After marching west from Manitoba, 150 members of the North West Mounted Police begin construction of Fort Calgary. Known as the RCMP today, this group came to establish Canadian law and order, and lay the groundwork for larger settlements.
Calgary is officially incorporated.
The land where Currie will eventually stand is designated to the Canadian Armed Forces as training grounds leading up to the First World War.
The Government of Canada designates $1.6 million (over 2 years) to build a military base in Calgary as part of the Public Works Construction Act to alleviate the effects of the Great Depression. The Currie Barracks, named for the renowned General Sir Arthur William Currie, becomes home to the largest establishment of the Canadian military in Alberta to date.
The Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, and the Royal Canadian Air Force conducts training in Currie throughout the Second World War. During the war, an airstrip is constructed which paves the way for two British Commonwealth Air Training Plan stations on the base.
Currie Barracks becomes home to Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) and 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. In order to bolster Canada’s military presence in the west, Currie Barracks is dramatically transformed into a major military centre.
The population of Calgary exceeds 100,000.
The airstrips were officially closed and one airstrip was used as a vehicle dragstrip until the early 1980s. The remaining property was sold to the ATCO company, the City of Calgary and Mount Royal College.
The formation of the Canadian Armed Forces (bringing together the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force) results in the Currie Barracks becoming known as Canadian Forces Base Calgary (CFB Calgary) – although many people continue to refer to the base as Currie Barracks.
Bishop Carroll High School enrols its first students, located adjacent to Currie Barracks.
Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University) establishes a new permanent campus next to Currie Barracks. First opening their doors in 1910, Mount Royal needed to expand their facilities to meet growing demand for educational pursuits.
After enormous population growth in Calgary, the need for expanded roadways is acted on – Crowchild Trail grows to six lanes to flow traffic from Nose Hill Dr. NW to Glenmore Tr. SW.
Banbury Crossroads School welcomes their first students, eventually relocating to the area surrounding Currie Barracks.
Queen Elizabeth II visits CFB Calgary for a celebration on Parade Square and is presented to each officer in the Officers’ Mess Garden. This is her last visit to the base.
Forces stationed at CFB Calgary begin moving to the Canadian Forces Base Edmonton. CFB Calgary is officially decommissioned and Canada Lands Company purchases the land and buildings for future development.
After extensive community consultation, the CFB West Master Plan is approved for Garrison Woods, envisioning a vibrant urban community where future residents will live, learn, work and play. This marked the first development project for Canada Lands Company, followed by the development of Garrison Green.
The Currie Barracks Community Plan is approved and land use is confirmed for the third and final development of the original CFB Calgary.
Construction begins on the first single-family homes and the community of Currie Barracks officially launches to the public.
After a progressive new plan for the community is approved by the City of Calgary, Currie Barracks becomes simply, Currie.