Aircraft Noise Exposure in Calgary

If you’ve lived in a certain community or city for a period of time, you might take for granted what newcomers to the area would not necessarily know- and one of those things are flight paths. 

The Calgary International Airport (YYC) reached new heights in 2008, with passenger volume at 12.5 million passengers and 125,000 tonnes of air freight, making YYC the third busiest airport in Canada, after Toronto and Vancouver. With a fourth runway scheduled to begin construction in 2011 and complete in 2014, it’s important to know the paths those planes will take if you’re planning on renting or buying in the area.

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Airport Noise Exposure

The contours that encircle the map (see above) are determined using the Noise Exposure Forecast (NEF) system approved by Transport Canada. This tool scientifically predicts annoyance and noise from aircraft. The contours range in value from relatively low noise (NEF 25) to relatively high noise (NEF 40). 

One way to find out if a property is within a contour is to look it up at the City of Calgary website, under “My Property

Two examples of properties within the contour are below:

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However, I find it best just to speak with neighbours in the area directly. They’re living there and would know best what, if any disturbances there are with aircraft.


Buying or selling real estate?  Contact Mike Fotiou, First Place Realty at 403-554-2284 or 
You can also visit my main website at for more information.

5 responses to “Aircraft Noise Exposure in Calgary

  1. So !!! Neighbors in the area were plains up and
    down completly BLOCKHEADS. They became
    deaf!!!! They never tell your truth. You realize
    how you can live in Airdrie, Sharp Hill , Contry hills, Kincora and that kind “estate”???? For
    example Cooper Crossing Estate in Airdrie!! I never see more joke in my life: major airplane
    traffic,300f to rail track,2000f to hwy #2.Enjoyable isn’t it?

  2. So if I don’t have a NEF value on the city website does that mean I’m outside a noise contour? Either that or a lot of Panorama falls outside of a contour. Is there any ways to get a city map with the contours overlayed?

    Mike Fotiou says: Sorry, I don’t have a city map with the contours overlayed. Personally, I think these maps are just a guideline to go by. I would spend time in the area and speak with the residents to find out if and how much aircraft noise there is.

  3. Mark,
    That map is showing only appro. Zone NW, North,NE, City of Airdrie, Chestemere it’s a very noisy area. Panoramma , Kincora,Citadel,
    Sage hill, Sherwood, Coventry hills is REAL inside noise zone even it’s not in a map. If you can accept that noise 1.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. this fine if not think twice….

  4. Thank you for posting that link – great detailed info & updated.

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