The Hawks Ridge community in Edmonton was established in 2010 after the city passed the Big Lake Neighbourhood Structure Plan (NSP) that eventually became the Hawks Ridge NSP in 2011. It covers the area spanning to 231st Street to the west, Big Lake to the north, Winterburn Road to the east, and a future neighbourhood development project to the south. Unlike other Alberta communities that are surrounded on all sides by roads, Hawks Ridge is unique in that it's situated directly adjacent to one of the most beautiful lakes in the province.
Two of the main recreational hotspots in Hawks Ridge are Big Lake itself and the nearby Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park. Both offer residents inspirational natural areas to relax or participate in various activities like hiking and fishing. Residents also enjoy hiking and bird watching in the nearby 105-acre nature preserve. The community's proximity to western Edmonton also provides residents with quick and easy access to numerous shopping centres, libraries, churches, and recreational centres.
The primary way of getting to and from Hawks Ridge by car is via Winterburn Road, which crosses Yellowhead Trail (Highway 16). Yellowhead Trail is a major thoroughfare that provides easy access to the rest of the city. Alternatively, for public transit riders, the bus route #316 provides service to and from Hawks Ridge, linking up with routes #4, #108, and #501 outside the community's boundaries.
The main schools in and around Hawks Ridge include La Perle Elementary School, Winterburn School, and Blueberry School. La Perle Elementary serves about 275 children, and the school is known for its ability to adapt to the academic needs of each individual student. Winterburn School is a junior high (kindergarten to grade 9) with an enrolment of 549 students. The school has a strong focus on literacy, with a mandatory school-wide reading period every day. Blueberry School is a junior high school that teaches 518 children, providing each student with the tools and skills they need in order to succeed. The school hosts a monthly Blaze Day, during which students demonstrate their talents in a way that showcases virtues like courage, respect, and empathy.
The population of Hawks Ridge as of 2011 was 5,240 people, and the average household income was approximately $75,000. Property taxes in 2012 were 0.00501. The average water rates for households are about $37.50 per month for consumption and $14.75 per month for treatment. Electricity rates are about $0.08 per kilowatt hour for homes using the Regulated Rate option.
One of the main events held near the Hawks Ridge community each year is the Feats Festival of Dance put on by the Alberta Dance Alliance. The festival is intended to celebrate and showcase the best performers that Canada has to offer from across a variety of dance disciplines, with an extra emphasis on homegrown provincial talent. The Feats Festival of Dance usually held in the summer, and it is always great fun for all ages.For nature lovers or people who want a nature-rich escape from suburbia, Hawks Ridge is the ideal option. Located just outside the centre of Edmonton, it still manages to make residents feel as if they're out in the country thanks to its proximity to Big Lake and the surrounding wooded areas. It's a young and growing community, and for good reason. If you’re looking for a community that combines suburban living with country charm, come discover why Hawks Ridge is the ideal neighbourhood for your family.