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5 Benefits of Retirement Living Near Calgary

If you or a loved one live in Calgary, it might seem like a no-brainer to choose a retirement home in the city. There are many benefits to living in Calgary, as a hub for friends and family to visit or live, and for access to specialized medical care and arts & culture. 

But what if your vision for retirement living also included a retreat from the hustle-bustle of city living? You may desire quiet walking trails, spectacular mountain views, and the comfort of a close-knit community. 

Just an hour and twenty minutes’ drive away from Calgary is Canmore, a picturesque mountain town nestled in the heart of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. With its diverse natural landscape and walking-distance amenities, Canmore strikes the perfect balance of big-city access and small-town charm. 

Communities such as Origin at Spring Creek recognize the appeal of this unique location, offering a range of options including assisted & independent living, respite care, and innovative memory care in Canmore. 

If you’re considering a move for yourself or a loved one, read on to explore the benefits of retirement living near Calgary. 

Calgary International Airport (YYC)

As the busiest airport in Alberta, the Calgary International Airport is a hub for travelers from across the country and the world. Whether you are coming from Ontario or Washington, it’s easy to visit the community at Origin, just an hour’s drive away.

Kananaskis Country

The drive from Calgary to Canmore is abundant with opportunities to get out and enjoy breathtaking natural surroundings, making it a desirable destination for visitors to Origin at Spring Creek. Kananaskis Country is a popular area for camping and wildlife viewing in the summer, and nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

A perspective of Kananaskis Country by car, with mountains in the distance
Photo Credit: Becca Schultz, Unsplash

Attractions, Arts, and Culture

Calgary is a large metropolitan city with over 1.4 million residents and expansive offerings in attractions, events, and arts & culture. Although many of these activities have been put on pause due to COVID-19, we can look forward to the day when we will be able to safely gather again to see plays, visit art galleries, and attend ballet performances. Living in Canmore is ideal for taking advantage of what Calgary has to offer without the high-traffic busy-ness of the day to day in a big city.

Stephen Avenue in Calgary, with people walking down the street.
Photo Credit: Patrick McVey, Unsplash

Commerce in Calgary

It’s important to many residents of Origin to be close to loved ones who live and work in Calgary. The proximity between the two places makes it easy to plan frequent visits and maintain strong relationships. According to a 2018 Calgary Economic Development Fact Sheet, Calgary is home to the highest concentration of head offices in Canada, making it a central location for a number of industries, including oil & gas, engineering/construction, and financial services. With this much corporate diversity and opportunity, Calgary is an ideal place to work in Canada.

Photo Credit: Kyler Nixon, Unsplash

Specialized Medical Care

If access to specialized medical care is part of your decision-making process for choosing a retirement community, don’t rule out Canmore. With the short drive from Canmore to Calgary, you or your loved one can continue to receive the assistance needed to maintain a healthy and happy life. Origin at Spring Creek offers concierge services to its independent and assisted living residents, which includes escort services (*fee for service), and can help in arranging for taxis to and from the city.

Retirement Living Near Calgary, in Canmore

From COVID-19 has emerged a number of hard lessons for us all; for those who are looking at where to live in retirement age, the pandemic may have changed the criteria for what matters in where to call home. Wide-open spaces and access to nature are more valuable than ever. Origin at Spring Creek is a community that meets these emerging criteria while offering proximity to one of the biggest cities in Canada. Book a virtual tour today to see the vision of balance brought to life.