Jeff MacKinnon

Honest, hard working and thorough

If you look at my feature listings you'll see two apartments currently available at Silver Creek Lodge in Canmore. They are priced as they are because they are fractional ownerships. In this case, 1/4 shares each.

When I mention to people who call that they are fractionals, quite a few don't know what that means. I wouldn't if I didn't own one.

Is it a time share?

No, it's not.

With a fractional ownership you get a titled share of the property that you own and can sell at your leisure for whatever you can get. You can also leave to your kids.
You have certain pre-determined weeks of the year that are yours. You can put it in the rental pool when you can't use it and generate income from hotel check ins. It has a front-desk and owners get a key card when they arrive so it looks an operates exactly like a hotel.
If you believe what Wikipedia says, the concept of fractional owership took root in the ski resorts of the United States in the 1990s. It since has become popular in Ontario and British Columbia and of course Canmore, where Silver Creek Lodge opened in 2008.
In the case of Silver Creek Lodge each unit comes completely furnished with insuite laundry and your condo fees take care of utilities, insurance, internet and maintenance. Like any other condo complex, Silver Creek Lodge has a condo board made up of owners and it's annual AGM is held either in Calgary or Canmore every fall. It is managed by Waymarker Hospitality.
One thing to remember with a fractional ownership is that you can't leave anything behind that doesn't fit into your locked owners' drawer. There are cage lockers in the underground parking garage available to store your skis if that's why you came to the mountains.
With Silver Creek lodge it's also possible to buy an entire unit and live in it year round or put your own key pad on the  door to keep it to yourselves when you are not in town. There are other lodges in Canmore that offer the same set up.
Among the features at Siver Creek Lodge is the 9,000 square foot Bodhi Tree Spa and Wild Orchid Bistro with its Asian fusion cuisine. There's a fitness centre, hot tubs and private function room as well.  If you like your daily walk, the downtown is about 15 minutes away as are the grocery stores.
If I've missed something drop me a line and I'll get back to you with the answer.
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I've been spending a great deal of time in Garrison Green lately, specifically at 2661 Dallaire Ave. SW. Directly across the street from this address is Buffalo Park, which at first glance is the site of a very busy playground.

This square piece of land is actually much more than that.

 If you visit Buffalo Park you'll find a monument that reveals the reason for it's name. I came home the day I first visited and surfed Google for some more info.

It is named in honour of nine Canadian Forces members killed in a Buffalo aircraft over Syria in 1974. The monument has a Buffalo aircraft propeller, plaque and a playground as part of its surroundings.

This incident took place on Aug. 9 of that year  when, while on a routine flight a plane was shot down by Syrian Armed Forces.  All nine crew and passengers were killed.

It's because of that event that Aug. 9 was decided on as the day it would be National Peacekeepers' Day in Canada. Just a couple of blocks away from Buffalo Park is Peacekeepers' Park, where each year a memorial is held. You can park and visit both together any day of the year.

I'll spare you my regurgitation on details about Buffalo Park and the event by pointing you to some really good reading on the Buffalo Nine that I discovered at the link below if you are so inclined. It includes photos of all nine who lost their lives that day.

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 I was sitting an open house on the weekend in Garrison Woods (the accompanying photo  is Crestmont). One of the visitors appeared fairly new to the home buying world and had some questions about HOA's - Home Owner's Association. Newer communities all have them.

   So, here's some info explaining Community Association's and Home Owners Association, courtesy of the Federation of Calgary Communities.


A Community Association is:

An organization formed by the residents of an area:

  • To support the social, educational and recreational needs of the neighbourhood.
  • To build connections in the neighbourhood through volunteer opportunities, events and programs
  • To act as a community liaison in civic matters (planning and development)
  • To plan, develop and maintain community facilities and amenities such as community gardens, skating rinks.


  • Membership in a Community Association is optional.
  • Offers the opportunity to become involved and connected in the neighbourhood.
  • Members have the opportunity to participate and register in Community Association run events and programs.
  • Members have the opportunity to volunteer in their neighbourhood (board members, special events, committees, etc.)
  • The Community Association receives development, transportation, and zoning plans from the city and the developers, and may provide feedback on the approval process;
  • The Community Association has direct contact with the Alderman, MLA, Police Liaison Officer and other government officials;
  • The Community Association can support the addition of new facilities and amenities in the neighbourhood.

A Homeowner's Association is:
A compulsory organization created by a land developer:

  • To manage and maintain the “marketing” amenities of a development (entrance signage, ornamental parks and ponds, boulevard landscaping and buildings) that the City will not accept responsibility to maintain.
  • To manage and maintain amenities such as lakes and golf courses.
  • Membership is compulsory and the requirement to pay an annual fee is collected by the association through a caveat on property title.
  • An HOA is initialized by the Community when there is the desire to ensure a high degree of maintenance of the common amenities noted above.


  • HOA’s are mandated to maintain the community amenities and physical elements installed by developers such as parks, playgrounds and other landscape features;
  • Residents enjoy amenity-rich environments which are maintained; thus preserving outdoor areas which contribute to the long-term appeal of the community.


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Was down in Auburn Bay on the weekend doing some house shopping with a friend/client and decided to take a spin through Seton, which is attached to the lake community on the south end.
If you live down in those parts you already know of it because it's where you find the city's newest hospital, South Health Campus.
If you're considering a move to Calgary's southern-most tip, which offers easy access to Stoney Trail and Highway 2, expect a lot of amenities to open up to you in the coming year or two.
There's the hospital of course. Also consider that Seton will soon become home to a monstrous YMCA, which is supposed to open next January. (See photo). According to the City of Calgary's website, at 330,000 square feet it will have a water park, 10-lane pool, leisure pool, two arenas, three gyms, a fitness centre that has a 200-metre running/walk track and a 25,000 square foot library.
It will eclipse that unique looking YMCA that just opened in Rocky Ridge.
Also coming to Seton is the Cineplex Cinemas, opening sometime in 2018 after being delayed by a major fire; and Joane Cardinal-Schubert High School, slated to open it's doors in the fall.
Along with the assortment of shops and services already there — including grocery stores and a couple of hotels— construction is currently underway on a 190,000 square foot retail district that will be anchored by a Mountain Equipment Coop and will include the Canadian staples Boston Pizza and Tim Hortons, among other restaurants.
When all is said and built, Seton will have 2,500 residents and 12,000 jobs, says a recent community profile by Josh Skapin in the Calgary Herald. It will also contain up to 1.5 million square feet of office space and one million square feet of retail space, he wrote.
Eventually, Seton will be the southern-most stop on the new Green Line LRT.
If you want some more reading has links to a lot of material.



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Ease the Transition

Dogs are territorial animals that naturally become attached and protective of their surroundings.

When moving houses, your dog can become disoriented and stressed. He sees the world he knows changing before his eyes. Understanding this can help you ease your dog through a better transition and avoid unnecessary anxiety or health problems.


Fence Safety

According to the Humane Society, moving to a new home can precipitate separation anxiety, which can prompt dogs to escape or run away. Assess your dog’s tendencies and personality when inspecting the new yard and property. You might need to make adjustments to ensure your pet’s safety.

Before leaving your dog alone in the new yard, carefully survey the premises for any hazards or trouble spots where your dog might find an escape route. If they feel lost or get bored and lonely, dogs can jump or dig in order to escape. To better safeguard your dog, consider:

● Is your dog a jumper?
● Does your dog like to dig?
● Can he fit through railings in your fence?
● Is there anything around that might help him jump out?
A safe and well-installed fence in your new property can give you peace of mind and eliminate your dog’s chances of escape. A typical fence installation will be priced around $2,670. It is a worthwhile investment, as it ensures your dog’s safe confinement within your property. It also helps you avoid those worrisome drives around the neighborhood calling his name.


Keeping the Stress Level Down

In addition to keeping your dog safe in the new property, there are ways to mitigate the stress he might experience from his changing environment.

Keep routines. If possible, once in the new home, try to maintain similar walking/exercise schedules and feeding routines. As The Spruce suggests, this structure will help with the transition and avoid creating more confusion.


Bring his old toys.

While you might be tempted to buy all new stuff for your pooch, the familiar smells of his most beloved toys and blankets will keep him cool and collected.

Step up the love. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the moving process and neglect those extra minutes of attention. During and after the move, give him a little extra affection. One of the best things you can do, says The Bark magazine, is to commit to some quality time with your dog every day despite your busy moving schedule.


Spot the Stress

Even taking all of these precautions, your dog may still experience some level of stress and anxiety, so know what warning signs to look for. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, it might be an indication that they are experiencing some form of anxiety:

● Excessive barking
● Lethargy and lack of energy
● Changes in diet or eating habits
● Diarrhea or lack of appetite

Spotting these signs can help you act early and prevent the stress from affecting your dog’s health or becoming bad behavior. Increasing exercise and mental stimulation, giving your dog a few extra walks around the new neighborhood, and providing a safe space for him can help ease him into the new home.

Dogs are highly adaptable and will soon grow to love the new house. Moving is stressful enough but taking some time to consider their state of mind will make the transition better for everyone.
Remember that dogs love their home as much as you do, and all they need is a little guidance and support before they are back to their tail-wagging selves.

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My new listing comes online this week and it's a beautiful family home in the great community of Arbour Lake.

The added bonus is it backs on green space and has incredible mountain and city views.

The asking price for this fully-finished five bedroom walk out at 179 Arbour Stone Rise NW is $767,000.

You can live in the family-oriented community of Arbour Lake and be perched high on the hill for views, and backing onto a large open space and community's pathway system.

 This home is walking distance from all three schools and Arbour Lake itself.

 The spacious kitchen features stainless steel appliances, gas range, solid maple cabinets and plenty of cupboard space, a large dining nook with a view of the city skyline, and walk-in pantry. 

The large living room has custom built-ins and a stacked stone, wood-burning fireplace. Upstairs features a huge south-facing master bedroom with six-piece en suite, both offering incredible view of the city and COP. 

The upstairs also has three additional large bedrooms, enormous second bathroom, laundry room and extra spacious upper landing. Quality baseboards throughout. 

Fully developed walkout basement has huge rec room with fireplace, 5th bedroom, another laundry, a kitchen, full bathroom.

 This listing goes active on Thursday and can be found on my website and




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