitness centre, rock climbing wall, ice rink and children’s play area. There is also a large aquatic centre with a wave pool, lane pool, lazy river and waterslides.