The community (80.9 hectares/200 acres) combines a unique mix of housing, parks and heritage sites with a walkable urban design, all minutes from the downtown core. This contemporary development builds upon Canada Lands’ successful redevelopment of Garrison Woods and Garrison Green.
Currie’s history dates to the mid-1930s when the federal government constructed the Canadian Forces Base Calgary, also known as Currie Barracks. The base was a mainstay of Canada’s military for more than six decades, during which thousands of soldiers were trained for wartime and peacekeeping duties.
In recognition of this important history, the community of Currie has integrated heritage architecture and landscapes, historical monumentation and modern placemaking installments to celebrate an illustrious past. New ways to experience the community from storytelling initiatives to inclusive outdoor areas are being incorporated as the community develops.
The project is under development and is approximately half complete by area. The community is still growing by population and amenities and will build up over the next 15 – 20 years. There are currently seven builders with active projects in the community.
Sustainability elements within the community include its transit-oriented design, bike lanes, construction waste recycling, and low-impact development features to manage stormwater. Canada Lands is currently reviewing the detailed engineering of future phases and existing building for the inclusion of additional greening and GHG reductions within the project. Currie’s Alexandria Park (5.6 hectares/14 acres), which includes the provincially heritage designated Trasimene Heritage Walk, a naturalized woodland, rain garden, accessible play equipment and off lease dog park.
In April 2022, as part of the Federal Lands Initiative, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation announced just over $3.5 million in funding for the purchase and development of two vacant lots in Currie.