A picturesque suburb in northwest Calgary with lots of community spirit
Scenic Acres is located in the far northwest of Calgary, bounded by Stoney Trail to the west and Crowchild Trail to the northeast. This highly-rated community stands out for its low crime rates, excellent access to parks and high community engagement. With property values in the top 30% (mostly single-family residences), this ideal community is still accessible to many buyers. However, the community’s isolated location will be a determining factor, as the long commute to south Calgary may be too inconvenient for buyers who work there.
In terms of demographics, Scenic Acres has a higher population of teenagers and seniors than the citywide average. Over 90% of homes in the area are single-family residences, and very few homes are rented (less than 5%). The neighbourhood was established in 1981 and the style of most homes is typical of the 1980s. While property values are not the highest in Calgary (ranking 56 out of 185 communities), the neighbourhood attracts established, high-income families. In 2011, the median household income was $127,000, significantly higher than the citywide average of $81,000, and most residents spent less than 30% on the cost of shelter (ie. rent, mortgage payments).
Residents of this is quiet, picturesque community clearly care for their homes, keeping their lawns and gardens well-manicured. At the centre of the community, Scenic Acres Park and Scurfield Park bring kids and adults together at baseball diamonds and tennis courts. A 190-acre park (12 Mile Coulee) lies on the west boundary of the community across Stoney Trail and a number of other large parks are a short drive away.
The Scenic Acres Community Association is active in the community, hosting unique events like “Lunch & Learn” seminars and a community dance for kids in grades 4 to 6. The association organizes a number of sports programs (beach volleyball, soccer, hockey, slo-pitch) and exercise classes (zumba, yoga, qigong) for all ages. Several community groups, including a book club, craft club and “single ladies get together”, meet weekly at the community hall.
While there are few dining and nightlife options within comfortable walking distance of Scenic Acres, a number of bars and restaurants are located a five to ten minute drive away at nearby Crowfoot Crossing. Here, popular chains like The Keg Steakhouse and Boston Pizza are mixed in with highly-rated, independent restaurants like Sakana Grill and Pho Anh. Kensington, a cultural hub in Calgary, is a fifteen minute drive from Scenic Acres.
Buyers should consider Scenic Acres’ remote location before making the decision to live here. The Stoney Trail ring road ends at the Trans-Canada Highway, meaning that vehicles must travel through the city in order to reach areas of south Calgary. Residents can expect a forty-minute commute to southeast Calgary with low traffic and up to an hour of travel during peak times. However, residents can reach the downtown core in just twenty minutes (without traffic) via Crowchild Trail and there is an option to “park and ride” at the nearby Crowfoot C-Train Station. The University of Calgary is a fifteen-minute drive or ten-minute train ride away.
Scenic Acres is a great fit for active, community-oriented families who do not need to commute far to work. Retirees will love living close to parks and premier golf courses. All ages can take advantage of sports programs offered through the local community association. Families with older children attending the University of Calgary or SAIT can offer their kids the option to save money living at home, with only a short commute to campus.
LIVING IN SCENIC ACRES
- Local bus routes (40, 97, 113, 120, 134, 299, 725, 813 and 820)
- Crowfoot C-Train Station located at the northeast boundary with parking available (five minute drive or twenty minute walk from central Scenic Acres)
- Quick access to Crowchild Trail and Stoney Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Five minute drive to Crowfoot Crossing where CO-OP, Safeway, Chapters and a Cineplex Odeon movie theatre are located
- Ten minute drive to Northland Village (Walmart, Best Buy, Fountain Tire)
- Fifteen minute drive to Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Old Navy, Toys ‘R’ Us and many clothing retailers)
Dining & Nightlife
- Restaurants (at Crowfoot Crossing): JOEY, Boston Pizza, The Keg Steakhouse, Chianti Cafe & Restaurant, Eggs Oasis, Green Chili, New Dynasty, Sakana Grill
- Bars (at Crowfoot Crossing): Hudsons Pub, Schanks, Brewsters
- Fastfood (at Crowfoot Crossing): Wendy’s, Panago Pizza, Mucho Burrito, Booster Juice, Crave Cupcakes
Health & Wellness
- Melcor YMCA
- Axis Foot & Ankle Clinic located in Scenic Acres
- Medical and dental clinics, yoga studios, massage studio and spas located at Crowfoot Crossing
- Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital are a 15-20 minute drive away
- Grades K-4: Scenic Acres School
- Grades 5-9: Arbour Lake School
- Grades 10-12: Robert Thirsk High School
- Grades K-6: Monsignor E.L. Doyle School, St. Sylvester School
- Grades 7-9: Madeleine d’Houet School (French Immersion)
- Grades 10-12: St. Francis High School
THINGS TO DO IN SCENIC ACRES
- 12 Mile Coulee: Named for its classic prairie coulees (a gully where seasonal water flows from snow-melt or heavy rain), this grassland park is filled with hiking trails. Two designated off-leash areas are also located in the park.
- Bowmont Park: A small waterfall and mature riverine forest define this huge, riverside park, which has number of hiking trails, picnic tables and playgrounds.
- Bowness Park: With a tea house, ice skating rink and boathouse, Bowness Park attracts visitors year-round. A shallow lagoon off the Bow River turns into a unique “ice skating trail” in winter.
- Golfing: Northwest Calgary is home to a number of premier golf clubs and courses, including Bearspaw Country Club, Lynx Ridge Golf Club, Valley Ridge Golf Club and Silver Springs Golf and Country Club.
- 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.
- Crowfoot Library
- Crowfoot Crossing Cineplex Odeon