CrossIron Mills

CrossIron Mills is a fully enclosed shopping centre development just outside the northern city limits of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and immediately east of the hamlet of Balzac in Rocky View County. It was developed by Ivanhoé Cambridge, a major Canadian real estate company. Completed in August 2009,[1] the mall is the largest single-level shopping centre in Alberta, containing approximately 109,440 m2 (1,178,000 sq ft) of retail and entertainment space. Immediately east of the CrossIron Mills property is Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, one of two A-level equine racetracks in Alberta. Operated by the United Horsemen of Alberta (UHA), Century Downs Racetrack and Casino has been open since April 2015.[2]

CrossIron Mills
The old food court in CrossIron Mills, 2013
LocationRocky View County, near Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates51.205°N 113.99°W / 51.205; -113.99
Opening dateAugust 19, 2009
DeveloperIvanhoé Cambridge
ManagementIvanhoé Cambridge
OwnerIvanhoé Cambridge
No. of stores and services206
No. of anchor tenants17
Total retail floor area109,440 m2 (1,178,000 sq ft)
No. of floors1

The first tenant to open in the mall was the first Alberta franchise of Bass Pro Shops, which opened its doors in the spring of 2009, while the rest of the mall was under construction. The majority of the mall opened on August 19, 2009.[3] A final phase referred to as The Entertainment Neighbourhood opened in Summer 2010.

CrossIron Mills is a sister mall to Vaughan Mills, a previous Ivanhoé Cambridge development in Vaughan, Ontario, outside Toronto. The Calgary area mall shares several of its major retailers (including Bass Pro Shops), as well as some design features.


CrossIron Mills is located in Rocky View County, on the southeast corner of the QEII Highway (the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor) and Highway 566.[4]

As of July 2007, when the City of Calgary expanded its boundaries, this places the property just outside the city limits, as well as just outside the hamlet boundaries of Balzac (Highway 566 links to 176th Avenue N.E. in Calgary). The southern city limits of Airdrie are only a few kilometres to the north. When driving north on the QEII, there are two exits that provide access; Exit 273 (CrossIron Drive) and Exit 275 (Highway 566). Exit 275 provides access for southbound traffic as well.

Additional access to the mall via Dwight McLellan Trail, an extension of Calgary's Métis Trail, north from Stoney Trail opened in December 2009. On October 29, 2011 an extension of Métis Trail was completed allowing direct access to the CrossIron Mills area from the Métis Trail/36 Street N.E. corridor, allowing an alternate north/south access to the area to Deerfoot Trail.


The shopping centre follows the Mills Corporation's premium brand outlet retail format that was popularized in the United States, and imported to Canada in 2004 at Vaughan Mills in Vaughan, Ontario. The concept combines large format anchor stores and premium brand outlets alongside major entertainment components.

The design utilizes a single level "race track" layout to maximize storefront exposure,[5] with up to 17 anchor stores bordering the centre.


CrossIron Mills opened to large crowds, with approximately 250,000 people visiting the mall in the first five days of the Grand Opening Celebration.[6]

See also


  1. Ivanhoe Cambridge website
  2. "Century Downs Opens Its Doors | Standardbred Canada". Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  3. Per the mall's website, accessed July 19, 2009.
  4. Location on Google Maps
  5. Site Plan Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine, Site View Archived 2010-02-14 at the Wayback Machine, Mall View Archived 2010-02-14 at the Wayback Machine, More renders Archived 2008-04-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. 250,000 Visit CrossIron Mills During Opening Weekend, Calgary Herald, August 26, 2009; accessed August 31, 2009.
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