- Highlands Community League
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Highlands is situated on land originally identified as River Lots 30, 32, and 34, and was owned by three Hudson Bay Company employees. Until the area came into the hands of real estate developers McGrath, Holgate, and Company, it seemed an unlikely candidate for early development, as it was situated three miles from the centre of Edmonton. McGrath-Holgate negotiated with the City to provide services and extend the electric streetcar line with subsidies provided by the developers.
Highlands was annexed to the city in 1912, and a streetcar line, which operated from 1912 to 1945, ran along 112th Avenue. In 1911, McGrath and Holgate built their mansions on Ada Boulevard, a roadway named after McGrath’s wife. Other large, well-appointed houses were built along or near Ada Boulevard, where residents now enjoy a spectacular view of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. More modest housing was located further from the valley.
While development in Highlands began during the 1911 land boom, it did proceed—albeit at a slower pace—through the subsequent decades of slower growth, until a final development surge during the late 1940s and 1950s used up most of the remaining residential lots.
With the exception of commercial and apartment developments along 118th Avenue and in a few scattered locations, Highlands has remained an area of low-density residential development. It also contains many significant heritage resources. The locally initiated Highlands Historical Foundation was established in 1988 to increase awareness about and initiate the preservation of heritage resources within the neighbourhood.
The name “Highlands” was chosen in a contest that offered a 50-dollar prize to the person who provided the best name for the new subdivision.
Highland residents benefit from the close proximity to Wayne Gretzky Drive running north and south. The neighbourhood is also a few minutes drive or bus ride from the Coliseum LRT station at 118th Ave. and 76 St. The Edmonton Transit System maintains bus service in the neighbourhood. For routes and schedules see: http://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/edmonton-transit-system-ets.aspx ) Because of the numerous heritage homes in Highlands, the neighbourhood is a popular area to walk and ride a bike. Ada Blvd. on the southern edge of the neighbourhood provides access to the extensive river valley trail system. City-wide walking and bicycling maps are provided by the City of Edmonton at: http://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/cycling_walking/cycling-walking-maps.aspx
Places of Worship
- Highlands United Church, 11305 64 St. NW
- St. Elia Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 11833 66 St. NW
- St. Mary Anglican Church, 11203 68 St. NW
- Orthodox Cathedral of All Saints, 5824 118 Ave. NW
- The Neighbourhood Church, 5347-112 Ave. NW
- St. Clare Roman Catholic Church, 6310 118 Ave. NW
Why I Live in Highlands
Although Dan Rietveld grew up in Highlands, he moved away when he was in his 20s to work in Cochrane, Calgary and Toronto. By 2006, however, he had moved back to Highlands. Thinking about the years spent away Dan says: “Of all the places I have lived, I now realize that I was always looking for something that wasn’t there. I realize now that Highlands was the place I’d been looking for.” Today, Dan, his wife Jodi, their two children and a dog live in a restored house built in 1922. Although the neighbourhood is blessed with quiet tree-lined streets, numerous heritage homes and beautiful river valley views, Dan says the neighbourhood seems to fly under the radar for most Edmontonians. Active with the Highlands Community League, Dan gives his time to organize pot luck dinners, monthly pub nights and the annual Highlandia Festival in June. One of the remarkable aspects of the neighbourhood, said Dan, is that no one ever says “no.” Residents are interested in getting involved, helping out and giving up their time and expertise to enhance the community. He says the people who live in Highlands just have a “fierce sense of belonging.”
Highlands enjoys many large lots, gracious houses, big trees and beautiful river views. The neighbourhood is predominantly comprised of single family homes, many built between the 1920s and 1950s. In 2012, Highlands was ranked one of Canada's top ten neighbourhoods of old homes by the magazine This Old House. Media theorist and academic Marshall McLuhan was born there in 1911 and spent his formative years in Highlands.
Residents have easy access to the River Valley trail system specifically Kinnaird Park to the west and Floden Park to the east and the foot bridge crossing the river south to Capilano Park.
Concordia University/College of Alberta is also located nearby at 7128 Ada Boulevard. Founded in 1921 by the Lutheran Church, Concordia today is an independent publicly-funded university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Sports, Recreation and Parks
The Highlands Community League located at 6112 113 Ave. hosts a children’s soccer program, and operates two outdoor skating rinks in winter. In summer a large community garden operates near the hall. The league hosts a popular monthly pub night in the hall.
The league provides meeting space for three seniors’ bridge groups and a moms and tots play group, as well as the Highlands Historical Society and the Highlands Garden Club. The primary renter of the hall is the Highlands Lawn Bowling Club, which has its bowling green next to the community hall.
Highlands Park on 62nd St. features a spray deck, benches, a gazebo and tables and is very well used in summer.
The small Henry Martell Park on Ada Blvd near 66 St. is the site of an annual music festival.
Residents enjoy swimming at nearby Eastglen Leisure Centre at 11410 68 St. The facility features a 25-metre salt water swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room and waterslide.
The area is blessed with several golf courses. The historic private Highlands Golf Course, at 6603 Ada Boulevard, features a professional 18-hole course, club house and dining facilities. Although a private club, the golf course is located on public land enabling local residents to walk along its trails, toboggan and ski down its hills, and skate on a frozen lake between October and April. The public 18-hole Rundle Park Golf Course, located east of Highlands in Rundle Park, is ideal for beginner and experienced golfers seasonally.
Nearby Borden Park Outdoor Swimming Pool at 11200 74 St. is scheduled to re-open in 2017 after a re-development project.
Crime and Safety
A good source of neighbourhood statistics is contained within the Edmonton Police Service Neighbourhood Crime Map at http://crimemapping.edmontonpolice.ca/
One of the neighbourhood’s assets is the small commercial strip along 112th Ave. that includes the historic La Bohème Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast at 6427 112 Ave. operating since 1982 along with a popular book store and café and other small businesses. 118th Ave., along the neighbourhood’s northern boundary, also features additional commercial and retail businesses. The Edmonton Public Library’s new Highlands Branch is located at 6710 118 Ave NW. Just northwest of Highlands, is horse racing at Northlands Park, numerous sporting and entertainment events at Edmonton Expo Centre and Rexall Place.
Highlands Nursery School, at 11305 64th St. NW, offers a preschool program based on a “learning through play” philosophy.
Mount Royal School, at 11303 55 St. NW, is a public elementary school with strong arts core programming.
Highlands School, at 11509 62 St. NW, is a public junior high school with arts core programming.
Nearby schools include:
Virginia Park School, at 7324 109 Ave. NW, a public elementary school with arts core programming
Eastglen High School, at 11430 - 68 St. NW, a public high school offering a full range of traditional programs.
The nearest public healthcare facility is the East Edmonton Health Centre at 7910 112 Ave. NW.
For more information on area health services, click on “Find a Facility” at Alberta Health Services: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/FacilitySearch/?filter=facilities