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The Last Edmonton Coal Mine: Whitemud Creek

Katherine Koller

Rambling up the steep paths of the Whitemud Creek cutbank, a view of Rainbow Valley Park appears along with the…

Edmonton: A World Class Dump, Part Three – Salvage Men, Coal Mines, and a Futuristic Weir

Dr. Russell Cobb

In the middle of the twentieth century, G. S. Woodward was one of a handful of Edmontonians who plied the…

McKernan’s Lost Lake

Katherine Koller

Although the lake is no longer visible, its “ghost” is discernable on early maps and in the form of flooding…

Big Island: A Window into the Past

Peggy Donnelly

Big Island, a 70-acre island located 16 miles upstream from the city of Edmonton, is a lesser-known piece of Edmonton’s…

Edmonton: A World Class Dump, Part Two – Feel the Burn: Edmonton’s Curious Love Affair with Incinerators

Dr. Russell Cobb

Perhaps the desire to burn our waste comes from a primeval desire to cover our tracks. And our smells. Incineration…

Kisiskāciwani-sīpiy – Swift Flowing River

Jenna Chalifoux

Rising out of the Rocky Mountain glaciers, flowing ever eastward toward Hudson Bay, the North Saskatchewan River has meandered across…

The Prins Family and the Dutch in Beverly

Lawrence Herzog

Jacob and Aafje Prins helped more than 800 Dutch newcomers settle in Canada and the hospitality of their big white…

Edmonton: A World Class Dump, Part One – Grierson Dump

Dr. Russell Cobb

Waste may be as old as humanity, but the idea of trash is a relatively modern concept. In the first…

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A Kingdom in North Edmonton: Castle Downs, 1969-1979

Tim O'Grady

When I moved to Castle Downs nearly ten years ago, I saw a typical 1970s development: parks, schools, stores, churches,…

The North Saskatchewan River

Ester Malzahn

Before the highways and railways, there was the North Saskatchewan River. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Saskatchewan River…

June 29, 1915 — Edmonton’s River Valley Floods

Sally Scott

On June 29, 1915, the North Saskatchewan River flooded Edmonton’s river valley. The river had flooded before, of course, but…

Edmonton Goes to the Dogs

Natalie Zacharewski

Edmonton loves their dogs. If you are one of the many that own or ‘parent’ these animals, I would hazard…