Welcome to beautiful Bonnie Doon, an established community located in central southeast Edmonton, next to the Mill Creek Ravine and North Saskatchewan River Valley. First annexed by the City of Strathcona in 1907, Bonnie Doon didn’t become a part of Edmonton until 1912, when the two cities amalgamated.

While several homes were constructed along the ravine and river valley before the Second World War, most of Bonnie Doon’s residential development occurred in the 1950s. With the discovery of oil in the neighbouring county of Leduc, Edmonton’s population exploded, leading to the rapid expansion of many popular communities, including Bonnie Doon.

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Did you know? Bonnie Doon was named in honour of Alberta’s first Premier Alexander Rutherford (also a landowner in the area), as a nod to his Scottish heritage. The name itself means “pleasant, rolling countryside” and/or the Scottish river Doon.

Eclectic Home Styles 

Bonnie Doon is home to a diverse range of home styles, varying from single-family homes and duplexes to townhomes and apartment-style condos. Single-family properties consist of cozy, updated post-WW II bungalows on spacious lots, contemporary new infill homes (featuring two stories and ultra-modern finishes) and gorgeous luxury properties.

As we mentioned above, higher density options such as affordable new duplexes, townhomes and apartment-style condos are becoming an increasingly popular choice for home buyers in the area (especially among first-time buyers and downsizers), as older structures are gradually replaced.

Average Listing Price: $853,000

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Did you know? Thanks to its excellent location, Bonnie Doon is rapidly becoming one of Edmonton’s most highly sought-after infill communities. 

All the Best Amenities 

Extremely amenity-friendly, Bonnie Doon residents enjoy convenient access to a wealth of shops, services, restaurants and more. For starters, the community houses a large shopping mall (Bonnie Doon Centre) featuring over 100 stores – including grocers, banking institutions and health and medical services.

82nd (Whyte) Ave also borders the neighbourhood to the south. Known as Edmonton’s primary arts and cultural district, Whyte Ave is known for its countless number of boutique stores, restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, year-round festivals and vibrant nightlife.

Other nearby amenities (10-minutes drive or less) include:

Did you know? Bonnie Doon Centre has been recognized as one of Edmonton’s oldest suburban shopping malls (and home to one of the city’s oldest bowling lanes).

Bonnie Doon Schools 

Families considering calling Bonnie Doon home will be pleased to learn there are several schools located in the area, including a local public elementary. Other educational opportunities, including Catholic and specialty options, can all be found within the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Did you know? Campus Saint-Jean is the leading institution for French-language education and services in Western Canada. The local elementary school (Rutherford) is also over 100 years old. 

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Parks and Recreation 

Directly east of the community sits the Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre, a large (recently renovated) recreational facility featuring an 8-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, sauna and steam room, running track and tennis courts. The neighbourhood is also home to the active Bonnie Doon Community League (also over 100 years old), offering a wide range of family-friendly programs, including playgroups, family-movie nights, soccer, skating, seniors’ programs and much more.

Finally, thanks to its proximity to the Mill Creek Ravine, residents enjoy ample opportunity to get outside and hit the trails for a morning run, scenic sunset stroll, bike ride, family picnic and more. Many of the ravine trail systems also connect with the parks and pathways of the greater North Saskatchewan River Valley.

Other recreational amenities nearby (10-minutes drive or less) include:

Did you know? Nearby Gallagher Park is the site of Edmonton’s highly anticipated annual Folk Music Festival. It is also reputed to have one of the best tobogganing hills in the city

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A Commuter’s Delight

Bonnie Doon is a triangular-shaped community bounded by Mill Creek Ravine to the west, Connors Road and 83rd Street to the (north) east and 82nd Ave to the south. Connors Road offers residents direct access to Edmonton’s downtown core, just a short drive to the north. 

82nd Ave runs directly west to the University of Alberta and east to 75th Street (Wayne Gretzky Drive), Sherwood Park Freeway, the east Anthony Henday and the City of Sherwood Park proper.

Bonnie Doon also boasts good transit accessibility, with several stops throughout the area. Expansion of the city’s new Valley Line LRT line (running from Mill Woods, through downtown and on to West Edmonton) will also see a stop in the area, directly in front of the Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre.

Did you know? Bonnie Doon once housed one of Edmonton’s original streetcar lines, which also spurred much of the community’s development. 

For more information on the many Edmonton real estate opportunities/homes for sale in Bonnie Doon, we invite you to get in touch with us! And, don’t forget to take advantage of any one (or all!) of our free buyer’s resources, including: 

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