came across this article on USA today, just quick article on Calagry and i found it to be very good:
Original article published here: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/places-live-calgary-101640.html
Calgary is the southern-most major city in the Grassland region of Alberta, Canada. Residents live in neighborhoods, called communities, in and around the city, and the best area to settle and make a home depends on your interests and needs. Each of the communities in Calgary has its own personality and strengths, depending on its location and demographics.
For true city living, the historic community of Beltline offers an eclectic mix of residential, public buildings, retail and office space in the high-density neighborhood. Few homes in Beltline are single-family; instead, condominiums and apartment complexes dominate the Beltline landscape, with an emphasis on re-purposed or revitalized “heritage” buildings. It is a distinctively urban area in transition. Many buildings are mixed-use, and much of eastern Beltline is being reclaimed and gentrified, as it was, for most of the city’s history, an active industrial area. The Beltline community encompasses a number of smaller areas, including the Rivers District, downtown East Village, the Design District, Victoria Park , the Calgary Zoo and 17th Avenue – known as the center of the city’s nightlife.
Huntington Hills, located in north Calgary, attracts residents with its bordering green space and parks — including Nose Hill Park and Beddington Trail — and views of both the city skyline and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There is slight commercial development, offering some shopping options, but the focus is more on families. The community has, as its center, the Huntington Hills Sportsplex, which has a community center, curling and skating rinks, and a preschool.
Also in northern Calgary, the large residential community of Varsity offers traditional residential living, with an emphasis on both families and students at the nearby University of Calgary. Unlike Huntington Hill’s limited retail corridor, Varsity is bordered by two large shopping malls, Market Mall and Northland Village. Residents can get involved in activities at the large, busy Community Center, which sponsors playschools and day care, as well as a number of clubs and classes for children, adults and senior citizens.
Signal Hill, one of the largest communities in western Calgary, is also one of the newest. Built on a plateau originally used as training grounds for the Canadian armed forces, Signal Hill became developed for residential use in the 1980s. Signal Hill life offers traditional-style homes and a low-population density – a definite suburban feel — in close proximity to the city itself. Residents say they love the area because of the green space available, including lawns, and the excellent views afforded by the community’s