Well, we are at the home stretch of Edmonton’s festival season, and summer’s hot and endless days are starting to cool. This is a favourite time of year for avid walkers, as the temperature is right for activity at any time of day!
This is an excellent time to explore Edmonton’s unforgettable history and the heritage buildings that helped to cement our city’s growth and success.
There are four main historical tours in Edmonton. They are:
- Historical Walking Tours of Downtown
- Strathcona Historical Walking and Driving Tours
- District of Oliver Walking and Driving Tours
- Highlands District Walking Tours
Each of these heritage areas has up to four individual trails, as individually, they represent a unique part of Edmonton’s story.
The Downtown Historical Walking Tours are comprised of four distinct historical trails:
- The Heritage Trail, which encompasses government, culture and tourism buildings including MacDonald Hotel, McDougall United Church, and the Legislature.
- Jasper West and Warehouse District, which rolls through the old industrial warehouses near and along 104 St and stops at Jasper Ave and 107 St.
- Downtown and Rice Howard Way which centres around the financial and business district buildings from 104 St to 101 St.
- Jasper East, which follows the distinct early-era construction along Jasper Ave from 99 St through to 97 St.
- The Walking Trail wanders from 103 St and 83 Ave and ends not far from there. It’s still nearly an hour of walking, so you get an idea of just how many historical properties remain in Strathcona.
- The Driving Trail covers the remainder of Old Strathcona, circling the walking trail and moving through parts of the Ritchie neighbourhood, which at the time were mainly mills and small industry.
The District of Oliver Walking Tour has both a west and east walk available. Seeing as the Oliver Neighbourhood has been around since Edmonton was first amalgamated, the buildings here are the mark of our earliest history as a city, and this tour is especially captivating because of this. In fact, even as far back as 1892, the Oliver District was well established.
The Highlands District Walking Tours offers a combination of commercial streetscapes and breathtaking homes from as far back as the 1920s. Established as Edmonton’s newest elite neighbourhood at the time, it enjoyed immense growth followed by decay as the Great Depression ravaged the west. It’s an especially interesting tour because Highlands suffered incredible hardships and has still come through as a prosperous, desirable community despite it.
Each of these tours brings history to life. The Terry Paranych Team recognizes the importance of history in community, and that is why we love to talk about how we can all engage in our neighbourhoods more. Understanding how we make it, through good times and bad, we get a better understanding of each other and how we can support one another. This summer and fall, expect to see a few of us taking advantage of the cooler temperatures, the healthy walking and the amazing history.
For more information on Edmonton Historical Walking Tours, you can visit the City of Edmonton website.
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