Annexed by the City of Saskatoon, 1956
Sutherland started as a private development owned and operated by CP Rail around their railyards, then situated to the northeast of the early settlement of Saskatoon. Sutherland had around a hundred people in 1909; by 1912 it had a thousand and could incorporate as a city. Sadly this was the most exciting growth Sutherland would experience until its annexation by the burgeoning city of Saskatoon in 1956.
Sutherland School, 1926. Located on Egbert Avenue, demolished in 1967. File courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Present day Sutherland retains the same grid as the original layout. It is demarcated by Circle Drive to the west, Attridge Drive to the north, Central Avenue to the east – although businesses on the east side of Central are generally considered to be part of Sutherland – and College Drive to the south. While the housing along Gray Avenue was originally part of the CPR settlement, it was grafted on to Forest Grove in the 1990s. WIth the train yard still quite active, Sutherland continues to be defined by trains, although the railway is not a primary employer in the area anymore. Sutherland also formed a Business Improvement District (BID) in 1999.
Sutherland is anchored by Central Avenue, a north-south corridor with several businesses and eating and drinking establishments.
Sutherland by the numbers:
- Population | 5,487 (estimate)
- Homeownership % | 40.5 (estimate)
- Average Value of Dwelling | $278,346
- Average Household Income | $54,587 (estimate)
- Average Household Size | 2.3 (estimate)
- Municipal Ward | 1
- At the end of summer, Central closes for a day for Day of Play, a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital. Various kid-centred events and activities happen throughout the day.
- Paddock Wood Brewery – located in the industrial area east of Central and south of the train yards, Paddock Wood in various incarnations has been a part of Sutherland for two decades. You can sign up for a tour or just refill your growler here.
- In the colder months, ACT Arena on 105th is a popular destination for skaters and hockey players. You can also book it as a dry arena in the summer months.
- Sutherland is also the home of Bishop Filevich, a bilingual Ukrainian-English school.
- Muskeg Lake Cree Nation’s urban reserve, the first of its kind in Canada, is also part of Sutherland industrial, down 105th. Price-conscious consumers (and taxi drivers) know that the Cree-Way gas station located here can be a few cents cheaper than elsewhere in Saskatoon. I’ve also heard that the muffins at Micisotan Restaurant in the reserve are worth the trip, though I haven’t been in personally yet.
As Sutherland has a good proportion of students living here, many of the dining establishments along Central cater to them. A couple of places stand out from the usual chain offerings.
- Coffee’s On | A bright, cheerful spot in the crook of Central and Gray Avenue, Coffee’s On has the usual assortment of coffee, loose leaf teas, and Italian sodas. They also offer gluten free and vegan food items on occasion, and their offerings change weekly. There are two fireplaces with a couch for each, and a high workbench along the front windows where I like to sit and work.
- Dino’s | A burger with a pint on the deck here in summer is a good Saskatoon experience. From the second story you can gawk at the trains in the yard.
Where to Shop
- Summit Meats | Summit has a good selection of beef, turkey, pork, chicken and bison burgers; local chickens, three kinds of smokies, and a mean beer sausage. They also carry sides like egg noodles, cheese, and beans so you can throw together supper in a pinch.
- Madina Halal Meats | Another butcher shop – Sutherland isn’t too vegetarian-friendly. There is also a new Middle Eastern grocery located on Central just north of Rayner Agencies. I’m afraid I haven’t been into either of these establishments yet but they’re on my list.
- Downey’s Bakery | They still fill their doughnuts with real jam and the hermit cookies make a good picnic snack.
- Stasia Boutique | A ladies’ consignment store that I frequent often, Stasia’s has a wide selection of jeans and some nice midrange fashion from teens to middle age. Savvy ladies know Val has a sale the last weekend of every month. I’ve spotted Eileen Fisher, Hillberg and Berk, and several Matt & Nat offerings in here, amongst others. Hours are very full-time worker friendly as they are open till nine pm every weekday.
- Dutch Growers | A massive greenhouse on the southwest corner of Attridge Drive and Central Ave, Dutch Growers also features a cafe, gifts, decor, ladies’ fashion and bags along with standard greenhouse items. The back gate onto Reid Road is often cracked open so bicycles and people on foot can slip in. In previous summers a delegation from a nearby colony sold fresh fruits and vegetables every Saturday morning; as far as I know at this time they will return again this summer.
- Bruce’s Cycle Works | Bruce’s specializes in mountain bikes, cyclocross, triathlon and road bikes, with a good selection of children’s bikes and in the winter, cross country skis. They also have a decent selection of hybrid bikes, both comfort and sport. I’ve bought my favourite bicycle from here, a steel touring rig, and I frequent this place a little too often than I should for my budget. The people here are fair and do not treat you differently if you are a woman or new to cycling. Bruce’s also acts as a hub for several groups.
- Beaner’s Cuts for Kids | Beaner’s is a great place to take your child for a haircut, especially if they’re fussy. The pros here know how to wrangle small children and there are activities for others so everyone’s kept occupied.
- Home Hardware | The only Home Hardware in Saskatoon, it is as close to a small-town Main Street hardware store as you can get in this city. I like to poke around in the esoterically arranged shelves, and it’s the only place in town I know of where you can get Bar Keeper’s Friend.
Best of Sutherland
- Sutherland still retains a smaller community feel and efforts are underway to refurbish the streetscape along Central Avenue. It’s still a very affordable place to live, compared with other east side neighbourhoods, and has easy access to the freeway. The residential area has wide, quiet streets.
Worst of Sutherland
- My younger self would disagree with me here, but the liquor establishment trifecta along Central gives the nightlife a bit more kick than is comfortable sometimes. It’s safe during the day but at night I prefer to take alternate routes home. Also, while the streetscaping has improved Central closer to 108th, it is not a pleasant walk from 111th onward. During the winter, when the cold air carries the noise well, the train yard and Circle Drive make their presence felt.
- Darren Hill | Ward 1 City Councillor
- Paul Merriman (Saskatchewan Party) | Saskatoon Sutherland MLA
- Brad Trost (Conservative Party) | Saskatoon-Humboldt MP
- Sutherland-Forest Grove Community Association