Edmonton once boasted many beautiful railway stations–the last preserved one is the Canadian Pacific Railway Station near Whyte Ave, and there were three large stations downtown. But did you know that there was once another station in Edmonton’s core, only a block away from the preserved Canadian Pacific Railway station?
This station was operated under the Canadian Northern Western Railway charter by the Canadian Northern Railway (which built stations near 104 avenue and 101 street downtown).
Have a look on this 1917 map hosted by the University of Alberta and see images of the station below.
1914 (Looking North)
EdHGIS: 1914 & 2016 Imagery
As of the 2010s, a strip mall stands in the space once occupied by the railway station.
In 1905 the Canadian Northern Railway (CNR) built a station at 104 Ave and 101 Street. Later, in 1928 an additional railway depot was built east of the old station at 100 Street. The 1905 station was torn down in 1953 and in 1966 the front of the 1928 station was replaced with CN Tower but part of the rear (office) section from the 1928 station remains to this day! You can see the 1905 station and the entire 1928 station (front and rear) in the photo below.
Here is the 1928 CNR station again, this time halfway through its lifetime. As, you can seen, the Queen’s Avenue School is right next to it. I went to high school at a school where train tracks were nearby, but not this close! One has to wonder how much of a distraction it must have been to study right next to one of Edmonton’s major rail terminals…