Cougar Ridge is easy to locate, just look up and west from the Trans Canada Highway at the Winsport’s Ski Jump that towers above the slopes with its Olympic Rings emblazoned on the side. Cougar Ridge is nestled on the edge of Paskapoo Slopes, where a base line archaeological inventory and assessment was carried out in May and June 1997 of Precontact Native Archaeological Sites. There are now 49 significant historical native sites identified, including a number of campsites, sweat pits and others. Bison were not only driven into corrals along the uppermost slopes below the escarpment; they were also driven and trapped at lower levels along the slopes. Similar complexities in moving herds to specific sites have been documented at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Cougar Ridge is part of the West Springs Cougar Ridge Community Association.
Cougar Ridge today is home to a number of families, particularly those who enjoy its close proximity to Canada Olympic Park. A short bike ride or walk to the top of COP and you’ve got a veritable winter wonderland of entertainment. In the summer, the many downhill bike paths are available to explore at all levels of expertise.
COP is home to WinSport. A not-for-profit organization, WinSport owns and operates Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, the Bill Warren Training Centre at the Canmore Nordic Centre in Canmore Alberta, and the Beckie Scott High Performance Training Centre on Haig Glacier Alberta. WinSport also funds two-thirds of the operating budget for the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary. Money spent at WinSport facilities supports not only Canadian high-performance athletes, but introduces thousands of Calgarians to winter sports each year. The Markin MacPhail Center is also home to the Calgary Board of Education’s National Sports School. You can learn more about this special program at www.nationalsportschool.ca.
Cougar Ridge is home to two other private schools, the Calgary French & International School and the Calgary Waldorf School. There are a number of other private schools a short drive away, please check their websites for location, programs and space availability: Rundle College Junior and Senior High, Calgary Academy, and Webber Academy. Check the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School Board websites for current school locations and/or busing programs. Many of the local schools in the area are capped and students are being bussed to neighboring communities so it’s important to check in advance.
Nearby is the newest shopping center, Aspen Landing. You’ll find Aspen Hills and Estates have several grocery stores to choose from all within a 5-10 minute drive: Coop, No-Frill’s, Safeway, Sobey’s, Superstore, Sunterra Market and my personal favorite Blush Lane Organic Market.
The facilities and athletic programs for young and old alike at the nearby Westside Rec Center are outstanding. Take your kids to enjoy the wave pool and slide or swim laps or take lessons. Upstairs is a massive running track and programs include a state of the art Spin Class with virtual rides.
Here are a number of listings available in this community. Please contact me by phone or text if you would like to preview any of these beautiful homes.
Cougar Ridge Homes for Sale