Idylwyld Drive

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Idylwyld Drive
Avenue A
Maintained by City of Saskatoon
Length 8.46 km[1] (5.26 mi)
Location Saskatoon
Coordinates 52°07′11″N 106°40′08″W / 52.1197°N 106.6690°W / 52.1197; -106.6690Coordinates: 52°07′11″N 106°40′08″W / 52.1197°N 106.6690°W / 52.1197; -106.6690
South end Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge
Hwy 16
Hwy 11
North end Auction Mart Road

Idylwyld Drive (/ˈdəlwld/ EYE-del-wild or /ˈdəwld/ EYE-da-wild) is an arterial road in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is one of the main roads in and out of the downtown area of the city.

On the south side of the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge, it is a freeway and is known as the Idylwyld Freeway. It eventually turns into Circle Drive, just east of Prairieland Park. At its north end the road divides into two highways, Highway 11 and Highway 12.

The oldest section of Idylwyld Drive used to be known as Avenue A, the easternmost of the "lettered" north-south streets (continuing westward to Avenue Y). In 1966, the Canadian National Railway tracks were relocated out of the downtown; the former railway bridge was demolished and replaced by a traffic bridge; and the former railroad right-of-way south of the river was made into the Idylwyld Freeway. The freeway crossed the river at the bridge and connected at 20th Street to Avenue A, renamed Idylwyld Drive. Two blocks of Avenue A still exist south of 20th Street, as a small remnant.[2][3]

As with the city's other major transitional arterials, 22nd Street West and 8th Street East, Idylwyld Drive features a mixture of uses. At its southern end, on the border of the Central Business District and Riverdale's business areas, commercial uses dominate. North of 25th Street, residential dominates the west side of the street, with a mix of hotels, motels, schools and institutional uses, including the city's main campus of SIAST. North of 33rd Street, a mix of single-family residential and commercial is featured until approximately 36th Street, at which point the road becomes a commercial district. North of Circle Drive, the street elevates to freeway status and passes through suburban commercial and industrial regions until it exits the city.

Exits and Intersections[edit]

This is a diagram of exits and intersections on Idylwyld Drive, from North to South:

Idylwyld Drive Exits
Begins north of Saskatoon as Highway 12
Highway 11 north to Prince Albert Highway 11 enters freeway; Northbound exit, southbound entrance only
Entering the City of Saskatoon
Auction Mart Road (a.k.a. 71st Street) At-grade intersection
Marquis Drive At-grade intersection
Highway 16 - Yellowhead Highway west to Lloydminster
Avenue C North (southbound), 51st Street E (eastbound) - to Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport
Highway 16 - Circle Drive Highway 16 exits freeway
Idylwyld Drive becomes arterial road through Saskatoon with many at-grade intersections and property entrances
33rd Street At-grade intersection
Future 25th Street intersection Planned at-grade intersection with extension of 25th Street
Jamieson Street/Highway 5 - 23rd Street E Highway 5 continues east; At-grade intersection
Highway 7/Highway 14 - 22nd Street Highways 7/14 continue west; At-grade intersection
20th Street - Becomes Idylwyld Freeway past this point At-grade intersection
Avenue A to 19th Street Southbound exit only
1st Avenue to Downtown Saskatoon Branches off from main lanes; Northbound exit, southbound entrance only
8th Street Southbound exit, northbound entrance only
Taylor Street entrance Northbound entrance only
Highway 219 - Lorne Avenue, Ruth Street
To Lorne Avenue
Future Circle Drive south freeway alignment
Continues as Circle Drive


  1. ^ Gmaps Pedometer
  2. ^ Jeff, O'Brien (2005). "Saskatoon Chronology: 1882-2005". City of Saskatoon - Archives. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  3. ^ "A View From Above - Key to Landmarks". City of Saskatoon - Archives. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-11-29.