Montgomery is located in Calgary’s northwest. It is primarily situated on the south-facing slope of the Bow River Valley escarpment, right at a dramatic S-curve in the river, making for beautiful natural environments, some nice vistas, and a close-knit, geographically defined community.
The area was purchased in 1906 by James Shouldice and came to be known as
Shouldice Terrace, until a name change in 1943, to distinguish it from a southern-Alberta town with a similar name. The Shouldice family chose Montgomery’s new moniker, a nod to Bernard Law Montgomery, the celebrated British military leader who played important roles in both world wars. The growth of Montgomery as a community dates from the 1940s, and it operated as a stand-alone town until annexed by the City of Calgary in 1963.
Now Montgomery is considered an “inner city” neighbourhood, with a relatively short downtown commute-time. It still has a distinctive feel that reflects its unique history and geography. Homes here date from several decades, and quite a few were owner-built in the days when that was a more common practice. The community is now undergoing significant re-development, and new infills can be found on almost every block, alongside the originals. The extensive parks, river walkways, and bike paths make this a great area for those who like to get outdoors, and Shouldice Arena and Memorial Pool also offer a variety of recreational opportunities to residents.
The community has some great neighbours as well. Market Mall, immediately northwest of us, was recently expanded and upgraded, the new Alberta Children’s Hospital borders the community to the east, and the University of Calgary’s West Campus development will soon connect Montgomery to the University as well. The Transcanada Highway, which goes right through the community, makes it easy to get out to COP and the mountains quickly.
Montgomery is home to Terrace Road Elementary School (Public) and the “Foundations for the Future” charter academy (grades 9-12).
The Montgomery Community Association offers this website to provide information about what’s happening in the neighbourhood. We put on a number of programs, activities and events for residents of all ages. The MCA is always looking for volunteers to help out (see the “get involved” tab for the range of volunteering opportunities).