Today in Alberta History: A Streetcar is Desired

First Street Car in Edmonton. Photo by Alfred F. Dreger. Courtesy of Provincial Archives of Alberta

First Street Car in Edmonton. Photo by Alfred F. Dreger. Courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Alberta

On this day back in 1908, the first streetcar in Edmonton made it’s maiden trip across the Low Level Bridge to Whyte Avenue in Strathcona. At the time, fares were 5 cents within Edmonton, 10 cents if you wanted to go to Strathcona, and 10 cents after 11 p.m.

If trains are your thing, the Edmonton Radial Railway Society has lots of information and history on rail transport in Edmonton. Also, you can book, for your own private function, the streetcar that runs in the summer from downtown to the Strathcona Farmer’s Market. My pal Nikko booked it for his birthday a few years ago. It was a formal event and he got a liquor licence for about an hour. We sat on top of the High Level Bridge, watching the sunset whilst drinking champagne. Amazing way to experience actual beauty here in Edmonton.

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