Formerly the site of the military base Canadian Forces Base Griesbach, the neighbourhood of Griesbach is a developing community in northwest Edmonton, in the Castledowns area. Griesbach is bordered by 152 Avenue to the north, 97 Street to the east, 137 Avenue to the south, and Castle Downs Road to the west. The current Canadian Forces Base Edmonton is easily accessible by traveling north along 97 Street, so Griesbach is a popular community for military families.
Griesbach gets its name from Major General William Antrobus Griesbach, who was a decorated soldier in World War 1 & World War 2, the 9th Mayor of Edmonton in 1906, and a Member of Parliament. A statue of the general watches over the community on Griesbach Parade. Originally a Canadian Forces Base established in 1950, the land was sold for $17.5 million in 2001 to the Canadian Land Corporation, who began developing the community for residential use.
Griesbach won the award for Best Community by the Canadian Home Builder’s Association (CHBA) in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2020. It has also won the CHBA and BILD Alberta’s: Best Existing Community, Awards of Excellence, and Best Entry Features and Amenities.
As a developing community, Griesbach is considered “car-dependent” with a walk score of 18 (out of 100). It has “good transit”, with a transit score of 59 (also out of 100). As of polls taken in 2016, the age of residents skews young, with 41% between the ages of 21-40, 29% between the ages of 0-20, 22% between the ages of 41-60, 7% between the ages of 61-80, and only 2% above 81. Most residential properties are rented rather than owned (66% versus 34%), with an average per household income of $103,000 per year.1
Schools, Parks & Amenities
Griesbach is home to Major General Griesbach School (K-9) and is close to several other schools in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Carlisle, Rosslyn, Northmount, and Evansdale. An excellent neighbourhood for young families, there are plenty of parks and open community spaces throughout, including Patricia Lake & Park, Griesbach Central Park, Flanders Field Park, Maple Leaf Park, and a vast system of walking trails. Griesbach’s Central Hill Park has one of the best views of downtown Edmonton from the north side of Edmonton. The large 90’ summit at its center provides a spectacular view of the rest of the park, which has plenty of green spaces, walking trails, and seating areas. Northgate Centre shopping mall is also in the southeast corner of Griesbach, making shopping conveniently accessible even by transit.
As a former Canadian Forces Base, Griesbach contains several historical landmarks, including Patricia Lake & Park, the WWII Bailey Bridge, Bedford Basin, Roundel Lake and Ad Astra, and Flanders Field Park.
Patricia Lake & Park was created to honour one of Canada’s most accomplished military regiments, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Almost 2,000 soldiers from PPCLI gave their lives in services to the regiment over the past 100 years, and Patricia Park is dedicated to their memory.
Located at a scenic spot in Patricia Lake & Park is the WWII Bailey Bridge. Bailey Bridges were portable truss bridges developed for use in WWII. They helped allied forces advance quickly, and made a huge contribution to the success of the allied forces in Europe.
Griesbach's Bedford Basin is home to a beautiful replica ship dedicated to the Royal Canadian Navy. Named after Bedford Basin in Nova Scotia, this memorial pays tribute to Canada's naval services.
The Ad Astra monument at Roundel lake is dedicated to the Royal Canadian Air Force. "Ad Astra" is latin for "To The Stars" and the monument represents a starburst, which is an aerobatic maneuver used in military air shows. Roundel Lake was named after the roundels (or discs) on the wings of Canadian military aircraft.
Flanders Field Park pays homage to the 100th anniversary of the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. This tribute to the most recognized war poem ever authored features a seating area surrounded by poppies - an international sign of remembrance. Remembrance Day is respected every year in Canada on November 11th, and Flanders Field Park is a perennial commemoration and thank you to the Canadian soldiers who have served and are currently serving the nation.
Restaurants & Cafes
The majority of restaurants in Griesbach can be found in the southeast corner, by Northgate Centre mall. A few favourites include Mt. Fuji Japanese Cuisine, Ripe Tomato Griesbach, and PhoEver Noodles & Grill. Two other restaurants in Griesbach are Eat & Dip (central-west), specializing in shawarmas and donairs, and Laziza, which has excellent pizza and other Italian food. Paramo Cafe is also located near Northgate Centre mall, along with Chatime and CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice if you’re looking for a bubble tea fix.