Calgary remains a highly desirable city to live in. Population growth has remained steady at a little more than 2% per year for the past few years. That means more businesses, jobs, and new construction homes in Calgary. There are many different neighbourhoods here to meet the type of lifestyle a newcomer moving to Calgary wants to enjoy. The question is, which neighbourhood works best for each of them? Here's a short guide to the best neighbourhoods near Mount Royal University, one of the larger employers in Calgary.
The CFB Currie neighbourhood borders Mt. Royal University. Richardson Way SW marks the university's northern boundary and Currie's southern boundary. Homes for sale in Currie list from the low $400s, where buyers can find new townhome developments and condos close to the university. Farther north in Currie, a beautiful Modern-style new construction home can sell for more than $2 million. Even from the northern end of Currie, it's only about one kilometre to Mt. Royal.
There are many parks, playgrounds, and green spaces in Currie. In the north part of the city, Richmond Green Toboggan Hill is a spot that sees a lot of family fun in the winter. The Currie Bark Park is a fenced-in park where owners can take their dogs off-leash for some exercise. Most of Currie is residential, so there are very few businesses directly in the neighbourhood. A majority of the companies are fitness and exercise centres. One local hotspot is the Wild Rose Brewery, a quirky taproom located in an old airport hangar.
- Almost exclusively new homes
- Seven neighbourhood parks (and counting)
- Bishop Carroll High School
- Convenient shopping in South Calgary & Altadore
Rutland Park is directly northwest of Mt. Royal University and west of Currie, less than one kilometre from the campus. The west boundary of Rutland Park is 37 Street W, and the northwest boundary is Richmond Road NW. Rutland Park is still a growing neighbourhood, so many developments and new home construction is going on. It has a mix of lovely starter homes and newer townhomes. A single-family bungalow-style home for sale in Rutland Park typically lists from the $500s, while a new townhome will list from the $900s.
Rutland Park has a few more commercial and retail businesses than Currie. The neighbourhood's northwest corner has a range of dining and food options, from a Tim Horton's to the locally owned Glamorgan Bakery. The Sarcee Shopping Center in the south part of the neighbourhood, closest to Mt. Royal, has several shops, services, and restaurants available. The Rutland Park Playground is centrally located in the neighbourhood, and the Rutland Park Ice Rink, a free public rink, is right next to it. The northeast part of the neighbourhood is right next to the Richmond Green golf course.
Rutland Park Amenities
- Sir James Lougheed All-Boys School
- Glamorgan Off-Leash Dog Park
- Masala Bhavan South Indian Cuisine
- Sarcee Meadows Playground
Mt. Royal University is in the Lincoln Park neighbourhood, so the campus is within walking or biking distance of all homes. This budget-friendly neighbourhood has a share of the condos for sale in Calgary, with established low-rise condos listing from $250,000. Almost two-thirds of the residences here are either condos or apartments. Single-family homes for sale in Lincoln Park list from the $400s to the $600s. The southern boundary of the neighbourhood is Glenmore Trail SW, a major east-west road through Calgary. The close access to this roadway provides an easy drive to anywhere else in the city.
Aside from the university, the ATCO Industrial Park is the other prominent landscape feature. Lincoln Park is a college neighbourhood. It is highly walkable in the residential section in the southern part of the neighbourhood. The tree-lined streets are pretty, and the lawns are well-kept. The Richmond Green Golf Course, the Earl Gray Course, and the Lakeview Club are a short distance from Lincoln Park for golfers, so it's a great community from which to access Calgary's best mountain golf courses. The Lincoln Park Centre strip mall directly south of the university has restaurants, beauty shops, and a pharmacy.
Lincoln Park Amenities
- Peacekeeper Park, AD Ross Park, Buffalo Park
- University athletic fields close by
- L'École Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys French K–12 school
- Spot On Kitchen & Bar
- Bella Concert Hall at Mt. Royal University
- Lincoln Way Playground
The Glamorgan neighbourhood is directly west of Currie and Rutland Park. It's a primarily residential neighbourhood bounded on the west side by Sarcee Trail SW and to the south by Glenmore Trail SW. Well-established single-family homes for sale in Glamorgan typically list from the $500s. The center of the Glamorgan neighbourhood is 2.2 kilometres from the entrance to Mt. Royal University.
Glamorgan's northeast corner has a grocery store, a few restaurants, and some strip mall shops. Most of the neighbourhood comprises residential homes, parks, and public green spaces. There are three major shopping malls outside Glamorgan's northwest corner, at the Sarcee Trail intersection with Richmond Road. The Signal Hill Centre, the Westhills Town Centre, and the Richmond Square Shopping Mall have all the retail stores that anyone could need.
Residents of the Glamorgan neighbourhood have quick and easy access to some of the best parks in Calgary. The Glamorgan Off Leash Dog Area is perfect for dog owners to take their furry friends. The Glamorgan Rink in the centre of the community is ideal for family fun in the wintertime. Glamorgan Park has multiple baseball fields, soccer fields, and a children's playground.
- Three major shopping malls nearby
- Grassroots Hockey League for kids
- Glamorgan School
- Hanni's Pizza
Lakeview is a highly scenic residential neighbourhood south of Lincoln Park in Calgary. The centre of Lakeview is about a 3.5-kilometre drive from Mount Royal University. Smaller homes for sale in Lakeview list from around $550,000. Luxury homes in Lakeview can list for $3 million or more. Crowchild Trail marks the eastern boundary of Lakeview, and Glenmore Trail SW is the northern boundary. North Glenmore Park makes up the entire southern boundary of the neighbourhood, and the western border is 37 Street SW.
Beautiful North Glenmore Park surrounds the entire southern part of Lakeview. Picnic sites and playgrounds are scattered along the North Glenmore Trail, which follows the Elbow River as it winds through the valley. One end of the trail is at the Glenmore Causeway Bridge. From there, it's possible to bike around the reservoir and back to the bridge on the other side. The park is also home to the Calgary Canoe Club.
Besides the Lakeview Plaza strip mall on the eastern side of Lakeview, most of the neighbourhood is almost entirely residential. For major shopping, groceries, and dining, residents can take Glenmore Trail SW in either direction to reach many options and more extensive shopping centres.
- Lakeview Off-Leash Dog Area
- 66th Ave Off Leash Dog Area
- Lakeview Bakery
- Lakeview Community Association Outdoor Rink
- Bella Roma Restaurant & Pub
The centre of the North Glenmore Park neighbourhood is about 3 kilometres southeast of the Mount Royal University campus. There are limited condos and apartments here, but most housing comprises single-family homes. North Glenmore homes for sale list from $700,000, while a larger five-bedroom modern-style golf course home will list for more than $2 million. Other than a tiny strip mall on the west side of North Glenmore, the rest of the neighbourhood comprises homes, parks, and schools.
Glenmore Trail SW marks the southern boundary of the neighbourhood and 50 Avenue SW in the north. The western edge is Crowchild Trail SW, and the eastern side comprises two golf courses and a large athletic park.
The Earl Grey Golf Club and the Lakeview Golf Course provide scenic golf outings with views of the Elbow River. Numerous walking trails run through Glenmore Park on the eastern side of North Glenmore. People can park and walk from the end of 56 Avenue SW to reach the Glenmore Dam Off-Leash Dog Park right next to the water. The Glenmore Aquatic Centre has a heated pool, a dive tank, and a fitness studio.
North Glenmore Amenities
- Stu Peppard Arena/li>
- Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus (Dutch Pancake House)
- Central Memorial High School
- St. James Catholic School
Mount Royal University is about 2.2 kilometres west of the Altadore neighbourhood in Calgary. Condos and single-family homes make up all of the real estate in this neighbourhood that dates back to the 1950s. Two-bedroom condos can be found for around $250,000 in some cases; four-bedroom homes for sale in Altadore can approach $1.25 million. Crowchild Trail marks the western boundary of Altadore, and the Elbow River marks the east. The northern and southern borders of the neighbourhood are 34 Avenue SW and 50 Avenue SW, respectively.
Most of the shopping and groceries in Altadore are concentrated around 34 Avenue SW. There are a few cafes and coffee shops scattered throughout the neighbourhood. History buffs will appreciate the series of museums in the western part of Altadore dedicated to the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The three rinks of the Flames Community Arenas are great venues to catch a hockey game or enjoy Family Skate Time.
The eastern side of Altadore is mainly comprised of two large park spaces that border the Elbow River: Sandy Beach Park and River Park. A system of trails connects the two parks. Dog owners can walk their pets across the Sandy Beach Footbridge to reach the Riverdale Off-Leash Dog Park. Sandy Beach Park has a playground, a boat launch, and a picnic area. River Park is more of a wooded green space to enjoy a nature hike.
- My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe
- Neighbour Coffee
- Flanders Park
- Lycée Climbing Wall
The Killarney neighbourhood is about 3.5 kilometres north of Mount Royal University. It's an older neighbourhood that dates back to the early 20th century. 17 Avenue SW marks the northern boundary of Killarney, and Richmond Road SW is considered the southern boundary. To the east and west are 25a Street SW and 37 Street SW. Homes consist of many bungalows and ranches, with some modernized properties dating back more than 100 years. Killarney's homes for sale list from $600,000 to more than $1.5 million.
The Westbrook Mall is directly north of the neighbourhood on 37 Street SW. Residents can find groceries and many specialty shops there. The Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre is a fun family venue with a dive tank, heated pool, fitness centre, and cardio gym. The Killarney Off Leash Dog Park on 19 Avenue SW is the perfect place for dog lovers to meet and turn their four-legged best friends loose for some exercise. The Killarney-Glengarry Community Centre maintains a vast, grassy park in the central part of the neighbourhood.
- Killarney School
- Holy Name School
- Hawt Diggaty Cakes
- Newcastle Pub
Neighbourhoods Near Mount Royal University Have Amazing Amenities
These neighbourhoods surrounding Mount Royal University offer housing types and amenities for everyone. Each is north and west of the beautiful Elbow River Reservoir and provides easy access to shopping, dining and nightlife, and all the things to do in Calgary. Each neighbourhood is also less than 10 minutes away from the university, which makes it a simple daily commute for students and employees.