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 six builders with active projects in the community, and new servicing work is underway to accommodate future building projects.
Sustainability elements within the community include its transit-oriented design, bike lanes, construction waste recycling, and low-impact development features to manage stormwater. CLC is currently reviewing the detailed engineering of future phases for the inclusion of additional greening and GHG reductions within the project. Currie’s Alexandria Park (5.6 hectares/14 acres), which includes the reconstruction of the Trasimene Heritage Walk, preservation of a naturalized woodland, accessible play equipment and Currie Bark Park.
In April 2022, as part of the Federal Lands Initiative, the federal government announced just over $3.5 million in funding for the purchase and development of two vacant lots in Currie. The funds will help Horizon Housing develop 72 at market rental units in which 30% of the units will be designated for affordable housing for women and children. Click here to learn more about the announcement.