Beverly Heights is a mature neighbourhood in northeast Edmonton with a rich history of evolving from a small mining village to an Edmonton neighbourhood. It is a wonderful quirky area located along the North Saskatchewan River, offering city explorers non-stop adventure in nature and retail pursuits.
With 72% of the homes being single detached homes and 22% being apartments in buildings less than five stories, this quaint neighborhood often reminds one of days gone by. Beverly Heights is bound on the north by 118 Avenue, on the east by 34 Street and 36 Street, on the west by 50 Street, and on the south by the North Saskatchewan River Valley. There are three public schools ranging from K-12, and one Catholic junior high school. There is an awesome opportunity to be a part of Edmonton’s great outdoor scene, living in Beverly Heights.
Beverly Heights’ History
Beverly Heights was originally part of the Town of Beverly, which grew from a village in the early 20th century when coal seams were discovered beneath the soil. Mining began shortly after The boundary line between Edmonton and Beverly was 50 Street. The last mine was closed in 1952 and the Beverly Bridge was built over the North Saskatchewan River, bringing Highway 16 together with 118 Avenue (Beverly’s Main Street). It became a part of Edmonton in 1961 when the town amalgamated with the city. The northern section of the town became Beacon Heights and Bergman neighbourhoods, the southern portion became Beverly Heights. The Beverly Cenotaph, the first of its kind in Edmonton, was erected in 1920, and was expanded and rededicated in 1958. It was originally built in remembrance of the men from Beverly who served and died in World War I.
Beverly Heights Today
With the North Saskatchewan River Valley offering trails and Floden Park offering community activities through the Beverly Heights Community League, this is a great neighbourhood to be active in. An interesting thing to note in this neighbourhood, is the houses are “avenue oriented” instead of “street oriented”. A subtle reminder of the town’s separate history from the city. Most of the single detached homes were built in the 1950s, and low rise apartments were built after the amalgamation, near commercial areas and busy traffic routes, from 1960 to 1980. Infill housing has continued in Beverly Heights since the 1980s. This wonderfully unique part of Edmonton is the perfect place to be a part of the history, the present, and the future of the city.