The riding is 3,471 km from Parliament Hill, which would take approximately 35 hours to drive. Residents have easy access to the Calgary International Airport, located in the neighbouring riding of Calgary Skyview.
The riding is served by the blue line of Calgary’s C-Train. Marlborough Station is the busiest stop outside the downtown core, with almost 20,000 passengers each weekday.
Calgary Forest Lawn is in on the city’s eastern edge. It borders other Calgary ridings in the north, west and south, and borders the riding of Bow River in the east.
The Bow River flows through the south west of the riding, but there are no other major bodies of water. The riding is mostly urban and residential.
About 39% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the Philippines, Vietnam, and India.
Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Punjabi are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 5% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $38,953.
There are several recreational centres in Calgary Forest Lawn, including the Village Square Leisure Centre, a water park with a wave pool, slides, and splash zone. Also, there is the Max Bell Centre, which has two arenas and a seating capacity of over 2,000.
Casino Calgary offers over 850 slot machines, over 30 table games, roulette, blackjack, and more.
The riding gets its name from the neighbourhood of Forest Lawn, which is one of the city’s most culturally diverse. The International Avenue district was created to honour this diversity and has hundreds of businesses and restaurants.
Calgary’s mayor, Nasheed Nenshi, grew up in the Marlborough neighbourhood. He is the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city, and won the World Mayor Prize in 2014.
Almost 20% of the population of Calgary Forest Lawn works in manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing.
Retail is the riding’s largest job provider. Major retail centres include the Marlborough Mall, Sunridge Mall, and Pacific Place Mall.
The average home price here is $314,140.
In 2010, the Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Calgary the number one eco-city in the world. The city is a pioneer in district energy planning.
Calgary’s light rail transit system, the C-Train, is powered completely by wind-generated energy and is completely free of emissions. By using a renewal energy source, the C-Train has reduced emissions by 56,000 tonnes per year.
The neighbourhood of Forest Lawn was a separate municipality before it was annexed by the City of Calgary in 1961.
The Monterey Park neighbourhood was established in 1985 and gets its name from Monterey Park, California. The neighbourhood has a California theme displayed through its street names and architecture.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
Métis Nation of Alberta