Exhibition Neighbourhood: History and Heritage

From Exhibition Local Area Plan Final Report “History and Heritage”
The Exhibition neighbourhood was settled on Treaty 6 Territory and the Traditional Homeland of the Métis, in what is now known as the City of Saskatoon.
Sarah Shatwell Pendygrasse and her family were among Saskatoon’s first settlers.  She arrived from Ireland in 1887 following her sons Neville, Harold and Sefton who had emigrated earlier.  In December 1892, Sarah was awarded a Dominion land grant patent for a quarter section to establish her homestead.  She built a log house on the land; now a portion of the present-day Exhibition neighbourhood.

Sarah’s son Harold took over the homestead in 1909.  Much of the land was sold, later surveyed and marketed as the Bellevue subdivision.
Maps from 1924 show the land east of Lorne Avenue registered to the Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company.  This land appeared to be largely undeveloped and used as various agriculture plots until the 1950s, according to aerial images.
Between the 1920s and 1950s, the neighbourhood saw little change with only a scattering of buildings in what was Sarah Pendygrasse’s original homestead.  There were commercial greenhouses and market gardens along the north side of Ruth Street where present-day Exhibition Park and Trident Crescent are and substantial garden plots were scattered throughout the area.
As the area’s population grew, the Lorne Avenue streetcar line served the neighbourhood from its origin point at Ruth Street and Lorne Avenue.  Population density was initially much higher along this main transportation corridor compared to the rest of the neighbourhood.  The streetcar was also able to provide convenient access to the exhibition grounds, until the lines were decommissioned in 1951.