Harmony Lake, in the community of Harmony by Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities, is a great place to enjoy water sports.
Summer is a very short season, when Calgarians pack in as much outdoor fun as possible. From days at the beach, a bike ride along the river, mountain biking across rugged terrain or birdwatching under brilliant Alberta skies, summer can be savoured without leaving the neighbourhood.Here are a few of Calgary’s new communities in which to find the perfect summer staycation.MahoganyDeep in the city’s southeast is the lake community of Mahogany by Hopewell Residential. There are three connected bodies of water which come together to create Calgary’s largest freshwater lake. In Mahogany, swimming is just the beginning. Residents also take to the water in canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and wind surfboards.The sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing, sandcastle building or splashing around while throwing a football or Frisbee. There are two private beaches, too.Mahogany has a splash park plus courts for beach volleyball, basketball and tennis. If the clouds roll in, the Beach Club is open for drop-in events or regular all-ages community programming, like summer camps for children and wine-tasting in the evening.Hopewell has won many awards for Mahogany and all its amenities which are for the exclusive use of residents.HarmonyLocated west of the city in Rocky View County, Harmony by Bordeaux Developments and Qualico Communities isn’t technically in the city, but it’s certainly within earshot. As a growing, residential community, there is also a beautiful lake with a surrounding park and amenity centre for residents. The developers have also created a very social culture in Harmony where homeowners get together with neighbours, informally on the street or at organized events, like barbecues and family mixers. Harmony has another amenity up its sleeve for next summer — the Mickelson National Golf Club.This 97-acre (240-acre) world-class gem is a PGA quality course, a treasure for residents of Harmony and soon, a destination for professionals around the globe. The course has been designed using sustainable water practises, making it the “greenest” green in the country. They’re aiming for a possible opening late 2019 and memberships are already on sale.West SpringsWentworth, Aspen and The Rise at Westgrove Estates are all new neighbourhoods in the West Springs area, east of 69th St. S.W. and north of Old Banff Coach Road.The easiest way to describe West Springs is to say it’s above the hill behind Winsport Canada Olympic Park, a four-season amenity that offers something quite unusual in the world of urban bike parks. Freeride biking, downhill courses, a green pump track, skills centre, dirt jumps and for little riders, a grom track.The trails at Winsport were built by Gravity Logic of Whistler, B.C., and can accommodate bikers of all abilities. Park admission applies and bike rentals are available.For West Springs residents who prefer a patio seat over a bike seat, the 85th Street area has plenty of restaurant and bar options, such as 722 World Haus, Mercato West, Fergus & Bix, Vin Room, A Touch of India, Café Momoko and a My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe location.CityscapeAs one of the progressive new communities in Calgary’s “new north,” Cityscape by Mattamy Homes is just one of 55 different neighbourhoods connected by the Rotary Mattamy Greenway. This 138-kilometre pathway completely encircles the city and connects with a further 1,000 kilometres in trails. Whether you bike it, hike it or run it, it’s a scenic experience.The Greenway is the longest-urban pathway in the world and Cityscape, a residential community with a 46-hectare (115-acre) environmental reserve, might be a great place to start your exploration of the city.Visit the Cityscape Interpretive Wetland for some of the best birdwatching in the northeast. The summer is when red-winged black birds nest among the bulrushes and the black-crowned night heron returns from wintering in Mexico to feed and breed in the marsh. Cityscape is close to the Calgary International Airport, so you’ll also see other types of low flyers. There are plenty of benches and a playground nearby, too.Cranston’s RiverstoneThere aren’t many new communities underway in Calgary that provide almost instant access to the Bow River. But Brookfield Residential’s Cranston’s Riverstone in the southeast is one of them.Snug in the valley next to wide open green spaces and long stretches of shady pathways, residents of this pastoral community can walk to Fish Creek Provincial Park. Or they can sit on their deck and count the deer or watch for the occasional moose.No need to put bikes on a bike rack on the back of the car or drive just to find a picturesque place to go for a walk — it’s all out the back door in Riverstone.