A quiet suburb enjoying prime access to parks and a quick commute to downtown
Riverbend may be one of Calgary’s most underrated suburban communities. Located ideally next to the Bow River Valley and some of Calgary’s best parks, this quiet community is still only a fifteen minute drive to the downtown core. Although older (established in 1982), the neighbourhood is well maintained with an active community association and plenty of green spaces. Almost all residents live in single-family homes that they own, meaning less transience and a truly suburban feel.
Riverbend scores very high in terms of access to parks and pathways (4th place among all of Calgary’s neighbourhoods). Carburn Park, an outcropping of lush land surrounded by the Bow River, is located in the northwest corner of the community. Carburn is a popular spot for sightseeing and outdoor activities, known for its rich wildlife, hiking trails and scenic “lagoons” that serve as skating rinks in winter. Across the river from Carburn and accessible by footbridge is Sue Higgins Park, a large off-leash dog park. Here, dog owners will appreciate designated swimming areas for the more adventurous canines as well as fenced-in paddocks for nervous and older dogs to socialize.
In terms of demographics, all age groups live in Riverbend and the population distribution is quite close to citywide averages. Riverbend enjoys relatively low crime and high community engagement compared to the rest of Calgary. The active Riverbend Community Association organizes unique events like a Spring “Parade of Garage Sales” and has its own softball team.
Riverbend is fairly well appointed with amenities. Three supermarkets are located in or close to Riverbend. Deerfoot Meadows, a major shopping centre containing an IKEA and several outlets, is only a ten minute drive away. There are two elementary schools located in Riverbend and a new YMCA facility with a public library space was recently built in neighbouring Quarry Park. However, while there are a few restaurants in the area, buyers should expect that they will need to travel for nightlife and entertainment options.
Buyers should note that Riverbend is not considered especially “walkable” and is rated quite low in terms of access to public transit. The city has announced its plan to construct a new phase of the LRT system (the “Green Line“) which will run north-to-south along the east perimeter of Riverbend, linking the community to the far south and downtown areas of Calgary. However, the Green Line is not expected to be completed until 2026. Nonetheless, buyers with a vehicle will find the community quite accessible by road. Glenmore Trail borders the north end of Riverbend and links up with nearby Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail, allowing residents to reach most areas of Calgary in less than thirty minutes.
Overall, Riverbend is an excellent suburban community, placing 15th on Avenue Calgary’s ranking of Calgary’s 185 communities. Although housing options are almost strictly limited to single-family homes built in the 1980s and 1990s, Riverbend offers a great quality of life for buyers who have access to a vehicle and who aren’t picky about modern style. Property values remain quite low in this area, making it a great option for young families and first-time home buyers.
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LIVING IN RIVERBEND
- Local bus routes (36, 72, 73, 136, 302 and 731)
- There are no C-Train stations within walking distance of Riverbend
- Easy access to major routes Glenmore Trail, Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail
Groceries & Shopping
- CO-OP, Sobeys and Safeway all located within a five minute drive
- Ten minute drive to Deerfoot Meadows shopping centre (IKEA, Superstore, Walmart and more)
- Ten minute drive to South Trail Crossing (Marshall’s, Winners, Canadian Tire and more)
- Fifteen minute drive to Southcentre Mall
Dining & Nightlife
- Local pubs and restaurants include Boston Pizza, Saigon Maxim, Oishii Sushi, The Station Pub & Grill and The Park Kitchen & Bar
- Fast food options include KFC/Taco Bell, Pita Grill, Mucho Burrito and Tim Horton’s
Health & Wellness
- Brand new fitness and swimming facilities at the Remington YMCA in neighbouring Quarry Park
- Quarry Park Library
CBE Designated Schools
- Grades K-6: Riverbend School
- Grades 4-9: Sherwood School
- Grades 10-12: Central Memorial High School
THINGS TO DO IN RIVERBEND
- Carburn Park: A lush park located in the Bow River Valley popular for hiking, birdwatching, fishing and canoeing.
- Sue Higgins Park: Large off-leash dog park with designated fencedoin paddocks and swimming areas.
- Quarry Park