The community of Varsity is located in the northwest sector of Calgary, south of Crowchild Trail and East of Sarcee Trail. This location places Varsity in close proximity to a wide variety of resources. The community is home to established public and separate schools, including one offering French immersion. At the post-secondary level, Varsity is adjacent to the University of Calgary and is the site of a university research station. The community is close to numerous shopping outlets, including Market Mall and Northland Village, as well as civic attractions such as McMahon Stadium and Burns Stadium. Varsity also offers an abundance open space, with easily accessible bike paths leading to Nose Hill in the north and the Bow River Valley in the South.
Varsity is very active on a community level. Its Community Centre offers an out of school program and a playschool for local children. The Centre also houses a community kitchen which is used for more than 40 special events each year. In addition, twenty-five different users groups make use of the centre for a variety of activities, including the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, University of Calgary ball room dance, bridge clubs, seniors fitness classes and sports activities. The Varsity Community also offers two innovative programs, the Good Samaritans and Youth Scholarship Programs. The Good Samaritans aid the community’s seniors by providing help with tasks ranging from gardening to changing light bulbs. The Youth Scholarship Program rewards outstanding leadership and volunteerism in youth by providing scholarships for use in post-secondary school. All of these programs help to contribute to Varsity’s outstanding sense of community.
F.E. Osborne Junior High – Public Jerry Potts Elementary – Francophone Private Marian Carson Elementary – Public St. Vincent de Paul Elementary & Junior High – Separate Varsity Acres Elementary – French Immersion