Lake Chestermere, 15 kilometres east of Calgary's downtown, was for many years a summer village with cottages around the lake. Located in the Municipal District of Rocky View, it is now a town with 11,300 residents (2007). The community is connected to Calgary by both the Trans-Canada Highway (16th Ave NE) and by 17th Avenue SE (Highway 1A). There are proposals underway for development of another 2,500 homes in the area.
Once a sleepy village of cottages around an artificial lake, which served as water for agricultural irrigation, it is now a booming bedroom community on the eastern edge of Calgary's city limits.
Lake Chestermere has an elementary school, a middle school and a high school, run by the run by the Rocky View School Division. Most educational needs beyond this (e.g. post-secondary education) are met within Calgary.
The town has a small plaza on the northeast corner of the lake. For anything more, there are plenty pf stores and malls to the west along 17th Avewnue SE
Chestermere is built around Lake Chestermere, a shallow lake used for motorboating, sailing, and windsurfing, with day-use parks for launching boats..On the western shore is the Lakeside Green Golf Club. The community is connected to the Calgary recreational pathways, a level trail following the path of the Western Irrigation District slough. The town of Chestermere also has a Recreation Centre and an outdoor skateboard park.
Lake Chestermere is getting significant development north of Highway 1, and on the west side of the lake (on both sides of 17th Avenue SE), known as Westmere. There are two new home neighborhoods including Rainbow Falls and Westmere Estates.