Explore and Discover Historical Sites in Edmonton, AB

 

If you're a history buff, you'll find a number of fascinating and historical sites throughout Edmonton, Alberta. Check out some of these places to learn more about the area.

Chapelle du Père Lacombe

At the Chapelle du Père Lacombe, or Father Lacombe Chapel, is the oldest building that is still standing in the province of Alberta. Father Albert Lacombe built the chapel in 1861 as the center of the Mètis settlement, which included the descendants of Aboriginal peoples and European fur traders. The culture of the Mètis people combines Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal values and forms of expression, creating a unique blend of the major groups.

As you walk through the historic log chapel, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time to the 17th century. The grounds also include the cemetery and crypt, where the remains of early residents and Father Lacombe are buried. You can also take a tour, led by an interpretative guide, or participate in the educational programs and special events that take place at this location throughout the year.  

Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton Park is a fascinating living history museum located on 143 Street. At this park, you can watch entertaining shows or take part in historical events. Its name comes from the first European post in the area that is now Edmonton. Across the grounds, you'll see historical and rebuilt structures that help you get a sense of the early days of Edmonton, including when it was mainly inhabited by Aboriginals. During the summer months, historical interpreters dressed in authentic costumes staff the park, giving guided tours and presentations that create a more authentic atmosphere.

High Level Bridge Streetcar

Another popular sight to see is the High Level Bridge Streetcar, which allows you take a ride and experience what life might have been like in the early days of the city. Along the way, you'll go through the historic Old Strathcona area, as well as through the only CPR tunnel found on the east side of the Canadian Rockies. The tour also includes a ride across the High Level Bridge, which takes you into downtown.

Alberta Government House

Alberta Government House, located just 7 kilometres from Crosstown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, is another top historic attraction in the city. When it was built in 1913, the purpose was to house the lieutenant governors of Alberta. Over the years, economic situations forced it to close. An airline leased the structure but maintained much of its historic charm and beauty. 

Later, the historic structure became a hospital and home for veterans, a government conference center, and reception space. Prior to it reopening as the conference center, it underwent some renovations and refurbishments. The building's three stories include a number of conference rooms, some of which are named for six of the past lieutenant governors who lived in the house in its early years. 

With historical destinations that are fun and educational located throughout the city of Edmonton, there is always something to do and see. Explore these sites and enjoy learning more about the heritage. Make sure to take that new vehicle you recently purchased at Crosstown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram for a drive to one of these fun Edmonton historical sites.

"Fort Edmonton Park" by IQRemix, used under CC BY 

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