Westmount is an established central-west residential neighbourhood in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is geographically close to the downtown core.
The neighbourhood is bounded by 111 Avenue to the north, Groat Road to the west, the Groat Ravine to the southwest, and the North Saskatchewan River valley to the south. Its eastern boundary comprises 124 Street south of Stony Plain Road, and 121 Street north of Stony Plain Road. The southern portion of the neighbourhood is also known as Groat Estates.
The community is represented by the Westmount Community League, established in 1951, which maintains a community hall and outdoor rink located at 127 Street and 109 Avenue.
The neighbourhood was developed originally in the 1910s as a professional neighbourhood catering to young people. Prior to the end of World War II, one in four (25.6%) of the current residences were constructed. Another quarter of the current residences (23.6%) were constructed between the end of World War II and 1960. One in three residences (35.8%) were constructed between 1961 and 1980. A small portion were constructed after 1980. Many houses in the neighbourhood have been renovated, and some are being replaced with newer and larger houses.
The Westmount area is served by a number of pre-schools and schools. Discovery Time Preschool, run as a parent co-operative, operates educational programs for children aged three to five. Westglen Elementary School, on the same block, is operated by the Edmonton Public School System. Westglen includes an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, and has a strong environmental commitment, in 2008 being named an Earth III school - "the first school in Alberta and the third in Canada to achieve this status" There are after-school care and childcare centres on the same block.
There are additional schools in the surrounding neighbourhoods, including Westmount Junior High School in Inglewood, Westminster Junior High School in Glenora, and Ross Sheppard High School in Woodcroft. The University of Alberta is just across the river via Groat Road.
NorQuest College maintains a campus in the neighbourhood.
St. Mark Junior High School is also in the area, 500 metres north of Westmount Mall.
Amenities and shopping
Nearby amenities include the Royal Alberta Museum in Glenora, Coronation Park and the Telus World of Science in Woodcroft.
There are several shopping areas in the neighbourhood, including art/retail/commercial districts along 124 Street, and two small upscale shopping centres on 102 Avenue. In addition, Westmount Centre, a major shopping mall, is located just to the north west of the neighbourhood in Woodcroft.
Groat Road also provides access to other destinations on the south side including Whyte Avenue and Old Strathcona.
Parks, green spaces and recreation
Westmount Park occupies three blocks in the heart of Westmount. It includes an outdoor hockey rink, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a fitness centre, a water-spray park, several playgrounds and the schools noted above.
Westmount also contains several smaller parks with a mix of green space and playgrounds.
A cycling route runs along 127 Street, and a completely separate pedestrial/cycling trail runs along the eastern edge of the neighbourhood, at 121 Street.