Since it's Veterans Week and Remembrance Day on Wednesday, it seems like a perfect time to look at the military importance of one of the most historic communities in Calgary—Currie Barracks.
The significance of the Currie Barracks site lies chiefly in its association with Canadian military presence and traditions in Alberta, such as the establishment of permanent forces in the province, the site's role in militia training, and the involvement of the Canadian Armed Forces in various international assignments. Additionally, the Currie Barracks site is significant as it was constructed as a major Depression relief project under the Public Works Construction Act. The site, with the Parade Square as its central focus, stands as a landmark of Alberta's military history. [Historic Places]
Currie Barracks is comprised of ten historic military buildings, and all the sites are centred by the rectangular parade square. The site was first designated for use by the military in 1911, where they staged formal maneuvers leading up to the First World War. In 1933 a new base was announced, and Currie Barracks was announced after Sir Arthur William Currie, one of Canada's most decorated military figures.
The surrounding areas of Currie Barracks was undeveloped until 1948, at which time the Department of Defense purchased the land for construction of Currie Married Quarters. For 50 years beyond, the Currie Barracks remained part of CFB Calgary.
The Federal Government closed CFB Calgary in 1995, and then the CFB Master Plan area was defined which included Currie Barracks and later on that year it was purchased by Canada Lands Company. Now the area is a beautiful and historic residential community with many of the military aspects and architecture preserved.