Stampede: This iconic Calgary event is a defining feature of our city, but how did it become the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth? While there is some debate about when this festival officially started, the rodeo component can be traced back to 1912 when it was promoted by an American trick roper named Guy Weadick.

Guy recognized Calgary as an emerging hot spot for rodeo, and the immediate success and fame of Stampede quickly cemented this event as a cornerstone of Calgary’s identity. Let’s go for a journey back in time to some snapshots of this 10-day celebration, that saw over a record-breaking 1.3 million people attend just last year.

Elbow River Camp, 1912

From the start, Elbow River Camp has been a place for guests to experience and share the cultures of the Kainai, Piikani, Siksika, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina First Nations of Treaty 7. Today, you will find 26 tipis, local artisans, bannock, traditional dancing and more at Elbow River Camp.

First Nations tipis at Stampede Grounds, Calgary, Alberta.

“First Nations tipis at Stampede Grounds, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1912-09, (CU141536) by Unknown. Courtesy of Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary

Calgary’s First Winter Carnival, 1921

In 1921, Stampede organizers decided to think outside the box to come up with a unique exhibition – a 75-foot ski jump on top of the grandstand! Taking place in January, this exhibition saw skiers from around the world come to compete and was promoted as “Calgary’s Fist Winter Carnival”.

Ski jump, Calgary exhibition and stampede, Calgary, Alberta.

“Ski jump, Calgary exhibition and stampede, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1921, (CU185562) by Unknown. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Calgary Stampede Parade Float, 1923

The official kickoff of the festivities, The Stampede Parade showcases a variety of colourful floats, majestic horses and high-energy marching bands that embody the core values of western hospitality, integrity, and a commitment to the community.

Float in Calgary Stampede parade, Calgary, Alberta.

“Float in Calgary Stampede parade, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1923, (CU1198763) by McDermid Drug Company. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Calgary Stampede Royalty, 1956

Each year, Calgary Stampede royalty attend community events as ambassadors to share western heritage, culture, and community spirit. During their term, royalty receives mentorship in public speaking and horsemanship, while upholding these responsibilities. Initially, royalty consisted of a Queen and Ladies-In-Waiting, changing throughout the years to be a Princess and First Nations Princess.

Calgary Stampede Queen Shirley Willock and her entourage, Calgary, Alberta.

“Calgary Stampede Queen Shirley Willock and her entourage, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1956-07, (CU1228961) by Unknown. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Here at Trico LivingWell, we’re joining our fellow Calgarians in enjoying The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth in a number of ways. We started with a delicious Stampede breakfast with all the classics, including pancakes, bacon, eggs, and some Warm Western hospitality.

Trico LivingWell In-House Artist, Bridget, and a resident enjoying the sunshine in style during our Stampede breakfast.

 

Personalizing Your Suite
 
When you move to retirement living, personalizing your suite is a great way to make this space feel like home and fill it with personality. Adding your personal touch to your surroundings is a great way to warm up the space and make you more comfortable. Here are some simple ways to personalize your suite:

Personalize Your Suite with a Piece of Furniture That Brings You Joy

Bringing along a cherished piece of furniture is a great way to bring memories of home with you on your new journey. These pieces act as anchors of familiarity, easing the transition and helping you feel rooted in your new environment. At Trico LivingWell, we work with local companies that specialize in relocation and downsizing to help our residents bring beloved items with them in a stress-free way.

Personalize Your Suite By Hanging Artwork and Photos

Personal photos, artwork, and crafts can transform a plain space into a vibrant collection of stories. These displays are the perfect reminder of the joyful moments in life and great conversation starters when getting to know your neighbours. When choosing artwork to personalize your space, different colour combinations can set the tone for the environment you are looking to achieve.

For a more soothing space, consider soft pastels. If you’re looking to energize the space, consider bolder hues. Be sure to check with the community you are living in on the rules around how you are able to hang things on the walls. During the holidays, you can also personalize your front door with festive décor to bring the cheer to your neighbours.

Personalize Your Suite By Adding a Touch of Nature

What better way to make your space flourish than with some lush greenery! Besides being beautiful, plants have a wealth of health benefits, especially when we live in close quarters with them. Plants are known to absorb pollutants and purify the air, as well as regulate humidity and reduce noise. Not only do they benefit our physical health, but our mental health too.

Studies have shown that having a plant around can improve focus, productivity, and mood while decreasing stress and anxiety. Caring for a plant is also a great addition to routine that brings value to our daily lives. If you’re not keen on maintenance, consider opting for artificial plants to elevate your decor. Or, consider joining others in planting their summer gardens. At Trico LivingWell, we have a gardening club that meets to take care of our flowers every summer on our roof top balcony.

Personalize Your Suite By Playing With Lighting

Layering different types of light helps cater to the different activities we partake in throughout the day. Ambient lighting (such as ceiling lights that are already installed in your suite) is good for overall brightness, while task lighting, such as a desk lamp, is important for when you are focused on reading or hobbies. Accent lighting is a great way to highlight your favourite spots or pieces in a room.

Keep it Safe and Comfortable

Personalizing your suite in a retirement community is not just about decoration, it’s about creating a comfortable, safe, and inviting space that reflects who you are. Many retirement communities have built suites with safety in mind, so that you feel truly at peace in your new home. At Trico LivingWell, all of our suites have been designed with safety features to make them as accessible as possible.

This includes wide doorways, comfort height toilets, and grab bars in our spacious bathrooms. Ensure that your new décor allows for easy mobility. You can do so through small adjustments, such as securing rugs to prevent slips and making sure lighting is adequate for visibility. Keep pathways clear for when you navigate your space.

Interested in learning more about the suite and building features at Trico LivingWell? Visit https://tricolivingwell.com/building-features/

Senior woman using a laptop computer in her suite, learning about how to avoid digital scams
 
In the digital age, scams targeting seniors have become all too common, exploiting their trust and unfamiliarity with constantly evolving digital platforms. Here are some practical tips to help seniors identify and avoid digital scams.

Know The Common Scams

In 2024, the following scams targeting seniors are common:

Think Before You Click

Scam emails are written to look like they come from legitimate sources, such as your bank or a service provider. These emails will often have a link in them that they urge you to click. To be safe, make sure to verify the authenticity of the message by contacting the organization directly using a phone or email you trust, not the contact in the email.

Beware of Urgency

Scammers will try to create a sense of urgency to make you panic and act quickly. Be skeptical of any communication that urges immediate action, especially if it involves providing personal information or making a payment.

Protect Your Personal Information

Legitimate organizations will never ask you for sensitive information through insecure methods, like over an email or phone. Never share personal details like Social Security numbers, banking information, or credit card numbers if this information is requested unexpectedly. Contact the organization using confirmed contact information to figure out the best way to confirm personal details.

Use Strong, Unique Passwords

When creating your password, try to avoid using phrases or names of people, places or things relevant to your personal life that could be identifiable online. Instead, opt for a mix of letters, numbers and symbols. Try to use different passwords across sites. You can use a password manager to help you remember these.

By staying informed and cautious, seniors can better protect themselves from the digital dangers that lurk online. Remember, staying safe online is about staying informed and connected with trusted resources and communities. At Trico LivingWell, we offer our residents tech support programs to ensure they stay up to date in the digital world.

For more resources and to learn how to spot and stop senior scams, visit https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

 

What does it take to feel happy? The concept of happiness varies from person to person, and achieving it involves a mix of biological, psychological, and environmental elements. Through research, science has started to demystify what makes us feel happy. Here’s what we’ve learned, with some specific insight into how happiness can be nurtured during your golden years.

Key Factors Influencing Senior Happiness

Research highlights several key elements that can boost happiness later in life:

Fostering Happiness at Trico LivingWell

At Trico LivingWell, we are dedicated to creating an environment that supports every resident’s happiness and well-being. Here are some ways we incorporate joy into daily life:

Social Activities and Clubs:

We provide a variety of activities that encourage residents to connect, share, and develop friendships. Our diverse clubs—from philosophy to gardening and quilting—allow residents to explore common interests together.

Health and Wellness Programs:

Recognizing the link between physical health and happiness, we offer fitness programs designed to keep bodies moving and spirits high. Our offerings include aerobics, pole walking, and tai chi, tailored to suit everyone’s abilities. We also offer classes like chair yoga and Zumba, which include movements for fall prevention. We are dedicated to ensuring that all residents, regardless of physical or cognitive abilities, can lead an active life.

Nutritious & Delicious Dining

A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients is not only important in supporting physical health, but our happiness, too. Diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats are associated with better mood and lower rates of depression. At Trico LivingWell, our culinary team ensures that fruit and vegetables are readily available and are committed to creating a food environment where the healthiest choice is also the easiest choice.

Lifelong Learning:

Our residents have numerous opportunities to pursue their interests through both organized educational sessions and self-guided learning. Whether it’s exploring a new hobby in our creative studio or attending a workshop led by a local expert, we encourage our residents to remain intellectually active and curious.

Personalized Care and Support:

We believe that happiness stems from feeling valued and cared for. By understanding the personal support networks of our residents, and how these relationships contribute to their overall wellness, we can offer a more personalized and effective care experience. Collaborating closely with family, friends, and care partners, we ensure that our care meets the unique needs and preferences of each resident on their journey through aging.

At Trico LivingWell, we don’t just offer a place to live; we provide a community where happiness and well-being flourish, making every day in the golden years as fulfilling as possible. To learn more and book a tour, visit https://tricolivingwell.com/meetings/

Moving to a retirement community is a significant life transition that can be very overwhelming based on how these communities are depicted. The stereotypical picture painted is as follows: you approach an institutional-looking, towering structure, the inside of the building adorned with sterile fluorescent-lit lights framing an eerily quiet corridor filled with identical rows of doors. Peering into the common areas, you find sparse, utilitarian furnishings arranged in neat rows, lacking of any personal touches or warmth. The dining hall is equally as somber, with meals served on plastic trays that are both mundane and uninspired.

While this dystopian picture of retirement living is a prevalent stereotype, this does not accurately depict the amazing retirement communities with fulfilling lifestyle options that are out there. Here are 4 retirement community myths that we’re debunking:

1. Moving to A Retirement Community Means Giving Up My Privacy

While moving from living on your own to living within a community is an adjustment, this does not mean you won’t have the space you need to rest and recharge. Many retirement living suites are built with older adults in mind, including accessibility features like wide doorways and bathrooms with grab bars, low threshold showers and comfort height toilets. These suites are also designed for convenience, often including kitchenettes, private balconies, and in-suite washer and dryers. With all these features included in your suite, you’ll have everything you need to retreat for some much-needed peace and quiet. At Trico LivingWell, our suites include these features and more to ensure the privacy of our residents. In addition to this, our building was constructed with concrete for increased soundproofing, and we have secure entrances with patrolled security, 24/7 video surveillance, and FOB access.

2. Retirement Communities Are Boring

A good retirement community will offer more than just a common area and a fuzzy tv. At Trico LivingWell, we have an entire theatre dedicated to not only having comfortable movie nights, but showcasing local musicians, talent, and speakers. We have a fitness centre, creative studio, spa and games area right in our building. We also offer a rooftop garden for our residents to use, complete with a barbeque to enjoy good food and company while appreciating the spectacular views. With this variety of amenities, our residents are able to fuel their passions and discover new interests independently or with friends.

3. I’ll Lose My Sense Of Identity If I Move

It can be easy to feel like moving to a new living situation means giving up individuality. This comes from the fear that everyone there will be subject to the same day over and over again due to a lack of variety in programming and less autonomy. At Trico LivingWell, we understand that connecting to our purpose is rooted in exploring our passions, strengths, and interests that give us opportunities to grow and evolve. Accordingly, we create unique care plans with our residents family, friends, and loved ones to ensure that residents are able to stay connected to their purpose. Through daily scheduled activities and collaborations with leading academic, arts and cultural organizations throughout Calgary, we support our residents in active living and lifelong learning.

4. I’ll Lose My Independence If I Move

There is a common misconception that retirement living communities impose restrictions and restrict the personal freedom of their residents. This, coupled with leaving home for a structured environment, can feel limiting. The reality is that good retirement communities are designed to help seniors maintain independence for as long as possible. At Trico LivingWell, we saw the need for a living option for a vast community of Canadian seniors who faced the challenge of independent living but did not require all the services of assisted living. To meet this need, we created Inclusive Living, which provides residents with lots of flexibility, including a suite with a kitchenette, washer and dryer, cable, and phone services, and their choice of two meals a day and weekly housekeeping. This ensures our residents spend more time doing things they love.

5. Retirement Living Food Is Bland and Unappetizing

This might be the most prevalent myth about retirement living. As many seniors may begin to find it challenging to stand for extended periods of time, use the stove, and prepare foods, they are facing the reality that they are no longer able to make their favourite meals. This, coupled with the emotional value food has for many people, can make the thought of allowing someone else to cook for you very overwhelming. However, retirement living dining is far from mundane and uninspired. Trico LivingWell’s culinary team is led by award-winning Executive Chef, Liana Robberecht, who has helmed some of Calgary’s top kitchens and is renowned for her creative cooking style and farm-to-table philosophy. We’re proud to serve up a mouthwatering variety of nutritious meals and wellness cuisine paired with flexible dining plans to choose from. We also ensure that our wellness cuisine is diverse and reflects a range of cultures and dietary needs, with the health of our residents top of mind.

Interested in learning more about how vibrant life is at Trico LivingWell? Book a tour with us at https://tricolivingwell.com/meetings/.

Mother’s Day – an occasion to celebrate the determination, resilience, and strength of our mothers, or whoever has filled this role, who have given us endless support as we navigate life.

For senior mothers, this day may have extra special meaning as they reflect on the shared memories as they have navigated motherhood throughout their lifetime. For some, this may also have additional significance as they watch their adult children step into motherhood.

Here are some heartfelt and meaningful ways adult children can make Mother’s Day extra special for their senior mothers:

Create a Memory Book

A memory book is a wonderful gift for a senior mom, as a means of documenting cherished memories. Having a memory book to keep with them filled with photos, notes, and memories is a wonderful gift that serves as a constant reminder of their families love and connection. This gift also has the added benefit of being easy to share with family and friends – as seniors age, they may have to make the transition to retirement living. Having a meaningful piece of home for your mom to bring with her as she navigates her aging journey is sure to make her feel special.

Book A Spa Day

Organizing a day of relaxation and pampering can be a splendid treat, but for those with limited mobility, bringing the spa home can be just as special. Arrange for a mobile spa that offers in-home treatments, or, if your mom resides in a retirement community, check if there are opportunities to make this happen in-house.

At Trico LivingWell, we have an in-house spa & salon that offers hairdressing, nail, sauna, and foot and hand care services. The best part? Our residents can bring family and friends to enjoy a day of pampering. To the salon!

Enjoy A Gourmet Meal Together

Many of us have fond memories of our mother cooking our favourite meal growing up – why not flip the script and treat mom to a delicious meal? As a part of the dining experience at Trico LivingWell, our culinary team offers private catered meals in our Wild Rose Private Dining Room. Our culinary team goes above and beyond to provide a delicious, visually stunning, nutritious feast for residents and their loved ones, taking allergies, dietary restrictions, and preferences into consideration.

Listening and Sharing

Spend time just talking and, more importantly, listening to her. Ask her to share stories from her youth, advice, and wisdom she values. Conversations like these are priceless and strengthen the bonds between you.

At Trico LivingWell, we are conveniently located on a 2-acre public park with ample green space and walking paths that are perfect for our residents and their loved ones to use while they chat. Additionally, we have a private guest suite that our resident’s loved ones can stay in while they are spending time with one another.

Give Your Mom The Gift Of Great Retirement Living at Trico LivingWell

Is your mom at the point in her aging journey where she could use a little extra help? At Trico LivingWell, we know that making the transition to retirement living can come with a variety of emotions. As a part of our care philosophy, we develop wellness plans for each resident alongside their family, friends, and care partners to address each resident’s needs, preferences, and level of assistance required to help support them in remaining independent for as long as possible.

To learn more & book a tour, click here.

Welcoming New Life at Trico LivingWell

Starting in late March, the Trico LivingWell team and residents took on a very special role – parents to a group of baby chicks! We decided to take part in the Nanny McCluckins Chick Hatching Experience, where we had the chance to set up an incubator, place eggs, and check on them while each chick grew inside their egg. This process took approximately four weeks. To watch the chicks grow, we used a process called candling that allows you to illuminate the inside of an egg with a light source.

The Hatching Process: From Eggs to Chicks

On April 6 at 10 am, our first little chick burst into the world with exuberance! After chicks hatch, they stay in the incubator for 24 hours. Our first little chick, who we named Molly, was a bundle of energy and spent this time running around pushing her siblings in their shells! Following Molly, we watched as 5 other chicks pecked their way out of their eggs and started their lives. We made sure to document the order each of our new hatchlings emerged into the world and gave them some awesome names to take with them on their journey through life. Each of them had unique personalities that we took into consideration as we named them.

Post Hatch: Personalities Emerge

One of the best parts of this experience for us was getting to watch our five chicks’ personalities grow as they explored their new world. Here are some notable moments we shared with each chick:

• Molly, our first chick, was quite the dancer. We would put her on the table to run around and instead she would just stretch out her little feet like a ballerina, and then want to be held in someone’s hand because of the warmth. She also kept getting stuck on the wrong side of her play pen and then just stare and chirp at our Receptionist, Elma, to help her back over to the heater in the incubator.
• Miles was our track star. We would put him on the floor or table, and he would just run like crazy. He must have been using up a lot of energy, because he would use his size to push the others around just to eat.
• Fred Savage had the most unique markings, with black feathers and a little yellow belly and bum. He was a ladies man!
• Henny was so tiny, and her yellow and black feathers were so interspersed with one another she almost looked green. She loved to snuggle up by the heater.
• Buster was our last born and smallest chick. He must have felt like he was late to the party, because he came busting out of his shell so fast we decided the name Buster would suit him best. Buster received a ton of snuggles.

Reflections: The Therapeutic Benefits of Chick Hatching for Seniors

Interacting With Our Chicks Had Mental Health Benefits

According to CHD Living, interacting with animals can reduce feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety while promoting motor skills and social interaction as those involved work together toward a common goal. This gave our community something to be excited about collectively as we watched the chicks progress and gave them love. Some of our residents even made food for the chicks!

Interacting With Our Chicks Brought Back Memories

One of the sweetest parts of this experience was getting to listen to our residents share stories that came to mind as we cared for the chicks. We have many residents who grew up raising chickens on farms and it was so interesting to hear what they had to say and their expertise from these times.

Interacting With Our Chicks Taught Us Problem Solving & New Skills

One of our chicks gave us a bit of a scare because they had not hatched and were a few days past their due date. We learned how to do a “float test” to see if this chick still potential had to hatch – right when we did so, we heard chirping! With this timing and the chick having been exposed out of the incubator, we had to help get them unstuck from their shell. We managed to do this successfully and Fred Savage was born! This experience taught us some new skills and problem solving to make sure Fred Savage had a safe birth.

The Chick Hatching Experience Was an Amazing Bridge Across Generations

During the birth of our second chick, Miles, one of our resident’s grandson was present. His mind was blown by the experience, and he became obsessed with the chick! This was such a cool memory for our resident and their grandson to share together, and we decided to name the chick after their grandson in tribute to the special moment.


 
As the sun shines down on us and flowers begin to bloom, the outdoors begin to beckon us to spend more time in nature. With more time outdoors comes the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun activities like gardening, pickleball, hiking, biking and more! As with any physical activity, being active outdoors requires that our heart is able to support physical endurance.

The Benefits of Outdoor Activity on Heart Health

Outdoor activities have a host of benefits, including many that are great for your heart. Outdoor activities often involve some form of cardio, from walking to tai chi, which helps to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. As the weather warms up, there are also additional opportunities for swimming, which is a great activity for oxygen usage and blood pressure, all while being gentle on the joints. Harvard Health Publishing notes that this makes swimming an excellent activity for those with arthritis and other chronic conditions.

Considerations For Outdoor Physical Activity

The warmer temperatures and uneven terrain the outdoors bring are important to take into consideration when exercising outdoors. As we age, our body composition changes, and we are at a greater risk of dehydration. Being dehydrated can lead to heat exhaustion, and together, these can cause tiredness and lack of coordination that leads to falls and injury. To manage these risks, be sure to opt for exercising at cooler times of the day and wear lighter clothes while exercising.

Eating a Heart Healthy Diet

Eating a heart healthy diet can help prevent conditions like hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes, all contributing factors to heart disease. In addition to ensuring that you eat a proper portion size, focus on the foods below to support your heart health so you can make the most of your time outdoors this summer.

Foods to Focus On

According to the Mayo Clinic, foods that can help support your heart health include:

The summer is the perfect opportunity to start focusing on heart-healthy foods – especially if you live in Alberta, like all of us at Trico LivingWell! July to October is Alberta’s Harvest season, so an abundance of fruits and vegetables become more readily available during this time. Incorporating these colourful foods into a dish can be the perfect way to add new and exciting flavours with a touch of artistry to your meals.

Heart Health & Nutrition at Trico LivingWell

Trico LivingWell supports healthy eating patterns by increasing access to fruits and vegetables with menu items and counter displays, limiting the availability of highly processed foods, and designing environments where the easiest choice is the healthiest choice. At Trico LivingWell, healthy eating is anything but mundane and uninspired – it’s a truly elevated dining experience, where high value nutritional food is provided and showcased with artistry. Led by Executive Chef Liana Robberecht, our culinary team partners with small, local farms to source high quality ingredients and support our community. If you’d like to see an example of the delicious and nutritious food our culinary team creates to support our residents health, click here.

Interested in learning more about retirement living at Trico LivingWell? Book a tour with us here.

No material on our website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the medical advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider when undertaking a new health regimen.

In March, Trico LivingWell had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending ‘Voyage Into Vasculature’, an educational session held by Alzheimer Calgary. This session, led by experts in the field from the University of Calgary, explored the relationship between dementia and vascular health, as well as provided some tips to build resilience and protect both our vascular health and cognition.

What is Vascular Disease?

Vascular disease is a condition that affects your vascular system. Your vascular system is the network of arteries and veins that carry blood all over your body. This system has the important role of sending oxygen and nutrients to body tissues.

Vascular Cognitive Impairment

Your heart and brain are connected by the vascular system. If the vessels leading to the brain are blocked, this results in a lack of oxygen than can damage brain cells. Our brain uses oxygen to perform tasks, and so a lack of oxygen impacts our cognition. As more damage occurs, symptoms like forgetfulness become more severe and lead to problems we associate with dementia, like decisioning making, reasoning, and processing information.

According to a study published in Lancet Neurology,  the incidence of dementia is nearly 50 times higher in the year after a major stroke compared to people of the same age who have not had a stroke.

Protecting Your Vascular Health and Cognition

The Heart and Stroke Foundation notes that vascular and mind conditions share many of the same risk factors and strategies for prevention. While there are risk factors out of our control that can impact our vascular health, there are many risk factors that we can mitigate through achievable lifestyle changes. Here are some of the lifestyle risk factors associated with vascular cognitive impairment, and how to combat them, according to The Heart and Stroke Foundation:

Diet

Eating a healthy balanced diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Eating more vegetables and fruit, foods higher in fibre, cutting out salt, choosing healthy fats, cutting added sugar, and eating moderate portions are all adjustments that can be made for a healthier diet. Having a healthy diet can also help you manage your weight, which is key for managing blood pressure and cholesterol.

Quit Smoking

The benefits of quitting smoking can be seen through the statistics. According to the Heart and Stoke Foundation:

Get Active

For many of us, sitting is a necessary part of our daily routine – whether it’s driving in a car or sitting at a desk for work, inactivity comes easily in the modern world. However, making time for physical activity is an excellent way to dramatically lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, and prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more. Even something like a brisk 30-minute walk can greatly benefit your health.

Prioritize Wellness

It is clear that by prioritizing our health, we are able to take care of multiple systems in our body that prevent complications in the future. At Trico LivingWell, we take care of our resident’s health through a strong wellness culture that helps to maintain independence.

You can learn more by booking a meeting with us here.

No material on our website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the medical advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider when undertaking a new health regimen.

Nestled in the Southwest quadrant of Calgary, Kingsland Junction is home to approximately 4,800 residents, including all of us at Trico LivingWell! How did the Kingsland Junction we know and love become what it is today? Before the hustle and bustle of the residential buildings and businesses, this area was acres of farmland owned by Harnam Singh Hari.

Harnam Singh Hari, 1913

Before the hustle and bustle of the residential buildings and businesses, this area was acres of farmland owned by Harnam Singh Hari.

“Harnam Singh Hari, driving wagon, De Winton area, Alberta.”, 1913, (CU1102785) by Unknown. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

In 1909, Harnam Singh immigrated from India to Canada and developed farms in both Kingsland and De Winton. Harnam Singh was Alberta and Calgary’s first Sikh citizen. With significant dedication and effort, he overcame multiple obstacles and grew his business to span the 400-acre spread stretching across what is now Chinook Centre.

In 2014, Calgary honoured his legacy and achievements with Singh Hari Park, located on the land he farmed in Kingsland.

Aerial View of Kingsland, 1958

Aerial View of Kingsland

“Aerial view of Kingsland and Chinook Park areas, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1958-10-15, (CU1132098) by Rosettis Studio. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

This aerial view of Kingsland looks west at 7th Street and Elbow Drive, with the reservoir framing the communities of Chinook Park and Kingsland. The reservoir was constructed to store a sufficient amount of drinking water for Calgarians and sustain environmental health. In fact, almost half of Calgary’s water supply is drawn from here. Besides these important features, it is also used for recreational activities like sailing.

Kingsland Shopping Centre, 1959

Kingsland Shopping center

“Kingsland shopping centre, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1959-08-29, (CU1131934) by Rosettis Studio. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Located on 75 Avenue and Elbow Drive SW, this quaint shopping complex hosted a variety of businesses. Today, we know this centre as Kingsland Plaza, home to a Shoppers Drug Mart, Cobbs, Starbucks, and more.

Kingsland Rugby Park, 1954

Kingsland Rugby Park, 1954

“Calgary Tigers rugby team, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1930, (CU1134507) by Halliday. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

As rugby blossomed in Calgary and expanded across the province, many games were hosted at the Kingsland Rugby Park. In 1999, the Calgary Rugby Park moved to 9025 Shepard Road SE and is now one of the premier rugby parks in Canada.