Edmonton’s Commuting Times from Sterling’s Communities
No matter what type of person you are, one of the keys to a happy life is having a relatively easy commute to work. While working from home is definitely becoming more common, most of us have to drive or take the bus. That’s why it’s so important to build your home in a community that offers a reasonable commute time.
Exact commute times will vary depending on where you work within the city limits, but we’ve calculated some common commute times for all of Sterling’s communities. Our communities in North Edmonton tend to appeal to those who work at the Canadian Forces base or on the North end of the city, while the communities in South Edmonton tend to appeal to those who work in the Nisku Industrial Park or need to be close to the airport for frequent business trips or work on the South end of the city. The Anthony Henday ring road also makes the commute not so bad even if you live on the opposite side of the city as you work on, but use these approximations to help you find a community that’s right for you.
Allard is in the popular Heritage Valley area in Southwest Edmonton, and it offers families a lot of opportunities. There’s an abundance of green space in the community, with walking trails to help your family stay active. Many families choose this community because it’s so close to the Dr. Lila Fahlman school, which has a childcare program located within the school’s walls. It’s incredibly convenient for parents.
- Driving: Going on a trip or to work, it will only take you about 15 minutes to get to the airport. To the downtown area, it’s less than a 30-minute drive along Calgary Trail and AB-2.
- Public Transit: Currently, the bus ride to the city is about 50 minutes. However, future plans for this area include building an LRT station. Once that’s up and running, it should cut the public transit commute time.
Cavanagh’s motto is “Located for Living,” and it’s easy to see why. The location in South Edmonton just next to the AB-2 means you’ll have an easy time getting wherever you need to go. It’s also close to shops, schools, and has lovely scenery for your evening walk.
- Driving: Cavanagh is one of the best locations for those who commute to the city. It only takes about 23 minutes to get there by car. It’s also only 13 minutes to the airport.
- Public Transit: From Cavanagh, it will take you between 50 and 60 minutes to get to the downtown area by bus.
College Woods at Secord
College Woods at Secord offers you all of the benefits of an established community combined with the advantages of a brand-new community. You’ll be living in a quiet suburban area with friendly and welcoming neighbours. The Secord Community League plans community-wide activities that appeal to everyone.
- Driving: Those in College Woods enjoy a 25-minute commute to the downtown area by car. The 30-minute drive to the airport isn’t too bad for occasional trips, but it does mean you’ll be far away from the noise of planes!
- Public Transit: Looking for an easy ride to the city? Your ride to the downtown area only takes about 40 minutes, but you’ll have to walk 20 minutes to get to the nearest bus station. You may want to think about driving to the bus stop, then riding, at least in the winter.
Also in the popular Southwest Edmonton area, Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle is a great location for those who want to be in the centre of it all. You’ll be close to Terwillegar Park, various recreation centres, shopping, schools, and more.
- Driving: Crimson is only about five minutes away from the Anthony Henday, so it’s easy to get anywhere you want to go. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the airport and 30 minutes to get to the downtown core.
- Public Transit: Taking public transit can be convenient, but you’ll spend at least an hour and 20 minutes on the bus at this time. You need to decide if it’s worth it for you. In the future, an LRT stop on Ellerslie Road could make a big difference.
Cy Becker is definitely a hot community for those with kids. The playground, bike track, spray park, and ice skating rink are big draws, but the convenient location is a plus as well. You can easily get to most locations in under 30 minutes.
- Driving: Those who commute to the city usually take Fort Road to reach the downtown area in about 25 minutes. It’s only a 15-minute drive to the Canadian Forces base, though, and the community is quite close to the Anthony Henday if you need to go to other locations.
- Public Transit: It might be about a 10-minute walk to the bus stop, but your ride to the downtown area will only be about 35 minutes. Unfortunately, the bus route to the Canadian Forces base is incredibly roundabout, taking over an hour and a half.
With a variety of home styles available, Glenridding Heights appeals to many different types of families. They especially like the community pond for taking walks or bike rides, the playground and sports field areas that gives kids a chance to burn some energy, and the hill for tobogganing in the winter. Set in the Windermere area, you’re close to all of the amenities you could possibly want.
- Driving: It’s a short drive to the Anthony Henday, and from there, the commute downtown will take less than 30 minutes. With two direct routes to the airport that each take only 20 minutes, you can be sure you’ll get to the airport on time.
- Public Transit: The trip to the downtown area by bus is about 54 minutes total, including a 15-minute walk to the bus stop.
Langdale has a charming Old English style with cobblestone paths and an urban forest for taking your walks. You’ll forget just how close you are to all of the modern conveniences, like the Currents of Windermere, the West Edmonton Mall, and countless major and small retailers.
- Driving: Hop in your car and onto Terwillegar Drive for a 25 minutes drive to get downtown. It’s also just 20 minutes to get to the airport.
- Public Transit: Langdale has a nearby bus stop, so you won’t have to do a lot of walking. You can get to the downtown area in 55 minutes.
Laurel Crossing is an affordable, family-oriented community in the Southeast Edmonton area. Those who live in this community have access to great schools, parks and playgrounds, and a variety of stores. The commute isn’t bad either…
- Driving: Laurel Crossing seems a bit far from the centre of the city, but it’s only a 22-minute drive. It’s also just over 20 minutes to the airport — great for a regular commute or the occasional trip.
- Public Transit: There’s a nearby bus stop, but it takes a little more than an hour to get to the city by public transit.
Manning Village has been expertly designed to have everything you need just a few steps away. You can take the kids to the playground, pick up some groceries, or head to the gym for a workout.
- Driving: With a 19-minute drive to the city and a 15-minute drive to the Canadian Forces base, this is one of Sterling’s most convenient communities.
- Public Transit: If you drive to the nearby Clareview LRT stop (about a 15-minute walk, if you prefer), you’ll be on public transit less than 20 minutes before you reach the downtown area.
McConachie Heights is a brand-new community that’s just getting off the ground, but it promises to offer all of the same features you find in other Sterling communities, including things like parks and green spaces, variety in your home choices, and access to popular amenities. In particular, it’s close to Manning Town Centre, the Dickinsfield Mall, and Claireview District Park.
- Driving: From McConachie Heights, it only takes 11 minutes to drive to the Canadian Forces base and 22 minutes to the downtown area.
- Public Transit: Public transit is also convenient. It’s a 47-minute trip, including a 10-minute walk.
If you’re looking for a quiet community where your kids can grow up among close friends, Newcastle may be the right choice for you. It’s in the North part of the city surrounded by amenities and close to the highway. Affordability is one of the prime reasons residents choose to build their homes here.
- Driving: Headed downtown? You can get there in about 25 minutes. The Canadian Forces base is only 11 minutes away.
- Public Transit: Public transit certainly isn’t the most convenient option for those who live in Newcastle. The nearest bus stop is a 20-minute walk away. However, if you choose to drive there, the ride to the city will only take you about 45 minutes.
The Orchards is the perfect choice for those looking for a quiet, suburban community. It’s outside of the Anthony Henday border but is close enough to the city for working or to enjoy things like theatre, museums, and concerts. Nearby schools and stores allow for a comfortable lifestyle.
- Driving: While the drive to the city is about 30 minutes, those who live at the Orchards enjoy a 15-minute commute to the airport or Nisku Industrial area.
- Public Transit: Lack of demand for public transit in this area means that there aren’t any nearby stops at this time.
The West Edmonton location makes Secord Heights a popular choice, but features like an active community league and a school within walking distance really take this community to the next level. You’ll love having such easy access to everything you need in life.
- Driving: While Secord Heights might look a bit farther from the city than some of our other locations, it’s still just a 25-minute drive to the downtown area.
- Public Transit: While there isn’t a nearby bus stop, you could drive to the closest one, then take about an hour bus ride to the city.
Located in Fort Saskatchewan, Sienna is a great community for those who are really looking to get outside of the city. It has a family-friendly atmosphere with a school within walking distance, but the best part is that homes in this community are even more affordable.
- Driving: Sienna might feel like it’s far outside the city limits, but the daily commute to the downtown area is better than you might imagine. It only takes about 36 minutes to drive to the city.
- Public Transit: You can even take public transit into the city. The trip takes an hour and a half, but you can use that time to read a book or catch up on work.
Springate, Spruce Grove
On the west side in Spruce Grove, the Springate community also offers residents a taste of small-town living without sacrificing any modern conveniences. There are major shopping centres, three different rec centres, and even a French-immersion school for your kids to attend. There’s a lot to love about this community.
- Driving: The downtown commute from Springate is also 36 minutes.
- Public Transit: If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of driving, you can take public transit. There’s one route that will take you to the downtown area in a little more than an hour.
Tamarack Common is another community in the southeast part of the city. This area has really grown with plenty of amenities within walking distance or less than a 5-minute drive away. Along with affordable pricing, the community offers a full range of choices in home styles. It’s a great place for families to raise their children.
- Driving: It’s easy to get onto the Anthony Henday from Tamarack Common, and you can get to the downtown area in about 25 minutes. Plus, it’s only 21 minutes to the airport.
- Public Transit: The route to the downtown area is a bit roundabout, so it will take slightly more than an hour to get to the city.
Despite being in the busy West Edmonton area, the Uplands has a quiet and secluded feel. You can enjoy a great view from your windows and plenty of space for your kids to play.
- Driving: The trip downtown will take you just under 30 minutes, and the drive to the airport is about the same.
- Public Transit: At this time, public transit is not readily available from the Uplands.
Westerra, Stony Plain
Residents in Westerra are able to get a lot more bang for their buck because the larger lot sizes are very attractive for families. The town itself is also cute, featuring a number of painted murals on the outside of buildings. The Westerra neighbourhood is the right choice for those looking to get away from it all.
- Driving: Life in a small town means more driving for those who work in the city, but most feel that the 42-minute commute is worth the tradeoff. Many people choose to look for jobs in this area as well.
- Public Transit: At this time, there are no public transit options from Westerra.
The more you know about the communities we build in, the easier it is to choose a community that’s right for you. Since you’ll probably have to spend some time commuting to work, it’s wise to make this an important factor in your decision.