July 2016 | issue 127

As if you need me to announce it. It’s on every Calgarian’s mind as soon as July rolls in. Stampede, of course! That time of the year when every thing in the city it seems to shut down for a 10-day party.

Celebrations may be a little subdued this year with the state of the economy, but — as proven in the previous downturns — that never got in the way of a good time. We thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know what’s in store in this year’s Stampede party in Shelley Boettcher’s feature. It’s particularly handy for newcomers to the city, who may be overwhelmed by everything that’s going on not only at the Stampede ground, but in the whole city.

Speaking of newcomers, Alberta is in the second year of its slump, but the population continues to grow. Statistics Canada says Alberta’s population grew 0.4 per cent in the first three months of the year, outpacing Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. New immigrants from outside the country make up a fair chunk of that growth.

A lot of our readers, in fact, are new to the city, and much of what we feature in the magazine is aimed at this particular group, and we know the information we publish regularly on local housing options — and everything else that goes with it — is a helpful resource for them.

For example, we can let them know of the new downtown Airdrie community called Midtown, which offers some of the best starter and move-up homes right now. Apex Developments and Wenzel Developments are jointly developing this new community — our cover feature in this issue — and its prime location in Airdrie’s established centre is proving attractive to a lot of buyers.

We also take a look at the nearly completed community of EvansRidge by Dream Developments in the northwest. Its wide selection of home types and affordable prices has always been its biggest edge. Now that it is nearly complete, people don’t have to guess the kind of neighbourhood it will turn up to be, everything is there for everyone to see.

Then there’s Vanity Homes in the Lakes of Muirfield, the veteran custom home builder’s Fairway show home in this golf community does bring a heightened sense of style and practicality. Life in a golf community never looked so good.

We also have David Crosson talking about the option of going with locally-designed products in his STYLE section. Not only is it a money-saving option, but a deliciously designed choice that can also spur the local economy. Kathy McCormick, meanwhile, takes a look at what it takes to put together a brilliant kids’ bedroom in her Shopping story, and Aaliya Essa shows us the plush toys in Focus On that you can decorate it with.

So, let’s loosen those belt buckles, put on that 10-gallon cowboy hat and head on down to the nearest establishment serving Stampede breakfasts, look for someone holding this magazine, chances are they’re new to the city. So give them a good ol’ Calgary welcome!

In This Issue

The heart of Airdrie

The heart of Airdrie

For those looking for top quality homes and the most convenient location, but don’t want…

Read more about The heart of Airdrie

The beauty of Fairway

The beauty of Fairway

Golf is a way of life for many. But with Calgary’s short golf season wouldn’t…

Read more about The beauty of Fairway

Calgary’s newest established community

Calgary’s newest established community

The northwestern edge of Calgary has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the past…

Read more about Calgary’s newest established community



Pancake breakfasts on every downtown corner. Fireworks every night. Cowboy hats, parties, horses and a…

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