Edmonton/South

South Edmonton is a district in Edmonton, Alberta.

Understand

Edmonton's south side began with Edmonton/South Central, but the district explained right now began essentially with the suburban revolution of the 40s/50s/60s. For Edmonton suburbia started in 1947.

The south district developed an array of mature 50s style neighbourhoods like Ottewell and Holyrood. They rebelled against the traditional grid, but these neighbourhoods still have (some) mature charm.

Much growth of the area occurred in the 70s and 80s with lots of new neighbourhoods being created south of the then new Whitemud Drive. In the 80s, Southgate Mall, which today is a very high end mall, was built.

By the 1990s, the economy of the city slowed, but the area known as Terwillegar began to take form. WIth the completion of the Anthony Henday Drive on the south side, many even newer suburban communities have been beginning to pop up.

The area is home to South Campus, an extension of the University of Alberta, two times the size (in land mass) of the main campus. Recently a LRT station was completed there, and by next year (that is 2010) the LRT will go to Southgate and the new under construction urban village, Century Park.

Mill Woods

Mill Woods had its first developments in the 1970s as a major residential neighbourhood. It was designed by planners to have its arterials in the shape of a wildrose. Obviously a tad stupid, and is now just seen as suburban blight. In the 1990s, the area began to become prone to gangs and has since gotten a bad rep from the city. Unless you live there, it's wise not to call it "Mill Hoods" Today it has become "Little India" with several shopping areas catering exclusively to that demographic. Overall, the area does have fair transit connections and new neighbourhoods popping up outside the designated area.

The area constituting Mill Woods consists of: South of Whitemud Drive, North of Anthony Henday Drive, East of 91 Street NW and West of 34 Street NW.

Get in

Edmonton South is usually one of the first places a traveler hits upon coming to Edmonton. The Edmonton International Airport is just 14 km south of the southern edges of the city. You'd enter via Gateway Boulevard (and leave if returning - going back to the south, be it the Airport, Leduc, Red Deer, Calgary, the US, etc. using Calgary Trail) into a land of big box superstores.

From South central, to go south to the South part of this city, take 109th St, Calgary Trail, or 99th St. From Edmonton/Central just get to south central and take the same routes

From the west, you can access the south via Whitemud Drive or Anthony Henday, or going through other districts.

From the north, you can take Wayne Gretzky Drive directly to the Southeastern parts of the city, or enter via other districts.

The Edmonton LRT trains go as far south as Century Park.

See

Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton Park.

The park features over 75 structures, many of which are the originals. Costumed interpreters operate the site and live the way of the past. Visitors enjoy exploring each building and each room, and talking to the role-playing interpreters.

The price of admission includes free steam engine train and streetcar rides, and period rides such as wagon, stagecoach, pony and buggy are also available with a small charge.

Enjoy special events at this venue on occasion like Canada Day (July 1, Canada's independence celebrations) that compare to none across Canada.

The 2007 film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was partly filmed there.

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