Avalon, Saskatoon

Canada Saskatchewan Exhibition, Saskatoon
Avalon Shopping Centre
Avalon Shopping Centre
Avalon location map
Avalon location map
Coordinates: 52°5′48″N 106°39′28″W / 52.09667°N 106.65778°W / 52.09667; -106.65778Coordinates: 52°5′48″N 106°39′28″W / 52.09667°N 106.65778°W / 52.09667; -106.65778
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Suburban Development AreaNutana
 • TypeMunicipal (Ward 7)
 • Administrative bodySaskatoon City Council
 • CouncillorMairin Loewen
 • Total1.46 km2 (0.56 sq mi)
 • Total3,214
 • Average Income
Time zoneUTC-6 (UTC)
WebsiteAvalon Community Association

Avalon is a mostly residential neighbourhood located in south-central Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is a suburban subdivision, consisting mostly of low-density, single detached dwellings. As of 2007, the area is home to 3,214 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle-income area, with an average family income of $65,000, an average dwelling value of $168,444 and a home ownership rate of 77.3%.[1] According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $352,359.[2]


John Lake Park

Most of the land for the neighbourhood was annexed by the city between 1910 and 1919, with the remaining southern piece annexed between 1960 and 1969.[3] A 1913 map shows that the present-day Avalon area overlaps three registered subdivisions of the day: Avalon in the northwest, Pacific Addition in the east and railway stock yards in the south.[4] Home construction, however, did not begin in earnest until after World War II.[1] The layout of the streets reflects the changing urban planning philosophies of the day as the land was developed. The north part of the neighbourhood follows a traditional grid pattern. By the 1950s, the design of residential neighbourhoods used a modern system of curving residential streets, feeding into collector roads that connected to arterial roads. Thus, the southern part of the neighbourhood follows this design practice.[5]

John Lake School was opened in 1958.[6] Georges Vanier School was opened that same year, and renovated in 1963.[7]

Residential build-out in Avalon was mostly completed by the late 1960s, however some additional residential development occurred south of Glasgow Street and west of Clarence Avenue in the mid-1990s, along with some limited remnant development west of Melrose Avenue in the 1980s. As noted below, plans for the southwest extension of Circle Drive initially caused some concern; construction of an interchange at Clarence Avenue and Circle, in the planning since the 1960s, was completed by the late 2000s, facilitating resident access to the freeway and to the Stonebridge commercial area to the southeast.

Government and politics

Avalon exists within the federal electoral district of Saskatoon—Grasswood. It is currently represented by Kevin Waugh of the Conservative Party of Canada, first elected in 2015.[8]

Provincially, the neighbourhood is within the constituency of Saskatoon Eastview. It is currently represented by Corey Tochor of the Saskatchewan Party, first elected in 2011.[9]

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Avalon lies within ward 7. It is currently represented by Councillor Mairin Loewen, who was elected to city council in a 2011 by-election.[10]



Georges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School
Georges Vanier Catholic FIne Arts School (Saskatoon).jpg
820 Wilson Crescent

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S7J 2M4

TypeElementary, Fine Arts focus
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic
Opened1958 (1958)[11]
School boardGreater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
PrincipalLaura Cey
Vice PrincipalChad Gusikoski
GradesKindergarten to Grade 8
Enrollment404[12] (2017)
Education systemSeparate
Feeder toHoly Cross High School
WebsiteGeorges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School
John Lake School
2606 Broadway Avenue

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S7J 0Z6

Opened1958 (1958)
School boardSaskatoon Public School Division
PrincipalKendall Pierce
Vice PrincipalJim Klenz
Enrollment255[12] (2018)
Education systemPublic
Feeder toAden Bowman Collegiate
WebsiteJohn Lake School

Parks and recreation

The Avalon Community Association exists to represent the educational, recreational, and social needs of residents, to promote a sense of community and enhance quality of life in the area.[17]

Public services

Avalon is a part of the east division of the Saskatoon Police Service's patrol system.[18] Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services' east division covers the neighbourhood.[19] Transit services to Avalon are provided by Saskatoon Transit on routes No. 6 (Clarence - Broadway) and 13 (Lawson - Exhibition).[20]


The main commercial development is the Avalon Shopping Centre, a strip mall located on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Cascade Street. There are also two small commercial areas along Ruth Street: one between Lorne and Vernon Avenues, and another at Melrose Avenue. In addition, there are 40 home-based businesses in the neighbourhood. It is also separated by an interchange from the Stonebridge "big-box" shopping centre to the immediate southeast.


Avalon is located within the Nutana Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by Ruth Street to the north, Circle Drive to the south, Idylwyld Drive to west, and Clarence Avenue to the east. Roads are laid in a grid fashion in the north part of the neighbourhood, while the south part features crescents and cul-de-sacs. The community has the distinction of being either directly connected by, or directly adjacent to, all four major roadways leading to downtown: the Idylwyld Freeway (via Lorne Avenue), Victoria Avenue (via Wilson Crescent), Broadway Avenue and Clarence Avenue.

Vernon Avenue is a local oddity. On maps it is a one-block long one-way street for northbound traffic between Bute and Ruth Streets. It actually begins at Bute Street as the back alley for houses along McPherson Avenue to the east. It then merges with the Idylwyld Freeway offramp to become a true road until terminating at Ruth Street. St. George Avenue in the neighbouring Exhibition neighbourhood is similarly used as the southbound exit from the Idylwyld Freeway to Ruth Street. The combination of houses and exiting freeway traffic makes this type of street a rarity in Saskatoon.

Early planning for the southwestern extension of Circle Drive led to some concerns as early concepts for the proposed flyover interchange with Idylwyld Freeway would have required demolition of many homes on or near Glasgow Street. The final design, which opened to traffic on July 31, 2013, sacrificed some greenspace in the southwest corner of the community, and the construction of sound attenuation fencing, but otherwise required no home demolition.


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  4. ^ O'Brien, Jeff; Ruth W. Millar; William P. Delainey (2006). Roberta Coulter (ed.). Saskatoon: A History in Photographs. Coteau Books. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-55050-336-4.
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  8. ^ Current Members of Parliament, retrieved 2017-04-16
  9. ^ Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan - Members of the Legislative Assembly, retrieved 2017-04-16
  10. ^ City Councillors - Saskatoon.ca, retrieved 2017-04-16
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