Wander Round Ritchie

Wander Round Ritchie

Edmonton, Alberta T6E 1N2, Canada

Created By: Elyse Colville

Tour Information

Join us as we recount the people, places, and history that have defined the Ritchie neighbourhood.

The tour runs approximately 90 minutes and begins at the doors of Ritchie Community Hall (7727 98 St NW) and meanders through the neighbourhood.


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What You'll See on the Tour

The Ritchie Community League established the current grounds as their formal community space with a skating rink in 1923. In 1945, the board discussed building a community hall and moving the RCL headquarters to an abandoned Gainers pasture... Read more
9750 74 Avenue Architect and School Board Building Commissioner George E. Turner designed the three-story red brick school, which opened in November 1913. Though architecturally stunning, the school had structural issues. It was built on a ... Read more
76 Avenue & Mill Creek Trail The wooden trestle bridge, built in 1902, stands as one of the final physical remains of the Edmonton Youkon and Pacific Railway. The EY&P was the first railway in Edmonton before its amalgamation with S... Read more
76 Avenue & Mill Creek Trail The wooden trestle bridge, built in 1902, stands as one of the final physical remains of the Edmonton Youkon and Pacific Railway. The EY&P was the first railway in Edmonton before its amalgamation with S... Read more
53.514429, -113.473928 Mill Creek Ravine has held a special place in children's hearts throughout history. Favourite recorded activities included squishing pennies on train tracks, biking, bush parties, tobogganing, and cross-country skiing... Read more
7841-7937 96 Street In the 20th century, John Gainer established himself as one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Strathcona. After immigrating from Ontario, John and his family settled into a home on Whyte Avenue, which doubled as a s... Read more
9821-9825 80 Ave Built in 1913, at the end of the ‘Age of Optimism,’ this triplex represents early multi-unit housing and offers a glimpse into the lives of young, working-class men central to early Ritchie. Early residents of include m... Read more
8108 101 Street The Minchau family was essential in developing Edmonton's German community. In 1907 eighteen-year-old Adolf Minchau travelled from Germany to Strathcona to help his aunt and uncle with their farm. Simultaneously, Adolf appre... Read more
10122 81 Avenue In 1908, the CPR constructed a train station in the area to welcome and support arriving travellers: The Strathcona CPR Station. The Edwardian-era station became known as the “End of Steel,” it was the furthest North the... Read more
10131 81 Ave In 1928, Ted Arndt opened his blacksmith shop on this site. The area was a center for blacksmiths; five others operated within a few blocks radius, including Minchau's. The shop's proximity to the Strathcona CPR station proved ... Read more
10036 80 Ave/10034 80 Ave This pair of 1933 homes represent the pre-war style of housing that identified Ritchie before the introduction of the now-identifiable post-war housing. In the early 1900s, the area known today as Ritchie was compr... Read more
9760 78 Avenue James B. Allan became the Ritchie Community League's first President in 1922. Allan was an architect and Scottish immigrant who came to Canada in 1906. He lived across the street from the modern Ritchie Community Hall at 9760... Read more
9663 78 Avenue The Ritchie slide is beloved for its towering height and perceived precariousness. Though the official construction date is unknown, the slide was likely built in 1946 as part of the Edmonton City Council’s plan to develop ... Read more

 

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