Neighbourhood Highlight: The Charming and Affordable Canora

Canora is a truly unique neighbourhood that has its residents at its very core.

This is seen especially in its name; in 1948, a grade eight student won a contest to name the new elementary school in the area. The winning student chose to name it by combining the first two letters of the nearby Canadian Northern Railway to create "Ca-no-ra". The surrounding community then embraced this name for itself!

Canora is conveniently located on the west side of Edmonton, bound by 107 Avenue to the north, 149 Street to the east, Stony Plain Road to the south, and 156 Street to the west.

There are many reasons why you should check out this charismatic neighbourhood, but we've narrowed down our top three for you below!

1. Inexpensive housing and low-cost of living!

If you're looking for a new place to call home, it's worth considering Canora as the cost of living in this charming neighbourhood is 5% lower than the Edmonton average and the average price for a home is $312K.

Canora saw the start of its residential development in the 1930s. By the 1980s, most of the properties you see today were constructed, with most being single-family homes. To help modernize and grow Edmonton, many residences have been developed into dulexes, low-rise apartments, condos, and townhouses.

2. Convenient for young families and young professionals

Canora is a popular place for young families and professionals — the median age of its residents is 35.9 and just over a third of residents have kids under the age of 18.

Families appreciate that there are two schools in the neighbourhood — Brightview Elementary School and Holy Cross Elementary School. Even more, the very school that the neighbourhood was named after was turned into a day care after it closed in 1972.

You can also find essential amenities like grocery stores and pharmacies close by. Getting to other areas of the city is not a hassle as there are plenty of public transportation routes available and if you have a car, everything is just a quick drive away. This means you can easily enjoy everything Edmonton has to offer in terms of scenery, culture, food, night life, and more!

3. You can always find something fun to do!

The MacKinnon Ravine - Image source: WinterE229, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Residents of the Canora neighbourhood get to enjoy being a short walk away from the beautiful MacKinnon Ravine Park. Here, you can take a walk, run, or bike ride through an awe-inspiring nature landscape any time of the year!

Even more, the vibrant Canora neighbourhood has a very engaging community league that maintains a community hall, a tennis court, and an outdoor rink. The Canora Community League also hosts a variety of family-friendly events and organizes fun programs for adults and children!


Canora is worth keeping on your radar if you are looking for a homely and convenient neighbourhood to call home!

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