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History of Kildonan Drive

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Kildonan Drive was part of the City of East Kildonan (incorporated July 1, 1957) when it became part of the City of Winnipeg which came into legal existence on January 1, 1972. The Kildonan Drive neighbourhood, named for the roadway that winds its way along the meandering Red River, features some of the larger single family homes built on the east side of the Red River. Because of its location across the river from the original Selkirk Settlement, this area saw permanent, non-First Nations settlement in the 1820s and 1830s, as families grew and new arable land was needed.

Many of the houses along the river and in the central part of the neighbourhood date from before World War I and between the two World Wars; much of the residential development elsewhere dates from the 1945-1970 era. Fraser's GrovePark is one of the better known greenspaces in the neighbourhood.