North Saskatchewan River
The valley of the North Saskatchewan River attracted early human occupation for thousands of years, with its relatively abundant resources of water, food, and wildlife.
Two fur trading posts arrived late in the 18th century, one belonging to the Hudson‘s Bay Company and the other to its rival the North West Trading Company. They were rebuilt several times before Fort Edmonton was consolidated on the site now occupied by the provincial legislative building. When the two companies merged in 1821 the fort that had been established in 1795 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, known as Edmonton House, became the trading and administrative center of the northwest. The fort traded with the Blackfoot confederacy of the Indian tribes who together with the Cree then inhabited
the land. The Canadian government advertised in foreign papers in the 1900s: “Canada has free land”>. Until 1914 hundreds of thousands of immigrants poured in from Britain, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland, riding the long colonial trains that chuffed across Lake Superior’s northern shore into the Canadian West. Germans and Ukrainians were the largest ethnic groups (Ukrainian community in Edmonton itself is about 95,000); but there were many others, including Scandinavians, Russians, Poles, Austrians, Italians, and Icelanders. Immigration rose to a peak in 1914, came to standstill during World War I, and resumed at somewhat reduced rate in 1920s...
Edmonton's Ukrainian community
The area of Edmonton is home to a fairly large Ukrainian community and its influence can be perceived all across the city, especially through its beautiful architecture.
If you want to find out more about the story of Ukrainian immigrants in Alberta, you can visit the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village located about 50 km east of Edmonton.
The city is riddled/blessed with loads of golf courses. Victoria Park Golf Course, just down the hill from downtown, is the country's oldest municipal golf course, and remains today a very popular golf course. There are dozens of others in and bordering the city.
Pictured here is the Victoria Park Golf Course (taken from mi casa! ^o^) with the U of A campus in the background across the river.
The North Saskatchewan River
The North Saskatchewan River snakes its way through the city with a long green belt of parkland running along both banks. This is North America’s largest stretch of city parkland, one long recreational area strewn with cycling paths and trails. Imagine a city park 30 km (19miles) long that has all kinds of facilities, including network of jogging, running and cycling trails. On the picture - Whitemud Park - is a part of the system and one of our favorites in Edmonton.
Whyte Ave... 82 Avenue from...
Whyte Ave... 82 Avenue from roughly the U of A to 104 St.(the CPR tracks). This is the centre of Edmonton's nightlife. Some of Edmonton's best restaurants and most of its best bars are located on Whyte. Its proximity to the U of A and the HI Hostel ensure an eclectic and rowdy crowd.
The Old Strat(hcona Hotel): old time hotel beerhall like you'd find in the 'colourful' quarter of any western Canadian city. Caution: the amount of smoke in the air here is probably incredibly toxic, but the beer is cheap, and the patrons are entertaining.
The Iron Horse: huge nightclub situated next to the railway line at 104th. Good place to dance yer brains out.
...these two bars are just the extremes of a spectrum of bars on Whyte Ave. Take your pick, you're bound to find one that you like. From dirty and ragged to elegantly coiffed.