Members of Banff’s pioneering medical families make Origin at Spring Creek their home
CANMORE, AB Canmore’s Origin at Spring Creek +65 community has reached another milestone as 70% of the retirement residence is now occupied. Origin’s approach of offering active living programming for its residents is among the reasons the families of three Banff doctors have retired to Canmore.
Evelyn Fleming, one of Origin at Spring Creek’s first residents, was married to the late Raymond Fleming – a well-respected Banff physician. “We saw a great opportunity when the Banff Clinic came up for sale in 1956,” says Evelyn.
For the next 39 years – the remainder of his career – Ray practiced in Banff. Before moving to a five-bedroom home in Banff, they lived in the back of the clinic. “It was close quarters, to say the least. We had one room for the kids to sleep in and one room for everything else,” Evelyn explains with a laugh. “But as Ray was the doctor and I was the nurse/receptionist, it was very convenient. With the help of a woman who’d worked as a midwife in Holland, Ray delivered the last three of our children right there in the clinic. We refer to them lovingly as our ‘Do-It-Yourself projects’!”
Originally a prairie girl, Mary Costigan moved into Origin after nearly 60 years in Banff. Her husband, the late Dr. Patrick Costigan, came back from the war to practice in Banff. Shortly after his return, he met and married Mary, and together they raised three children who have maintained strong ties to Banff and Canmore. During a career that spanned nearly four decades, Dr. Costigan delivered countless Banff babies and treated thousands of fractures, many of them from skiing accidents. In fact, he took special interest in orthopaedics and became one of the early authorities on ski injuries.
In 1953, Dr. Delbert Tittemore got ‘the call’ and together with his newlywed bride, Patricia, moved to the mountains to receive his first post as summertime resident doctor at Chateau Lake Louise.
“I had a little black bag full of medical tools and that was it,” Dr. Tittemore recalls. “I spent that summer tending to foolish tourists who’d hurt themselves doing foolish things – mostly injuries from car accidents and wildlife encounters.”
When the Chateau closed up for the winter, the Tittemores returned to Banff. “I delivered about 20 babies in our first month back, and that was the start of a practice in Banff that lasted 28 years.” Not without challenges. Dr. Tittemore remembers the winter of 1953-54 in particular. “It was bitterly cold, with several weeks of -35 to -40ºC temperatures. In those years there were no block heaters or winter tires. I drove around town on tires ‘square’ from the cold, and at night I carried the car battery upstairs so I would have some chance of starting the car if I was called out.”
With a lifetime dedicated to caring and community, it’s no surprise these families chose Origin at Spring Creek for their retirement. At Origin at Spring Creek, caring for residents is priority number one.
“I wanted to stay in the Bow Valley, and Origin at Spring Creek was perfect,” says Evelyn Fleming.
For Mary Costigan, “Everything here is tops. I’ve made many good friends here and really enjoy getting together in the afternoon for coffee. I also look forward to my weekly appointment to get my hair done.”
Origin at Spring Creek is a 110-suite condominium building with seven suites still available for purchase and 10 available for lease. Only one two-bedroom suite remains. The community comprises 56 full-ownership independent living condominiums and 54 luxury all-inclusive rental suites. Of those, 12 are ‘memory suites’ with assistance for residents in need of memory care.
Origin promotes active lifestyles and offers a full range of on-site amenities and life-enriching programs. The facility includes a yoga studio, art studio and music room. Daily programming like strength training and trail walking encourages active living and allows residents to keep as busy and engaged as they desire. The residence includes a saltwater pool, Aqua Fit classes, an Internet café, a movie theatre and the Mineshaft Tavern – a neighbourhood gathering place.
With a commitment to nutrition and scratch cooking methods using fresh local ingredients, Origin’s Red Seal Executive Chef crafts unique menus. Origin’s Chef Gardens are planned, planted, tended and watered with residents’ involvement. The Chef incorporates what is grown into delicious meals prepared fresh each day.
According to Statistics Canada as of July 1st 2016 the number of seniors continues to exceed the number of children aged 0 to 14. Close to one in every six Canadians, 16.5 per cent or 5,990,511 Canadians is at least 65 years old. Projections show that persons aged 65 years and older will continue to increase and reach 20 per cent by 2024 and 25 per cent by 2055.
This increase is due in large part to the fact that in 2011, the first of the Baby Boomer generation turned 65. As more and more Baby Boomers reach senior age, the demographic will grow.
About Spring Creek www.springcreekrealestate.ca/
Spring Creek is a mountain neighborhood within walking distance of downtown Canmore in the Canadian Rockies, with homes for locals and vacationers of all ages. Surrounded by mountain views, vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness and clear, glacier-fed rivers and streams, Spring Creek offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure include world-class skiing, golf, fishing, hiking, biking and mountaineering.