Nestled near the heart of the city and overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley, Glenora is one of Edmonton’s most mature neighbourhoods. Glenora is bordered by Groat Road to the east, 107 Ave to the north, 142 Street to the west, and the river valley and MacKinnon Ravine to the south. As an older neighbourhood, Glenora features some of the most beautiful historic homes in the city, with the majority of homes built prior to 1970. However, infills have also been consistently built throughout the years, meaning you can find homes with various architectural styles throughout the neighbourhood.
Originally, Glenora was part of a farm lot by Malcolm Groat, of whom Groat Road is named after. The land eventually changed hands to James Carruthers, who developed the area as a residential neighbourhood beginning in 1906. Carruthers bridge was built and enabled the construction of Government House, the home of 6 of Alberta’s lieutenant governors. With the view of the river valley, proximity to Government House, and easy access to the streetcar system, Glenora quickly became a desirable residential location. Wind also tends to blow west to east in Alberta, meaning that the air quality is better in Glenora (located west-central), and thus contributing to Glenora’s status as a more alluring neighbourhood to live in.
Glenora is considered “somewhat walkable” with a walk score of 52 (out of 100). It has “good transit”, with a transit score of 57 (also out of 100). The age of residents is relatively evenly split, with 32% between the ages of 41-60, 28% ages 0-20, 21% ages 21-40, and 18% ages 61-80. Most residential properties are owned rather than rented, with an average per household income of $152,000 per year.1
Schools & Parks
A great neighborhood for families, Glenora has several schools, including Westminster School (grades 7-9), Glenora School (K-6), and Progressive Academy, a private school for K-12. Parks and open spaces (and access to the river valley ravine system) also contribute to the appeal of Glenora to families. Alexander Circle Park is the most iconic in the neighbourhood, with its unique circular pattern as a focal point around which residential houses are positioned.
The Glenora community league features a spray park, picnic area, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a playground. Revitalization plans (as of 2021) include: a new ice rink, relocation of the basketball courts, revitalization of existing tennis courts, addition of three pickle ball courts, addition of an active recreation space, calisthenic fitness stations, green space (with trees, garden boxes, and planters) and a skate wheel path. The goal of these additions is to develop a multi-generational outdoor space.2
Glenora features mature trees and vegetation, and has several historic landmarks, including Government House, the old Royal Alberta Museum, and The Graenon mansion. Government House is the former official residence of Alberta’s lieutenant governors, and is now used for conferences, receptions and dinners. It is located within the Government House Park grounds, part of the North Saskatchewan River valley parks system. Government House was built in the Jacobean Revival Style, and features curved gables, elaborate brick chimneys, and mullioned and transomed windows.
The old Royal Alberta Museum (1967-2018) is located within the park grounds as well, and is being maintained while the City of Edmonton decides on its future use.
The Graenon mansion was constructed in 1914, and housed the O’Connors. George O’Connor was a prominent Edmonton lawyer, who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Alberta, and eventually to the position of Chief Justice of Alberta. During WWII, he was appointment Chairman of the Wartime Labour Relations Board, which went on to operate as Canada’s Labour Relations Board. His wife, Margaret O’Connor, worked as one of Alberta’s first women reporters. Their daughter, Peggy Farnell, served during WWII in security services, and later became a librarian for the University of Alberta. The Graenon mansion is a beautiful example of residential architecture, with its custom tudor-style.
Restaurants & Cafes
Looking for somewhere to eat? Glenora is also home to several unique restaurants and cafes. Vi’s For Pies is (obviously) known for their pies, but they also serve a variety of pastries along with a lunch and dinner menu. The patio is cozy and comfortable, and it's a local favourite for dessert. Square 1 Coffee and The Colombian Coffee Bar & Roastery are also located in Glenora and are great places for a pick-me-up.
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