Take Off To The Best Of The Calgary Holidays From Somerset

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Happy holidays, everyone! Somerset is all ablaze with lights and merrymaking this time of the year. The Christmas spirit is certainly alive and kicking, and the best holiday attractions in all of Calgary are easily accessed from here. These are two of my favorites.

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

From 5 to 10 p.m. until January 6, be dazzled by a quarter of a million lights setting aglow the entire 360-acre Spruce Meadows equestrian facility and show jumping complex, that’s just six minutes southwest of Somerset. Go on a two-hour drive around a sea of spectacular lights in this facility that has been rated the top destination in TripAdvisor among the more than 200 in Calgary. And the best part is this dazzling lightshow is free!

If you want to go a bit further, just about 25 minutes away is Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo. There’s a small admission fee, but it’s well worth it as you bask in the glow of more than a million twinkling lights and also enjoy hot chocolate, fire pits and fun games. Or you can go to Downtown Calgary and see the office buildings all lit up, with Stephen Avenue Mall all aglow, from top to bottom!

Skating at Olympic Plaza

Of course, the holidays won’t be complete without some fun on ice. Just half an hour’s drive from Somerset is the famed Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary, where the whole family can skate for free from November to March each year without fear of being hit by hockey pucks; hockey is not allowed! So just bring your skates (no skate rentals here) and a hot thermos of cocoa and off you go! You could also go half an hour northeast to skate or shinny for a small fee at the Village Square Leisure Centre.

Christmas Shows

From Somerset, you can easily take your pick of the many spellbinding Christmas showstoppers in Calgary — Christmas caroling, musical plays, ballet performances, and many others. I might take my family to one of these myself!

As you can see, Christmas is a very special time in Somerset because it’s easy to get from here to all the fun events and places all over Calgary! Now if I can just take a break from selling Somerset real estate to enjoy the best of the season….

Calgary is a great place in which to settle down, raise a family, find work and live a healthy lifestyle. For your real estate needs in this booming city, call me at 1-403-259-4141 or toll-free at 1-877-259-4141, or connect with me through my website at http://www.calgaryrealestate-goodrealtor.com. I’ll put my nearly four decades of real estate experience combined with cutting-edge Internet marketing technologies to work for you!


About Glenn Good

is a Realtor® and the owner of Glenn Good Realty Inc.  under RE/MAX Realty Professionals. He has nearly four decades of experience in selling homes, the last half in Calgary, where he grew his business staunchly from referrals. A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, he moved to Calgary in 1995 after residing for 27 years in Edmonton. Glenn combines his “old-school” real estate expertise with the latest Internet marketing technologies to help his clients get the best results when buying or selling. He is a devoted husband and father, and is now helping his wife and daughter grow their virtual assistant business for real estate agents. He also loves walking around his neighborhood, exploring his country and the rest of the world, and capturing truth and beauty through photography.

Grow And Have Fun With Somerset Real Estate


Calgary is in its heyday, being the Top Canadian Investment City, the Best Large City in Canada and the 5th Most Liveable City in the World! If you want to join the many thousands who have already moved here — our population is now at more than a million, and counting! — you might want to take a good look at Somerset real estate. Established only in 1995, Somerset is one of the newest neighborhoods in Southwest Calgary, which is considered the most developed quadrant of the city. So you’ll be in for a great deal – a prime location in the best part of Calgary, yet more affordable housing in a beautiful and fun community with still lots of room for growth and open spaces for development, and only a few minutes away from established communities like Shawnessy on the northwest and Midnapore in the northeast, and a quick ride by C-train and Macleod Trail to downtown Calgary.

A lovely and fun place to call home


One of the two gateways to Somerset is a six-acre public square exquisitely designed like an English country garden. It will take you to beautiful parks, pathways, and picnic spots that reveal the relaxed lifestyle of the residents, with a hint of adventure as what you’ll find at the Somerset Water Park, with its fun water sprays, and the baseball diamonds and tennis courts. You can also always enjoy a good read or some quiet time in the nearby public library, and you’ll find several schools in the area. Just six minutes southwest of the community is Spruce Meadows, a 360-acre equestrian facility and show jumping complex that is rated in TripAdvisor as the top destination among the more than 200 in Calgary. It’s heaven for its 500,000 horse enthusiast and show jumping fans annually, but is also a great place for a stroll and sightseeing, exhibits and shopping. The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market is likewise much awaited, with its more than 250 vendors featuring a wide assortment of popular as well as unique and creative gift items. About eight minutes northeast of Somerset is the community of Midnapore, which has a mall with top fast-food restaurants, a man-made lake for water sports in summer and skating and tobogganing in winter, the popular Fish Creek Provincial Park with its impressive wildlife, the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex with its ice arena, a large business area, and several schools and service establishments. About seven minutes northwest of Somerset is the suburb of Shawnessy, with the Shawnessy Town Centre regional shopping area, the historic Shawnessy Barn on 17 acres of green space with a well-designed playground for children and tennis courts for adults, and several schools.

A young and decent community


About seven out of 10 people in Somerset are 44 years old or younger, with families making up 87% of the population. Immigrants make up one-third. Statistics Canada’s 2006 Census of Canada showed a median household income of $76,765, higher than Calgary’s, with only 6.9% low-income households, almost half that in Calgary. Seven out of every 10 homes are single detached and two are apartments, with some townhouses and low-rise condos; and nine out of every 10 homes are owned. Most of the homes were built in the 1990’s and are well-maintained. The average home price is above $300,000.

I invite you to check out the Somerset homes for sale here.

Calgary is a great place in which to settle down, raise a family, find work and live a healthy lifestyle. For your real estate needs in this booming city, call me at 1-403-259-4141 or toll-free at 1-877-259-4141, or connect with me through my website at calgaryrealestate-goodrealtor.com. I’ll put my nearly four decades of real estate experience combined with cutting-edge Internet marketing technologies to work for you!


About Glenn Good

 is a Realtor® and the owner of Glenn Good Realty Inc.  under RE/MAX Realty Professionals. He has nearly four decades of experience in selling homes, the last half in Calgary, where he grew his business staunchly from referrals. A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, he moved to Calgary in 1995 after residing for 27 years in Edmonton. Glenn combines his “old-school” real estate expertise with the latest Internet marketing technologies to help his clients get the best results when buying or selling. He is a devoted husband and father, and is now helping his wife and daughter grow their virtual assistant business for real estate agents. He also loves walking around his neighborhood, exploring his country and the rest of the world, and capturing truth and beauty through photography.

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  • Loose Moose Theatre
  • Lunchbox Theatre
  • University Theatre
  • Glenbow Museum
  • QR Centre

Calgary Sports and Recreation

Calgary City Information


 Calgary proudly offers a great deal of sports, recreational and community facilities, and shows a great continued emphasis on developing these.

  • 2 Indoor Wave Pool Leisure Complexes; Lindsay Park Aquatic Centre(International class pool and athletic training complex)
  • Glenmore Reservoir: 365 hectare lake boasting 2 yacht clubs and the largest inland
  • sailing school in North America Canoe courses Club house with indoor practice tanks for winter training
  • Stampede Race Track – Thoroughbred and Sulky horse racing
  • Golf Courses; 48 Public, 14 Private plus several par 3 and driving ranges
  • 226+ Tennis Courts (several enclosed and winterized)
  • 120+ Sheets of Curling Ice
  • 270+ Racquet Sport Courts
  • 29 Billiard Halls
  • 12 Bowling Facilities
  • Swimming Pools; 14 Indoor, 10 Outdoor, 13 agency (e.g. YWCA & YMCA), institutional and private clubs
  • 3 Waterslides
  • Arenas; 17 municipal, 19+ community, 3 society, 2 private, 3 DND (other)
  • 116 km (72 miles) of walking & cycling paths
  • 60+ km (37 miles) cross country ski trails
  • Fitness and Health Spas; 7 municipal, 2 community, 49+ public/private

Calgary Transportaion Services

Calgary City Information


 AIR SERVICES – Calgary International Airport

Calgary has one of the finest and largest airport facilities in Canada located just 12 km from the central business district and connected by a high capacity freeway system. The new $130 million terminal provides Calgary with a substantial increase in capacity to handle the rapidly growing volume of passengers and freight traffic the city is experiencing. It also greatly increased the quality and the speed of services which enhances the attractiveness of Calgary as a business air travel centre.

Air Canada Family America West
Continental Airlines
Delta Airlines
United Airlines
Western Canada
978 +

Calgary has experience spectacular growth in the use of air services out of the city since the opening of the new terminal. Passenger traffic and cargo out of Calgary International has more than tripled since 1970. Cross-border traffic has increased five-fold.


Our city is divided into four “quadrants”:
northwest, northeast, southeast and southwest. Generally speaking, the Bow River divides the city into north and south halves and Centre Street separates the east from the west.

There are many major routes through the city of Calgary, the largest of those being the Deerfoot Trail which can take you from the north edge of the city to the south boundary in approximately 20 minutes, with a speed limit of 100 km/hr and no traffic lights.

The Trans Canada Highway (#1) passes through Calgary east-west on 16th Avenue North, as do Glenmore Trail in the south and McKnight Blvd. in the north. North to south main arteries are Centre Street, 14th Street, 10 Street, and Edmonton Trail in the north half of the city, and Macleod Trail, Elbow Drive and 14th Street in the south. Crowchild Trail (referred to as Highway 1A in the north) runs from north to south through the west half of the city.

Rush hour is between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 AM and 3:30 and 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. During this time major routes are busy, especially the ones leading in and out of the downtown area.


City-wide passenger bus service is provided for by Calgary Transit, as follows:

165+ Bus routes
800+ Motor buses
83+ Light Rail Vehicles



The average number of monthly passengers: 6,300,000 + as of November  2000.


After an extensive study of Calgary’s future public transportation needs, LRT (Light Rail Transit) was chosen as the urban travel mode that would meet those needs most economically and effectively. Work was begun on the first line in May 1978. Three years later on Monday, May 25, 1981, the first passenger boarded the train for its inaugural run. Extremely popular from the beginning, the C-trains operate mainly on the surface with several comfortable cars capable of carrying approximately 175 passengers per car. At present, there are lines running to the northeast, into the middle of the northwest and south-central which is expanding further south because of the demand for the C-Train


The Rail is back! After CPR dropped it’s passenger service years ago, a few other companies rolled onto the tracks to provide Canadians and Calgarians with rail service once again. These include:

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