Canada's Now-and-Then Series: Edmonton, Alberta


Lomography is taking over Canada, one analogue city at a time! We'll be traveling coast to coast for this series, digging into old photo albums and our online lomographic community as we reminisce the development of our beautiful Canadian cities! For our third installment, Edmonton takes the spotlight! Let's take a look at this oil city and what photographers and lomographers alike have captured over the years.

image source: canada vintage obscura

With it’s scenic river valley and thriving music and art community, Edmonton stands as the capital city of Alberta. This city is well known as a major centre for the oil and gas industry, appropriately being named the “Oil Capital of Canada” in the 40s. In fact, their NHL hockey team is called the Edmonton Oilers, but I’m sure y’all knew that, since one of the most world-renowned players (I’m talking about Wayne Gretzky!) led the Oilers to 4 Stanley Cup Championships.. back in their glory days.

image sources: david wyatt , heritage community foundation

For those of you less interested in hockey, there are many other aspects of Edmonton that stand out. Edmonton is home to Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest living history museum. The heritage of the city is displayed through many historical, and original, buildings. There are also costumed historical interpreters, authentic artifacts and old-school transportation (i.e. horse-drawn carriages!). It’s like stepping into a time capsule and traveling back 100 years. Talk about the full experience.

Let’s move back into the city. Jasper Avenue is Edmonton’s “main street” from 82 Street to Boyle Street to 124 Street. It is one of the busiest traffic routes with much of the city’s public transit operating along Jasper. It is home to some of Edmonton’s oldest buildings and some of their tallest office buildings. There are also many clubs, retail, living, and entertainment districts along this stretch.

image source: connect 2 edmonton

Now, when most people think of Edmonton, I think the first thing that comes to mind is West Edmonton Mall. This mall is the LARGEST in North America, and the fifth largest in the world! There are over 800 stores, receiving 28.2 million visitors every year. Aside from the shopping, there’s an amusement park, skating rink, dinner theatre, gym, a petting zoo, and so, SO much more. It’ll definitely take more than a day to experience this entire complex. There are also lots of “theme areas” in different parts of the mall. Possible photo-taking adventure?

One of the newer developments in the city of Edmonton is the Art Gallery of Alberta, located downtown. Although founded in 1924, the gallery recently went through a grand renovation and just reopened a year ago. It boasts a new facade designed by Los Angeles’ Randall Scout Architects, Inc. Now being twice its original size, this eye-catching exhibition space houses over 6000 works of art in their permanent collection, contains a restaurant and shop, and even has a 150-seat theatre. The building itself is a piece of art, something that you must see with your own eyes!

photos by: dirklancer , oilers , weedos , dino_pezzotto , vulnerose

Our wonderful Canadian cities are constantly developing, and Edmonton is no exception to that. Luckily, we have our lomographs to document it all!

Stay tuned for next week’s Now-and-Then installment!

written by ashleyaang on 2011-03-21 in #lifestyle #series #edmonton #now-and-then #and #then #canada #now #alberta


  1. weedos
    weedos ·

    Great old and new shots of Edmonton! Nice to see all the local Lomo talent :-)

  2. dyluzo
    dyluzo ·

    great stuff!

  3. j0any
    j0any ·

    awesome! is there a group for local lomographers?

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