Maple Ridge is a small community tucked between Acadia Drive and the Bow River in southeast Calgary, with Anderson Road bordering it to the south. It’s impossible to write about Maple Ridge without mentioning its neighbour, Willow Park. In many ways, Maple Ridge is an extension of Willow Park, which supplies this community with nearly all of its basic amenities. Being a quiet and insulated suburb, Maple Ridge is ideal for seniors and families with children. But with further distance to public transit and major roads, buyers will sacrifice some convenience to live in this picturesque neighbourhood.
Maple Ridge is undoubtedly a senior-friendly community. Nearly one-quarter of the population of Maple Ridge is over the age of 65, which is much higher than the citywide average of 10% (and even higher than Willow Park). There is plenty for seniors to do in this community, which backs on to two golf courses (Willow Park Golf & Country Club and Maple Ridge Golf Course). The Trico Recreation Centre, which offers part-year membership options for “snowbirds” and a number of senior-oriented fitness programs, and the Alberta Tennis Centre are both a short drive away. There is easy access to the Bow River pathways and Sue Higgins Park, a great area for bird-watching and nature trails.
Families will also enjoy living in Maple Ridge, where an elementary school, middle school, and music school are all located. The nearby Trico Centre and the Fish Creek Library both offer childminding services. The Willow Park Community Association, whose community hall is actually located in Maple Ridge, hosts family events throughout the years and is home to Girl Guides and Scouts programs.
Homes in Maple Ridge are exclusively single-family units (there are no multi-family style homes whatsoever) — a mix of two-storey, bungalow and split-level styles. With the Maple Ridge Golf Course running along the length of the community’s east border, many homes back onto picturesque greens. Although the neighbourhood is older, the homes are well-maintained and surrounded by mature trees.
There are virtually no restaurants, shops, or commercial areas in Maple Ridge. Although neighbouring Willow Park is well appointed with amenities (Southcentre Mall, Trico Centre, and several restaurants), these are mostly located in the southwest corner of the community, placing them outside a comfortable walking distance for most Maple Ridge residents. With very poor access to public transit, residents will need a car to get around.
For seniors and families who don’t mind sacrificing some convenience for a quiet, picturesque neighbourhood, Maple Ridge will be a great fit. This insulated community has certainly preserved its beauty through the decades.
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LIVING IN MAPLE RIDGE
- Local Bus Routes (10, 79, 80)
- There are no C-Train Stations within comfortable walking distance (the nearest is Anderson Station, which is about a 45 minute walk or 10 minute drive away)
Groceries & Shopping
- Southcentre Mall, Canadian Tire and Safeway are located in neighbouring Willow Park
- Several major grocery stores and retailers are located a ten to fifteen minute drive away, along Macleod Trail (RONA, Bulk Barn, Wal-Mart, CO-OP, Costco Save-On-Foods, and Sobeys)
- Ten minute drive to Deerfoot Meadows shopping centre (IKEA, Superstore, Best Buy) and Calgary Farmer’s Market
Dining & Nightlife
- Restaurants (located in neighbouring Willow Park): Earls, Milestones, Broken Plate, Chianti Cafe, Sushi Ginza, Wellington’s Steakhouse
- A number of restaurants and bars are located nearby along Macleod Trail
Health & Wellness
- Located in neighbouring Willow Park: Trico Centre, 9Round Kickboxing, Allan Centre (Women’s Health), Canyon Dental
- Located in nearby Acadia: Acadia Recreation Centre, Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre, and Alberta Tennis Centre
- Grades K-4 (Regular): Maple Ridge School
- Grades 5-9 (Regular): R. T. Alderman School
- Grades 10-12: Lord Beaverbrook High School
- Grades K-6: St. Cecilia School (French Immersion only), St. William School (Regular), St. Boniface School (Regular)
- Grades K-9: St. Matthew School (Regular, French Immersion)
- Grades 7-9: St. Bonaventure School (Regular, Spanish)
- Grades 10-12: Bishop Grandin High School (Extended French)
Private / Other
- Foundations for the Future Charter Academy (Southeast Elementary Campus and South Middle School)
- Roli Mack’s Music School
THINGS TO DO IN MAPLE RIDGE
- Trico Centre: The Trico Centre is a non-profit recreation centre that has served the community for 35 years. The facility boasts an aquatic centre (equipped with a wave pool and waterslide), two full-sized arenas, a fitness centre and a gymnasium. Childminding is available, and a number of age-specific fitness and sports programs are offered. Membership rates are quite reasonable and flexible.
- Willow Park Golf & Country Club: The Willow Park Golf & Country Club is one of Calgary’s oldest and most prestigious. Each year the club hosts a charity tournament, which has raised a significant amount of money for local organizations since 1988.
- Maple Ridge Golf Course: This public golf course is appointed with 18 holes, a putting green, and a club house. Although considered to be one of the pricier city-run golf courses, Maple Ridge is particularly scenic with mature trees and well-maintained greens. During winter, the course is groomed for cross-country skiing.
- Southcentre Mall: One of Calgary’s largest shopping centre, this mall has over 190 stores and several restaurants. The mall’s anchor stores are Crate & Barrel, Sporting Life, and Hudson’s Bay.
- KeyQuest Escape Room and The Locked Room: “Escape room” amusement centres have become increasingly popular in Calgary in recent years. With themed rooms that require teamwork and puzzle-solving to “escape”, this activity is great for families and young adults!
- Sue Higgins Park: This large off-leash dog park offers designated fenced-in paddocks and swimming areas.