This area is a major urban development that began in the 1970s, and is now a major residential area south of Whitemud and east of Calgary Trail. It was designed to be a self-contained community, so that residents would have no need to leave the community for shopping or recreation.
The area is characterized by Mill Creek running through the northeastern part of the community, and by the Mill Woods Town Centre in the middle. There is also the Grey Nuns Hospital and the Mill Woods campus of the Grant MacEwan College near the Town Centre. The newer communities are now being built to the east of 34th Street and include small lakes as community focal points.
Here are the neighbourhoods in Mill Woods, how they fit into the community grid:
Mill Woods Town
Access to downtown is typically 20 minutes.
The community has 21 public elementary schools and 11 Catholic elementary schools, with high schools for the public and the Catholic board in the center of the community. The Millwoods Christian School is on the western edge of the community. There is a public library in Mill Woods Town Centre and a campus of Grant MacEwan College just west of the Town Centre.
While the large Mill Wood Town Centre mall is the focal point of the community, there are a number of smaller shopping areas scattered around the community. In the northwest is the Millbourne Shopping Centre, and along Mill Woods Road (south of 23rd Ave) are two small plazas with grocery stores.
The area has large parklands in every neighbourhood, and the large Mill Creek Park runs through the northeastern part of the community. Mill Woods Golf Course is on the south side of Whitemud Drive. The Mill Woods Rec Centre includes and indoor swimming pool. There are a number of cinemas to the west, along Calgary trail, including Famous Players Gateway, Cinema City, and Cineplex Odeon Whitemud Crossing.