Varsity Community Overview

Varsity is an established neighbourhood in the Northwest quadrant of Calgary, Alberta. It was developed in the 1960s and early 1970s on a plateau to the north of the Bow River valley, and is primarily composed of Single-detached dwellings on wide lots. The neighbourhood comprises three major area: Varsity Acres, Varsity Village, and Varsity Estates. Varsity is bounded on the north and east by Crowchild Trail, on the west by the Bow River, and on the south by 32nd Avenue NW. It borders the neighbourhoods of Silver Springs and Bowness on the west side, and both Montgomery and the University of Calgary campus on the south side. The easternmost portion of Varsity contains the University of Calgary Research Park.

Varsity Acres is the oldest part of Varsity. It was developed in the 1960s with a street pattern of folded grids, rear lanes, and the occasional cul-de-sac. The original access from the east was via Varsity Drive where it intersected at Crowchild Trail at Brisebois Drive. This access was closed in the early 1970s in favour of a connection to 40th Avenue NW at the same intersection.

Varsity Village was developed by Carma Developers LP in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Unique in Calgary, The planning of Varsity Village was based on the Radburn Plan by Clarence Stein and Henry Wright. The Radburn Plan adapted the ideas of the English Garden City to the increasingly motorised American context, developing a street hierarchy that segregated through traffic from local traffic and automotive traffic from pedestrican traffic. Like at Radburn, the developers of Varsity Village used as many culs-de-sac as possible, and forwent rear lanes in favour of pedestrian pathways that connected to parks behind the houses (and not adjacent to streets). The developers' intent was to create a park-like setting for users of the rear walkways, and in many places in the neighbourhood where tall private fences have not been built, this intent has been maintained.

This pattern of development was also used in Calgary in the the neighbourhood of Braeside.

Market Mall, one of Calgary's major regional interior malls is located in Varsity Village, along with most of the neighbourhood's multi-family dwellings.

Varsity Estates is Varsity's most upscale area. It is almost entirely made up of single-detached dwellings without rear lanes, and much of it lies adjacent to the Bowmont Natural Park or the Silver Springs Golf and Country Club.

Given that the C-Train has been extended to Varsity adjacent to Varsity Estates, the City has proposed a transit-oriented development in the area. However, residents and City Council have been opposed, citing increased traffic.

The community is served by F. E. Osborne Junior High School, Jerry Potts Elementary School, Marian Carson Elementary and Varsity Acres Bilingual Elementary public schools, as well a by St. Vincent de Paul Elementary & Junior High (Catholic).

Community overview from Wikipedia.

Varsity Closest LRTs

Brentwood CTrain Station 0.7 km
University CTrain Station 1.19 km
Dalhousie CTrain Station 1.22 km
Banff Trail CTrain Station 1.81 km
Lions Park CTrain Station 2.5 km

Varsity Apartment Rental Stats

Currently there are no active rental properties listed within Varsity.

Varsity Closest Schools

Name Address Distance
École Terre des Jeunes 3720 42 Street Northwest, Calgary 0.38 km
Early Discoveries Nursery School 305-4625 Varsity Dr NW, Calgary 0.65 km
Hope Lutheran Church 3527 Boulton Road Northwest, Calgary 0.82 km
St. Vincent De Paul School 4525 49 Street Northwest, Calgary 1.03 km
F.E. Osborne School 5315 Varsity Drive Northwest, Calgary 1.24 km
Sir Winston Churchill High School 5220 Northland Drive Northwest, Calgary 1.42 km
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3120 32 Avenue Northwest, Calgary 1.46 km
La Coccinelle Preschool 3303 Capitol Hill Crescent Northwest, Calgary 1.83 km
River Valley School 3127 Bowwood Drive Northwest, Calgary 2.13 km
Westmount Charter Mid-High School 2215 Uxbridge Drive Northwest, Calgary 2.13 km
Foothills Driver Education 5003 16 Avenue Northwest, Calgary 2.15 km
University School 3035 Utah Drive Northwest, Calgary 2.27 km
William Aberhart High School 3009 Morley Trail Northwest, Calgary 2.48 km
Foothills Academy Society 745 37 Street Northwest, Calgary 2.72 km
St. Francis High School 877 Northmount Drive Northwest, Calgary 3.18 km
Branton School 2103 20 Street Northwest, Calgary 3.28 km
Maria Montessori Education Centre 2634 12 Avenue Northwest, Calgary 3.29 km
Westmount Charter Elementary School 728 32 Street Northwest, Calgary 3.50 km
Bowness High School 4627 77 Street Northwest, Calgary 3.72 km
Calgary French & International School 700 77 Street Southwest, Calgary 4.22 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Varsity Closest Libraries

Name Address Distance
I N McKinnon Memorial Library 3512 33 Street Northwest, Calgary 1.07 km
Nose Hill Library 1530 Northmount Dr NW, Calgary 1.10 km
Nose Hill Branch 1540 Northmount Drive Northwest, Calgary 1.12 km
Gallagher Library Room 180, Earth Sciences Building, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary 1.55 km
Taylor Family Digital Library 410 University Court Northwest, Calgary 1.69 km
Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Room 320, 3rd Floor, University Court Northwest, Calgary 1.75 km
Bennett Jones Law Library 2500 University Drive Northwest, Calgary 1.82 km
Doucette Library Education Block #370, 2500 University Drive, Calgary 1.94 km
Business Library 301 Scurfield Hall, 215 Campus Place NW, Calgary 1.99 km
Bowness Library 6532 Bowness Road Northwest, Calgary 2.49 km
Medical library Calgary 2.55 km
Health Sciences Library 3330 Hospital Drive Northwest Room 1450, Calgary 2.61 km
Little Free Library (The Wee Free Library) 33-35 Wimbledon Drive Southwest, Calgary 3.61 km
Bowness Branch 7930 Bowness Road Northwest, Calgary 3.77 km
Louise Riley Library 1904 14 Avenue Northwest, Calgary 3.94 km
Little Free Library 4411 Spruce Drive Southwest, Calgary 4.04 km
Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT MC111, Stan Grad Centre, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary 4.85 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Varsity Distance to Local Landmarks

Alberta Children's Hospital 2.53 km
Alberta College of Arts and Design (ACAD) 4.49 km
Ambrose University College 5.67 km
Bow Valley College 7.86 km
Calgary Airport 10.76 km
Calgary Zoo 9.47 km
Chinook Centre Mall 11.35 km
City Hall 7.84 km
Cross Iron Mills 24.43 km
Deerfoot Mall 7.76 km
Devry Institute of Tech 11.45 km
Downtown Calgary 6.53 km
Foothills Hospital 2.78 km
Market Mall 0.76 km
Mount Royal University 8.61 km
Peter Lougheed Hospital 11.45 km
Rocky Mountain College 0.97 km
Rockyview Hospital 11.39 km
SAIT 4.90 km
South Health Campus 26.73 km
Southcentre Mall 16.26 km
Sunridge Mall 11.37 km
University of Calgary 1.60 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

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