Beautiful, established community overlooking Edworthy Park
The community of Wildwood is one of Calgary’s hidden gems, located just north of Bow Trail and west of Sarcee Trail. Strolling through this close-knit community feels a bit like taking a step back in time to an idyllic, mid-century neighbourhood. Developed in the 1950s, this community enjoys big shady trees, wide lanes, and large lots with well maintained homes. Best of all, Wildwood sits atop a ridge overlooking Edworthy Park and the Bow River, meaning residents are walking distance from one of Calgary’s biggest parks!
People of all ages live in Wildwood, although there is a smaller number of young adults living here than the citywide average. This may be due, in part, to the fact that virtually all homes in the neighbourhood are single-family style. Not many renters live in the community. Home prices are a bit higher than the rest of the city but are still a realistic option for many buyers. The cost of a home in Wildwood averaged around $608,000 in 2017.
Wildwood’s defining feature is that it backs onto Edworthy Park, a vast green space that spans the north and south banks of the Bow River in west Calgary. Edworthy Park offers hiking trails, an off leash dog park, well appointed picnic areas and shelters, and a large playground. The pedestrian footbridge that links the north and south areas of the park serves as a beautiful lookout point over the Bow River.
Many buyers will find their “dream home” in the large estates that border the park along Wildwood Drive. These homes sit just above the Douglas Fir Trail, a densely wooded pathway that runs along the Bow’s south bank. As Wildwood is situated on the highest point of the ridge, Wildwood Drive enjoys incredible views of the river valley.
Wildwood is a great community for families. Wildwood School, the community’s CBE-designated elementary school, is located right in the neighbourhood, meaning older children can easily walk to school without having to cross any major roads. The school also provides an opportunity for residents to get to know their neighbours.
In addition, residents can get involved with the Wildwood Community Association. This well run group distributes a monthly newsletter (The Warbler) and hosts a number of fun events throughout the year (including an adults-only halloween party!). The community hall is equipped with outdoor “multicourt” facilities (tennis, pickle ball, and basketball), an ice rink, and a community garden.
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LIVING IN WILDWOOD
- Nearest C-Train Station: Westbrook Station (fifteen- to twenty-minute walk from most areas of the community)
- Easy access to Sarcee Trail, Bow Trail, and 16th Avenue N/Trans-Canada Highway
Groceries & Shopping
- Short walk or two-minute drive to Westbrook Mall (Safeway, Walmart, Dollarama, Sport Chek)
- Five-minute drive to Sunterra, Crowfoot Wine and Spirits, and a drugstore located at nearby West Market Square
- Ten-minute drive to Market Mall, where popular clothing retailers are located
- Fifteen-minute drive to Indigo, Best Buy, Winners and more big box retailers located a five-minute drive away in Signal Hill
Dining & Nightlife
- A Pizza Plus, Misato Sushi, Signature Palace Chinese Restaurant, Levilla Steakhouse located within a five-minute drive
- Five- to ten-minute drive to restaurants and bars along 17th Avenue (The Himalayan, Spiro’s Pizza, Cassis Bistro, Newcastle Pub)
- Jubilations Dinner Theatre located in nearby Westbrook Mall
Health & Wellness
- Tranquil Escape Spa, Barre Body Studio, Spa Lady Fitness located in nearby
- Five-minute drive to Goodlife Fitness and Richmond Square Medical Centre in Glenbrook
- Fitness options along 17th Avenue (Hot Yoga on 17th, Killarney Aquatic and Recreation Centre)
- Westside Recreation Centre, medical service providers (medicentre, family doctors, dentists and optometrists), spas and salons located in Signal Hill (Skoah, Salon Luminous, Chatters)
- Grades K-6: Wildwood School (Regular)
- Grades 7-9: Vincent Massey School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: Ernest Manning High School (Regular, AP, Off-Campus Work Experience)
- Grades K-6: Holy Name School (French Immersion Only)
- Grades K-9: St. Michael School (Regular and French Immersion)
- Grades 10-12: St. Mary’s High School (Regular, French Immersion, IB)
Community Ward and Councillor
THINGS TO DO IN WILDWOOD
- Edworthy Park: 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.
- Jubilations Dinner Theatre: Jubilations has entertained Calgarians for more than 16 years, with musical comedies that play on pop culture trends and current events. Guests are served a four-course meal during these interactive, three-part shows.
- Optimist Athletic Park: Located in the southwest corner of Glendale, this large, city-run athletic park boasts regulation-sized soccer, softball, lacrosse and football fields—and an arena. The park is host to both kids and adults sports leagues, and is the site of sports tournaments throughout the year.
- Westside Recreation Centre: This family-oriented leisure centre was build in 2010 and is closely involved with the community, offering fee assistance and youth volunteer programs. Located in the northwest corner of the community, its modern facilities include 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!
- Shaganappi Point Golf Course: One of the largest city-run golf courses, Shaganappi offers an 18-hole course, 9-hole course, putting green, and driving range. During winter, it’s a popular spot for cross-country skiers, with trails groomed by the Calgary Ski Club.