One of the safest communities in Calgary with trendy local restaurants and urban amenities
With very low crime (3rd lowest in all of Calgary in 2017) and lots of nearby kid-friendly activities, it is no wonder why West Springs attracts primarily young families. Established in 2001, this newer community is situated on the far west boundary of Calgary and is bounded by Bow Trail to its south. Yet despite being located on the edge of the city, this community has enough amenities of its own to keep residents from feeling isolated. Former urbanites trading in downtown living for a family-friendly community will find the transition to suburban life easier with a number of local trendy restaurants and boutiques.
West Springs is without a doubt a young, family-friendly community. Kids under 14 comprised more than 30% of the population in 2014 (the citywide average was 19%), and only 4% of residents were seniors (city average of 10%). Most homes in West Springs are single-family units, with some townhomes and duplexes. Very few homes are rented in this community.
There are a lot of similarities between the family-friendly, suburban communities of west Calgary but each has distinct characteristics. For example, compared to neighbouring Aspen Woods (also established in 2001), property values in West Springs are significantly lower. While the older community of Strathcona Park enjoys more parks, pathways and green spaces, West Springs homes are newer and showcase more of a contemporary style. Most of all, West Springs stands out among west Calgary communities for its trendy, locally-owned restaurants, boutiques and salons.
85th Street in West Springs is gaining a reputation for prime shopping and dining in Calgary. Popular, Calgarian-owned restaurants like Vin Room, Mercato and Towa Sushi have opened up locations, meaning residents don’t need to travel far for a fine dining experience. Trendy, independent shops like the well-curated APT 22 boutique clothing store and gourmet ingredient supplier Blue Door, which offers generous product sampling, stand out from the usual major retailers common to suburban communities.
There are also a number of amenities in West Springs specifically targeted at families. A math learning centre, a large day care and preschool facility and a massage studio dedicated to moms (with in-house childminding) are a few great resources for busy parents. The active West Springs Community Association hosts a children’s soccer league (ages U4 to U10) and day camps in the summer. Kids classes are also available at Alive Danceworks and Colour On Fire Art Studio. Just outside of West Springs, WinSport and Westside Recreation Centre offer even more sports and recreational activities for both kids and adults.
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LIVING IN WEST SPRINGS
- Local bus routes (93, 98, 452, 453 and 699)
- There are no C-Train stations in West Springs; the nearest Park and Ride location is 69 Street Station which is a ten minute drive away
- Access to Sarcee Trail and the Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW
Groceries & Shopping
- CO-OP, Blair’s No Frills
- Local boutiques: APT 22, BraTopia
- Five to ten minute drive to Aspen Landing Shopping Centre, where Safeway, Shopper’s Drug Mart and a number of other amenities are located
- Ten minute drive to Westbrook Mall (Walmart, Dollarama, Jubilations Dinner Theatre)
- Ten minute drive to Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Old Navy, Toys ‘R’ Us and many clothing retailers)
Dining & Nightlife
- Restaurants: Mercato West, Towa Sushi & Lounge, Ripe Tomato Pizza Kitchen, Cafe Momoko
- Bars: 722 World Bier Haus, Vin Room West
- Cafes/Fast Food: Waves Coffee House, Starbucks, My Favourite Ice Cream Shop
Health & Wellness
- Momentum Health West Springs (Physiotherapy), Mama Massage
- RedBloom Salon, Urban Venus Nail Bar
- Orange Theory Fitness
For Pet Owners
- West Springs Veterinary Hospital
- Divine Doggies Spa & Boutique, Global Pet Foods
- There are no off-leash dog parks in West Springs, but there is a large off-leash area at nearby Edworthy Park
THINGS TO DO IN WEST SPRINGS
- Edworthy Park: One of Calgary’s largest parks, Edworthy Park is known for its designated bike and pedestrian pathways running along the Bow River as well as its large, well-appointed picnic areas with fire pits and shelters.
- 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.
- Aspen Landing Shopping Centre: Located a five to ten minute drive away in neighbouring Aspen, this upscale shopping centre 0ffers yoga and fitness studios, salons and spas, cafes and a pottery painting studio.
CBE Designated Schools
- Grades K-4: West Springs School
- Grades 5-9: West Ridge School
- Grades 7-9: Vincent Massey School
- Grades 10-12: Ernest Manning High School