How big is an acre, anyway?

By: Mark Lukwinski

How big is an acre, anyway?

Tags: acres, rural, calgary, rural real estate, springbank, bearspaw, okotoks

Recently we’ve had some listings of the rural kind on acreage properties, as well as we have been taking clients outside of the city to look for their dream homes. This has prompted us to dig in a little deeper to the definitions of an acreage and what all that means. Here goes!
 
There is no specific shape to an acreage-it can be circular, square, triangular, or rectangular in shape. The single criteria is, it must be equal to 43, 560 square feet. That’s it. This is equivalent to 16 tennis courts arranged in some kind of orientation or 60% of a FIFA soccer pitch. Pretty simple.
 
In historical times of the Middle Ages, an acreage was defined to be the equivalent of land ploughed in one day by one man and one ox. This then only implies that in historical times, there was a fluid definition of an acreage since one man and one ox would never plough the same amount of land each day as it would always fluctuate due to many factors such as fatigue or the weather.
 
Perhaps you are chasing a much more serene life, closer to nature and away from the bustle of the city. Let us help you find your dream home and find you your acreage. In the meantime, here are some fun size comparisons (in acres) of famous landmarks or places:
 
Size of Canada: 2.467 billion acres.
Size of the moon: 9,383,748,198 acres
Size of Mars: 35.5 billion acres
Size of Calgary: 203936 acres
Size of Grand Canyon National Park: 1,217,403 acres