The Wonder of Windermere
This suburban neighbourhood has night-out potential.
Photography by Mitch Coulter
On Anthony Henday Drive heading south, turn right onto Terwillegar Drive and you’ll find a series of eye-catching communities that together make up Windermere. As “winder” means to take one’s breath away and “mere” is the boundary of an area, the neighbourhood paints a perfect backdrop for an afternoon drive.
Before the area underwent drastic residential and commercial development starting in 2006, the valley was predominantly farmland and part of Strathcona County. It became part of the southwest region of Edmonton in 1982 and is now a welcome mat for a variety of new homeowners. Like most communities situated beside a river, the oldest homes boast the best views. The North Saskatchewan River marks the western boundary of Windermere and is lined with beautiful houses built as far back as 1960.
Not only is there minimal traffic, plenty of parking and beautiful homes to see, but there are also numerous entertainment attractions and hidden gems ready to unearth.
What to Do?
Cineplex Odeon Windermere VIP Cinema Theatre
It’s as if you and Leonardo DiCaprio are in the same room at Edmonton’s only VIP movie theatre. Sitting front row in a giant leather recliner with a glass of wine in your hand can forever change a person’s perspective on going to the movies. Arrive early to enjoy alcoholic beverages, appetizers and entres before the show. Grab a spot either inside the theatre or at the stylish lounge right outside and receive table service until the movie starts. The bar remains open during the show for guests to visit at their will.
(6151 Currents Dr. NW, 780-822-4250, cineplex.com)
Wine and Beyond
Windermere is home to Western Canada’s largest liquor store. Wine and Beyond stocks more than 6,000 wines, 2,500 spirits and 1,800 different types of beer. It hosts open cocktail events, provides educational tastings and showcases an impressive collection of high-valued vintages. Your next party will be one for the books.
(6276 Currents Dr. NW, 780-439-5130, wineandbeyond.ca)
Where to Eat?
Although this chic eatery lies on the outskirts of what’s technically considered Windermere, it’s a place where one simply must dine when nearby. Inside, a wall of Grey Goose bottles separates the upbeat lounge from the elegant dining area, where it’s best to have a reservation. The dishes are masterfully prepared by one of Edmonton’s most revered chefs, Andrew Fung, a Gold Medal Plates winner in 2010. In case you have difficulty narrowing down what to try, the Pacific chinook salmon is downright delectable.
(5940 Mullen Way,
Where to Shop?
Who Cares Wear
This trendy boutique is beautiful, elegant and highly approachable. In-house stylists are there to help you find outfits you feel amazing in and there are fabulous labels like Gypsy 05, Michael Kors, One Teaspoon and Ted Baker.
(5104 Mullen Road, 780-431-9327, whocareswear.com)
Cloud Nine Pajamas
What’s more important than a good night’s rest? This local shop is a sanctuary for sleeping essentials. Whether you need a cozy pair of pajamas or a container full of so-long snore rocks, Cloud Nine Pajamas has you covered.
(5168 Windermere Blvd., 780-482-6713, cloudninepajamas.com)