Heritage Pointe

Heritage Pointe is a hamlet in the M.D. of Foothills in southern Alberta. Many would consider it to be a satellite suburb of Calgary as it is located just south of the city limits. Families choose to live here for the more relaxed small-town atmosphere, for the spacious homes and lots, and for the abundant green spaces. Heritage Pointe offers a place to live that provides the best mix of city and rural living. Residents take advantage of all the city has to offer - arts and culture, entertainment, good restaurants, employment, and education opportunities. However, at the end of the day they can retreat to their quiet neighbourhood and enjoy a slower pace of life.

Heritage Pointe began with the development of the world-class Heritage Pointe Golf Club in the early 1990's. The vision of the developers was to create a golf course and residential community that would be unique and that would offer a different lifestyle than the more urban environment available in Calgary. It has grown and evolved to become one of the most sought after addresses in the Calgary region.

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The original homes were built around the golf course. They all backed onto either the golf course or Pine Creek valley, offering that feeling of space, often not available in the city.

The Lake at Heritage Pointe

When the golf course community was built out, the developers moved on to the creation of The Lake at Heritage Pointe. This community was centered around a 28-acre manmade lake and is now home to about 500 families. The design features narrow winding roads and, once again, the majority of the homes back onto green space. The Lake at Heritage Pointe was voted the Community of the Year in 2005 and 2006 by the Canadian Home Builders Association, Calgary Region.

The Lake at Heritage Pointe has move-up and estate-style homes. The estate homes typically have three-car garages and sit on lots up to 85 feet wide.

The Ranche at Heritage Pointe was the next community to be developed. The 1/3-acre lots are generous in size and open spaces comprise more than 40 percent of this area.

The latest stage to be developed is Artesia at Heritage Pointe. Once again, lots are generous in size and open spaces abound. This area still has home sites available for those that wish to purchase a new home.

Schools

Excellent public, private and separate schools are available near Heritage Pointe. In fact, proximity to Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is one reason many families choose to live in Heritage Pointe. The following are some of the schools students living in Heritage Pointe may attend. They are serviced by school buses offering many pick-up points within the community. I would always suggest that you check with the appropriate school division to determine which school your child would attend.

Public School - Foothills School Division #38

http://www.fsd38.ab.ca

  • Heritage Heights School 32156 Hwy 552 East De Winton Grades K-9
  • Percy Pegler Elementary (French Immersion available) 69 Okotoks Dr., Okotoks Grades K- 6
  • Okotoks Junior High School 1 Pacific Avenue Okotoks Grades 7-9
  • Foothills Composite High School 229 Woodhaven Dr. Okotoks Grades 10-12

Separate Schools - Christ the Redeemer Catholic Separate School Div. #3

http://www.redeemer.ab.ca
  • St. Francis of Assisi Academy #10, 32156 Hwy 552 East, De Winton Grades K-7 (Grade 8 and 9 to be added at a later date)
  • Ecole Good Shepherd School (French Immersion available) 52 Robinson Dr. Okotoks ECS-Grade 6
  • St. John Paul II Collegiate 53 Cimarron Drive Okotoks Grades 7-9
  • Holy Trinity Academy 338072- 32 Street East Okotoks Grades 10-12

Private Schools

Amenities and Recreation Opportunities

The Heritage Pointe Golf Club is a public golf course, which is widely recognized as one of the best golf courses in the country. 27 holes and practice facilities challenge all levels of players. The clubhouse provides dining options as well as function rooms for parties, meetings and weddings. Check out their website for more information.

The residents of The Lake at Heritage Pointe have access to the 28-acre manmade lake, the Upper Lake, the Lakehouse, and sport court. The houses surrounding the main lake each have their own dock and some have developed their own beach area. All residents have keycard access to the Lakehouse and the main beach. Here homeowners and their invited guests may use the community's kayaks and paddleboats by registering with the Lakehouse staff. Families can swim and enjoy the large, sandy beach and playground equipment. Those that love fishing can give that a try as the lake is stocked with trout. Another playground is located in the park on Heritage Isle.

The sport court provides a superior playing surface for basketball, volleyball, and tennis.

In winter residents can skate, play hockey or go ice fishing. The Lakehouse will display a green flag when it is safe to use the ice.

The community is also fortunate to have a sports field that was developed along Pine Creek Road. A ball diamond and a soccer field have been provided for use by athletes in the MD of Foothills. The MD also provides other facilities such as the Scott Seaman Sports Rink located just a few kilometers away in the Heritage Heights area. It provides a skating rink, a walking track, and multipurpose rooms.

Of course you can always go for a walk or a run or ride a bike. The streets are winding and quiet with a speed limit of only 40 km per hour. There are walking paths around the Upper Lake and throughout the community. At the Lake at Heritage Pointe, we receive excellent services as part of our HOA fees. The walking paths and streets are cleared shortly after each snowfall so no excuses to skip a workout!

Heritage Pointe has a commercial development, known as the Village Centre, at the entrance on Pine Creek Road. There is a gas station with a car wash and convenience store as well as a liquor store, a spa, several medical offices, and a couple restaurants. Stockman's Restaurant is always hopping and I can recommend their Hawaiian pizza for a quick and easy meal. Check out their website - Stockmans

Utilities and Emergency Services

Fire, Police and EMS
"9-1-1" service is available throughout the MD of Foothills
We are very fortunate to have a fire station right in our community. It is located beside the commercial centre, just off Dunbow Road. To assist in fire fighting, the municipal water system is designed to City of Calgary standards and includes hydrant service.
Police service is provided through the Okotoks detachment of the R.C.M.P.

Weekly Cart Pick-up
Early in 2017 The Lake at Heritage Pointe began its three-stream waste collection practice using the Universal Cart Program. I think the green carts are too small!

All kidding aside, the program seems to be a success. Early reports indicate that, so far, a little over 43% has been diverted from general waste to the organic materials stream. As residents become more accustomed to the program, it is anticipated that these numbers will become even better.

Medical Services

The South Health Campus is Calgary's newest and Alberta's largest hospital. It has a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services, including an emergency department. The hospital is a short five to seven minute drive from Heritage Pointe prompting many medical professionals to make it their home.

Living in Heritage Pointe

The Lake at Heritage Pointe hosts its own Stampede breakfast every summer. It's a good chance to get out and meet your neighbours and some local dignitaries. A live band and hayrides are all part of the fun.
Sometimes all you have to do is look out your window to see the wildlife that we share the area with. Our little herd of deer seems to move between the two ravines in the neighbourhood, morning and night. If you are lucky enough to look out the window at the right time, you will see them leisurely walking down the path or jumping the fence at top speed.


If you are interested in photography, as I am, almost every morning brings an opportunity to snap a picture of the sunrise. Or a nice fall scene.

Heritage Pointe is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A short drive will take you to the Okotoks Erratic (aka the Big Rock). It is the largest of the rocks dropped by the glacial ice thousands of years ago. The massive rock lies on the flat prairie about seven km west of Okotoks.

If you want to make a day trip out of it, you can carry on from the Big Rock and visit the art galleries in Bragg Creek or go to Elbow Falls to see some spectacular scenery and have a picnic.

One of our favorite places to visit is the Leighton Art Centre. I remember the first time I saw the view from their grounds. WOW! We are so lucky to live in this beautiful part of the world. It is best to use GPS to find the art centre. Check their website for directions

I understand that you need a reservation so if you have made one in advance, you could round out your day at the Longview Steakhouse. Conde Nast recently named it as one of the world's best steakhouses. I've heard nothing but good reviews and will have to try it out soon.

Shopping

The south end of Calgary offers a plethora of shopping choices. As I mentioned earlier, the South Health Campus is about a seven-minute drive from the Lake at Heritage Pointe. The Seton area is growing quickly around the hospital providing shopping, restaurants, and hotels. A few minutes farther up Deerfoot Trail you will find a major shopping hub around 130th Avenue SE. A little farther on is the area known as Deerfoot Meadows. This has some of the larger big box stores like Ikea and Costco.
Another major shopping hub is in Shawnessy, about a ten minute drive up Highway 2A. Every major grocery chain is in this area along with banks, theatres, and retail stores.
South Centre Mall is less than a fifteen-minute drive up 2A/Macleod Trail while Chinook Mall is another five to ten minutes farther north. Now that the Stoney Trail ring road is complete we can drive to CrossIron Mills in about 35 minutes.
Many residents of Heritage Pointe shop in Okotoks. It offers almost everything that Calgary does - Costco, Walmart, Canadian Tire etc. These stores seem to be less busy than in the city so it is a great option.

Getting Around

Heritage Pointe is located just north of Dunbow Road and between highways 2 and 2A. The two highways offer direct access to Calgary. Highway 2 becomes Deerfoot Trail as you travel north into the city. Highway 2A becomes Macleod Trail. Either one provides a good route to any part of the city. Both routes take you to Stoney Trail, which is a good alternative to travel to the east side, to the airport, or to go north of the city.
Calgary has light rapid transit known as the C Train. The closest station is Somerset-Bridlewood located at 17100-6 Street SW just west of Macleod Trail.

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