Edmonton’s Commuting Times from Sterling’s Communities
No matter what type of homeowner you are, one of the key factors to enjoying your home is having a relatively easy commute to work. While working from home is becoming more common, most of us still have to head into the office frequently. 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 those in South Edmonton tend to appeal to those who work in the Nisku Industrial Park or south end of the city, or need to be close to the airport for frequent business trips. The Anthony Henday ring road also makes the commute much easier even if you live on the opposite side of the city, but these approximations should help you find a community that’s right for you.
Like the flower that inspired its name, Aster is a beautiful neighbourhood that offers plenty of perks to residents. It features a conscious design including things like green space, walking trails, and more. Best of all is the convenient location inside the Anthony Henday perimeter in the southeast part of Edmonton. There’s easy access to the highway along with a number of well-established shopping areas.
- Driving: This is one of the best locations for those who work near the Edmonton International Airport. You can get there in around 17 minutes. And if you work downtown, it only takes about 25 minutes to get to the downtown core by car.
- Public Transit: You could also take public transportation downtown. The trip there is just a little more than an hour. Without a direct public transportation route to the airport, it will take close to two hours.
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.
Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle
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 currently, you’ll spend at least an hour and 20 minutes on the bus. 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, and the convenient location is a plus as well. You can easily get to most locations in the city 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 will 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 quite roundabout, taking over an hour and a half.
Desrochers is one of your last opportunities to build a new home in the desirable Heritage Valley area in Southwest Edmonton. If you build here, you get all of the benefits of a brand-new community with the conveniences that come with living in an established area. Residents particularly like having schools and shops within a walkable distance.
- Driving: Taking the Calgary Trail and AB-2, you’ll be able to drive to the downtown area in just under 30 minutes. It’s less than 20 minutes to the airport, which is perfect for those who work in that area and/or need to travel often for business.
- Public Transit: You can walk to the bus stop in under 5 minutes, and it will only take you about an hour to reach the downtown area. Though the location is relatively close to the airport, the roundabout route you have to take via the bus means it just under an hour and 20 minutes to get there via public transport. With savings on parking, though, it could be worth your while.
Sterling currently offers 10 different floor plans in the Edgemont East community, which means there’s a little something for everyone. You’ll particularly like the convenient location in West Edmonton, close to a variety of shops, schools, and other necessities. The community itself offers a friendly atmosphere and beautiful natural elements, such as a storm pond.
- Driving: Though it’s technically outside of the Anthony Henday perimeter, Edgemont East offers easy access to the highway and only a 25-minute commute to the city. And the drive to the airport is just over half an hour.
- Public Transit: Once you get on the bus it takes about an hour and 10 minutes to reach the downtown area – plenty of time to enjoy a chapter or two of your latest book. To get to the airport, though, you’ll have to go through downtown, meaning the entire trip is close to two hours.
Aptly named due to its proximity to the Whitemud Creek Ravine, Glenridding Ravine is one of the newest communities to open up in this area near Heritage Valley. Families love the park areas and the trails near the stormwater pond. And with 20 floor plans to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect home here. Get in from the start with a lot in Glenridding Ravine.
- Driving: The commute to the downtown area is surprisingly easy, coming in at under 30 minutes. And it’s about the same to drive to the airport or Nisku industrial area.
- Public Transit: Taking the bus alone to the downtown area will take about an hour and 15 minutes. Using a combination of bus and metro, though, you could reach downtown in about 45 minutes total. It’s about an hour to the airport area if you want to take public transport.
With just a few spots left, you’ll want to act quickly if you’d like to build your home in Graydon Hill. It’s a popular choice for those who want to stay active through walking, running, or biking because you can mix and match the various trails to create a longer path. People also love its Southwest Edmonton location, which gives you easy access to a diverse array of dining and shopping options.
- Driving: No matter where you work, you can enjoy an easy commute. It only takes about 28 minutes to reach the downtown area and just 21 minutes to reach the airport.
- Public Transit: Considering public transport? Through a combination of bus and metro rides, you can easily make it to your downtown office in less than an hour.
Jesperdale, Spruce Grove
Located outside of the city proper in Spruce Grove, Jesperdale offers all of the amenities and convenience you could get living in a city without all of the noise. It features open green spaces and a beautiful natural landscape. The playgrounds make this a fun place for families with kids, and the walking trails and nearby golf course make it a popular community for retirees. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it in Jesperdale.
- Driving: Though it’s outside of Edmonton, it only takes about 10 minutes to get to West Edmonton and about 38 minutes to get to the downtown area. Most of that driving is on the highway. It’s only a bit longer to get to the airport – 43 minutes – but that’s not too bad, even if you need to get away often.
- Public Transit: If you’d prefer, public transport to the downtown area will take a little more than an hour. This includes a 10-minute walk to the bus stop.
You’ll live like a king when you make your home in Kinglet. Perfect for nature lovers, Kinglet is near Big Lake, which is home to over 200 different bird species. It’s a great place for a hike any time of year. It’s close to stores and other amenities, but also provides easy access to the great outdoors. What could be better?
- Driving: It might feel like Kinglet is in a remote area, but it’s only a 25-minute drive to the downtown area. It’s also just an 18-minute drive from the Canadian Forces base. And if you ever need the airport, it will only take about 34 minutes to get there.
- Public Transit: At the time of posting, public transportation is not available from Kinglet.
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-minute drive to the downtown core. 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 may look 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.
Le Rêve is a unique community in the Beaumont area, just south of Edmonton. It’s been carefully planned to seamlessly incorporate both residential and commercial areas, so if you’ve been looking for a neighbourhood with a high walkability rating, this just might be the place for you. It also has great community amenities, such as a sledding hill, a family skating area, and even a stage area.
- Driving: Many people who live in Le Reve work in Beaumont, but if you work in the downtown area, it will only take about 36 minutes to get there. And if you work near the airport or frequently travel for business, you’re in luck. It’s less than 20 minutes to get to this area.
- Public Transit: Unfortunately, public transit is not available at this time.
McConachie Heights is a brand-new community that’s just getting off the ground, but it will 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.
Located in Spruce Grove, McLaughlin is a great choice for families that want to take things a little slower. It has a lot of park spaces for play, trails for walking, and the scenic Dog Creek area for those who want to really appreciate nature. And when the cold of winter settles in, you can just head to the Tri Leisure Centre next door to stay active.
- Driving: Those who work in Spruce Grove will enjoy an incredibly short commute, but even those who work in the city won’t mind the drive. It only takes about 38 minutes. It’s also only 41 minutes to the airport area.
- Public Transit: You’ll spend about an hour and 10 minutes riding the bus to the downtown area. That’s not a bad way to start your day.
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 and schooling 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 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.
Silverstone is an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Stony Plain, which is just 20km west of Edmonton. It has a family-friendly atmosphere, with plenty of pie-shaped lots with bigger backyards. And nature lovers rejoice when they see the lovely forest background on their daily walks around the trails.
- Driving: Plenty of people live and work in Stony Plain or nearby Spruce Grove. If you want to drive to downtown Edmonton, it takes 43 minutes by car, and about the same to the airport.
- Public Transit: Public transportation is not currently available from Silverstone.
Also in Stony Plain, SouthCreek offers plenty of attractive amenities to those who are looking to get away from it all. Kids love having the large park area for playing, and everyone loves the walking trails around the storm pond. You can definitely appreciate nature in this area.
- Driving: It takes about 43 minutes by car to get to the airport or the downtown Edmonton area.
- Public Transit: There are currently no public transport options from the SouthCreek community.
Springate, Spruce Grove
On the west side of Spruce Grove, the Springate community 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 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 over an hour.
Summerwood is located in Sherwood Park, a bedroom community east of Edmonton. It’s a great community with a quiet, family-friendly atmosphere. Kids can meet up with friends at any of the three playgrounds, and they will love cooling down at the spray park in the summers. There are also great schools and shopping nearby.
- Driving: You’ll feel far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but it only takes 25 minutes to get to the downtown Edmonton area. It’s also only 23 minutes to the CFB and 34 minutes to the airport.
- Public Transit: There’s a fairly robust public transportation option that will take you less than an hour to get downtown.
You can lead the relaxing lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about in Spruce Grove’s Tonewood community. It’s next to the popular Jubilee Park, and it features a range of home styles to suit your needs. With the perfect blend of nature, schools, and shopping areas, you simply can’t go wrong.
- Driving: It will take you about 35 minutes to commute to downtown Edmonton, and 40 minutes to the airport.
- Public Transit: Public transportation is also an option for those who work downtown. You can get there in about an hour.
Uplands at Riverview
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 can get a lot of 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 most likely have to spend at least some time commuting to work, it’s wise to make this an important factor in your decision.
Originally published Jan 23, 2019, updated Jun 24, 2021
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