Community scores operate on a 1–5 scale, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. All results are based on statistics from MLS®, the City of Edmonton Open Data Catalogue, and other sources.
- A high Homes score means you’ll find a lot of available real estate listings in that neighbourhood.
- A high Family score means you’ll be close to schools and playgrounds, and everything is within walking and transit distance.
- A high Safety score means bylaw violations and traffic accident rates are low, and you’ll be close to emergency services.
- A high Recreation score means you’ll be close to sports and recreation areas.
- A high Lifestyle score means you’ll be close to shopping and entertainment.
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Average Listing Price
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McKernan is located in southwest Edmonton. It is bounded by University Avenue to the north, 113th Street and part of the Belgravia neighbourhood to the west, 72nd Avenue to the south, and 109th Street to the east.
McKernan and the City of Strathcona was amalgamated by Edmonton in 1912, but area development was delayed until McKernan Lake was drained in the 1940s. Between 1913 and 1947, the McKernan Lake Streetcar, known as the Toonerville Trolley, operated along 76th Avenue from Calgary Trail to 116th Street. The trolley was replaced with the streetcar in 1948. Low-density residential development in the area was substantively completed between 1947 and 1953.
The first walk-up apartment buildings were added to the neighbourhood in the 1950s, and additional apartments were added in the 1960s and 1970s. The northern portion of McKernan was subdivided in the traditional grid street pattern, but part of the southern portion was subdivided with a curvilinear street pattern. As with many mature neighbourhoods, the residential component in McKernan is predominantly single-family.
A small commercial centre is located in the centre of McKernan along 76th Avenue. The south Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension includes a new LRT station located at 76th Avenue and 114th Street (opened in 2009), providing residents with improved transit access to amenities throughout the city.
This neighbourhood was named after James McKernan, a prominent businessman and citizen of Edmonton’s early rival, the City of Strathcona. The land on which the McKernan neighbourhood now sits was part of the original land holding of James McKernan. The original farmhouse of the McKernan family, demolished in 1940, was located where the McKernan Elementary-Junior High School now sits.
Places of Worship
- Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 11634 78 Ave. NW
- St. Paul’s United Church, 11526 76 Ave. NW
- Christian Church McKernan (Disciples of Christ), 11304 78 Ave. NW
- McKernan Baptist Church, 11103 76 Ave. NW
Outside the neighbourhood but nearby:
- St. Agnes Catholic Church, 10826 - 62 Ave NW
- St. Anthony Catholic Church, 10661-82 Ave NW
- Knox-Metropolitan United Church, 8307 109 St. NW
Why I Live in McKernan
Roberta Franchuk has lived in the neighbourhood with her husband and two daughters for about 20 years. She said she was initially attracted to McKernan because it was close to the university and because it was easy to walk and ride a bicycle to many destinations. Roberta’s family is preparing to move into their third McKernan home, this time a net zero home powered by sonar energy. One of the things she likes about the neighbourhood is the wide range of people who live there ranging from students, professionals working on campus, to families and seniors. “I really meet some interesting people here because they are attracted to the close proximity to the university,” said Roberta, a long-time member of the community league. Many residents, she said, are also interested in living sustainable lifestyles evidenced by the growing number of energy efficient homes being built. She said the community really came together about 20 years ago to oppose a city plan to widen 114th street into an eight-lane highway. By working with the city, she said, they were able to support the development of the LRT line and station instead.
McKernan is a mature neighbourhood filled with well-kept post-war and more modern homes on numerous quiet, tree-lined streets. McKernan is also close to major campus healthcare amenities such as the Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and Canadian Blood Services. Other campus amenities include the Timms Centre for the Arts, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, the Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome) and the Saville Sports Centre and Foote Field. There are numerous bicycle and walking trails connecting to William Hawrelak Park and the extensive river valley park system.
Sports, Recreation and Parks
The neighbourhood features three parks that include playground equipment and open spaces: McKernan Park, with a spray deck installed in 2012; Gowan Park, near McKernan School; and Charles Simmonds Park, which borders on the Belgravia neighbourhood to the west. A small park is located at University Avenue and 112 Street and is maintained by volunteers from McKernan and SouthGarneau. For more see Notable Features. The McKernan Community league organizes various community sports activities such as soccer, cricket and basketball. Skating and hockey also takes place at two community rinks.
Crime and Safety
Most common type of reported crimes are break and enters and theft from vehicles. A good source of additional statistics is contained within the Edmonton Police Service Neighbourhood Crime Map at http://crimemapping.edmontonpolice.ca/
McKernan has almost no commercial activities except for some businesses at the intersections of 109th St. at 76th Ave., 109th St. and 72 Ave and 76th Ave and 115th St. The closest shopping, dining and entertainment amenities are found on 82nd Ave.
McKernan School, Edmonton Public Schools, 11330 76 Avenue NW
Opened in 1951, the school’s programs include Honours English 7-9, French Immersion K-9, Late French Immersion 7-9 and Extensions K-6 for gifted students who are able to achieve two or more grade levels above their peers. Outside school activities are enhanced because of the school’s close proximity to the University of Alberta and MacEwan University.
There are very few health services found within McKernan except for a small medical specialist clinic located at 112 St. and 76 Ave. There are, however, numerous hospitals and clinics on the university campus and along 82 Ave. (Whyte Ave.) For more see Notable Features.