A Brief History of the Avenue

Once upon a time in Edmonton...

In the early 20th century, Alberta Avenue was on the outskirts of the city. The proximity to 'Packingtown' (a confluence of meat packing facilities) gave rise to Alberta Avenue as a home for workers and as a business centre to support the industry. The area continued to develop as an industrial centre with the additions of the Great Western Garment Factory and the Norwood Foundry. 

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Street car lines were extended to Alberta Avenue during the First World War. This connection to other developing neighbourhoods, and the emerging downtown, facilitated further economic development in the area. 

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Like all areas in the country, Alberta Avenue was hit hard during the great depression. The residents of the area were able persevere through hard work and supporting one another. Alberta Avenue has always been very community minded, and the Alberta Avenue Community League has played a prominent role in the community since it's inception in 1922. 

Life on the Ave has had its ebbs and flows through the 1970s and early 2000s, but the community spirit of those early residents is still alive and well. The store facades have changed, but the Ma and Pop character of the area remains. Whether you are sipping a coffee at the Carrot, or strumming through the aisles at Mhyre's Music, it's unmistakable which avenue you're on. 

 95 Street and Alberta Avenue 1938

95 Street and Alberta Avenue 1938

 Gladys Flower Shop 9349 - Alberta Avenue

Gladys Flower Shop 9349 - Alberta Avenue

 Inside Gladys Flower Shop 9349 - Alberta Avenue

Inside Gladys Flower Shop 9349 - Alberta Avenue

 Handy Bakery 2005

Handy Bakery 2005

 Mona Lisa's 2005

Mona Lisa's 2005

 Polar Bear 2005

Polar Bear 2005

 Safeway coming

Safeway coming

 Wee Book Inn 2005

Wee Book Inn 2005