Rio Terrace is one of three popular neighbourhoods in the city of Edmonton located in a triangular area bordered by Whitemud Drive, the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Patricia Ravine. Along with Patricia Heights and Quesnell Heights, Rio Terrace makes up a dynamic and active set of communities surrounded by green space and city amenities.
Rio Terrace is specifically located between 149 Street and 156 Street. With the natural borders of the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Patricia Ravine, there is limited vehicle access to Rio Terrace. The only points of access are via two bridges on Whitemud drive: one at 156 Street and the second is at 159 Street. This ensures a quiet and very kid-friendly neighbourhood for all living in Rio Terrace. Even with this limited access, residents of Rio Terrace do have easy access to the city of Edmonton amenities including: Fort Edmonton Park, Old Strathcona, the University of Alberta and the West Edmonton Mall.
For additional entertainment options as well as a chance to get outdoors, don't overlook the nearby Edmonton Valley Zoo located in nearby Laurier Heights. This petting zoo is popular with animal lovers of all ages.
The neighbourhood is well-serviced by the Edmonton Transit System, making it easy for high school students to attend nearby Jasper Place High School and St. Francis Xavier High School. For elementary school-aged children the Edmonton Public School System operates the Rio Terrace Elementary School and the Catholic School Board operates the Our Lady of Victories Elementary School in nearby Lynnwood.
The majority of the homes in this neighbourhood are single-family homes all primarily built between 1950 and 1960.
This bustling area of communities shares one community league, formally known as the Rio Terrace Community League. This community league is very active and its goal is to get residents out and involved in the community. For those of you who enjoy hiking, biking or getting out with your dog, there are a number of parks nearby, including Rio Park which features a fully-equipped playground for children. Patricia Ravine is known for its hiking trails and dog-walking areas. To enhance foot traffic, there are a number of pedestrian walkways and overpasses to enable you to easily get around Rio Terrace by foot or by bike.
There is one church in the area, located in Rio Terrace. The Rio Terrace Moravian Church is located close to the center of the neighbourhood. As well the Jewish Community Center of Edmonton is located at the south end of 156 street close to the boundary between Rio Terrace and Patricia Heights.
When visiting this active and friendly neighbourhood, be sure to visit the nearby neighbourhoods of Patricia Heights, Quesnell Heights and Lynnwood.