North Haven is located in the northwest sector of Calgary at the base of Nose Hill Park. The gently sloping topography allows for some fine views from a number of locations within the community. Other amenities enjoyed by North Haven residents include the proximity to Nose Hill Park and the pathway. The land comprising North Haven was annexed to the city in two stages. The southern portion of the community was included in the 1910 annexation, whereas the northern portion was part of the annexation of 1953. Development of this primarily low density residential neighbourhood began in 1963.
The community of Upper North Haven was established in 1991 as a result of Thorncliffe/Greenview being separated into three communities, Upper North Haven in the west, Thorncliffe in the centre, and Greenview in the east. Upper North Haven comprises a small area of land at the easterly base of Nose Hill Park and north of the community of North Haven. The general land profile is a continuation of the lower and gentler portion of the Nose Hill bluff system, having a foothills character affording views in a number of locations. Residents of Upper North Haven may enjoy close proximity to Nose Hill Park.