McKernan and the City of Strathcona became part of Edmonton through amalgamation in 1912, but development of the area was delayed until McKernan Lake (located between 110 and 114 Streets and 72 and 76 Avenues) was drained in the 1940s. Between 1913 and 1947 the McKernan Lake Streetcar, known as the Toonerville Trolley, operated along 76th Avenue from Calgary Trail to 116th Street; the trolley was replaced with the streetcar in 1948. More about McKernan... 

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Low density residential development in the area was substantively completed between 1947 and 1953. The first walk-up apartment buildings were added to the neighbourhood in the 1950s, and additional apartments were added in the 1960s and 1970s.

The northern portion of McKernan was subdivided in the traditional grid street pattern, but part of the southern portion was subdivided with a curvilinear street pattern. As with many mature neighbourhoods, the residential component in McKernan is predominately single family. A small commercial centre is located in the centre of McKernan along 76th Avenue. With proximity to the University of Alberta Campus, a large proportion of McKernan’s residents are post secondary students; in fact, 25% of the residents within McKernan are between the ages of 20 and 29 years old as compared to the lower city average of 18%. The south Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension includes a new LRT station located at 76th Avenue and 114th Street (opened in 2009), providing residents with improved transit access.

This neighbourhood was named after James McKernan, a prominent businessman and citizen of Edmonton’s early rival, the City of Strathcona. The land on which the McKernan neighbourhood now sits was part of the original land holding of James McKernan. The original farmhouse of the McKernan family, demolished in 1940, was located where the McKernan Elementary-Junior High School now sits. The McKernan Community League was established in 1932.

Information taken from City of Edmonton website.


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Listing information last updated on November 23rd, 2017 at 11:02am MST.