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 Bus Routes

Route #Name
8 North Pointe / Foothills Medical Centre
31 Dalhousie / Lions Park
53 Brentwood-Greenwood
65 Market Mall-Downtown West
82 Nolan Hill
408 Valley Ridge
826 Bishop Carroll/Dalhousie/Brentwood

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

Property Type# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Apartments     30$800$1899$1313
Basements     10$400$1800$1052
Condos     28$1050$2050$1438
Duplexes     3$1375$2250$1701
Houses     6$1690$2675$2252
Main Floors     3$1250$1500$1383
Office Spaces     1$1150$1150$1150
Shared     23$400$800$516
Storages     1$349$349$349
Townhouses     9$1000$2400$1449
Total Rentals     114$349$2675$1222

Varsity Closest Schools

Name/Address Distance
Hope Lutheran Church
3527 Boulton Road Northwest, Calgary
0.82 km
Sir Winston Churchill High School | Calgary Board of Education
5220 Northland Drive Northwest, Calgary
1.42 km
The Knitting Room
308-3630 Brentwood Road Northwest, Calgary
1.58 km
Level Up Math Tutoring
6128 32 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
2.06 km
River Valley School
3127 Bowwood Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.13 km
University School
3035 Utah Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.25 km
University School
nw, 3035 Utah Ave, Louisville
2.26 km
Green Light Driving School Inc
202l-1919 University Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.53 km
Joseph Carlyle Designs
6604 Bowwood Drive Northwest, Calgary
2.62 km
Stagecoach Performing Arts Calgary (Dalhousie)
5432 Dalhart Road Northwest, Calgary
2.88 km
Jeff Lubin’s Calgary Golf Academy
110 Point McKay Crescent Northwest, Calgary
2.89 km
BrightPath Bowness
3711 73 Street Northwest, Calgary
3.26 km
Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine 阿尔伯塔省中医学院
1910 20 Avenue Northwest Suite #102, Calgary
3.50 km
I Q Tutoring Inc
208 Dalcastle Way Northwest, Calgary
3.60 km
Free House Dance Plus
2020 12 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
3.83 km
AQ Outdoors - Aquabatics Calgary
300-8435 Bowfort Road Northwest, Calgary
4.39 km
Green Light Driving School Inc
409-19A Hemlock Crescent Southwest, Calgary
4.75 km
Akshobya Kadampa Buddhist Centre
2120 Kensington Road Northwest, Calgary
4.75 km
Black Belt Academy
390 Northmount Drive Northwest, Calgary
4.75 km
Westgate School | Calgary Board of Education
150 Westminster Drive Southwest, Calgary
4.90 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Varsity Closest Libraries

Name/Address Distance
Little Book Library 39
500 Bulyea Road Northwest, Calgary
1.41 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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