Established in 1994, this newer community is as far west in Calgary as you can get. Ideally located for quick mountain getaways, family-friendly Tuscany also enjoys low crime and prime access to parks. With a small commercial hub at the centre of the community and lots of activities for kids nearby, parents who do not need to commute far for work will not mind Tuscany’s remote location.
Tuscany is a large community spanning nearly seven square kilometres, bounded by Stoney Trail to the east and Crowchild Trail/Highway 1A to the north. Children under 14 make up 29% percent of residents, much higher than the citywide average of 19%. 84% of homes in Tuscany are single-family units, but there are some apartment, townhome and duplex options available. Average property values in Tuscany hover around the highest 35% in Calgary.
With tons of playgrounds, pathways and an active community association, it is no wonder why Tuscany attracts young families. The Tuscany Community Association puts on sports programs for all ages and organizes a youth council for ages 12-17. Each year in September, the association hosts Harvest Festival — a free event for Tuscany residents, with bouncy castles, face painting and laser tag.
With extensive forested pathways and a 190-acre park (12 Mile Coulee) lying on the east boundary of the community, residents do not need to travel far to find beautiful green spaces. However Bowmont Park and Bowness Park, which offers paddleboating in summer and iceskating in winter, are located a short drive away. WinSport, a ski hill and multi-sports recreational facility, is just a twelve minute drive south.
As with most remote suburbs, transit options are fairly limited. Most residents will find a vehicle necessary to get around. Buyers should also be aware that the Stoney Trail ring road ends at the Trans-Canada Highway, meaning that Tuscany residents 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 (up to an hour of travel during peak times!). However, the downtown core can be reached in just twenty minutes (low 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.
LIVING IN TUSCANY
- Local bus routes (74, 174, 722, 723 and 724)
- Tuscany C-Train Station (parking available)
- Quick access to Crowchild Trail and Stoney Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Sobeys, Rexall and Scotiabank are located in the community
- Ten minute drive to Crowfoot Crossing (CO-OP, Safeway, Chapters and a Cineplex Odeon movie theatre)
- Fifteen minute drive to Northland Village (Walmart, Best Buy, Fountain Tire)
- Twenty minute drive to Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Old Navy, Toys ‘R’ Us and many clothing retailers)
Dining & Nightlife
- The Last Straw Ale House, Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Starbucks are located in Tuscany
- 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
- Tuscany Medical Clinic and Curious Hair Skin Body located in Tuscany
- Melcor YMCA is a ten minute drive away
- Medical and dental clinics, yoga studios, massage studio and spas are located at Crowfoot Crossing
- Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital are a twenty minute drive away
- Grades K-4: Eric Harvey School, Tuscany School
- Grades 5-9: Twelve Mile Coulee School
- Grades 10-12: Bowness High School
- Grades K-6: St. Sylvester School (French Immersion)
- Grades K-9: St. Basil School
- Grades 7-9: Madeleine d’Houet School (French Immersion)
- Grades 10-12: St. Francis High School
THINGS TO DO IN TUSCANY
- 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