Balzac is a charming hamlet located just north of the northeastern edge of Calgary on the way to Airdrie. Part of Rocky View County, and established in 1910, the town can be found immediately west off of Highway 2. With a population of approximately 40,000 (2016 Census), Balzac is primarily a bedroom community for those working in Calgary and Airdrie who yearn to escape the crowds and noise of a city and enjoy the quiet of rural living. A community centre, fire hall, gas station, 50’s style diner as well as a couple additional businesses make up the hamlet of Balzac, with numerous businesses making up the commercial district to the east.
With the addition of the online giant Amazon's distribution centre, and the number of employees it brings with it, Balzac has great potential for growth.
History of Balzac
In 1910, the Canadian Pacific Railway began to operate in Balzac.The town was named by the president of the Canadian Pacific Railway after one his favorite authors, Honore de Balzac. 1912 brought the excitement of a post office, and then 1916 the first warehouse to what was then referred to as “Beddington”. On July 1, 1925, Beddington was changed to Balzac.
The Balzac Community Hall was opened in 1929 and is home to a stage area and 2,000 square foot dance floor. The perfect place to celebrate anniversaries, weddings and other private functions in a remote setting.
Recreational Activities in Balzac
Living in Balzac is a lifestyle made for the outdoor and nature enthusiast. Wide open prairies are great for long walks, horseback riding, and snowshoeing and cross country skiing during the winter. With the mountains so close by and offering fantastic views, a day trip to Canmore or Banff is on the table. There are also plenty of great trails and camping spots in Bragg Creek for those looking for a less touristy location for hiking and fishing.
Families with children have a short drive to the other side of the highway where Skye Castle Family Fun Centre provides a huge climbing structure, and Family Big Fun Play Centre is full of large infallibles for jumping and bouncing. There is also a volleyball gym there for any volleyball enthusiasts. Being so close to both Airdrie and North Calgary also means Recreation Centres with swimming pools, skating rinks and so much more are easily accessible.
McDonald Lake is just 3.5 miles west of Balzac and is a popular destination for Balzac residents during the summer. From swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, to fishing for Pike and Walleye, the lake is a great place for some relaxation.
Balzac is located directly west of CrossIron Mills, the largest single level mall in Alberta.
CrossIron Mall and business park are officially part of the County of Rocky View, but because of their close proximity to the hamlet, Albertans tend to associate them with Balzac.
The area has developed into a transformation of businesses over the last several years, with the addition of several big box stores including Costco, Bass Pro, Winners and Homesense, Leon’s Furniture, Sportchek and more. There are several RV Dealerships, a Lowe’s Home Improvement Store, Hotel, gas station, restaurants, and the New Horizon Mall, as well as a Horse Racetrack and Casino. This means that for everyone living in Balzac, everything you need is just across the highway.
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