East Kildonan, Winnipeg

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East Kildonan is a primarily residential community in northeast Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Commonly known by its initials EK, the suburb has a population of approximately 35,800 as of the 2016 Census.

East Kildonan
Suburb
Skyline of Winnipeg from Civic Park
Skyline of Winnipeg from Civic Park
Established1914
Incorporated as a CityJuly 1, 1957; 64 years ago (July 1, 1957)
Named forKildonan, Arran
Government
 • MP
 • MLAs
 • City Councillor
Jason Schreyer (Elmwood - East Kildonan)
Area
 • Suburb12.9 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
 • Metro
5,306.79 km2 (2,048.96 sq mi)
Elevation
231 m (758 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Suburb35,800
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,200/sq mi)
 • Metro
778,489
Time zoneCentral Standard Time
 • Summer (DST)Central Daylight Time
Area code(s)Area codes 204 and 431

East Kildonan is bounded from the Red River on the west, to Panet Road, 100 metres (330 ft) north of Blantyre Avenue, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Marconi tracks (removed in 2006) on the east; and the lane between Larsen and Harbison Avenues on the south, to Oakland Avenue on the north.[1]

It is mainly a working- and middle-class community, though there are poorer pockets south of Munroe Avenue and more affluent areas along the Red River and west of Henderson Highway, East Kildonan's major thoroughfare. There is a small industrial area located between Watt Street and the CPR tracks.

East Kildonan is considered part of the western half of the River East community area.[2] It is made up of the neighbourhoods of Munroe, Morse Place, Rossmere, and Fraser's Grove.[3]

HistoryEdit

The name "Kildonan" originates from the Parish of Kildonan which was created in 1817.[4] At the time, parishes formed both a land use system and a system of local government.[5] The Parish of Kildonan formed part of the Red River Colony, and was named for the Strath of Kildonan on the Sutherland estate in Scotland where many of the settlers came from.[4][6]

The Municipality of Kildonan was established in 1876. From 1876 to 1914 the Rural Municipality of Kildonan included a large area on both sides of the Red River, just north of the original City of Winnipeg.[7] The area remained primarily agricultural until the beginning of the 20th century. It was a centre for market gardening to serve the needs of nearby Winnipeg. In 1903 streetcar service was initiated in the area and this began the area's development as a residential suburb of Winnipeg. In 1906 the more heavily developed southern area of the municipality, known as Elmwood, joined with the City of Winnipeg.

In 1914 Kildonan was divided in two: East and West Kildonan, with the Red River as the boundary. Subsequently, in 1925, the areas north of Oakland Avenue separated to form the Municipality of North Kildonan. East Kildonan developed rapidly after World War II, the population grew from 8,439 in 1941 to 30,150 in 1971.[8]

With a population of 20,000,[9] the area was finally incorporated as the City of East Kildonan on 1 July 1957 (Dominion Day), making it the fourth city in the area—following Winnipeg, St. Boniface and St. James—and the sixth largest city in Manitoba.[10][11] East Kildonan initially wanted its title to be the City of Kildonan, but Old, North, and West Kildonan all vehemently objected.[10]

East Kildonan saw a housing boom in the mid 1950s, leading to the development of roads, sewers, and schools.[10] In 1959, the opening of the Disraeli Freeway further accelerated the growth of the area.

In 1972, East Kildonan, along with the old City of Winnipeg and eleven other municipalities in the Greater Winnipeg Area, amalgamated to form the City of Winnipeg. It was the only suburban municipality to be in favour of the "unicity" scheme.[12][13]

Reeves and Mayors of the City of East Kildonan[9]
Term Reeve / Mayor
1914-1917 Donald Munroe (1854-1924)
1918-1923 Samuel Robert Henderson (1863-1928)
1924-1928 Nicholas "Nick" Fletcher (1888-1981)
1929-1933 David Jeffery Allan (1887-1956)
1934-1947 Walter Peter Larsen (1897-1962)
1948-1955 John Leslie Bodie (1909-1997)
1956 Francis William "Frank" Dryden (1903-1963)
1956-1965 George Nordland Suttie (1901-1968)
1966 Michael Spack (1922-2011)
1966-1967 George Nordland Suttie (1901-1968)
1968-1969 Michael Ruta
1970-1971 Stanley Dowhan (1927-1993)

GeographyEdit

East Kildonan is bounded from the Red River on the west, to Panet Road, 100 metres (330 ft) north of Blantyre Avenue, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Marconi tracks (removed in 2006) on the east; and the lane between Larsen and Harbison Avenues on the south, to Oakland Avenue on the north.[1]

Its major thoroughfare is Henderson Highway, located on the west. The area also houses Concordia Hospital.

NeighbourhoodsEdit

East Kildonan is considered part of the western half of the River East community area.[2] It is made up of such neighbourhoods as Munroe, Morse Place, Rossmere, and Fraser's Grove.[3]

2016 census pop. of East Kildonan
Pop. Area

sq. km.

Munroe West 3,010 1.3
Rossmere A 13,330 4.0
Rossmere B 4,185 1.2
River East 7,725 3.4
Kildonan Drive 4,695 2.3
Valhalla 2,855 0.7
TOTAL 35,800 12.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "East Kildonan, Winnipeg | New Home & Condos | NextHome". nexthome.ca. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  2. ^ a b Winnipeg, City of. "Community Area Profiles - 2011 Census - Census - City of Winnipeg". winnipeg.ca. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  3. ^ a b https://winnipeg.ca/census/2011/Community%20Areas/River%20East%20Neighbourhood%20Cluster/Neighbourhoods/River%20East%20West/default.asp
  4. ^ a b "PastForward - Winnipeg Communities & Neighborhoods". PastForward: Winnipeg's Digital Public History. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Planning Manitoba's Capital Region: Next Steps" (PDF). Province of Manitoba. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. ^ "North & East Kildonan". Tourism Winnipeg. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  7. ^ "East Kildonan Police 1914-1974". Pre-Amalgamation Police Department Histories. City of Winnipeg. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  8. ^ "TABLE 3. Population by Specified Age Groups, for Incorporated Cities, Towns and Villages of 10,000 Population and Over, 1971". Advance Bulletin 1971 Census of Canada. Statistics Canada. 1972. p. 7. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Manitoba Municipalities: Municipality of East Kildonan". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Zerucha, Tony (2020-08-17). "East Kildonan was once a city of its own". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  11. ^ "Fourth city here; but not 'Kildonan': E.K. gets charter". Winnipeg Free Press. April 3, 1957. p. 3.
  12. ^ "East Kildonan Municipality". City of Winnipeg. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  13. ^ Lee, David (December 31, 1971). "Settlers' Woodlot Began Development of East Kildonan". Winnipeg Free Press. p. 21.

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Coordinates: 49°55′20″N 97°06′02″W / 49.92222°N 97.10056°W / 49.92222; -97.10056