Highwood was established in 1954. It is bordered by major roads: McKnight Blvd to the north, 40 Avenue N to the south, 4 Street W to the east, and John Laurie Blvd to the west.
West of Highwood is Nose Hill Park, which gives residents a number of pathways for walking or biking. Nose Hill Park is one of the largest urban parks in Canada. Confederation Park is also nearby.
For community events, the Highwood Community Association can host them in its facility that features a large hall, some meeting rooms, and a studio. The association also operates a number of sports field plus an outdoor swimming pool, a hockey rink, and skating rink.