The CN industrial Area is the industrial subdivision located in southern Saskatoon. It is also known as South Saskatoon, after the CN rail siding located in the area. It is a part of the Nutana Suburban Development Area. This industrial park was established with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Idylwyld Drive provides a concurrency for TransCanada Highway and Sk Hwy 5 next to this park providing a perimeter route around the city of Saskatoon and access to Major trucking routes.
This neighbourhood on the east side of Saskatoon is not to be confused with the Canadian National Railway (C.N.) Yards Management Area located on Chappell Drive in the Confederation SDA of Saskatoon's west side. These two sides of Saskatoon are connected with the Grand Trunk Bridge or CN railway bridge over the South Saskatchewan River.
CN Industrial is bordered to the south by The Willows, Saskatoon, on the north by Idylwyld Drive and Avalon. Stonbridge is to the east, and Sk Hwy 219 to the west. Diefenbaker Management Area and the South Saskatchewan River are west of the CN Industrial area. The auto mall is a newer part of the CN Industrial area east of Portage Avenue to Clarence Avenue. There is a new interchange at Clarence Avenue and Idylwyld Drive to provide easier access to the area.
The Grand Trunk Bridge (Saskatoon) or CN Bridge crosses the South Saskatchewan River between the Queen Elizabeth Power Station on the upstream (west) side and Diefenbaker Park on the downstream (east) side. The train bridge commenced construction work in 1906 with rail line service beginning on September 21, 1908. Construction is currently (as of early 2012) under way on a southwest extension of Circle Drive, which passes through C.N. Industrial, including a new vehicular bridge running parallel to the Grand Trunk Bridge. Access to businesses in C.N. Industrial will be facilitated via an interchange at Lorne Avenue.
The major employers in this area are Westfair Foods, Early Seed and Feed, Roadex Services, Ltd., N. Yanke Transfer, Ltd., and Speedway Moving & Storage. The Saskatoon Auto Mall, which opened on the east side of C.N. Industrial in the early 2000s, includes Saturn, Mini, Sherwood, Chevrolet, and BMW auto dealers, most of whom relocated to the auto mall from locations along 8th Street.
Construction is underway on extending Circle Drive and a south bridge over the river. Infrastructure preparations include an interchange at Lorne Avenue and a flyover where Circle Drive junctions with Idylwyld Freeway. As a result of the increased traffic south of Circle Drive, a new Clarence Avenue and Circle Drive interchange was constructed providing an arterial roadway overpass of Clarence Ave over Circle Drive. Construction began in 2006 and was completed by the end of 2007. As a result, Melville Street was upgraded from an unpaved local access road to the major eastern access into C.N. Industrial from Clarence Avenue.