The Edmonton Garrison military facilities include:
The Twin Rinks Arena features an NHL standard rink and an outdoor community rink. The indoor rinks are open year-round for rentals, community skating, and military activities.
A Hobby Shop includes a woodshop and a fully functional Auto Shop with a wash bay, paint booth, and hoists.
A Community Centre that offers several facilities including the Military Family Resource Centre, a licensed Day Care, Playschool, Library, Youth Centre, and several multi-purpose rooms used for community functions and events.
A community garden is divided into small plots for individual horticultural efforts where you can grow a wide variety of plants and flowers that are suited to the local climate used by the Edmonton Garrison Horticulture Club.
The Garrison Memorial Equestrian Centre is home to the Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop. CFB Garrison Equestrian Centre includes a large indoor riding arena, several outdoor riding arenas, and a 42 stall barn. Boarding is available for reasonable prices.
Memorial Golf & Curling Club for a great golf experience that prides itself on course conditions, quality of service, and products. Although it is catered to the military, it is also open to the public. The golf course has now been stretched with championship tees totaling near 7000 yards along with an enjoyable 5100 from our forward tees.
The Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), established in 1989 is committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) through positive action, education, and support. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of military spouses, CF members, and ex-officio members.
The Garrison Officers' Mess hosts a wide variety of functions for military members throughout the year. The Mess has a very relaxing lounge that can accommodate up to 200+ persons. There are two conference rooms that can hold up to 40 people. The formal dining room can seat 200 people for your dining pleasure.
The Garrison warrant officer's & sergeant officer's Mess hold various functions for its Members throughout the year. The Mess has two rooms on the upper level that are available for private and unit functions and can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 300 guests.
The Edmonton Garrison Jr Ranks Mess has 2 rooms on the upper level that are available for private and unit functions and can accommodate up to 200+ persons, as well as a Sports Bar on the lower level for Members. The Jr Ranks Mess also has a comfortably furnished patio area that features patio heaters and two BBQs for use.
Edmonton Garrison Fitness Centre is a full-service recreation center with a wide range of facilities and services that are also open to the general public. CFB Garrison Fitness Centre includes an aquatic facility with a 25-yard main pool basin, a temperate leisure pool basin, and a whirlpool. There is a climbing wall of concrete construction with 12 lanes of top-rope climbing, ample bouldering space, and a limited number of lanes for leading climbing. Its unusual concrete construction comes with purpose-made cracks for jamming and the use of assists.
The Tactical Athlete Room includes a brand new training room with a large rig and an extensive selection of equipment to meet the needs of any functional fitness enthusiast. The Unarmed Combat Room and martial arts facilities include an unarmed combat room that features padded floors suitable for wresting or grapple forms of martial arts, gymnastics and yoga programs.
The Fieldhouse is a multi-functional facility that includes 3 regulation size basketball courts, a 200m indoor running track, a regulation size soccer pitch, and all the basketball courts can be converted to suit a variety of other sports including tennis, floor hockey, and badminton. The upper gym is a standard hardwood floor gymnasium suitable for a variety of sports including volleyball, badminton, and basketball. Squash Courts are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
The large Weights & Cardio Room is continuously updated according to modern trends and the demands of our users. The weights & cardio room is equipped with every piece of equipment to satisfy the needs of the most discerning fitness enthusiast.
Need more information for your relocation move to Edmonton? Contact us at 780-910-5179.
2020 New Edmonton Home Communities
Riverview located at the outer ridges of southwest Edmonton is now building. Similar to the rural West Big Lake district, the Riverview community is nestled away from the big city, south of the Grange and features an urban lifestyle, lined with trees along the Wedgewood Creek ravines. This up and coming community will be filled with the amenities of a modern city including playgrounds, parks, recreation and walking trails integrated with new and modern homes, a variety of restaurants, shops and services.
House prices in Riverview will range from starter home prices to multi-millions. Also known as River's Edge - the Riverview Area offers some of the cities best country residential homes. The Edgemont community features houses and attached dwellings built in 2016 and later. Residential construction of Uplands and Stillwater is already underway and will be the hottest new home district in Edmonton in 2019 & 2020. View currently listed Riverview homes for sale.
Big Lake Edmonton Homes
Big Lake is a hidden community west of the Anthony Henday nestled among mother nature. This northwest Edmonton community features new homes for sale and is in the process of building a school. Big Lake is home to over 200 different types of birds and provides rare nesting habitat for Franklin's gulls. View Big Lake homes for sale by community.
Windermere & Riverview Edmonton Homes
South of Anthony Henday lies the newest Southwest Edmonton district called Riverview. This area still has on-going construction and are nestled near some beautiful ravines and country residential real estate. Riverview homes are located in the communities of Edgemont, Riverview, Stillwater and Uplands. Homes for sale in Windermere were constructed during Edmonton's last real estate boom with a forecasted continuance of our oil boom. The majority of houses in the Windermere area are luxury houses, upscale homes and penthouse condominiums. Windermere communities include Ambleside, Glenridding and Keswick.
Living in Heritage Valley Edmonton
Heritage Valley is one of Edmonton's largest and newest districts located in far southwest Edmonton established in 2001. The nearby Currents of Windermere and Southgate shopping centers offer a variety of retail, dining, and medical and dental options. The Heritage Valley Town Centre will also provide many new shopping opportunities when construction is complete. Close proximity to the Anthony Henday, as well as the major bounding roadways, provides residents with access to amenities throughout the city.
The international Airport, Jagare Ridge Golf Club, and South Edmonton Common are also nearby. Each community in the Heritage Valley area has plenty of green spaces, and walking trails for homeowners to enjoy. Most of the Streets in the Heritage Valley Area are named after Edmontonians. There is also a new future hospital with plans underway and plans to extend the LRT.
Located in the furthest south portion of southwest Edmonton lies the Heritage Valley. Recent homes construction in these communities has only recently been built or are new builds. The Heritage Valley has become more popular with a younger demographic, allowing them to own air-tight homes with high-efficiency appliances keeping real estate ownership at a minimum. If you don't mind waiting for landscaping to be completed and live with the noise of nearby constructed, the Heritage Valley is a great place to find some real estate deals. The Heritage Valley encompasses fifteen southwest Edmonton communities.
Callaghan, Richford, and Rutherford are the most prestigious communities in the Heritage Valley Area, while Allard and Blackmud Creek feature more value per square foot than other Heritage Valley area homes.
View all homes for sale in the Heritage Valley or search by community.
Understanding Buyers Brokerage Agreements in Alberta
Buyer Brokerage Agreements have been around for several years, and only recently has been mandated for real estate agents to have buyers under the agreement when working in a "client status". This legal change created security for both consumers and real estates in Edmonton and throughout Alberta. This form states the responsibilities of both the buyer and their real estate agent including:
- The mandated Fiduciary Duties, to protect the interests of the buyer
- The buyer cannot hire more than one broker or real estate agent to represent them
- The term of the agreement. Depending on the real estate market and how long the real estate agent chooses to work with a buyer, this agreement is normally 30 Days to 1 year and allows enough time for the buyer to purchase a home. If the buyer has not purchased a home during the time frame, they may extend the agreement or sign with another agent.
- The retainer fee (normally $1000 - $2500) is held in trust by the real estate agent/broker and forms part of the buyers down payment.
- Remuneration is stated in the agreement and can not be changed without written consent from all parties. This protects the agents' commissions and allows the buyer to know how much the REALTOR receives for their services. (usually paid for by the sellers real estate agent)
- While under the agreement, If the buyer elects to purchase a property without the help of their real estate agent, they will owe the agency the commission set out as per their Buyers Brokerage Agreement.
- This agreement also lays out the obligations and duties of the real estate agent ensuring the agency is working in the buyers best interest. Some of these obligations may include
- Showing you all properties you may be interested in as soon as possible
- The duration of the agreement
- Advertising for properties that meet your search criteria
- Pulling land titles to ensure closing capacity
- Setting you up on Auto-prospecting.
- Fiduciary Duties of the real estate agent
- Explaining and helping to prepare the offers to purchase
- Negotiate favourable terms for the buyer
- Provide a Buyers CMA to ensure you are not overpaying
- Inform you of all aspects of your offers including any counters
- Assist you with a chose of mortgage brokers, inspectors, lawyers, etc
- Any other relevant services you may require
For more information on working under a Buyers Brokerage Agreement, feel free to contact us.
CAF POLICY CHANGES, INFORMATION & IRP Changes 2018
As a BGRS approved military relocation Realtor in Edmonton and the surrounding area, it is important to stay current with information relating to military relocation moves and the Brookfield policies.
One of the biggest changes is the home equity assistance benefit, especially in our soft Edmonton real estate market. This has been a blessing for many of our DND members. It has helped both Canadian Armed Forces home sellers who would have otherwise, not been able to sell their current Alberta residence. It has also helped our military DND members who have been posted to CFB Garrison.
Below is a PDF with some great information on the directives that were updated in April 2018.
If you get a posting message to or from Edmonton, there is plenty of information you need to know. Below is a link with the helpful information provided by Brookfield Relocation Services.
We specialize in military moves, approved with BGRS for buying and selling in Edmonton and the surrounding area including Morinville, Bon Accord, Gibbons, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert. Our other real estate affiliates including inspectors and, lawyers are also on the BGRS approved vendor list.
If you have received your posting message, contact us & for a relocation package prior to your HHT or a complimentary pre-listing package for our DND members to maximize the equity in your home sale.
* NOTE* New changes coming to the IRP program in April 2021.
Military Relocation Packages
CAF Packages for our DND Postings!
Your relocation package will consist of three components Core, Custom, and Personalized.
- The Core component covers items that are considered essential for your move such as the cost to sell your existing property or dispose of your rental unit, the cost of your House Hunting Trip (HHT), etc.
- The Custom component cover items that enhance your moves such as marketing incentives on your existing property to help it sell, bridge financing, and costs associated with your extended family.
- The last component is non-essential but attributable to your moves such as a Movement Grant, Posting Allowances, and others.
Below is a description of the components, some examples of what each covers, and what happens if they are not used.
Core benefits are essential to a move. All core benefits are funded directly by the Department. A member is not required to use these benefits, however, any unused benefits cannot be exchanged or assigned any monetary value to pay for any other benefits or expenses.
Examples of items covered
- Disposal of your rental unit. Pay for getting out of a lease
- Pay for costs to sell your residence, all real estate commissions, and legal fees, etc, mortgage breaking penalties, home equity assistance
- Costs associated with your house hunting trips such as travel and hotels
- The cost to purchase a new house including legal fees, inspections
- The cost to move such as moving expenses, and travel costs
- Much more. Ask your IRP rep for more details.
Custom benefits enhance a move. Custom funding is based on the factors of the type of accommodation, distance traveled, and family size. The custom funding formula is used by the member to pay for these custom benefits only and cannot be used for any other type of benefit.
Examples of items covered
- Building Inspection on your existing property
- Marketing Incentives such as decorating allowances, early closing incentives
- The cost to have someone take care of your children on HHT
- Dependant and Extended Family Travel
- Bridge Financing
- Interest on $25,000 Home Relocation Loan
- Miscellaneous Expenses for Extended Family such as transportation, lodgings, meals, and miscellaneous expenses
- Car rental when primary vehicle shipped
- Shipment of – Second Vehicle, Pets, Boats, Antiques, Artwork, RV’s, Trailers
- Miscellaneous Shipping Expenses
- Spousal Employment Search expenses
Personalized benefits are non-essential expenses but are attributable to a move It is within the member’s discretion to use personalized benefits. The personalized funding formula is available for use in three ways:
- it can pay for any personalized benefits;
- it can pay for additional custom benefits beyond what can be covered by the custom-funding formula; and
- remaining funds can be cashed out and paid directly to the member.
Examples of items covered
- Movement Grant: Members receive a non-accountable grant in the amount of $650. This allowance is intended to offset various losses or expenses incurred but not specifically provided for because of the move. Members must sign a statement verifying that these expenses were incurred. Receipts are not required.
- Posting Allowance: Members who elect not to sell their home receive an incentive equal to 80% of the pre-negotiated corporate real estate commission rate based on the appraised value of the home. It shall not exceed $12,000. Members can generate Personalized Funding as a result of savings on a house-hunting trip. These savings can occur in one of two ways:
- Shortened HHT
- CF Service Air
If you have questions about your relocation move to our great city, feel free to reach out to us anytime. Book your House Hunting Trip With us Today!
Posted to CFB Edmonton Garrison?
Welcome to Edmonton Canadian Armed Forces Base
CFB Edmonton Garrison is also known as the "Steele Barracks". It is located a few minutes north of Edmonton in Sturgeon County and there are plenty of homes to choose from on your house hunting trip from no-maintenance condominiums for a simpler lifestyle to newer houses that have recently been constructed over the last few years to quiet family-oriented properties with large lots in nearby towns. Book your Edmonton House Hunting Trip.
Morinville Alberta has always been an attractive place for our DND members to purchase a detached home due to the house prices and the commute to CFB Garrison. Morinville is a growing community and over the last few years has become more popular for civilians and our aging population which has increased real estate values. It is located less than ten minutes from St. Albert which is now the second-largest city in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
There are still a few nearby towns that are more affordable for our younger military members and their families offering the small rural hometown ambiance. These towns include Bon Accord, Gibbons, and Legal. A bit further northwest of our city is another desirable place for our DND members to purchase property on house hunting trips in the city of Fort Saskatchewan which offers all municipal amenities. One of the main features of Fort Saskatchewan is one of the largest metropolitan river valley park systems in the world.
If you prefer the city life but want to stay within minutes of our military base, view our homes for sale in Northeast Edmonton or add a few more minutes to your commute and live in Northwest Edmonton. Popular military districts include Pilot Sound and the Lake District.
If you are posted to CFB Edmonton and would like a jump start on your house hunting trip, contact us and we will set you up with a customized property search that will save you time and eliminate those undesirable houses once you arrive.
Posted to CFB Garrison? Book your HHT today with an Edmonton BGRS approved Realtor for your Edmonton relocation move.
History of Canadian Armed Forces Base, CFB Edmonton Garrison
3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton AB is a great place to be posted!
The third Canadian Division Support Base, CFB Edmonton is a Canadian Forces base located in Sturgeon County north Edmonton and east of St. Alberta municipality. CFB Edmonton Garrison is also known as the Steele Barracks. The history of this Canadian Armed force Edmonton Base begins in the old Blatchford Field airfield, named after Kenny Blatchford who was a former mayor of Edmonton.
During the First World War, this airfield began operating and became vital to the development of the Canadian north, a staging point for the U.S. defense of Alaska and was heavily used by the U.S. military.
During the Second World War, the Blatchford Field was a training station under the British Commonwealth which formed a Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Training School and used the aerodrome.
Since the Blatchford Field airfield could not be expanded due to the proximity of Edmonton, the United States Government built a new air facility at Namao, a hamlet within Sturgeon County located approximately seven kilometers north of our city limits. It was the namesake of RCAF Station Namao, now CFB Edmonton, which is directly south of the hamlet.
The RCAF Station Namao was used by the United States Strategic Air Command, during the Cold War. It constructed a "Nose Dock" capable of servicing the nose and wings of heavy jet bombers and tankers on the south side of the airfield and also hosted the Edmonton Rescue Coordination Center, and served as home base for United Nations Food Aid flights, delivering much-needed aid third world countries, and was a designated an emergency Space Shuttle landing site by NASA.
When Canada's armed forces were amalgamated in 1968, the RCAF Station Namao was re-designated CFB Edmonton and was under command of the new Air Transport Command. Today, both runways are still visible, but they are no longer in use with the exception of helicopters.
Edmonton is a great place to make a relocation move and offers several outdoor amenities and summer festivals. Today, this Canadian Armed Forces Military base, now known as the community of Griesbach has completely transformed. The new CFB Garrison is one of the largest bases and offers several facilities and services for its members including:
- Arena, Exercise Facility Combat Training to Yoga
- An arena that features an outdoor and two indoor NHL standard rinks.
- A hobby shop, home of the Edmonton Garrison Auto Club and Wood Hobby Club.
- A community that offers several facilities including licensed daycare, library, and youth center.
- A memorial equestrian facility that includes large indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and a 42 stall barn.
- A large fitness facility r with multi-functional recreation and offers a wide range of programs and services. This facility includes a Cardio/Weight Room, Climbing Wall, Tactical Athlete Room, 4 full-size gym courts, 3 pools, squash courts, and an indoor running track.
- A memorial golf course stretched with championship tees totaling near 7000 yards.
- The famous Edmonton Garrison curling club facilities where you can bring your friends to enjoy some great food and drinks on our patio during the summer or inside during the winter.
- Three distinct messes which members and the public can book conferences, private functions, weddings, parties, events, and other activities.
View homes for sale near CFB Garrison or book your HHT with a BGRS Edmonton Realtor
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
In 1904, Edmonton was declared a city. The following year Edmonton was named the provincial capital of Alberta. Today, Edmonton is Canada's 6th largest city, offering all the amenities of a major urban center plus a family-friendly environment that is safe, stimulating, and rich with opportunity. Edmonton is one of Canada's most ethnically diverse cities with more than 60 ethnic and cultural groups. Well known for its vibrant cultural life, the diverse business community, and outstanding river valley park system, Edmonton is a great place to call home. People who live in Edmonton are called "Edmontonians"
Edmonton is located near the geographical middle of the province at an elevation of 668 meters. The terrain in and around Edmonton is generally flat to gently rolling, with ravines and deep river valleys, such as the North Saskatchewan River valley. Despite the Canadian Rockies lying as close to Edmonton as roughly 220 kilometers to the southwest, the city is too distant for any of its peaks to be seen from even its tallest buildings.
The North Saskatchewan River bisects the city and originates at the Columbia Ice field in Jasper National Park. It empties, via the Saskatchewan River, Lake Winnipeg, and the Nelson River, into Hudson Bay. It runs from the southwest to the northeast and is fed by numerous creeks throughout the city, such as Mill Creek and Whitemud Creek. This creates numerous ravines, many of which have been incorporated into the urban parkland. Edmonton is situated at the boundary between prairie to the south and boreal forest to the north, in a transitional area known as aspen parkland. However, the aspen parkland in and around Edmonton has long since been heavily altered by farming and other human activities, such as oil and natural gas exploration.
Edmontonians have a famous saying here - "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" Edmonton has a northern continental climate with extreme seasonal temperatures. It has mild summers and chilly winters, with the average daily temperatures ranging from -11.7°C (10.9°F) in January to 17.5°C (63.5°F) in July. New Buyers to Edmonton sometimes ask "When does it snow in Edmonton." Truth be told - Edmonton has had snow every month.
Edmonton around 3,000 BC and perhaps as early as 10,000 BC, when an ice-free corridor opened up as the last ice age ended and timber, water, and wildlife became available in the region. In 1754, Anthony Henday, an explorer working for the Hudson's Bay Company, may have been the first European to enter the Edmonton area. His expeditions across the Canadian Prairies were mainly to seek contact with the aboriginal population for the purpose of establishing fur trade, as the competition was fierce between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. By 1795, Fort Edmonton was established as a major trading post for the Hudson's Bay Company. It was named after the English hometown, now a part of Greater London, of the HBC deputy governor Sir James Winter Lake. In the late nineteenth century, the highly fertile soils surrounding Edmonton helped attract settlers, further establishing Edmonton as a major regional commercial and agricultural building. Edmonton was also a stopping point for people hoping to cash in on the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897, although the majority of people doing so chose to take a steamship north to the Yukon from Vancouver. Incorporated as a city in 1904 with a population of 8,350, Edmonton became the capital of Alberta a year later on September 1, 1905.
The war years
During the early 1910s, Edmonton grew very rapidly due to rising speculation in real estate prices. In 1912, Edmonton amalgamated with the city of Strathcona south of the North Saskatchewan River. As a result, the city extended south of the river. Just prior to World War I, the real estate boom ended suddenly, causing the city's population to decline sharply from over 72,500 in 1914 to under 54,000 only two years later. Recruitment to the Canadian military during the war also contributed to the drop in population. Afterward, the city was slow to recover in population and economy during the twenties and thirties, until World War II.
The oil boom years
The first major oil discovery in Alberta was made on February 13, 1947, near the town of Leduc to the south of Edmonton. As early as 1914, oil reserves were known to exist in the southern parts of Alberta but they produced very little oil compared to those around Edmonton. Additional oil reserves were discovered during the late forties and the fifties near the town of Redwater. Because most of Alberta's oil reserves were concentrated in central and northern Alberta, Edmonton became home to most of Alberta's oil industry.
The subsequent oil boom gave Edmonton new status as the Oil Capital of Canada. During the fifties, the city increased in population from 149,000 to 269,000. After a relatively calm but still prosperous period in the sixties, the city's growth took on renewed vigor with high world oil prices, triggered by the 1973 oil crisis and the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The oil boom of the seventies and eighties ended abruptly with the sharp decline in oil prices on the international market and the introduction of the National Energy Program in 1981. The population had reached 521,000 that same year. Although the National Energy Program was later scrapped by the federal government in the mid-eighties, the collapse of world oil prices in 1986 and massive government cutbacks kept the city from making a full economic recovery until the late nineties.
In 1981, West Edmonton Mall, which was at the time the world's largest mall, opened. Still the biggest in North America, the mall is one of Alberta's most-visited tourist attractions and contains an indoor amusement park, a large indoor water park, a skating rink, a New Orleans-themed bar district, and a luxury hotel in addition to over eight hundred shops and services. On July 31, 1987, a devastating tornado, ranked as an F4 on the Fujita scale hit the city and killed twenty-seven people. The storm blew CN rail cars off a bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River and hit the areas of Beaumont, Mill Woods, Bannerman, Fraser, and the Evergreen Trailer Park. The day became known as "Black Friday". Then-mayor Laurence Decore cited the community's response to the tornado as evidence that Edmonton was a "city of champions", which later became the city's slogan. T
The city entered its current period of economic recovery and prosperity by the late nineties, helped by a strong recovery in oil prices and further economic diversification. While oil production and refining remain the basis of many jobs in Edmonton, the city's economy has managed to diversify significantly. The downtown core and parts of the inner city, after years of extremely high office vacancy rates and neglect, have recovered to a great degree. It is still undergoing a renaissance of its own, with further new projects underway or about to become reality, and more people choosing to live in or near the downtown core. This economic prosperity is bringing in large numbers of workers from around Canada. It is forecast that 83,000 new residents will move to Edmonton between 2006 and 2010, twice the rate that city planners had expected. Many of the new workers moving to the city are young men. Information from Wikipedia.
Edmonton has become one of Canada's major educational centers with more than 60,000 full-time post-secondary students spread over several institutions and campuses (total enrollment between the schools is as high as 170,000, which includes students enrolled in multiple institutions). The University of Alberta (known colloquially as the "U of A"), whose main campus is situated on the south side of Edmonton's river valley, is a board-governed, public institution. The main campus consists of more than ninety buildings on 890,000 square meters (220 acres) of land, with buildings dating back to the university's establishment in 1908.
Edmonton has three publicly funded school boards (districts), which provide kindergarten and grades one through twelve. The vast majority of students attend schools in the two large English language boards: Edmonton Public Schools and the separate Edmonton Catholic School District. Also, since 1994, the francophone minority community has had its own school board based in Edmonton, the North-Central Francophone School Authority, which includes surrounding communities. Most recently the city has seen a small number of public charter schools open, independent of any board. All three school boards and public charter schools are funded through provincial grants and property taxes.
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Buying a home in Edmonton Alberta
Finding a home in Edmonton is not an easy task. Unlike most cities, Edmonton's real estate is extremely sporadic. The best way to find a place to live when making a relocation move is to first decide on what type of lifestyle you want. Then choose a REALTOR® who specializes in the community you want to live in. Relocating to Edmonton Alberta?
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