Homes for Sale in Edmonton
AUDREY ABUAN - RE/MAX Real Estate REALTOR®
At the turn of the 20th century, the cities of Edmonton and Strathcona were engaged in an intense rivalry to attract growth. This competition and nationwide land boom led both cities on a path of rapid subdivision and expansion. The portion of Bonnie Doon that lies west of 91 Street was annexed by Strathcona in 1907 and was later absorbed by Edmonton through the amalgamation of the two cities in 1912.
Early residents of Bonnie Doon took advantage of the river valley views by constructing their homes in the northwest corner of the community, next to the Mill Creek Ravine and overlooking the River Valley. During the inter war years, Edmonton grew rather slowly; by 1950, less than half of the present dwellings in Bonnie Doon had been constructed. After World War II and the discovery of oil at Leduc, Edmonton again underwent tremendous growth. Neighbourhoods like Bonnie Doon began to fill out.
The neighbourhood is the site of one of Edmonton’s first suburban shopping centres, Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, which still provides important commercial space within the neighbourhood today. Bonnie Doon takes its name from the Scottish for pleasant, rolling countryside, and was named in 1912 in honour of Canadian born Premier Alexander Cameron Rutherford, who was of Scottish descent and owned a portion of the land east of Mill Creek.