An affordable, family-friendly neighbourhood in southwest Calgary
Established in 1980, the community of Strathcona Park is located in southwest Calgary, bounded to the north by Bow Trail and the west by Sarcee Trail. This family-oriented community boasts good access to parks, outdoor recreation facilities and kid-friendly activities. Compared with neighbouring Aspen Woods and Christie Park, Strathcona Park enjoys lower property values while still maintaining low crime rates and a high level of community engagement. However the average of cost of homes is still among the top 20% in Calgary, therefore buyers with a budget may want to consider other family-friendly options like Riverbend.
Compared to citywide averages, Strathcona Park has a high percentage of children between the ages 5 and 18. Two elementary schools are located in the community and parents will appreciate that the Alberta Children’s Hospital is only a fifteen minute drive away. Less than 10% of residences are rented and most residences (80%) are single-family homes.
Strathcona Square, a small commercial shopping centre located in the northwest corner, provides the community with basic amenities including a Sobeys, Rexall Drugstore, liquor store and hair salons. Although there are only a few restaurants located within the neighbourhood, highly-rated restaurants can be found a fifteen minute drive southeast on vibrant 17th Avenue SW.
Strathcona Park is among the city’s most socially engaged communities and enjoys a large park at its centre, where two soccer fields, a baseball diamond and bike pathways bring residents together for outdoor recreation. After a game, adults can head down the street to the local pub, Strathos Bar & Grill, for more mingling. The SCA Community Association, shared with neighbouring Christie Park and Aspen Woods, hosts both kid-friendly classes (such as art, dance and karate) and adult-oriented programs (including meditation and fitness classes, and seniors’ drop-in bridge). The SCA’s community hall, a popular venue for weddings, birthday parties and cultural events, is situated in Strathcona Park.
Strathcona enjoys good access to parks and green spaces. The community is located a five minute drive from Edworthy Park, a massive inner city green space offering large, well-appointed picnic areas (with fire pits and shelters), designated pedestrian and bike pathways and an off-leash dog park. There are also three off-leash parks located right in Strathcona. The Strathcona Ravine, a tree-lined valley with a quiet stream, is situated just south of the community along Strathcona Drive.
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LIVNG IN STRATHCONA
- Local bus routes (93, 94, 452, 453, 454, 456, 698 and 699)
- There are no C-Train stations in Strathcona; the nearest Park and Ride location is 69 Street Station which is a 5 minute drive away
- Quick access to Sarcee Trail and Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW
Groceries & Shopping
- Sobeys and Sunterra Market
- Strathcona Square Shopping Centre: Clothing boutiques, gift shops and a Rexall Drugstore occupy this quaint shopping centre.
- Ten minute drive to Westbrook Mall (Walmart, Dollarama, Jubilations Dinner Theatre)
- Fifteen minute drive to Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Old Navy, Toys ‘R’ Us and many clothing retailers)
Dining & Nightlife
- Good Earth Coffeehouse, Why Not Italian Ristorante and Strathos Bar & Grill
- Five to ten minute drive to restaurants on 17th Avenue (The Himalayan, Chili Club Thai House, Spiro’s Pizza)
Health & Wellness
- Several medical service providers and two hair salons are located in Strathcona Square Shopping Centre
- Five to ten minute drive to Aspen Landing, where Karma Yoga, Frilly Lilly Salon and Spa and Curious Hair Skin Body are located
CBE Designated Schools
- Grades K-5: Dr. Roberta Bondar School
- Grades K-6: Jennie Elliot School, Olympic Heights School
- Grades 7-9: Vincent Massey School
- Grades 10-12: Ernest Manning High School
THINGS TO DO IN STRATHCONA PARK
- Strathcona Park: Two soccer fields, a baseball diamond and a bike pathway system are located in the centre of the community.
- Strathcona Ravine: A stream runs through this quiet, tree-lined valley, which is located directly south in neighbouring Christie Park. Pathways connect the ravine to the south end of Strathcona Park.
- Westside Recreation Centre: This recreational facility in neighbouring Signal Hill contains a fitness centre, rock climbing wall, ice rink and children’s play area. There is also a large aquatic centre with a wave pool, lane pool, lazy river and waterslides.
- Edworthy Park: One of Calgary’s largest parks, Edworthy Park is known for its designated bike and pedestrian pathways running along the Bow River as well as its large, well-appointed picnic areas with fire pits and shelters.
- WinSport: Formerly Canada Olympic Park, this ski hill and multi-sports facility was the site of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Today, it serves as a high-performance athletic training and recreational facility offering skiing, sledding and hockey during the winter, and mountain biking, zip-lining and mini golf in the summer.