Adelaide/Churchill, Saskatoon

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Churchill Shopping Centre
Churchill Shopping Centre
Adelaide/Churchill location map
Adelaide/Churchill location map
Coordinates: 52°5′55″N 106°38′27″W / 52.09861°N 106.64083°W / 52.09861; -106.64083Coordinates: 52°5′55″N 106°38′27″W / 52.09861°N 106.64083°W / 52.09861; -106.64083
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area Nutana
Neighbourhood Adelaide/Churchill
Annexed 1910-1919
Construction 1946-1960
 • Type Municipal (Ward 7)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Mairin Loewen
 • Total 1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 3,445
 • Average Income $78,438
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)
Website Adelaide/Churchill Community Association

Adelaide/Churchill is a mostly residential neighbourhood located in south-central Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is a suburban subdivision, consisting mostly of low-density, single detached dwellings. As of 2009, the area is home to 3,445 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle-income area, with an average family income of $78,438, an average dwelling value of $287,976 and a home ownership rate of 90.3%.[1] According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $350,096.[2]


Saskatoon Full Gospel Church, formerly Churchill School

The most of the land for the Adelaide/Churchill neighbourhood was annexed by the city between 1910 and 1919, with the remaining southern piece annexed between 1960 and 1969.[3] According to a 1913 map of registered subdivisions, the area was divided in two: Victoria Park to the north of Ruth Street and Park Adelaide to the south.[4] The two were developed as Churchill (north) and Adelaide Park (south) - with Ruth Street as the dividing line - but were combined into a single neighbourhood when the city redrew its neighbourhood boundaries in the 1990s. The layout of the streets reflects the urban planning philosophies of the day when the land was developed. The north part of the neighbourhood, developed just after World War II, follows a traditional grid pattern. By the 1950s, the design of residential neighbourhoods used a modern system of curving residential streets, feeding into collector roads that connected to arterial roads. Thus, the southern part of the neighbourhood follows this design practice.[5]

Churchill School was built in 1956, but served as a public school for just under thirty years before closing.[6] Hugh Cairns V.C. School was opened in 1960. It was named after Hugh Cairns (VC), a Canadian soldier from World War I whose hometown was Saskatoon. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth's highest award for bravery in battle.[7] Coincidentally, the school is located on Cairns Avenue; however the street was actually named for local pioneer John Cairns, not the soldier.[8]

A divisive debate occurred in 2008 when the Saskatoon Full Gospel Church, owners of the former Churchill School, sought approval to demolish the structure and build a new church and attached condominium complex. Area residents complained that the new building would increase traffic on residential streets, and clash with the existing character of the neighbourhood. Ultimately, city council approved the project and it was under construction as of 2013.[9]

Build-out of the neighbourhood was mostly complete by the mid-1970s, however some additional development in its southwest corner occurred in the late 1980s. In addition, construction of an interchange at Clarence Avenue and Circle Drive, in the planning stages since the 1960s, was completed in the late 2000s, facilitating resident access to the freeway and to the major commercial development at Stonebridge.

Government and politics[edit]

Adelaide/Churchill exists within the federal electoral district of Blackstrap. It is currently represented by Lynne Yelich of the Conservative Party of Canada, first elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Provincially, Adelaide/Churchill overlaps two constituencies. Most of the neighbourhood is within the boundaries of Saskatoon Eastview. It was previously represented by Judy Junor of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, first elected in 1998 and re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007. In the 2011 provincial election, Junor was replaced by Corey Tochor of the Saskatchewan Party. The northwest corner lies within the constituency of Saskatoon Nutana. It was represented by Pat Atkinson of the Saskatchewan NDP, first elected in 1986 and re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007. Since the 2011 provincial election, it has been represented by Cathy Sproule of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Adelaide/Churchill lies within ward 7. It is currently represented by Councillor Mairin Loewen, who was elected to city council on February 9, 2011 in a by-election. At the time, she was the youngest person ever elected to Saskatoon's City Council.[10] She was re-elected in 2012.



Hugh Cairns V. C. School
2621 Cairns Avenue
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7J 1V8
Type Elementary
Opened 1959 (1959)
School board Saskatoon Public School Division
Principal Bob Shmon
Vice Principal Don Burgess
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8
Enrollment 354[11] (2015)
Education system Public
Language English
Feeder to Aden Bowman Collegiate
St. Philip School
1901 Haultain Avenue
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7J 1P4
Type Elementary
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Opened 1956 (1956)[12]
School board Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Principal Sherry McLean
Vice Principal Len Thomas
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8
Enrollment 250[11] (2015)
Education system Separate
Language English
Feeder to Holy Cross High School
  • Churchill School was a public elementary school constructed in 1956 and closed in the early 1980s, before being sold to the Saskatoon Full Gospel Church on July 1, 1985.[6]
  • Hugh Cairns V. C. School - public elementary, part of the Saskatoon Public School Division.[13] The school was constructed in 1959 and took in its first students in 1960.[6] Although located on Cairns Avenue, the school and the street are not named for the same person; the school is named for Saskatonian Hugh Cairns, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during World War I, while the street is named for Alderman John Cairns and was actually called 12th Avenue until 1954.
  • St. Philip School - separate (Catholic) elementary, part of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools[14]

In addition, Aden Bowman Collegiate (a grade 9-12 high school) is located across the street from the neighbourhood's northwest corner.

Parks and recreation[edit]

  • Meadowlark Park (3.1 acres)
  • Adelaide Park (5.2 acres)
  • Churchill Park (13.4 acres)

The Adelaide/Churchill Community Association exists to represent the educational, recreational, and social needs of residents, to promote a sense of community and enhance quality of life in the area.[15]


Commercial development is limited to the northwest corner of the neighbourhood, where the Churchill Shopping Centre sits on the corner of Clarence Avenue and Taylor Street. This strip mall, opened in 1957, has the distinction of being the oldest shopping centre in Saskatoon.[16] In addition, there are 57 home-based businesses in the neighbourhood. The community is immediately north of the big box commercial development in Stonebridge and is also served by the enclosed shopping centre Market Mall to the east.


Adelaide/Churchill is located within the Nutana Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by Taylor Street/Isabella Street to the north, Circle Drive to the south, Cumberland Avenue/Wiggins Avenue to the east, and Clarence Avenue to the west. Roads are laid in a grid fashion in the north part of the neighbourhood, while the south part features crescents and courts.


  1. ^ "Adelaide/Churchill" (PDF). Neighbourhood Profiles. City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  2. ^ "Adelaide/Churchill". Saskatoon Realty. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  3. ^ "Populace Spring 2006" (PDF). City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, Jeff; Ruth W. Millar; William P. Delainey (2006). Roberta Coulter, ed. Saskatoon: A History in Photographs. Coteau Books. p. 31. ISBN 1-55050-336-7. 
  5. ^ "Key to Landmarks". A View From Above. Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists. 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  6. ^ a b c Blashill, Lorraine (1982). "From a Little Stone School... History of Saskatoon Public Schools". Saskatoon, SK: Modern Press Ltd.: 102. 
  7. ^ Filan, Rod (1999-11-30). "Sgt. Hugh Cairns V.C., D.C.M.". Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  8. ^ Duerkop, John (2000). Roberta Coulter, ed. Saskatoon's History in Street Names. Purich Publishing. p. 62. ISBN 1-895830-16-8. 
  9. ^ "Minutes of the Regular Meeting of City Council" (PDF). City of Saskatoon. May 4, 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b Active List of Saskatchewan Schools/Programs (PDF), retrieved 2015-12-25 
  12. ^ Celebrating a Century of Faith and Learning - A History of Saskatoon's Catholic Schools. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. 2015. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-9947443-0-2. 
  13. ^ "Hugh Cairns V. C. School". Saskatoon Public School Division. Retrieved 2015-07-04. 
  14. ^ "St. Philip School". Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Retrieved 2015-07-04. 
  15. ^ "Adelaide Park/Churchill Community Association". City of Saskatoon - Leisure Services & Community Development. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  16. ^ "Business Profile - Fall 2005" (PDF). 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 

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