September 26, 2016

Districts & History

Historical Overview

Glenora is one of Edmonton’s historic residential areas.  It was originally staked out by Malcolm Groat in the 1860s.  In 1869, he claimed a 900 acre parcel immediately west of the Hudson’s Bay Reserve.  This land extended from today’s 121 Street west to 142, and south from 111 Ave to the North Saskatchewan River.  In 1906, the land was sold to Montreal realtor James Carruthers, who planned the area as an exclusive real estate development.  Its standards were safeguarded by the Carruthers Caveat, which required that no house built in Glenora could cost less than $3,500.

There were no restrictions placed regarding home or lot size.  When Edmonton was selected to be the capital city of Alberta in 1906 many professionals chose to live in the area as they developed their careers and built their families in the new city. In 1909 the Alberta Government built Government House in Glenora as the official residence of the lieutenant-governor.  During the land boom of 1912, Glenora and the surrounding residential area grew significantly.

Glenora features many of the more beautiful historic homes in the city, and has also been experiencing residential infill consistently over past decades, making this neighbourhood an interesting study in residential architectural forms in Edmonton over the past century. The streets are lined with mature elm trees and vegetation. One of the more prominent characteristics of the neighbourhood is the Royal Alberta Museum which overlooks the River Valley.  Some commercial services are available along Stony Plain Road, as it runs east-west through the centre of the neighbourhood, but a greater diversity of commercial, office and other amenities are available on the neighbourhood’s edges on 124 Street to the west and 142 Street to the east.  The neighbourhood features several schools, parks, and open spaces, including ready access to the river valley and ravine system.  The most iconic local park in Glenora is Alexander Circle Park, designed as the focal point of a distinctive circular residential pattern around which stately houses are situated; this development represents Edmonton’s most significant nod to the “garden suburb” design concept that emerged in the early 20th century.

The origin of the name Glenora is uncertain.  The neighbourhood may have been named after Glenora, a village in Eastern Ontario.  The neighbourhood may also have been named after the Glenora Mill on the Lachine Canal, which was owed by a Company in which Carruthers had an interest.   Another theory is that Glenora originated from the Scottish word “glen”, meaning valley, and the French “or”, meaning gold.  In fact, Glenora contains three ravines which lead to the North Saskatchewan River, where it is still possible to pan for gold.

[source: City of Edmonton, Glenora Neighbourhood Profile] No Access to Files on Google Doc????

124th Street


Over the last few years, 124 Street has evolved into one of Edmonton's most vibrant shopping districts and home to some of Edmonton’s finest restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Nestled along the north bank of the River Valley at the west end of Jasper Avenue, the 124 Street district extends north along the 124 Street corridor to 111 Avenue.

Government House

12845 - 102 Ave

Government House is the former official residence of the lieutenant governors of Alberta, currently retained for ceremonial events and entertaining.

Royal Alberta Museum

12845 - 102 Ave

Located in Edmonton, the Royal Alberta Museum is one of Canada's most popular museums. Set in a park just west of downtown, the Museum offers a full range of exhibitions and activities for every age level and interest. Feature exhibitions at the Museum are changing all the time. Behind the scenes, 13 curatorial programs are responsible for building and making accessible some of the finest cultural and natural history collections in the country.

Stony Plain Road

Stony Plain Road is emerging as one of West Edmonton’s key destinations. In 2013, the City will begin streetscape improvements to help make Stony Plain Road more accessible, better designed and pedestrian-friendly.

Stony Plain Road Urban Design Vision

Neighbouring Communities