All photos taken on June 26, 2022.
We had often planned to bicycle out West of Beaumont to explore the new Royal Oaks subdivision, but Township Road 510 was far too busy and narrow for our cycling comfort.
Now that we had the new fat tire E-bikes, we decided to go West on Township Road 505, then North on Range Road 245 to Township Road 510. Arriving at TR 505, we found that it was gravel surfaced, not paved, but opted to keep on going anyway. The bikes handled the gravel well, but there was always that fear that a passing vehicle might kick up a rock and that said rock might hit us.
From time to time, we would pause to take in the rural views….
like this old barn that was braced against wind and gravity
TR 505 seemed smooth, but the large gravel aggregate made for a bumpy ride
high tension power lines marched off into the distance
After more that 3 km (2 miles) on gravel, we arrived at RR 245, which, while just as narrow, was paved and smooth.
Looking back East down TR 505
RR 245 stretched ahead of us to the North, straight and smooth…
…across the rich agricultural land. You can see the large homes of Lukas Estates and Royal Oaks, a newer subdivision, South of Edmonton and West of Beaumont.
Heavy equipment prepping ground for another residential subdivision on former agricultural land
Near the junction with TR 510, we pulled off to explore the acreage subdivision at Lukas Estates. Large homes on large lots, nowhere near schools, shops and amenities.
Back out to RR 245 and a short jog East on TR 510 and we arrived safely in Royal Oaks. Below is how the website describes this subdivision in the middle of nowhere.
Discover a wholesome community just minutes south of Edmonton’s finest neighbourhoods. Royal Oaks is ideally located only eight minutes south of Summerside community and South Edmonton Common. It can be quickly and easily accessed via the new 91st Street extension and the new 41st Avenue interchange.
It’s central location within minutes of excellent schools, shopping malls and the rapidly expanding employment centres of south Edmonton, Nisku, Beaumont, Leduc and the Edmonton International Airport.
Again, a subdivision with no schools, no shops and no amenities, but bragging about all the amenities in surrounding communities. On the surface, it would appear people locate here for the huge lots and the freedom to build huge homes, many of them multi-generational.
Storm water pond view
backhoes opening up the next phase – demand for this type of housing remains high
This place was absolutely monstrous, likely somewhere around 3,000 sf per level
homes surrounded storm ponds and green areas, with multi use paths connecting the area
the main entrance
One of the last remaining bits of agricultural land adjacent
more large homes
exiting Royal Oaks to the North
back on TR 510, watching the traffic back up behind us
After a bit more pedalling, we found ourselves back in Beaumont on safer roads
red necked grebe
on the home stretch
While it was an interesting ride, we doubt we will be doing that route again anytime soon. Distance travelled was 19 k (12 miles). Almost 7 km ( 4 1/2 miles) was within Lukas Estates and Royal Oaks.