Garden City is a larger neighbourhood located in the northwest quadrant of Winnipeg. It is part of the greater area of West Kildonan. As its name indicates this area is known for its abundance of parks, ample green spaces and walking paths. Many of the streets have floral-inspired names and are lined with mature trees, and an abundance of sidewalks making the area safe for those that enjoy strolling outdoors. Garden City has everything you need from schools, recreational facilities, shopping malls and services right within its borders.
Construction in Garden City started in 1955. The style of the homes in this era of construction were mostly mid-century modern bungalows, with large windows and carports. Construction has continued within the area, and today you will find newer construction options on the North side of Leila Avenue. There are a variety of layouts to choose from such as the aforementioned bungalows, one and a half storeys, two-storeys, cabovers and split levels as the neighbourhood has developed over several decades. The neighbourhood also consists of apartment-style condominiums as well as townhouses condominium options.
Prices in the neighbourhood for a single family detached home range from anywhere between $300 000 - $750 000, so there is truly something for everyone.
Prices for a condo in Garden City range from $130 000 for an older apartment style condo to $360 000 for a newer townhouse option.
Garden City is within the Seven Oaks School Division. Since the area is quite spread out geographically, and has a larger populus, there are a variety of schools with different catchment areas servicing the area.
There are five elementary schools that serve the neighbourhood. Forest Park School and Collicutt School provide English programming from Kindergarten to Grade Five. R.F Morrison School is a Kindergarten to Grade Five elementary school that offers both English and Ukrainian academics. École Belmont and École Rivière-Rouge are French Immersion elementary schools from Kindergarten to Grade Five.
The Middle school option is H.C. Avery Middle School for students continuing their studies in English or Ukrainian. For French Immersion programming, students will likely be sent to Ecole Seven Oaks or Ecole Leila North from Grade Six to Grade Eight.
College Garden City Collegiate is an English and French Immersion high school serving the entire Garden City area.
The neighbourhhood is also home to Faith Academy, which is a private Christian middle school.
Many post-secondary institutions can be accessed in less than a 20-minute drive, depending on where you live. The University of Winnipeg, The University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus and Red River College Exchange District Campus are all conveniently close to Garden City. Commuting to the Red River College Notre Dame Campus and the Université de Saint-Boniface takes only couple minutes longer.
Garden City does not have any health care facilities immediately within its borders but the Seven Oaks General Hospital is right across from the Garden City Shopping Centre. Health Sciences Centre is also only a 15-minute drive away.
Garden City is home to the largest shopping mall in West Kildonan. Garden City Shopping Centre opened in 1970 and includes 70 stores. Some of these are Canadian Tire, Bulk Barn, Michaels and Seafood City. Adjacent to the mall is Garden City Square that consists of retailers like the Home Depot, Marshalls and HomeSense, Jysk and more.
Northgate Shopping Centre is located at the southwest corner of the community and has a Save-on-Foods, Dollarama, restaurants, coffee shops and many other services.
Along McPhillips you can also find a Freshco, the Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart and smaller specialty retailers such as UPPAL Supermarket and Didar Supermarket. Both of these stores offer Indian specialty grocery options.
Garden City offers plenty of green spaces and recreational facilities to keep you and your family busy. There are at least 21 parks with playgrounds. Some of these include additional features like open green spaces, walking paths or athletic fields.
Colish Tot Lot, Primrose Tot lot and Tanoak Tot Lot offer pop-up rinks in the winter. Amanda Crescent Park and Cochinov Park provide walking paths and open green spaces. Harry Hatz Palatnick Memorial Park consists of a baseball diamond while Tokarz Park offers baseball and soccer fields.
Garden City is also in close proximity to one of Winnipeg’s largest suburban parks, Kildonan Park. The park offers an abundance of activities year-round. It features athletic fields and sport courts for bocce ball, soccer and beach volleyball. It is home to an outdoor pool and a spray pad in the summer and skating rink, toboggan runs and cross-country skiing trails in the winter. Winnipeg’s oldest municipal golf course, Kildonan Park Golf Course provides a challenging 18-hole course and a restaurant. Rainbow Stage is a nonprofit musical outdoor theatre located in the heart of the park. It offers plays during the summer season that many locals attend annually. If you are looking to BBQ or picnic on a summer day, this park has many spots to choose from too!
If you looking for more organized recreational activities, Garden City Community Centre and Seven Oaks Sportsplex are located just behind the mall. The facility consists of three baseball fields, four soccer fields, a basketball court and an outdoor hockey rink. The Centre offers a wide selection of sports programs year-round such as baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, ringette, softball, rookie rugby and more. Seven Oaks Sportsplex houses the Seven Oaks Arena and the Seven Oaks Soccer Complex. Seven Oaks Arena is home to two NHL-size ice rinks, a walking track and a multipurpose room for fitness classes, social, educational and cultural events.
Adjacent to the Seven Oaks Arena is the Winnipeg Soccer Federation North. This 163,000 square foot, indoor soccer facility opened in 2016. It is mostly used for soccer but available to rent for ultimate frisbee, baseball, rugby, football and European handball too. There is an electronic curtain that can divide the field into smaller fields depending on the space needed.
Garden City is also home to four workout facilities. Shapes on McPhillips has both its Co-Ed and Women’s Fitness Centre. The two gyms are located in the same building. Planet Fitness is in Garden City Square and offers a variety of memberships. GoodLife Fitness is located in the Garden City Shopping Centre and offers a selection of classes like cardio, strength, virtual, dance, aquatic to just a name a few. Fit4Less provides plenty of cardio and weight machines and can be found in the Northgate Shopping Centre.
Other recreational alternatives are just beyond the borders of the community. The Seven Oaks Pool is located in the neighbouring community of the Maples and offers a universal family change room, accessible washrooms, a multipurpose room, teaching pool and an indoor spray pad. The spray pad is the first of its kind in Winnipeg! The pool shares a parking lot with Maples Monarch Community Centre and the Maples Multiplex Arena. The complex and its fields are home to the annual Manitoba Filipino Street Festival and parade.
Canada’s leading medical fitness facility, The Wellness Institute is located at Seven Oaks General Hospital. The facility’s mission is to help to prevent illness and improve the quality of life for those who develop chronic conditions. It provides a wide variety of services such as massage therapy, personal training, nutrition coaching, weight loss clinics, arthritis and joint replacement rehab, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, mental health care, online services and more.
If you are planning a movie night, Cinema City Northgate provides the latest Hollywood Blockbusters! Definitely worth a visit!
Garden City is a family-friendly neighbourhood with all of the amenities that you could wish for: plenty of playgrounds, greenery, recreational facilities, shopping options and schools just steps away from your door. The community offers a wide variety of home styles to choose from, meaning you can laydown lifelong roots within the community and never need to move out.
Mama Nors Kitchen is a great takeout place that is frequented by the locals and surrounding areas. They serve delicious, Filipino cuisine.
"The park was a huge attraction for us. We got our little Bella here about three years ago, and, there's a lot of people here that have dogs, and we've got to know so many people in the neighborhood. And the people here are just absolutely wonderful. I saw you taking photographs of those planters before. Those are sort of community planters that my wife and I and some of the neighbors are involved in. We do the planting of those planters, and it's great. Some of the neighborhood kids actually come and do the watering for it. So there is a real sense of community here that we just absolutely love. "
" I like this neighborhood because it's family oriented. There is a lot to do around here. There's a park, and it's just a great place to have kids to grow up."
" It's peaceful. Neighbours are friendly and it's quiet. It's very nice. And, you know, it's good for someone [...] who wants peace and quiet. It's like suburbs, suburbia, you know? So it's peaceful and everyone's friendly. That's why I like it."
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