Living in Iroquois Ridge South
This neighbourhood is perfect for first time buyers and families It has affordable homes by Oakville standards, lots of parks and greenspace and convenient access to the highway for commuters. The Oakville Municipal Office and Sheridan College campus are both neighbourhood landmarks. Iroquois Ridge South is located on an ancient escarpment and as such has as a very hilly topography. There are some tremendous vistas looking south from Falgarwood Drive towards downtown Oakville and Lake Ontario. The south boundary of this neighbourhood is a green corridor known as the Morrision-Wedgewood Channel. This channel is 4 kilometres long and diverts waters from residential areas north of the Queen Elizabeth Way, west to the Sixteen Mile Creek. The eastern boundary of this neighbourhood is the Iroquois Shoreline Woods Park which is environmentally significant as it is one of the largest remaining upland woodlots below the Niagara Escarpment.
History of Iroquois Ridge South
Iroquois Ridge South is situated on the shoreline of what was formerly known as Lake Iroquois the forerunner to today’s Lake Ontario. When this glacial lake receded some 12,000 years ago it left a fertile floodplain that was perfect for farming. Wheat was the grain of choice for most Oakville farmers in the 1800s.
By the late 1960s land speculators had descended on Oakville and Iroquois Ridge South was ripe for development. Right from the get go this neighbourhood proved to be immensely popular with families. Falgardwood Public School opened in 1967 and enrolment filled up quickly. Families rushed to buy homes in this neighbourhood attracted to the big lots and clean suburban living.
The Iroquois Ridge South name seems to have originated as a real estate designated area on the Toronto MLS although Falgarwood is still commonly used when describing this area.
Homes in Iroquois Ridge South
The ranch-style, split-level and two-storey homes around Falgarwood Drive were built between the late 1950s and 1970s. The north section of the neighbourhood with subdivision style homes and townhomes was built in the 1980s. The houses in the neighbourhood display a pride of ownership with many long time residents. The lots are above average in size and well suited to families. Houses are nicely set back from the street having a garden suburb appeal. Many of these homes back onto or enjoy vistas of the green corridors and woodlots that define this neighbourhood.
Lifestyle in Iroquois Ridge South
Upper Oakville Shopping Centre is the closest shopping destination. This outdoor mall has a large number of shops and restaurants, a large Metro grocery store and a health club. Oakville Place located at 240 Leighland Ave, off Trafalgar Road is a large indoor shopping mall with over 100 shops and eateries. The 5 Drive In Movie Theatres located at 2332 Ninth Line is a summertime tradition. For year-round enjoyment checkout the Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill located at 2081 Winston Park Dr. This modern multiplex cinema chain screens the latest Hollywood films, plus new independent releases.
Recreation in Iroquois Ridge South
Iroquois Shoreline Woods Park which forms the eastern boundary for this neighbourhood is situated on an ancient 10,000 year old shoreline of the former Lake Iroquois which receeded into what is now Lake Ontario following the last ice age. This conservation area has a 3 kilometre nature path that is perfect for hiking and walking. Wildlife is abundant here. Joshua’s Creek Arenas located at 1663 North Service Rd E, has two rinks and offers a myriad of hockey and skating programs from leagues to pleasure skating. Iroquois Ridge Community Centre located just tot he north of this neighbourhood has an eight lane swimming pool and water slide, gymnasium, fitness centre and community meeting rooms. The Oakville Public Library is right next to the community centre.
Arts in Iroquois Ridge South
Falgarwood Public School has an annual art night where the school is transformed into an art gallery. There are also strong choir and band programs at this school.
Transportation in Iroquois Ridge South
Commuters are just a hop, skip and a jump from the QEW and 401 series highways and just minutes to the City of Mississauga. Toronto is a forty-five minute drive in non-rush hour conditions. Bus service runs along the main arterial roadways of this neighbourhood.