As part of our Spotlight series, we feature our Community with Heart in south west Calgary, The Manor Village at Signature Park.
Easy living in south west Calgary
Retiring to Calgary isn’t just about putting your feet up! At The Manor Village at Signature Park, you can relax in a purpose-built, state of the art senior community with everything you need provided. Step outside and you’ll find a thriving, vibrant community with excellent shopping, restaurant, green spaces, historic locations, and terrific transport links into central Calgary.
Shopping right across the street
At The Manor Village at Signature Park, some of the best shopping in the area is literally just across the street. West Market Square is a popular shopping destination with a large Sunterra Market and a range of restaurants to try, from sushi to pizza. Just down the road, and a short bus ride from the stop right outside our retirement community, is the Westhills Shopping Centre.
Green spaces to enjoy
The Signature Park neighbourhood was first developed in the 1970s, and makes the most of the local geography. At every turn, you’ll discover hidden pockets of green, including the Strathcona Ravine, just a short walk from our community. Named after Lord Strathcona, the ravine area is a natural environmental park stretching over 23 hectares. Created by natural erosion, a stream still runs through the ravine running its way down to the Bow River. During the summer you can enjoy the shade of balsam poplar and trembling aspen trees, and maybe spot the black-billed magpies who nest in the willows here.
Rapid access into central Calgary
Our community enjoys great transport links into central Calgary via the Calgary Transit C Train network. Our local station at Sirocco is just across 17 Avenue SW, with direct trains running on Route 202 on the Blue Line. You can ride in comfort along the Bow River, through Shaw Millenium Park to the CORE Shopping Centre, Palace Theatre and City Hall. Our retirement community is also well served by local bus stops for routes 194, 699 and 894.
Historic Signal Hill
Like much of outlying Calgary, our area is rich in World War One military history. South of us lies Signal Hill and Battalion Park, remnants of the once-strong Army presence in this corner of Calgary. In 1914, the Sarcee Indian Reserve leased a parcel of land to the Canadian Militia to train troops. Known as Sarcee Camp, this was the largest military training base in Canada during the war, and at its height housed 30 units – in tents!
One of the most striking features of the camp were the giant numbers, known as geoglyphs. Hauled up in sacks from the river, 16,000 stones were painted white and placed to form four sets of battalion numbers on the hill, for the Calgary, Lethbridge, Central Alberta, and Edmonton battalions who trained there.
With the departure of the battalions, the area fell into disuse and the stones were overgrown and all but forgotten. Rediscovered by a local historian, the stones were lifted and stored by a local property firm, while members of the 137 Battalion fought a long battle to have these numerals declared an historic site.
The Signal Hill Geoglyphs today
Now restored to their former glory, the stones are arranged on the side of the hill and show the battalions numbers 51, 113, 137, and 151. Only the oldest, 113, remains in its original position on a high ridge, with each numeral an impressive 120 feet long. It was constructed during the five months that the Lethbridge Highlanders trained before joining the Canadian Expeditionary Force to fight in the trenches of the Western Front.
The numerals are a popular attraction and an integral part of Battalion Park, first opened in 1991. They are particularly pertinent this year when we commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele and the crucial role Canadian troops played in ending that campaign.
Come and experience Signature Park in person
If you’d like to see more, why not come and visit us at The Manor Village at Signature Park – we’d love to show you around. Call us to book your personalized visit with our team, and we’ll explain all the features, facilities and amenities that our independent living community has to offer. Key to this is our Preserving Independence program, designed to help all our Signature Park Residents stay fitter for longer.