Springbank Hill is a large suburb located at the western city limit of Calgary, bordered by Glenmore Trail to the south. Luxury homes and acreages are the norm in this semi-rural, family-friendly community. With only a short commute to a major shopping district in neighbouring Signal Hill, Springbank Hill will appeal to buyers who crave the countryside but aren’t quite ready to leave the city’s amenities behind! Even professionals can make the location work, with two nearby “Park and Ride” C-Train Stations that make for an easy commute downtown.
Springbank Hill was established fairly recently in 1999, and will continue to see more development. It is mostly a family-oriented community, and not many seniors or young adults under the age of 34 live here. The majority of homes in Springbank Hill are single-family style. In 2017, the average cost of a detached home in Springbank Hill was higher than the rest of the city, but still attainable for mature buyers (approximately$783,000). However, the size and style of homes vary greatly in this community, which includes some breathtaking multimillion-dollar homes!
For couples who like the location but don’t require a lot of room, there are a few attached home options (ie. condos, duplexes, townhomes) to choose from at the north end of the community along 17th Avenue. The average price of an attached home in Springbank Hill is also relatively affordable (though still higher than the rest of the city), costing around $443,000 during 2017.
Springbank Hill is home to a number of academic institutions. Ambrose University (a small Christian campus), Rundle College (a private elementary, junior, and senior high school which also offers programming for students with disabilities) and Ernest Manning High School (the CBE-designated high school for Springbank Hill) are all located in the northeast corner of the community. These schools sits right across the street from the Westside Recreation Centre, where residents can find modern fitness and aquatic facilities, sports programs, and youth volunteer opportunities. For families with high school-aged children, this means that kids don’t have to commute far for their schooling and sports programs!
Apart from these schools and a couple of small shopping centres, Springbank Hill is entirely residential. This is not a problem for residents because a number of grocery stores, outlets, big box retailers, and even a movie theatre are located just a five- to ten-minute drive away in Signal Hill. In this way, Springbank Hill enjoys the best of both worlds—quiet acreage living with a short commute to shopping and entertainment!
Residents of Springbank Hill will also enjoy living near some of Alberta’s premier golf courses, including the posh Pinebrook Golf & Country Club and Glencoe Golf & Country Club. Both of these courses are bordered by the Elbow Rive, and it’s not uncommon to spot deer and elk roaming the greens.
Another great feature of Springbank Hill is its proximity to Bragg Creek, which offers a nice alternative to the busier towns of Banff and Canmore. Bragg Creek is known for its burgeoning art scene and annual Christmas art sale. Visitors will also find a few top-rated restaurants including my personal favourite, The Italian Farmhouse. If you continue along the AB-66 Highway past Bragg Creek, you will reach a number of hiking trails and campgrounds in the Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Fishing, dirt biking, and horseback riding are just a few of the outdoor activities this area is known for.
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LIVING IN SPRINGBANK HILL
- Nearest C-Train Station: 69 Street Park and Ride Station (located at the northeast corner of the community)
- Easy access to Sarcee Trail and Glenmore Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Superstore, Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, Best Buy, Winners and more big box retailers located a five- to ten-minute drive away in neighbouring Signal Hill
- Five- to ten-minute drive to Aspen Landing Shopping Centre, an upscale commercial centre built on a manmade pond and containing a number of amenities like an animal hospital, a law office, a medical clinic, several major banks, boutiques, fitness studios, cafes and restaurants
- Fifteen-minute drive to Westbrook Mall (Walmart, Dollarama, Jubilations Dinner Theatre)
Dining & Nightlife
- A few locally-owned restaurants and cafes are located in Springbank Hill (Haru Sushi Bar, Waves Coffeehouse, Nawab Indian Cuisine)
- Phoenix Grill, Earl’s Kitchen + Bar, and National located in neighbouring Signal Hill
- Five-minute drive to restaurants in neighbouring Aspen Woods (A Ladybug Bakery and Cafe, Redwater Rustic Grille, Original Joe’s)
- Ten- to fifteen-minute drive to restaurants and bars along 17th Avenue (The Himalayan, Chili Club Thai House, Spiro’s Pizza)
Health & Wellness
- Medical service providers (medicentre, family doctors, dentists and optometrists), spas and salons located in neighbouring Signal Hill (Skoah, Salon Luminous, Chatters) and Aspen Woods (Karma Yoga, Frilly Lilly Salon and Spa, Curious Hair Skin Body)
- Grades K-9: Griffith Woods School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: Dr. E. P Scarlett High School (Regular, AP, French Immersion, Spanish Bilingual)
- Grades 10-12: Ernest Manning High School (Regular, AP, Off-Campus Work Experience)
- Grades K-6: John W. Costello Catholic School (Regular), Guardian Angel School (Regular), Holy Name School (French Immersion Only)
- Grades K-9: St. Michael School (Regular and French Immersion)
- Grades 6-9: St. Gregory School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: St. Mary’s High School (Regular, French Immersion, IB)
- Rundle College and Rundle Academy campuses (Elementary, Junior and Senior high school, with special programming for students with disabilities)
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THINGS TO DO IN SPRINGBANK HILL
- Premiere golfing (Elbow Springs Golf Club, Glencoe Golf & Country Club, and more): A number of picturesque golf courses can be found along Township Road 241 (which turns into Glenmore Trail). Boasting mountain views, riverside greens, and lots of wildlife, the scenery is half the experience!
- Bragg Creek: Top-rated restaurants, bakeries, and gift shops trading in local artisan crafts are just a few reasons to visit this quiet town in the foothills.
- Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area: Located on Highway 66, west of Bragg Creek, this recreation area is a popular spot for fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking!
- Westside Recreation Centre: This family-oriented leisure centre was build in 2010 and is closely involved with the community, offering fee assistance and youth volunteer programs. Located in the northwest corner of the community, its modern facilities include 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!
- Westhills Cineplex Odeon Movie Theatre: Newer, modern facilities at the Westhills Cineplex Odeon make for a comfortable movie theatre experience.
- Grey Eagle Resort and Casino: This hotel is equipped with conference facilities and a large event centre that is hosts to a number of musicians and comedy acts throughout the year.