Mill Woods

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Mill Woods
Mill Woods is located in Edmonton
Mill Woods
Mill Woods
Location of Mill Woods in Edmonton
Coordinates: 53°27′32″N 113°25′41″W / 53.459°N 113.428°W / 53.459; -113.428 (Mill Woods)Coordinates: 53°27′32″N 113°25′41″W / 53.459°N 113.428°W / 53.459; -113.428 (Mill Woods)
Ward[2]Karhiio & Sspomitapi
 • MayorAmarjeet Sohi
 • Administrative bodyEdmonton City Council
 • CouncillorsKeren Tang
Jo-Anne Wright
693 m (2,274 ft)
 • TotalDecrease 80,363[a][1]
WebsiteOfficial website

Mill Woods is a residential area in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Located in southeast Edmonton, Mill Woods is bounded by Whitemud Drive (Highway 14) to the north, 91 Street to the west, 34 Street to the east, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the south.[5] Mill Woods is adjacent to three other residential areas including The Meadows to the east across 34 Street, and Southeast Edmonton and Ellerslie to the south and southwest respectively across Anthony Henday Drive.

The development of Mill Woods began in the early 1970s and was one of the first areas of Edmonton to move away from the grid system.


The Mill Woods subdivision is situated in land that was once earmarked for a Indian Reserve to belong to the Papaschase,a Métis-Cree band that signed treaty between 1876 and 1891. The reserve was deemed to have been abandoned in 1891 and the land was open to agriculture settlement and purchase by new arrivals. Part of the land was then settled by Moravian Brethren from Germany and Russia. Some of it formed a short-lived communal farm in a community associated with the Bruederheim Moravian church.[6] The City of Edmonton began assembling land in this area in 1970 as a means of addressing the shortage of and rising cost of serviced land in the vicinity of Edmonton, and City administrators prepared a plan to develop the area.[7]

The Mill Woods Development Concept was approved in March 1971. It envisioned eight communities and a town centre community. The plan envisioned having a population of approximately 120,000 people at full build-out, a number the area currently contains.[5]

Southeastern areas of Mill Woods suffered heavy damage from the Edmonton tornado in 1987.

The designation of the original Papaschase reserve as abandoned is disputed by the descendants of the Papaschase band. They brought a lawsuit for compensation against the government of Canada in 2001. The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the lawsuit in 2008 on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired.[8]


Mill Woods was named for Mill Creek, which bisects the northeast portion of the area, as well as the formerly wooded nature of the area.[5][7] It is in line with the mock pastoral names generally chosen for suburban neighbourhoods.

The aboriginal heritage of the area is reflected in the names of numerous neighbourhoods in Mill Woods. For example, the Satoo neighbourhood is named for Chief Satoo of the Cree people.[9]


The former South Campus for MacEwan University

Mill Woods comprises a town centre community (Mill Woods Town Centre)[10] and eight surrounding communities[5] (Burnewood, Knottwood, Lakewood, Millbourne, Millhurst, Ridgewood, Southwood, and Woodvale), which are each divided into multiple neighbourhoods. Millbourne was divided into the sub-communities of Leefield and North Millbourne before being divided into two neighbourhoods each.

The communities within Mill Woods are connected by an arterial ring road, Mill Woods Road, along its east, south, and west extent and by 38 Avenue along its north extent. Smaller collector ring roads that intersect Mill Woods Road connect the multiple neighbourhoods typically found within each community.

Within the circle formed by these eight communities are the neighbourhoods of Mill Woods Park, Mill Woods Town Centre and Tawa. Together, these three neighbourhoods form a largely business and service core intended to allow Mill Woods to function as a self-contained community.[citation needed]


Mill Woods contains Mill Woods Town Centre (a major shopping mall), the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, an Edmonton Fire Service station. It contains Edmonton Police Service's Southeast Division headquarters; there is a City run Recreation Centre, and is home to Mill Woods Park. As well as Mill Woods Golf Course in the just south of Whitemud Drive.


Mill Woods has twenty-one Edmonton Public elementary schools, eleven Edmonton Catholic elementary schools, four public junior high schools, three Catholic junior high schools. As well as two high schools J. Percy Page High School, and Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Edmonton Catholic Schools also operates an alternative outreach high school in Mill Woods.[11] Previously, Mill Woods has also been home to the Mill Woods (South) Campus of MacEwan University.


The Mill Woods Presidents' Council, community leagues throughout Mill Woods, and various corporate sponsors provide Canada Day celebrations in Mill Woods Park on July 1 of each year. It features free family entertainment including various musical performances, petting zoos, hay rides and other activities, and concludes with a fireworks display comparable with the Edmonton's primary display in the river valley. Each year around 60,000 people crowd the park for this event, which is the largest neighbourhood celebration in Canada.[12]


The total population of Mill Woods according to the City of Edmonton's 2012 municipal census is 78,322.[1] The following is a population breakdown of Mill Woods by neighbourhood.

Rank Neighbourhood Community Population
1 Kiniski Gardens Burnewood 6,637 6,927
2 Pollard Meadows Southwood 4,553 4,480
3 Crawford Plains Southwood 4,381 4,410
4 Sakaw Millhurst 4,102 4,194
5 Jackson Heights Burnewood 3,911 4,130
6 Bisset Ridgewood 3,831 3,980
7 Daly Grove Southwood 3,546 3,608
8 Hillview Woodvale 3,444 3,766
9 Weinlos Ridgewood 3,428 3,482
10 Satoo Knottwood 3,389 3,490
11 Richfield Millbourne 3,297 3,346
12 Tweddle Place Millbourne 3,129 3,272
13 Minchau Ridgewood 3,099 3,327
14 Greenview Woodvale 2,923 2,890
15 Meyonohk Lakewood 2,923 2,969
16 Tipaskan Lakewood 2,901 2,944
17 Kameyosek Lakewood 2,895 2,712
18 Meyokumin Millhurst 2,891 3,063
19 Lee Ridge Millbourne 2,741 2,751
20 Ekota Knottwood 2,563 2,655
21 Menisa Knottwood 2,545 2,685
22 Michaels Park Millbourne 2,196 2,195
23 Tawa Mill Woods Town Centre 1,909 1,961
24 Mill Woods Town Centre Mill Woods Town Centre 1,088 1,156
25 Mill Woods Golf Course Woodvale 0 0
26 Mill Woods Park N/A 0 0
Total Mill Woods 26 Areas 78,322 80,363


There are two Edmonton Transit Service bus terminals: Lakewood Transit Centre, near Mill Woods Recreation Centre on 28 Avenue NW, and Mill Woods Transit Centre at Mill Woods Town Centre. Another terminal, Millgate Transit Centre, lies just north across Whitemud Drive from the Tweddle Place and Michael's Park neighbourhoods.

Two freeways run by Mill Woods including, Whitemud Drive on the north side and the Anthony Henday Drive on the south; both running east–west. Several arterial roads run in and around Mill Woods. Running north-south are 91 Street, 66 Street, 50 Street and 34 Street. Running east-west are the two freeways as well as 23 Avenue, and 34 Avenue.

In 2021 the Valley Line (Edmonton) of the Edmonton Light Rail Transit system is expected to be completed, and in doing so adding 3 stations in Mill Woods; Millbourne/Woodvale stop, at 38 Avenue NW and 66 Street NW, Grey Nuns stop at 66 Street NW and 31 Street NW and Mill Woods station at 28 Avenue and 62 Street NW. [14]


  1. ^ a b c "2012 Census - Population By Single Year Of Age And Gender (Neighbourhood)". City of Edmonton. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  2. ^ a b "City of Edmonton Wards & Standard Neighbourhoods" (PDF). City of Edmonton. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-16. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "Edmonton Developing and Planned Neighbourhoods, 2011" (PDF). City of Edmonton. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-26. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mayor and City Council". City of Edmonton. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Mill Woods Development Concept" (PDF). City of Edmonton. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  6. ^ Kuban, Ron (2005). Edmonton's urban villages: the community league movement. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. pp. 218. ISBN 0-88864-438-8. OCLC 144078901.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  7. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Profile – Mill Woods Town Centre" (PDF). City of Edmonton. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  8. ^ "Top court rejects First Nations group's bid for Edmonton land claim". CBC News. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Neighbourhood Profile – Satoo" (PDF). City of Edmonton. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  10. ^ "Mill Woods Town Centre Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan (Office Consolidation)" (PDF). City of Edmonton. December 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  11. ^ "Fresh Start And Partners For You Outreach High Schools". Edmonton Catholic Schools. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  12. ^ Theobald, Claire. "Mill Woods boasts the city's best Canada Day fireworks". Edmonton Examiner June 27, 2012. Edmonton Examiner. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  13. ^ "2009 Municipal Census Results". City of Edmonton. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  14. ^ "City of Edmonton Valley Line Stage 1 – Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project Environmental Impact Screening Assessment Update" (PDF). Edmonton. City of Edmonton. Retrieved 1 May 2016.


  1. ^ Population total added from 24 neighbourhoods from 9 communities within Mill Woods boundaries; via 2012 municipal census

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