Bridgwater is a neighbourhood found in Southwest Winnipeg (sometimes known as Waverley West). It is an expansive development that began construction in late 2007 and continues developing. Today it is broken down into four main areas, namely Bridgwater Forest, Bridgwater Lakes, Bridgwater Trails, and Bridgwater Centre with each area offering slightly different types of backgrounds. Bridgwater Forest is surrounded by 25 acres of forest and focuses more on greenery with beautiful lake features. Bridgwater Lakes features three lakes as well as ample greenery and walking paths to navigate. Bridgwater Trails features more renaissance style homes, and additional lakes with a large community fountain/gathering area at its focal point. Bridgwater Centre features a variety of multiple-family type living accommodations combined with shopping/dining/service type offerings. Its goal is to create an ambiance of small town living with big-town amenities. In case you are wondering, no we did not spell Bridgwater wrong. Many think it is spelled as Bridgewater, which is incorrect. The community is named after the late Arthur Bridgwater.
Growth of the area continues so there are ample new construction options as well as existing resale homes built from 2008 when the development started. Types of home construction for the most part include two-storey, cab-over, bungalow (including walk-out), however there are custom builders within the area that also will build to a buyer's taste. There are still lakefront, forest backing, or regular building lots. The median price within the neighbourhood was around $450,000 in 2019, however there have been several homes in the past few years that have sold over $1 million, some selling closer to $2 million. Homes here start in the range of $315,000 for an attached-style home (townhouse, or single family attached). There are also a variety of condominium offerings in the area including townhouse units and apartment units. These range in price from $180,000 up to $600,000.
There are a variety of schools surrounding the area and the newer South Pointe School located in Waverley West that was opened in January 2017 and boasts both English and French Immersion programming for K-8 children. In 2018, the province of Manitoba announced they would be building two new schools in Waverley West. One will be a K-8 school, the other a High School (Grades 9-12). The areas being expropriated for this development can be viewed in this map provided by City Councillor, Janice Lukes:
Other schools servicing this area include:
Elementary or Junior High options:
Whyte Ridge Elementary (K-4)
Chancellor Elementary (K-6)
Linden Meadows School (K-8)
Henry G. Izatt (5-9)
Arthur A. Leach (7-9)
High School Options:
Fort Richmond Collegiate (10-12)
St. John's Ravenscourt (K-12), private
French Immersion Options:
Bonny Castle (K-6 English/K-2 French Immersion)
Vincent Massey Collegiate (9-12)
Viscount Alexander (5-8)
Close to the University of Manitoba
There is no hospital found in the Bridgwater area, the Victoria General Hospital is the closest at 2340 Pembina Highway.
Bridgwater Centre aims to offer boutique shops as well as larger chains and grocers options immediately within the community. A quick drive out of the community has plenty of options as well for both big-box store offerings and smaller boutiques. Some of these shopping options include: Outlet options such as the Outlet Collection at Seasons of Tuxedo, the Whyte Ridge Shopping Centre, Kenaston Common and Kenaston Crossing shopping areas, Pembina Village Shopping Centre, Southwood Plaza to name a few. St. Vital mall can also easily be accessed by taking the Perimeter to St. Mary's Avenue.
Bridgwater boasts multiple walking trails, community gathering areas called pedestrian plazas, as well as a community fountain and central clock tower. Bridgwater Lakes Neighbourhood Association is very active within the community and is known to put on events such as Food Truck Nights and Family Fun Days. We recommend liking their Facebook page for a list of upcoming events. There are multiple options for dining within the community with offerings in Sushi and American-style cuisine
Eskar Park is the largest park within Bridgwater and can be found in Bridgwater Trails. It boasts over 35 acres of green space that includes native plants, walking trails, a children's play area, and courts. There is also a splash pad!
Bridgwater remains a quiet community even though it is surrounded by major thoroughfares in the city including quick and easy access to the Perimeter Highway.
Just beyond the borders of this community are offerings such as the Cineplex Odeon VIP Movie Theatre as well as the Investor's Group Field (Home of Winnipeg Blue Bombers).
72 - U of M to South Pointe
163 - Waverley Heights Express
183 - Richmond West Express