If there’s one thing that’s certain about 21st-century urban dwellers, it’s that they’re all about convenience. It’s for this reason so many homebuyers are choosing the advantages of condo living over detached and semi-detached suburban homes; less maintenance and less care makes for a more convenient lifestyle. Whether you’re a millennial or a baby-boomer, or somewhere in between, convenience is giving people of all ages reason to rethink their lifestyle.
One of the biggest stresses in day-to-day life is the hassle of the daily commute. When it comes to convenience, identifying the easiest way to get around is key. So if you’re looking for a better-situated area to call home, here are some of Calgary’s top commuter-friendly neighbourhoods.
Evanston In The North
Welcome to Evanston. If you’re a commuter in the north end of Calgary, this new community deserves some serious consideration. Evanston sits in a uniquely convenient location, close to some of the most important thoroughfares in the city.
Nestled on the edge of Stoney Trail NW, most places around the city are within easy reach of this picturesque northwest community. In its final stages of construction as Calgary’s ring road, Stony Trail provides a speedy route to work and around the city. Stoney Trail currently runs from 16th Ave NW / Highway 1 in the west around to the northwest, northeast and southeast corners of Calgary. This includes a convenient exit into and out of Evanston, in case you aren’t familiar. Only the southwest leg is yet to be completed.
But what about the commute downtown? Worry not, there’s nearly direct access from Evanston into the downtown core as well. The Stoney Trail and Deerfoot Trail / Highway 2 interchange is less than a 10-minute jaunt down the road. For commuters, it’s nearly a straight shot into the downtown core down Deerfoot Trail. Public transit downtown is also an option via local buses and the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
Silverado In The South
If you’re surveying the south end of Calgary, particularly Calgary’s south-west quadrant, Silverado is an option worth looking into. Silverado gives you the feeling of country living, away from the hustle of city life, but the community remains very much connected.
Silverado, as with all of Calgary’s south-west quadrants, offers bridge-free connectivity to the downtown core. However, it’s the only quadrant in Calgary that doesn't cross the Bow River! For commuters, this means less hassle, which is always welcome news. There are a number of roadways leading into downtown from Silverado, the most popular being Macleod Trail SE and Deerfoot Trail via the Stoney Trail ring road. The morning commute can range; it all depends on the route chosen and time of day but an average time is around 30 minutes.
Calgary’s LRT (light rail transit) and local buses also reach out to Calgary’s south end. It’s a short bus ride to connect with the LRT, which will bring you to Calgary’s downtown core in under an hour. No additional transfers needed so sit back and enjoy that new book you've been wanting to read. If your commute takes you downtown each day, Silverado is a fantastic place to live regardless of your mode of transportation!
Killarney In The West
Killarney makes our list for a variety of reasons, including the fact it is closer to the city centre - a real bonus for commuters. In reality, this west end residential community of Killarney is one of the most commuter-friendly neighbourhoods in Calgary!
If you drive to work, rush hour driving times are typically between 15 to 25 minutes, easy enough. If you decide to go green and use public transit, commute times are still quite reasonable. Killarney is nearby to a number of different bus routes, a fact public transit commuters are sure to appreciate.
What does that mean for you? During most hours of the day, you have busses rolling by every 10 to 15 minutes. Once you’ve hopped on board, you could be downtown in less than 30 minutes.
This all sounds fantastic, right? Well, we aren't done! There is another transit option that truly sets Killarney apart: cycling.
Killarney offers a fantastic opportunity for commuters to enjoy both an active lifestyle and a cost-friendly option. Cycling from Killarney puts you in the city core in around 20 minutes – about half the time public transit does. In fact, the route downtown is mostly along dedicated bike lanes and signed bike paths so you won't have to worry about being too close to traffic.
There certainly are things Calgary's top communities have in common - and accessibility is one of them. With the extensive network of roads throughout Calgary, like Deerfoot or Stoney Trails you really can’t go wrong. And Calgary’s public transit network continues to expand year-over-year, which bodes well for commuters across the city. If having an easier commute is a top priority for you, these are three communities will get you there in no time.