Living in Iroquois Ridge North
Iroquois Ridge North is a wonderful neighbourhood for families. It features large detached homes. excellent schools, a shopping centre, community centre and numerous parks, greenspace, woodlots and walking trails. This neighbourhood begins at Upper Middle Road and stretches north all the way to Dundas Street East. The further north you go, the newer and larger the homes. Like its South Ridge Iroquois neighbourhood counterpart to the south this neighbourhood has a very hilly terrain as it sits on the remnants of the Oakville escarpment . The east boundary of this neighbourhood is formed by Joshua Creek Trail a 6km trail that runs from the base of Winston Churchill Blvd. to Dundas St. and 9th Line area. Other notable neighbourhood landmarks include Iroquois Ridge S.S. and Community Centre, and the Upper Oakville Shopping Centre.
History of Iroquois Ridge North
Iroquois Ridge North was once part of the shoreline of the ancient Lake Iroquois, a glacial lake that retreated south to Lake Ontario following the last ice age some 12000 years ago. This shoreline ran from the Peterborough area all the way to Halton Region. Today, Lake Iroquois remnants can be found in the hilly topography, woodlots and small creeks and valleys found in this neighbourhood. The street names in Iroquois Ridge North provide clues as to what this area would have looked like prior to the residential development that began in the late 1980s. Here are some of those names: Creekwood Trail, Valleybrook Drive, Creekside Drive, Crimson Oak, Pinery Crescent, Clearwater Crescent, Lindenrock Drive, Grandview Drive, Evergreen Crescent and Bluestream Drive just to name a few.
This neighbourhood would have formerly taken its name from the Iroquois Ridge High School opened in 1994. The Iroquois Ridge Community Centre was opened a few years later in 2001. These two landmarks really helped to create a sense of community and identity for residents and put this neighbourhood on the map.
Homes in Iroquois Ridge North
Iroquois Ridge North is a large subdivision built up from the 1980s to the 2000s. This is evident in the style and size of the homes which get progressively larger and fancier as you head further north into the neighbourhood. Whereas all brick exteriors are the norm in the smaller homes, the larger homes feature stone accents as well as a second garage.
Lifestyle in Iroquois Ridge North
Upper Oakville Shopping Centre located at the corner of Upper Middle Road and Eighth Line, offers more than 50 diverse shops, restaurants and professional services. There is also a large Metro grocery store, medical and professional offices, and a health club at this outdoor shopping mall.
Recreation in Iroquois Ridge North
The Iroquois Ridge Community Centre located at 1051 Glenashton Dr has an eight lane swimming pool with a water slide, a gymnasium, fitness centre and community meeting rooms. The outdoor facilities include a skateboard park. The Oakville Public Library is adjacent to the community centre. Tennis courts are located nearby at Glenashton Park.
Arts in Iroquois Ridge North
Oakville Academy For The Arts is located 1011 Upper Middle Rd E at the Upper Oakville Shopping Centre. Programs include: dance, music, art and drama.
Transportation in Iroquois Ridge North
Bus routes operate along the major arterial streets within and on the borders of this neighbourhood. For commuters the QEW highway is just a few minutes south and can be accessed from Trafalgar Road.