Located on the west side of Saskatoon, Caswell Hill, originally named the Ashworth-Holmes subdivision, was put on the real estate market September 1, 1905. Its boundaries were originally between Avenue A North and Avenue E North, between 22nd Street West and 28th Street West, but as a result of the rapid population influx, and more specifically, the development of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, it was later expanded to 32nd Street West.
The Caswell Hill area was named after one of the first settlers that arrived with the Temperance Colonists. Robert Caswell arrived in Nutana with the Temperance Colonists from Moose Jaw in 1883.
Caswell Hill School, located at 204 30th Street West, is believed to be on the original site of Robert Caswell’s homestead. Built in 1910, the schoolís design was strongly influenced by the British. The two-storey brick school still remains today and continues to provide education to the children of the Caswell Hill neighbourhood in addition to being home to Saskatoon’s ACTAL program.
From the beginning, Caswell Hill has maintained a mixture of homes, industries, services, churches, parks, and schools. For the most part, Caswell Hill has served as a major transportation centre. This includes the CPR station that was built in 1907, and the City of Saskatoon Transit headquarters built in 1913. In the summer of 1907, Caswell Hill’s population began to grow. One of those that decided to reside in the area was Colonel Herbert Acheson. Colonel Acheson was a prominent resident of the community, serving as Saskatoonís City Solicitor. Still existing today, the Colonel’s residence is located at 502 Walmer Road.
Through the continuing migration of people to Saskatoon, Caswell Hill rapidly expanded. By 1912, Caswell Hill had become a popular place of residence.
The CPR station opened its doors in 1903. At that time, the station was only a small house. However, the house was eventually replaced with the current structure in 1907, serving as a hub for most residents of the city. It remains as one of the finest examples of early 20th century railroad stations in Western Canada, and today is a national historic site.
As well as a transportation center, Caswell Hill also served as a location for dairy production. Dairy was the second largest industry in Saskatoon, and two out of the six facilities were located in Caswell Hill. These two dairies were the largest in the city. Dairy remained a significant industry in Saskatoon until 1940. Today, the only remaining dairy building in Caswell Hill is the Dairy Producers Co-op, originally known as Hillís Dairy; it is located at the corner of Avenue E and 23rd Street.
Located between Avenue D North, Avenue E North, 30th Street West and 31st Street West, Ashworth-Holmes Park is one of the oldest parks in the city. The parkís name is derived from the names of two men, Mr. Joe Holmes and Mr. John Ashworth.
Holmes moved to Saskatoon in 1904 to be the managing editor of The Phoenix newspaper. He then teamed up with Mr. Ashworth where they both were involved in real estate. The Park contains many facilities including: the Mayfair Bowling Club, Kinsmen recreational unit, tennis court, children’s playground unit, cement hop-scotch area, barbecue facilities, and many picnic tables. All of these facilities have been incorporated into a landscaped area that contains many mature trees and shrubs.
Caswell by the Numbers
- Population | 3,583
- Homeownership | 58.9%
- Average Value of Dwelling | $250,671
- Average Household Income | $48,727
- Average Household Size | 2.2
- Municipal Ward 2
What To Do
- Take in a house concert at The Hayloft. The Hayloft was an old Safeway store which has been converted into a private residence optimized for house concerts. It is the home of artist Carrie Catherine and developer Curtis Olson.
- Explore Ashworth Holmes Park. Each park has it’s boosters but it’s really an argument about which is Saskatoon’s second best park. Ashworth Holmes Park is clearly Saskatoon’s best park and home of one of Saskatoon’s few remaining paddling pools. The south part of the park also holds a community garden.
- Enjoy Art in the Park | This is Caswell’s yearly festival and is a one day party and art show in Ashworth Holmes Park.
- Take up lawn bowling | The Mayfair Lawn Bowling Club is one of Saskatoon’s oldest clubs and has by far the best lawn bowling facilities in the city.
- Swim at the recently renovated and redesigned Mayfair Pool (one of the reasons why people in Caswell don’t always realize they live in Caswell. Many things are named Mayfair)
- Check out one of Saskatoon’s most beautiful neighbourhood churches, Christ Church Anglican.
- Grip It Wall Climbing | Sure Saskatoon is on the flat prairies but Caswell Hill is home to Saskatoon’s only indoor rock climbing wall. Perfect your skills and technique on it’s 50 foot indoor rock climbing walls or go bouldering on it’s 8 foot walls.
Where to Shop
- Safeway on 33rd Street | It’s across 33rd Street in Mayfair but provides easy walkable access to groceries from all over Caswell Hill
- Christies Mayfair Bakery | An institution on 33rd Street for decades, Christies bakery is one of the best places in Saskatoon to start one’s morning off right.
- Mayfair Hardware | If Mayfair Hardware doesn’t have it, you don’t need it.
Where to Stay
- The Holiday Inn Express on Idylwyld and 25th Street. One of Saskatoon’s newer hotels, the three story hotel is a nice fit in a residential neighbourhood. Small footprint, no bar or restaurant and modest parking. If you are thinking of building a hotel right beside a residential neighbourhood, this is the way to do it. If you are looking for something different, check out the recently renovated Ramada Hotel across Idylwyld Drive in the North Downtown. Built in a Soviet monolith style of architecture of the 1970s, the hotel has been recently redecorated inside and out.
Where to Eat
- Konga Cafe | If you are craving Caribbean food, this is where it can be found. Excellent food, fun atmosphere, the husband and wife team epitomize what it means to be a family restaurant. A meal here doesn’t so much feel like you are out for a meal but rather it feels like you have stopped by a friends place.
- Caswell Cafe | A long time favourite breakfast spot among the locals.
- It is home to AODBT, The Architects Collaborative, Edwards Edwards McEwen Architects, and March Schaffel Architects Ltd.
- Caswell’s biggest asset is it’s location to downtown Saskatoon and the growing number of excellent amenities in Riversdale but it is so much more than that. It has a fantastic new pool and one of the best designed neighbourhood parks in all of Canada. Toss in the charming architecture and what more could you want?
- I would have to say Idylwyld Drive. It’s two bad that Caswell Hill has to be separated from downtown Saskatoon by four lanes of traffic. Unlike Mayfair which has given up on housing between Idylwyld and Avenue B, Caswell is right up against all of the traffic all of the time. The hope is that once the North Downtown redevelopment takes place that Idylwyld will be reinvented and changed but until then, it does take away from one of Saskatoon’s best neighbourhoods.
- Pat Lorje | Ward 2 City Councillor
- Cam Broten (NDP) | Saskatoon Massey Place MLA
- David Forbes (NDP) | Saskatoon Centre MLA
- Kelly Block (Conservative) | Saskatoon Rosetown-Biggar MP
- Caswell Hill Community Association