Close-knit townhome living in one of the safest communities in Calgary
Point Mckay is a small community that sits on the north bank of the Bow River in northwest Calgary. Sandwiched between Parkdale and Montgomery, Point Mckay is almost entirely residential and relies on its neighbouring communities for most amenities. With an older population, nearby park space, and the second lowest crime rates in the city, quiet Point Mckay will appeal to new retirees and active seniors!
The first thing you will notice passing through Point Mckay is the number of rowhouse-style homes that line the winding roads and cul-de-sacs in this quiet community. Built in the 1970s and 1980s, many of these rowhouses are quite spacious, with four storeys and two-car garages. There are no detached homes whatsoever in Point Mckay, and the community can feel a bit dense with so many shared lots. But this style of living saves on heating costs and encourages neighbours to get to know each other.
Apart from townhomes, the high-rise Riverside Towers in northwest Point Mckay offer adult-only condominium living — a great option for seniors seeking a low-maintenance home.
The population of Point Mckay is older, with very few children living in the area. The percentage of residents in Point Mckay that are over the age of 65 is more than twice the citywide average. It’s also a very safe community, with the second lowest crime rates in all of Calgary. Most residents own their homes (only about a quarter of the population rents).
With a grocery store and a number of service providers in nearby Montgomery, and shops and dining in Kensington Village, residents do not need to travel far for basic needs. But this community is not considered to be very walkable, and it does not have great access to transit.
Many Calgarians know Point Mckay for the Riverside Spa, a high end spa voted the “best” in Calgary in 2018, and the Riverside Golf Centre, which offers an indoor driving range, golf simulator, and private lessons. There are a couple of tennis courts in the community, and the Bow River pathways run along the south border, leading to the footbridge to Edworthy Park. With these opportunities to keep active, seniors can enjoy balanced living in this close-knit and safe community!
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LIVING IN POINT MCKAY
- Local bus routes 1, 9, 20, 40, 72, 73, 91, 93, 305
- There are no C-Train Stations within comfortable walking distance (nearest is Westbrook Station)
- Easy access to Crowchild Trail, Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW, and Memorial Drive
- Bow River bicycle pathways connect to neighbouring communities
Groceries & Shopping
- Five-minute drive to grocery stores, shops, and amenities (banks, gas station, dog groomers, etc.) on 16 Ave NW in Montgomery
- Ten-minute drive to Brentwood Village Shopping Centre (Safeway, London Drugs, Bed Bath & Beyond) and Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Toys ‘R’ Us, and a number of clothing retailers)
- Ten-minute drive to boutiques and specialty stores in Kensington shopping district
Dining & Nightlife
- Cafes and restaurants in nearby Parkdale (Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop, Oriental Palace, Extreme Bean Eatery, Lazy Loaf and Kettle) and Montgomery (NOtaBLE)
- Top-rated restaurants, cafes, and bars a ten-minute drive away in Kensington Village (Higher Ground Cafe, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Shijo Sushi, Pulcinella, Wine Bar, Kensington Pub, Original Joe’s)
Health & Wellness
- Foothills Medical Centre (the largest hospital in Alberta) and the Carewest Colonel Belcher long-term care facility are located a five-minute drive away in north Parkdale
- Five-minute drive to Alberta Children’s Hospital
- A large medical professional building in nearby Parkdale offers a number of service providers including a spinal treatment centre, physiotherapy clinic, and radiology lab
- Riverside Spa in Point Mckay, and more in Kensington Village (Swizzlesticks SalonSpa, Skoah)
THINGS TO DO IN POINT MCKAY
- Riverside Golf Centre: Brush up on your golf swing at Riverside Golf Centre’s indoor driving range or golf simulators, or stop in at their large pro shop. Lessons are available for kids and adults, and there is a licensed restaurant in the centre.
- 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.
- Shouldice Park: This large neighbourhood park has all the usual amenities (picnic tables, playground, etc.), but is most known for its athletic park. A mecca for sports lovers, the Shouldice Athletic Park offers three artificial turf sport fields, four grass sport fields and eight ball diamonds. The Shouldice Arena and Shouldice Aquatic Centre are also located in the park, and a privately-operated batting cage and raft rental company round out the list of things to do.
- 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.