With a bustling downtown core, a multicultural population, and plenty of outdoor recreation, Calgary offers families and exciting and unique way of life. If you’re searching for the perfect part of Calgary for you and your family, we’ve outlined some of the city’s top family-friendly neighbourhoods.


Altadore is widely considered one of Calgary’s most desirable neighbourhood among young families, with its proximity to downtown, wide selection of top schools, and convenient access to the scenic Elbow River parks system. The neighbourhood’s charming Marda Loop area features over 100 restaurants, shops, and services.


Located in northwest Calgary, Brentwood has some of the best opportunities for recreation with plenty of trails and parks – including the expansive Nose Hill Park –, an aquatic and recreation centre, and a local skating rink. Brentwood is only minutes from downtown and offers convenient public transportation, several schools for students of all ages, and plenty of shops and restaurants at the Brentwood Village Shopping Centre. With a mix of sprawling mid-century style houses and luxurious new condo developments, Brentwood’s real estate market appeals to families of all tastes.

Arbour Lake

The neighbourhood of Arbour Lake has a warm sense of community, abundance of parks and recreational facilities, top schools, and convenient location. As Northwest Calgary’s only lake community, residents can enjoy scenic nature, waterfront recreation, and breathtaking mountain views, all within close proximity to the city’s core.

Discovery Ridge

One of the more newly developed communities in Calgary, Discovery Ridge is a upscale community in Southwest Calgary surrounded by picturesque mountain views. With close proximity to the city’s core, Discovery Ridge offers access to top schools, shopping, and other amenities. The neighbourhood has plenty of nature to enjoy including enchanting forests with the Elbow River running through them.


Tuscany has dozen highly rated Catholic and public schools within walking distance, a convenient central amenity plaza, and a C-train station. Considered a family-centric neighbourhood, Tuscany’s community association provides plenty of recreational and educational programming for children. With stunning mountain views and a sprawling 170 acre ravine system, Tuscany’s luxurious homes are considered some of Northwest Calgary’s most sought after.


This close-knit neighbourhood offers exclusive access to Calgary’s largest freshwater lake, ideal for paddle boarding, swimming, boating, and other water sports, along with the Mahogany Beach Club which features a splash park, tennis courts, a marina, fitness centre, and more.


Situated by the picturesque Bow River, Riverbend is an upscale community offering a variety of housing options, from charming estates to modern townhouses and condo developments. Along with abundant greenspaces – including Sue Higgins Park and Carburn Park – Riverbend has plenty of amenities including shopping centres, restaurants, medical facilities, and top schools.

To learn more about Calgary’s neighbourhoods, contact one of our specialized market experts and let us help you begin the search for your next home.

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