February 12, 2021 • Mountain Living
In The Neighbourhood: South Side
By Kate Barker
The south side of the valley has some of the newest neighbourhoods in Canmore, as well as some of its most sought-after homes. It combines a forested oasis with mountain views and access to trails for every activity. From the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park to the popular family pond at Quarry Lake and the surrounding trails that interconnect these hills, the neighbourhoods on the south side are mountain living at its finest.
This quiet hillside neighbourhood combines privacy and accessibility. It’s located just south of the Bow River. Many of the homes back onto green space and trails that lead to the Canmore Nordic Centre and Quarry Lake, but it’s also an easy walk to downtown and all the amenities. The area is a mixture of single-family homes, townhouse condos and vacant lots awaiting a dream home. The main road branches off into cul-de-sacs for a peaceful mountain environment.
This neighbourhood is the hidden gem of Canmore. Many people, including locals, don’t even know about it. It’s still within walking distance to downtown but it borders the Canmore Nordic Centre and the extensive trail networks therein. It’s across the street from Quarry Lake and the large off-leash dog park. It offers lots of green space and privacy with its out-of-the-way location. The mix of single-family homes and townhomes were built from 1982 to 1998, but they have seen a lot of renovations and upgrades in the past 10 years.
The homesteads are one of Canmore’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Large lots with lush landscaping surrounded by forests and the Bow River make this area a perfect blend of privacy, space, and access to Canmore’s extensive trail network. Many homes have mountain and river views and provide a quiet mountain lifestyle. Most of the homes are single-family, duplex or large townhomes, perfect for the family or for retirement. This area attracts everyone from locals to weekenders, visitors and investors.
Peaks of Grassi
This area was developed in the 1990’s as a family-friendly neighbourhood with community in mind. The lots are smaller, meaning the price-points are better for first time home buyers. Nestled in the shadows of Ha Ling peak, the neighbourhood is surrounded by forests and trails, including Quarry Lake and the popular Highline Trail. Most of the homes are single-family, with a few townhomes and apartment-style condos. The neighbourhood also has several playgrounds, keeping with the family-friendly community.
Next to the Peaks of Grassi is the Quarry Pines neighbourhood. These large duplex and single family homes sit on bigger properties for more space. It’s a quiet corner of Canmore, offering seclusion and a closeness to nature. Like all the neighbourhoods on the south side, it has access to the extensive trail networks and views of the north mountains. This development was built in the 1990’s, and the homes have the sought-after “mountain aesthetic” architecture.
Also on the south side is the new and growing development of Three Sister’s Mountain Village.