Cromdale is one of Edmonton’s oldest inner city neighbourhoods. Its development began soon after a streetcar line was extended from the city’s central business district east along Jasper Avenue, north on Kinnaird Street (82nd Street), and then east again on Pine Avenue (112th Avenue). Directly northwest of the neighbourhood is the Coliseum, where the city’s CFL team, the Edmonton Eskimos, plays.
For decades, Cromdale was a predominantly low-density residential neighbourhood. During the 1960s, Cromdale’s proximity to the downtown and its good transportation linkages spurred a second major development phase in the neighbourhood. Many of the houses in west Cromdale were replaced with higher density apartments.
he odd shape of the neighbourhood is due to one of its major features, the Kinnaird Ravine. The ravine, originating in the North Saskatchewan River valley, winds its way through the middle of the neighbourhood and ends at the CNR/LRT right-of-way on Cromdale’s northwestern boundary. The ravine lends variety to the neighbourhood’s street alignment and offers excellent recreational activities.
Cromdale, meaning “crooked valley,” is also the name of a place in Scotland. The neighbourhood has had many names over its lifetime, including the aptly named “View Point.”