Central, parkside community ideal for active seniors
Rideau Park is a small community in central Calgary, encircled on three sides by the Elbow River. This community occupies one of the most advantageous locations in the city, being a short walk or drive from three top shopping and dining districts — 17th Avenue, Marda Loop, and 4th Street. But even though it’s close to the action, Rideau Park feels quiet and secluded with mature trees and lots of nearby park space.
Compared to neighbouring Roxboro, which has some of the highest property values in the city, Rideau Park offers more varied and affordable housing options to choose from in the central and south areas of the community. Rideau Road is lined with grand, single-family homes that back onto the river. In addition, nearly two-thirds of homes in Rideau Park are apartment-style and there are also a few townhome options to choose from.
Rideau Park’s population is significantly older than the rest of Calgary. The percentage of seniors that make up the population is more than twice the citywide average, and there are very few children under the age of four. This walkable community offers lots of senior-friendly activities, including tennis and lawn bowling at nearby Stanley Park, and hiking trails in Roxboro Park.
Although not many young families live in Rideau Park, an elementary/middle school located in the centre of the neighbourhood adds energy and the Elbow River pathways see a lot of traffic. A footbridge links the community to both sides of the Elbow River, providing easy access to Stanley Park, Sandy Beach Park, and Lindsay Park (where Repsol Sport Centre is located). Residents can enjoy a leisurely stroll along this quiet river, which is lined with beautiful homes.
Rideau Park shares a community association with Roxboro that operates out of a hall in Roxboro Park. There, visitors will find an expansive off-leash dog park, a playground, and hiking trails that lead up the ridge to the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Erlton, where some of the best views of downtown are had. The community’s private sport facilities include members-only tennis courts and an outdoor ice rink in winter.
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LIVING IN RIDEAU PARK
- Nearest C-Train Station: Erlton/Stampede or 39 Avenue (20-minute walk from most areas of Rideau Park)
- Easy access to Blackfoot Trail, Macleod Trail, and Glenmore Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- Safeway and boutique shopping (Lululemon, Coco and Violet, The Tech Shop) located within walking distance along 4th Street
- Five-minute drive to Blush Lane Organic Market, gourmet food stores (Springbank Cheese Co., Blue Door Oil and Vinegar, Tres Marias Mexican Food Market), and boutiques (Crabapple Clothing Company, Valerienne, Clothing Bar Boutique Consignment Store) in Marda Loop
- More shopping along 17th Avenue (Purr Clothing, Best Buy, Structube, Kit and Ace, Gravity Pope)
Dining & Nightlife
- Independent restaurants with a variety of cuisines along 4th Street (Vin Room, Suzette Brittany Bistro, Mercato)
- Popular coffee shops (Monogram Coffee, Phil & Sebastian), specialty food stores (My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe, Cookie Occasion) and pubs (Merchants, Original Joe’s) in Marda Loop
- Restaurants (Cibo, Bread & Circus Trattoria, Model Milk) and cocktail bars (Betty Lou’s Library) on 17th Avenue
Health & Wellness
- Boutique fitness studios, salons and spas along 4th Street (Butter Beauty Parlour, Frilly Lilly, One Cycle Spin Studio, Yoga Santosha)
- Medical clinics, dental clinics, holistic health centres, and drugstores in Marda Loop and along 4th Street
- Grades K-9: Rideau Park School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: Western Canada High School (Regular and French Immersion)
- Grades K-6: Holy Name School (French Immersion only)
- Grades K-9: St. Michael School (French Immersion and Regular), St. Monica School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: St. Mary’s High School (Regular and Extended French, IB)
- Grades K-9: Calgary Arts Academy
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THINGS TO DO IN RIDEAU PARK
- Roxboro Park: Bordered by the Elbow River and a densely forested ridge overlooking downtown Calgary to the north, visitors will find a large off leash area, hiking trails, and a playground at this charming, hidden park. The Rideau-Roxboro Community Association operates out of a historical building located here, managing the nearby tennis courts and outdoor ice rink that are accessible only to residents.
- Stanley Park: A popular destination for picnicking, this park sits along a picturesque bend of the Elbow River under tall, shady cedars and hemlocks. Visitors can wade in the river, try out the swimming pool, or take advantage of tennis and lawn bowling facilities.
- Lindsay Park: This inner-city green space is encircled by the Elbow River, with a playground and several pathways running through it. It’s a popular spot for fishing and sunbathing in the summer. This park is also home to the popular Repsol Sport Centre, which is equipped with two competition pools and two training pools, a diving tank, hot tub and steam room facilities, a running track, sports gymnasiums, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
- 4th Street: Known as one of Calgary’s top culinary hotspots, 4th Street boasts a number of highly-rated, independent restaurants with a variety of cuisines (Mercato, Suzette Brittany Bistro, Aida’s Bistro, Rajdoot, and Anejo, to name just a few!).