Glenora is both one of Edmonton’s most historic neighborhoods, and one of its most prestigious. With its lovely views of the Saskatchewan River and a charming set of decorative, vintage street lights, the neighborhood combines Old World class with modern amenities.
It’s little wonder that it continues to be known as a premier destination neighborhood. It keeps winning “best neighborhood” awards.
The neighborhood is home to the former Royal Alberta Museum, as well as the home of Alberta’s lieutenant governor. And if you love culture, check out the many neighborhood art galleries on 124th Street.
And if you dream of having a colorful character home, your new custom build will fit right into the neighborhood.
Commuting From Glenora
If you prefer walking and public transportation you’ll enjoy this area’s 88.8 transit score. There are 17 bus stops in the neighborhood. And the planned LRT Valley Line West route will have two stops in Glenora.
If you’re a driver, you’ll be reasonably close to the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, and Alberta Highway 2.
And however you travel, you’ll have easy access to downtown.
Glenora Dining Opportunities
If you ask most locals which restaurant they love, they’ll mention Vi’s for Pies, across the street from Alexander Circle Park. Come as you are to enjoy shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, sandwiches, salads, and of course, pies and cakes.
You’ll find dozens of additional unique dining opportunities up and down 124th St. just east of the neighborhood. Vegans and Vegetarians should check out the Nosh Cafe. It’s a cafe and bar serving Indian food, to rave reviews. And if you love chocolate, don’t miss the sustainable chocolate at Bernard Callebaut. And new places open all the time.
Finally, don’t miss Sunday Brunch at the Royal Glenora Club.From the waffle station to the carving station you’ll find incredible food.
And if you just want a pizza, you can’t go wrong with ordering delivery from Glenora Pizza, which has served the neighborhood for 455
Glenora Shopping Opportunities
You’ll have lots of options on Stony Plane Road. Flowers by Merle shares some space with Vi’s for Pies, across the street from Alexander Circle Park.
You’ll find three grocery stores close by, including an organic grocery. And if you love Farmer’s Markets just head to City Market Downtown, which is convenient and close on 104th Avenue. This spot is one of the easiest spots to find Edmonton’s food trucks, too.
Glenora puts you close to the High Street shopping district. There are dozens of retail stores and boutiques to explore. You’ll have access to shoe stores, paper stores, wine cellars, and consignment shops, just to name a few.
You’ll find plenty of churches to choose from. There are several Catholic churches to choose from. Baptists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Evangelicals, Anglicans, and Presbyterians are all well-represented in the area as well.
The Pearl Church is a large non-denominational church located right in the middle of the neighborhood. There are several other non-denominational churches to choose from as well, including Christ Church Edmonton, Cornerstone Christian Church of God, and the Summit Church.
If you’re looking for an alternative church, you can also try the Centre for Spiritual Living.
K-6 students may attend Glenora School. Glenora School takes part in the IB program, as well as regular programming. Westglen, another IB school, also serves Glenora students from grades K-6. They could go to the Coronation School, too, which is an IB school as well, but includes French instruction from Kindergarten.
Students are also eligible to attend Edmonton Christian West School, serving grades K-9.
Grades 7-9 may attend Westminster Junior High School. This is also an IB school. It has regular programming and behaviour and learning assistance programs, too. Westmount School serves grades 7-9 too.
Grades 10-12 attend the Ross Sheppard School. There’s a bilingual Chinese program, a Community Learning Skills program, a French immersion program, and the regular program. You’ll find the International Baccalaureate Certificate program and Diploma program, as well. Edmonton Christian School serves the Glenora 10-12 population as well.
There are several private schools in the neighborhood as well, including St. Vincent Catholic Elementary School and Progressive Academy.
Parks and Recreation
Alexander Circle Park serves as Glenora’s green getaway. Many homes have a fine view of the park, and quite a few residents enjoy going out to sit by (or play in) the fountain.
Those who are on the south end of the neighborhood are a hop, skip, and a jump away from MacKinnon Ravine Park, and have access to other hiking and biking trails down in the valley.
Golfers will enjoy being close to the Victoria Golf Course, just outside the neighborhoods boundaries to the southeast. Take Groat Road south over the river, and you’ll reach the Royal Mayfair Golf Club.
You can even learn how to play hockey.
Other Fun Things
Anyone who lives in Glenora should check out the Glenora Community League. They run a lot of programs to keep the community strong, such as indoor playgrounds for the kids, or sports leagues for both kids and adults.
They run other social events as well. That may be why it’s known to be a place where neighbors talk to one another and do things together. Many say the neighborhood has a small town feel, as a result.
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