East Kildonan, Winnipeg

East Kildonan, Winnipeg

East Kildonan is a primarily residential community in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, located in the northeast part of the city. Commonly known simply by its initials "E.K.", its population is about 30,000. It is bounded by the Red River on the west, the lane between Harbison and Larsen Avenues on the south, Panet Road, 100 metres north of Blantyre Avenue, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Marconi tracks (removed in 2006) on the east, and Oakland Avenue on the north. East Kildonan is made up of the neighbourhoods of Munroe, Morse Place, Rossmere, and Fraser's Grove. 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.

It was part of the original Parish of Kildonan, which formed part of the Red River Settlement. The Municipality of Kildonan was established in 1876 and 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, and in 1914 Kildonan was divided into 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. It was incorporated as the City of East Kildonan on July 1, 1957. 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.[citation needed]

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

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