Bonnie Doon is a neighbourhood in south-central Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The western part of Bonnie Doon was a part of the City of Strathcona, starting in 1907 and became a part of Edmonton when Strathcona and Edmonton merged in 1912. The rest of the land in the neighbourhood was annexed by Edmonton the following year.
“Bonnie Doon” is a phrase in a Robbie Burns poem, and refers to the beautiful Doon river in Scotland. Ontario-born Alexander Cameron Rutherford who was of Scottish descent put the name on land he owned east of Mill Creek. Later the name spread to what is now the entire neighbourhood of Bonnie Doon.
It is the heart of Edmonton’s Franco-Albertan community and hosts the only francophone university west of Manitoba, the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, which is located north of Whyte Avenue on Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 Street) and the only Francophone high school west of Winnipeg, École Maurice-Lavallée.
The neighbourhood is also home to one of Edmonton’s earliest shopping malls, Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre. The neighbourhood extends from the North Saskatchewan River Valley in the north to Whyte (82) Avenue in the south, and Mill Creek Ravine in the west to Connors Road in the north-east and 83 Street in the east.
There are two schools in the neighbourhood: Rutherford Elementary School and École Maurice-Lavallée.
Surrounding neighbourhoods include:
Strathearn to the north
Idylwylde and Holyrood to the east
King Edward Park to the south
These neighbourhoods are sometimes collectively referred to as the Bonnie Doon area. In the river valley to the north of Bonnie Doon is the neighbourhood of Cloverdale.
The community is represented by the Bonnie Doon Community League, established in 1918, which maintains a community hall and an outdoor rink located at 93 Street and 92 Avenue.
In the City of Edmonton’s 2019 municipal census, Bonnie Doon had a population of 4,726 living in 2,431 dwellings, an 11.17% change from its 2009 population of 4,198. With a land area of 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 3,150.67 people/km2 in 2012.