Canada 150 Edmonton Trivia Contest – About Edmonton

This post has the answers for last week’s trivia questions: About Edmonton. The next set of questions (on Teamwork) are now available and you have until Thursday, March 30 at midnight to answer them and be entered in the contest!

About Edmonton

So, Canada’s Confederation is 150 years old. What does that mean to Edmontonians? What were people doing in Edmonton 150 years ago in 1867? Well, that might be a trick question since the City of Edmonton is officially only 113 years old. The Town of Edmonton was incorporated 125 years ago and the Settlement of Edmonton – which was some loosely-connected shacks scattered along both sides of the riverbank around the last Fort Edmonton – was surveyed in 1881, only eleven years before that.

EA-128-3 Fort Edmonton From East October 24, 1871 - 4 years after Confederation.
EA-128-3 Fort Edmonton From East October 24, 1871 – 4 years after Confederation.

Last week’s questions were general knowledge questions about Edmonton. The answers are as follows.

1. 150 years ago in this place we call Edmonton there was a fur trading post. What was the name of the Company which ran it?

A. North West Company
B. XY Company
C. Traders-R-Us
D. Hudson’s Bay Company

The Northwest Territories (or Rupertsland) where Fort Edmonton was located in 1867 was the domain of the Hudson’s Bay Company until 1869 when it was transferred to the new Dominion Government in Ottawa. Various fur trading companies built posts to trade with the Indigenous people who had inhabited this land for thousands of years. The posts had moved several times since the first European traders arrived in the vicinity of this particular bend in the river around 1795. In 1867 William Christie was the factor there – the representative of the Company that claimed all the territory in the North West.

The Confederation of Canada was not an immediate concern of the people in and around Edmonton at the time – although it was a harbinger of the new order which would come. The origins of the city are deeply rooted in the natural resources of the land, the Indigenous people who have lived here, the foreign traders, religious missionaries, and settlers who came to take advantage of all that was here.

2. What is Edmonton’s latitude and longitude?

A. 53.5444° N, 113.4909° W
B. 51.0486° N, 114.0708° W
C. 45.4765° N, 75.7013° W
D. 45.8038° N, 126.5350° E

3. When did Edmonton become a town?

A. 1795
B. 1867
C. 1892
D. 1904

4. Who was the first Mayor elected for the City of Edmonton in 1904?

A. Matt McCauley
B. William Short
C. W. McKenzie
D. Don Iveson

Many people know Matt McCauley – but he was the first mayor of the Town incorporated in 1892. William Short was mayor of the Town of Edmonton from 1902-1904 when it was incorporated as a City – but the first mayor elected to be the City Mayor was McKenzie. Mayor Iveson is currently our mayor.

5. What motto adorns Edmonton’s crest?

A. Industry, Enterprise, and Thrift
B. All For One and One For All
C. Industry, Integrity, and Progress
D. City of Champions

The first answer was the motto of the Town of Edmonton – which was updated several times. City of Champions as never been adopted as a motto – but it was on the signs at the City Limits.

6. What is the official flower of Edmonton?

A. Tulip
B. Dandelion
C. Wild Rose
D. Marigold

The Marigold was chosen in 1964 to reflect our place in “sunny Alberta” and in the Klondike Gold Rush. They are hearty and come in many varieties, much like Edmontonians do.

7. Edmonton is on Treaty Six territory. Treaties were entered into between sovereign and independent nations which agreed to live in peaceful coexistence and respect one another’s laws, governments, and ways of life. Treaty Six was first signed at Fort Carlton and Fort Pitt, in what is now west-central Saskatchewan, in 1876. In what year did Edmonton-area bands sign an adhesion to Treaty Six at Fort Edmonton?

A. 1877
B. 1878
C. 1879
D. 1880
8. Who is the current Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations?

A. Grand Chief Randy Ermineskin
B. Grand Chief Dr. Wilton Littlechild
C. Grand Chief Tony Alexis

All of these leaders have served as Grand Chief, but Dr. Wilton Littlechild is the current Grand Chief.

9. The Edmonton capital region has one of the highest concentrations of First Nations in Canada. How many First Nations would you find within a 100 km drive of downtown Edmonton?

A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 8

Edmonton has 8 First Nations as neighbours. Alexander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, Paul First Nation, Montana First Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation, and Louis Bull Tribe are all with in 100km of Edmonton.

10. What is the river that flows through Edmonton?

A. North Saskatchewan River
B. Elbow River
C. Athabasca River
D. The River Styx

EAM-85 Plan of Edmonton Settlement N.W.T. This map shows the various individuals who had claimed river lots around the Hudson Bay Company reserve in 1881.


Good luck with the next batch of questions about Teamwork in Edmonton!

Previous Posts:

First set of questions
Contest information and rules