Bridgeland is one of Calgary’s oldest communities, which has undergone a major transformation in the past 20 years due to the rapid growth of the city. Some of Calgary’s most famous attractions, like the Calgary Zoo, call this neighbourhood home. The combination of unique recreation and entertainment with the feeling that comes from having a place in history makes Bridgeland one of Calgary’s most desired areas to live in.
Despite sitting on the Northeast edge of Downtown Calgary, Bridgeland is a quiet, family friendly community with a great mix of single family homes, condos, and apartments. ‘Bridgeland’ is more than just a name: the community is connected to the downtown core by several bridges that span the beautiful Bow River. These bridges make walking and biking throughout Bridgeland and into the surrounding communities very easy. In fact, an estimated 6,000 people use the famous Peace Bridge every single day on their way to work and play in the downtown core.
Memorial Drive is a major roadway that runs along the south edge of Bridgeland near the Bow River, but most of the community enjoys quiet traffic patterns that consists only of residents and people visiting the area.
Bridgeland offers truly one-of-a-kind entertainment options for residents of all ages. Calgary Zoo is one of Canada’s largest zoos. The attractions and exhibits in the zoo are constantly improving, with new features being added regularly. And Calgary Zoo is much more than just a place to see penguins, gorillas, and elephants; it also plays host to a huge number of educational programs for children and adults alike. In addition, it’s a fantastic venue for corporate events, charitable events, and weddings. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Calgary Zoo has a popular event called “Zoo Lights.” This past year saw over 1.5 million lights decorate the zoo, along with crafts, entertainment, and hot cocoa. Telus Spark is also another unique entertainment venue, perfect for curious learners of any age. From class field trips to weekend workshops, to their adult science nights and summer camps, Telus Spark is a world class facility within arm’s reach of Bridgeland residents.
Bridgeland offers a variety of real estate for people looking to live in the area. The single family homes in the community range from old to new, and from big and small. With the rapid growth of the city in recent years, many of the single family homes have been heavily renovated or entirely rebuilt. This gives buyers the unique opportunity to choose from a variety of homes to suit any and every taste. Whether you want a modern, trendy home, or a classic home with masses of character, Bridgeland surely has what you seek. Mixed in with the great selection of single family homes is a variety of apartments and condos for sale, from luxury condos big enough for the entire family to cozy apartments for singles or couples. Due to its proximity to downtown offices, this is a popular area for renters to live as they begin their careers in Calgary. And if you are looking for an investment property then you would be hard pressed to find a better community to invest in.
Being a largely residential area, noise is not a major concern for most people in Bridgeland. Most traffic through the neighbourhood is made up of people who actually live in the area. The major entertainment spots like the Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark are set a short distance away from homes and probably do not notably increase traffic nuisance for its residents. Those living closest to Memorial Drive may notice increased vehicle noise during the morning and evening rush hour but the roadway doesn’t see nearly as much late night and non-peak hour traffic as other arteries in the city.
Calgary is a very safe city to live in and Bridgeland is no exception. With few bars or businesses located in the area there is less reason for outside visitors to travel into the community to cause trouble. Walkways and bridges are all well-lit and policed to ensure safety.
Several schools serve the Bridgeland area. Some students travel out of the community to nearby communities like Renfrew and Crescent Heights for their classes. Whether kids attend school right in this community or one of the neighbouring communities, getting to school is never a long trek. Within Bridgeland, elementary students are served by Langevin School. This school offers an advanced science program for elementary students as well as regular classes. If your child is the type who will spend a lot of time at Telus Spark then Langevin School is probably the place for them. Junior High and High School students in the area will be served by Christine Meikle School, a brand new school set to open within the year. Bridgeland is also an almost equal distance from Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary, and SAIT. Take a ride down Memorial Drive and then turn either north or south on Crowchild Trail and you’ll be at your preferred post-secondary institution pretty quickly.
Bridgeland has always been one of the communities best served by the C-Train, Calgary’s light rail public transportation system. It has two C-Train stops, offering residents quick access to all quadrants of the city. The redevelopment plan the city has set out for this neighbourhood also seeks to make the area even more transit-friendly. Bus routes have been added throughout the community to help relieve traffic stress and encourage residents to utilize the great public transit system in Calgary. Biking and walking is also very popular in Bridgeland. The bridges that connect the community to downtown make commuting on foot or two wheels sometimes the most convenient option during the rush hour. The Peace Bridge offers dedicated bike lanes to help make biking an easy choice for those living here.
Living in Bridgeland gives families the unique opportunity to live near some of the best family-friendly entertainment that Calgary has to offer. Bike rides and family walks along the Bow River are just a normal part of life for those living in Bridgeland. It’s a way of life that any family would love to have and one of the many reasons Bridgeland is among Calgary’s most desirable neighbourhoods.