Many of us Calgarians have beloved, furry members in our family – our pups! My family is no exception – we love our dog, Molly, very much and consider her in many of our life decisions! Where will we stay on vacation? Is the hotel we are considering dog friendly? What kind of a vehicle would suit our animal-loving lifestyle?
When it comes to choosing a community to live in, many of us have similar type questions surrounding how accommodating it might be to our dog-loving lifestyle. I have compiled a list of the top five most dog-friendly communities in Calgary, to hopefully eliminate some of the guesswork for you!
Maple Ridge is a beautiful and established community. It has quick access to many major roadways including Deerfoot Trail, Macleod Trail, Southland Drive, and Anderson Drive. It is also close to many shopping and recreation-based amenities.
This community is well treed, so it is quite nice to just enjoy a stroll right from your front door and through the neighbourhood with your pup. It does get even better, though, since many of the homes in this community are walking distance to the largest fenced-in off-leash park in Calgary – Sue Higgins Park.
Not only is this dog park large and close, it also runs along the Bow River. This gives you a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air…and your pup a chance to cool off and splash around.
Maple Ridge is a great opportunity to have both value and location. There are many cool floor plans in this area and the pricing is very reasonable for a community that offers as much as it does.
Auburn Bay is a four-season lake community offering access to an exceptional amount of amenities. It is close to shopping, schools, a hospital, restaurants as well as the exciting new Seton district. In the very near future, there will also be a recreation facility, a premium movie theatre, and public library built near-by.
Within the community, Auburn Bay hosts a very active and popular off-leash park. Many of the homes in this community are walking distance to the park but for those that aren’t; on-site parking is available as well.
In addition to this off-leash park being fenced, there are benches found throughout as well as a Doggie Fountain near the entrance/exit.
Bonus: It is reasonably priced for a south suburban lake community.
Mahogany is another wonderful, dog-friendly community in Calgary’s deep south. It neighbours with Auburn Bay and offers access and proximity to all of the same, wonderful amenities (see community #2 above).
As a dog-owner, who personally lives in Mahogany, I can attest to the welcoming nature of this community towards dogs of all sizes. In addition to being a stone’s-throw away from the near by Auburn Bay Off-Leash Park, this community is also host to 22 kilometers of paved walking paths. It also is the home of a pet store and a veterinary clinic.
Altadore is culture-rich and vibrant inner-city community. It is very pedestrian-friendly and hosts many different festivals throughout the year where people, and dogs alike, are often seen strolling about.
In addition to having many hip and cool coffee shops (and pub patios!) to walk to, this community also borders the River Park Off-Leash Area. This particular dog park could be argued to be one of the most scenic, in the city, as it over-looks the Elbow River and boasts a clear view of the downtown horizon.
There are a wide variety of home-styles available here, however, the area has been known in recent years to be especially popular with high-end/luxury developers. Having said that, prices have come off slightly since the downturn so there is some good opportunity to purchase here.
Haysboro is a community that many would consider to be bordering inner city. It has easy access to many main thoroughfares and is a quick drive to downtown (in fact, you can get there in under twenty minutes).
Having said that, if driving isn’t your thing, not to worry because this community is within close proximity to multiple LRT stations.
This is a mature area that tends to have more of a bungalow selection, which is great for baby boomers. Many of the homes in this area have been renovated and the lots are typically larger than what you will find in the suburbs, which is great for both parents of children as well as dog owners.
Bonus: This community has not just one, but two off-leash parks AND is a stone’s throw away from the scenic Glenmore Reservoir, which contains endless miles of paved walking paths and public washrooms.
If you have questions about any of these communities, or would help some help figuring out which community is best for you and your (fur) family, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
My daughter, Morgan, and our family pup – Molly!