The Community of Riverbend
The Riverbend neighbourhood is located at the far west end of the city, just north of Oxford, nestled in a northern meander of the Thames River. The community is surrounded on three sides by the river and draws its name from the RiverBend Golf Community, a gated community developed by Sifton Properties. The area as a whole boasts the second highest average property value behind only Sunningdale and is a suburban retreat made up largely of executive homes and high end condos. The development is still being built with many fine new homes yet to be purchased.
Riverbend Golf Community
In the midst of the dense forest and winding nature trails that surround the community rests the pristine 18-hole championship golf course. With lush fairways, undulating greens and challenging bunkers, the RiverBend Golf Club is a golfer’s paradise. The 160-acre course focuses on making the 50-plus golfer feel right at home. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned expert, the RiverBend golf course offers every player a unique golfing experience.
Designed by renowned golf course architect Doug Carrick, five sets of tee blocks range from a comfortable 5,165 yards at the forward tees to a challenging 6,914 yards from the tips. Doug Carrick has a proven talent for creating a course that blends seamlessly with its surroundings and draws the golfer into a captivating visual and playing experience on every hole. At RiverBend, Doug Carrick has maximized the majestic backdrop of the Kains Woods and the rolling contours of the development to make golf holes that blend seamlessly with the existing topography.
Source: Riverbend Golf Community
Kains Woods Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is located in west London near Kains Road, north of the Oxford Street West Extension bridge, along the Thames River. The publicly-owned lands cover 25 ha, comprised of a 5 km easement through the ESA from the Oxford Street Extension bridge to Westdel Bourne. This stretch of the Thames is called River Bend or The Thumb, referring to the river’s large northward meander.
The map shows the access points and trail system in the City’s easement. One access point is located at the western end of the site off of Tigerlily Road. Two more access points are located at the eastern end off of Shore Road and Oxford Street. The 5 km-long hiking trail is marked with yellow or white blazes on trees. The white blazes mark the Thames Valley Trail, which also uses this easement. The trails are somewhat challenging with several steep and muddy sections.
The area was logged and farmed by European settlers, but the steeper valley slopes were probably never tilled. The remains of an old farmstead can still be seen in the ESA. The area remained rural until the 1990s when a large housing development and a golf course were constructed. The ESA has remained in private ownership, except for the City’s easement.
Kains Woods is an important corridor for birds and animals that follow the river. Bald Eagles have nested in the area, and are often seen hunting for fish in the river. Killdeer and Great Blue Heron are frequently seen along the riverbanks. Wild Turkey like the edge habitat between the woods and nearby fields. A wide variety of songbirds use the wooded habitat, including American Goldfinch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Great Crested Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager and Downy Woodpecker. The animal life is typical of the London area with White-tailed Deer, Eastern Cottontail and Grey Squirrel. Gnawed trees are a sign of Beaver. There are also some interesting and unusual amphibians in this ESA, including Grey Tree Frog and Yellow-spotted Salamander.
Parks and Other Places of Interest
Other than the Kains Woods ESA, Riverbend Park occupies the heart of this neighbourhood.
This area is serviced by St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School.
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