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Valley Ridge Estates are north of the /Transportation-Canada Highway, just west and across from Canada Olympic Park. On the north side of the community is the Valley Ridge Golf & Country Club, nestled against the Bow River.
Public board pupils are bussed to Rosscarrock Elementary in Rosscarrock, Vincent Massey Junior High on
45th Street S.W., and Ernest Manning High off 17th Avenue SW.
Separate board students are bused to Assumption Elementary and Junior High in Bowness, and St. Francis High on Northmount Drive.
There is a shopping area at the entrance to the community which will ,when finished, have a convenience store/gas bar, a seven-store strip mall, and a two-storey office/medical building. Grocery shopping is done down the hill in the Montgomery shopping area, or across the river at Crowfoot Town Centre, off Nose Hill Drive, has a Safeway and Revy, restaurants and several auto dealers (both are about 8 kilometres away).
The developer, Barbican, built the community around the 500-acre, 18-hole golf course in the Bow River Valley, and has since added another nine holes. The community association has two ball diamonds, a soccer pitch and playground equipment. Valley Ridge Community Association building used to be the Happy Valley ski lodge, used for both golf tournaments and private functions. Of course, being just off the /Transportation-Canada Highway, it is a short hop across to Canada Olympic Park, and directly on the highway to Banff.
Development is occurring in three areas, the Highlands, the Valley Brook, and The Estates. There is also The Lodge of Valley Ridge, a seniors residence. Homes in Valley Ridge are being built by Albi, Cardel, Homexx, Shane, and Stepper.
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