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Living Large

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.

(Source: liveroyaloaks.ca)

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.

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Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “Living Large

  1. Seeing sights like this makes me sad. Some of the best agricultural land in Alberta is being paved over because we can’t live in high densities like Europeans do. Once that land is gone, it’s gone.

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    1. Edmonton and surrounding areas continue to grow out and not up. The carnage on agricultural land around this area for residential and commercial buildings is never ending. If this is during an economic downturn, what will happen when things get better? Thanks for reading Glen. Allan

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  2. Thanks for the tour, Allan. Your photos really show the trend in the urban sprawl. To me, it looks ugly, but I haven’t lived in a house that’s close to other houses for a very long time. I think it would be terrible to have to live in a subdivision. All thoughts of nature are gone. I agree with Glen about the agricultural land being swallowed up, too.

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    1. Our house is pretty small by today’s standards and we did fine raising our family in it. Our sons say the house is too big for 2 people and perhaps they are right. We rode the other direction today and saw little other than farms and a few acreage lots. Much more peaceful and realistic. The crops were fabulous. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. We went on long trips with the other bikes before, but never dared to go on gravel (unsealed) roads. The large houses are an abomination and one can only hope that more than 2 people live in each of them. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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  3. It’s such a shame that we’re continuing to pave over our agricultural lands to put up new subdivisions. Most of them are not even well designed and have no long-term goal or vision. Those monster mansions seem excessive. We were just in Venice and loved being able to walk everywhere and that there are no cars allowed in the city.

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    1. Not sure why the need is always for bigger, better, newer, faster, more expensive. Just human nature, I guess. These giant block houses look too industrial and likely have 4-6 HVAC units to keep them hot/cool/ventilated. Couple that with having to dive everywhere in trucks/SUVs. I trust none of these people are complaining about the price of energy. Venice sounds like a great trip. We were there in 2984. If you can’t walk or take a boat to get somewhere, you don’t need to go. Thanks for reading Linda. Have a great day. Allan

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