Originally called Norwood, this community was renamed after the original street name for 118 Avenue.
Edmonton has almost 400 distinct neighbourhoods, each with clearly defined boundaries and its own character. Some have been around for over one hundred years, while others are very new. As time's gone by boundaries have shifted, and areas have been amalgamated, split up, and renamed. A handful of neighbourhoods have been profiled in order to give more context about the area, and explain how each community's history has influenced how it looks today.
The Boyle Street area is as old as Edmonton, born from enterprising newcomers.
Situated north of the city, Clader began as a rail town in 1909 and amalgamated with Edmonton in 1917.
This neighbourhood, bound by 107 and 111 Avenues, and 101 and 109 Streets, was named for John Alexander McDougall, a local businessman and mayor who went into business with Richard Secord.
Kinnaird Ravine is central to this small community just east of downtown Edmonton.
Edmonton’s downtown has always been the heart of the city, and yet has struggled through more than one attempt to reinvent itself.
Dr. Lewis Gwynne Thomas calls the community of Garneau “an outdoor museum of early twentieth-century west Canadian architecture… containing some of the best examples of vintage architecture to be found anywhere in the city.”
Protected by an early 1900s regulation, Glenora has virtually no commercial or religious development and is home to some of the earliest estates in the city.
Highlands is one of Edmonton's most architecturally diverse neighbourhoods.
McCauley’s appeal include its proximity to downtown and the river valley, ethnic diversity, commercial successes with Little Italy and Chinatown, character homes, and community involvement.
Edmonton's original 'West End" is one of the city's oldest, and is one of the most densely populated communities.
The Queen Alexandra community is as old as Strathcona, which developed as a result of the Calgary & Edmonton Railway terminating at the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River in 1891.
Now the most ethnically diverse community, Queen Mary Park was once farmland and home to an inviting eighteen hole golf course.
The community of Walterdale is inextricably tied to the man John Walter who signed on with the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in 1870.
The City of Edmonton has a long history of protecting the river valley and ravines within its boundaries from urban development, ensuring their use for parks and environmental protection.
“Within Edmonton, there are few places with as long, layered and complex a heritage as the River Crossing (Rossdale) area.” ~ City of Edmonton River Crossing Heritage Interpretive Plan.
The oldest homes and trees in Spruce Avenue originate from residential development pushing north from downtown at the turn of the twentieth century.
Strathcona arose when the first railway north from Calgary terminated at the south river bank, much to the chagrin of the town of Edmonton on the north side, and to the delight of southsiders who quickly formed a burgeoning rival community.
The history of the University of Alberta (U of A) is unique in the story of the development of the communities of Edmonton because although it is inextricably tied to the story of the city, the U of A is its own entity as a provincial and educational enterprise.
Westmount contains Edmonton's largest concentration of single family dwellings built before World War One.
Although annexed by Edmonton in 1910, this area remained largely rural until after the Second World War.
Although subdivided in 1911 for development, most residences of Windsor Park were not built until the 1940s and 1950s.