Edmonton Trail

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Edmonton Trail
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Edmonton Trail starts at the Langevin Bridge and 4th Street Bridge
Maintained by City of Calgary
Location Calgary
South end Memorial Drive
51°03′03″N 114°03′01″W / 51.05081°N 114.05032°W / 51.05081; -114.05032 (Edmonton Trail South)
Major
junctions
Trans Canada Highway
North end McKnight Boulevard
51°05′47″N 114°03′14″W / 51.09628°N 114.05394°W / 51.09628; -114.05394 (Edmonton Trail North)

Edmonton Trail is a major north-south arterial road in the north-east quadrant of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The road connects Downtown Calgary from the Langevin Bridge and the 4th Street Bridge at Memorial Drive with north-central Calgary.

Between 6th Avenue North and Trans-Canada Highway (and to a lesser degree up to 24 Avenue North), Edmonton Trail is lined with restaurants and retail businesses.

History[edit]

The road is the remnant of the southern terminus of the Calgary and Edmonton Trail, a land transport route between the fur trading posts of Fort Edmonton and Fort Calgary, used as far back as the early 1800.[1] The more modern trail was blazed by John Alexander McDougall in 1873 as far as Morley and extended to Calgary two years later. The northern terminus, called Calgary Trail, is a major arterial in south Edmonton.

The street lies in the heart of the Italian community of Calgary, being the location of the first Italian lodge and Italian school of Calgary in the 1920s.[2] Many Italian restaurants and stores still line the street.

Route[edit]

The southern terminus is divided from the Bow River and Memorial Drive, with a southbound on-way road along the 4th Street East alignment, and a northbound one-way road along the 5th Street East alignment. The spurs re-unite at the 3rd Avenue North alignment, and continue as a two way road northwards between the communities of Bridgeland and Crescent Heights. It then crosses the Trans-Canada Highway at the 16th Avenue North alignment, continues between the communities of Winston Heights and Tuxedo Park. North of the 32nd Avenue North line, it passes through a light industrial district, then ends at McKnight Boulevard. It is continued for a short stretch to the north by 4th Street East into the community of Thorncliffe.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames of Alberta. "The naming along the Calgary - Edmonton Trail". Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  2. ^ Placenames of Alberta. "TCalgary: Cultural Life". Retrieved 2009-12-24.