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The Calgary West community of Cougar Ridge is a family-friendly neighbourhood close to the edge of the city, yet not far from downtown. As the name suggests, it’s situated on the edge of the escarpment above the city and immediately to the south of Winsport Canada Olympic Park. You’ll find Cougar Ridge to the north of Old Banff Coach Road with 69 St SW on the east and 101 St SW to the west. Construction began in Cougar Ridge in the early 2000s. It’s a modern community of primarily owner-occupied detached homes with a smaller selection of multi-family homes. Read More...
The demographic make-up of residents in Cougar Ridge is primarily young families with school-aged children and young, professional couples looking for a more suburban lifestyle in a neighbourhood that’s not far out from the inner city. There are approximately 7,000 residents in Cougar Ridge and 95% of them are under the age of 65. This robust population of younger home buyers is looking for stylish homes with plenty of space in a community close to desirable amenities like reputable private schools, quick access to the mountains and the former Olympic Winter Games facilities right next door.
Cougar Ridge Homes are two-storey front-drive garage homes and many feature open concept main floor plans with bonus rooms and laundry facilities upstairs. Home prices are above the Calgary average, around $800,000. The architecture is predominantly Georgian, Colonial, Craftsman and Tudor styles.
Because of its location along the ridge, there are plenty of natural amenities in Cougar Ridge. Natural trails and wooded areas throughout Paskapoo Slopes and stellar views of the Rockies to the west. Cougar Ridge appeals to young families because of its many playgrounds, and for the more adventurous there’s rough terrain just above Winsport for extreme mountain biking. There’s a back road accessible from Cougar Ridge that runs downhill to the heart of Winsport, a year-round facility with four indoor hockey rinks, luge, bobsled, downhill and ski jumping facilities with a new tubing hill in the winter and zipline in the summer. Nakiska Ski Resort is less than an hour to the west from Cougar Ridge. For indoor recreation and fitness, Cougar Ridge residents drive to the Westside Rec Centre.
St. Michael’s, one of Calgary’s largest Catholic churches, is also a large part of the community.
Cougar Ridge residents enjoy excellent shopping, quick-serve food options and fine dining nearby at West Springs on 85 St SW and Aspen Landing just 10 minutes to the south.
Getting out of Cougar Ridge, to downtown or west to Banff is easy on the historic Old Banff Coach Road which connects to Bow Trail to the east and the Trans Canada to the west. Cougar Ridge is also served by Calgary Transit, with direct downtown service or train connections at the 69th Street LRT Station.
Some of Calgary’s best private schools are on the western edge of the city, which draws many families to Cougar Ridge. Those include the Calgary Waldorf School, the Calgary French and International School – both located right in the community. Webber and Rundle Academies, two other highly regarded private schools, are a 10-minute drive from Cougar Ridge.
West Ridge School, just south of Cougar Ridge, is a large elementary/middle public school with other students bussed to Wildwood Elementary over on the other side of Sarcee Trail.
Separate school students attend St. Joan of Arc and John Costello or St. Mary’s Senior High School. Ernest Manning in the closest public high school with Western Canada an option for IB or French Immersion students.