The Lake McKenzie community is nestled between the Deerfoot Trail to the east, Marquis of Lorne Trail (Highway 22X) to the south, and the Bow River to the northwest. The community is built around the man-made Lake McKenzie. There are several “sub-communities within the development: McKenzie Lake, Legacy Ridge and Mountain Park.
The area is named after J. McKenzie, one of the area’s first settlers. He arrived in McKenzie Lake from Montreal in 1882. With the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884, and the Calgary Macleod Railroad in the early 1890s many more people arrived from the east to settle in the area. Situated on good farmland, with easy road access to the city of Calgary, the McKenzie Lake area quickly became a prosperous farming region. The region was annexed by the City of Calgary in 1970. Residential development began in 1982. Today, McKenzie Lake is conveniently located near major roadways (the Deerfoot and Marquis of Lorne Trail). Several golf courses, Fish Creek Park and the popular McKenzie Lake are also in the area. The community offers excellent views of the city, Golf course, Fish Creek Park and the mountains.
43-acre Lake McKenzie and the adjacent 20-acre park with beach house provides community activities like boating, fishing, skating, swimming, picnicking and tennis. Members of the residents association pay annual fees of between $250 for most homes to $500 for lakefront lots. McKenzie Lake’s community association offers a variety of programs to residents. Scouting programs, community based youth baseball, soccer and hockey programs, dance classes, martial arts, exercise classes, church group, Kumon math and drop in men’s basketball are just a few of the programs that are offered through the community association. Preschool and afterschool programs are also offered. One of McKenzie Lake’s more innovative programs is a youth justice council that seeks to give young offenders a second chance. The community’s outdoor skating rink is popular during winter months, as are special events such as jellybean dances, New Year’s and Children’s Christmas parties. On the west edge of the community, is the McKenzie Meadows Golf Club, on the bank of the Bow River. To its north is a pedestrian bridge across the Bow River, with access to Fish Creek Provincial Park. The park also encompasses Lake Sikome, Fish Creek and connects fully to Calgary's extensive recreational pathway system. It should be noted that not all residents in the community boundaries have access to the lake. The lake access boundary is different than the community boundary and ends just south of the Mountain Park school property line. The lake is run by the McKenzie Lake Resident Association a separately incorporated non-profit.
There is a large range of various types of housing and pricing in this Calgary lake community. A variety of affordable options of detached single family homes are available in the SE corner of the development. There are also a number of luxury townhouse condominiums as well as detached homes that offer lake front lots with private lake docks. The Island offers a gated exclusive location with all homes on the island backing to the lake. Along the Westerly area, are estate homes offering lots backing directly onto the escarpment of the Bow River Valley overlooking the mountains, McKenzie Meadows Golf course and access directly into Fish Creek Provincial Park. The wild life and bike trails are numerous.
Both Public and Separate Schooling are available in this Lake Community. Kindergarten thru Middle School are offered. Bussing systems and public transit take the older students into nearby communities for JR and Senior High School.