Canada 150 Edmonton Trivia Contest – Buildings

To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the City of Edmonton Archives is having a contest!

Test your knowledge of Edmonton and our history (or learn something new) with our 150 multiple choice questions. These questions are about both our recent and distant past and relate to who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going as a city.

Sets of 10 questions are released over 15 weeks starting on Friday, March 17. The answers will be provided on the following Friday through Transforming Edmonton blog posts, at the same time as the next batch of questions is released.

This post has the answers for last week’s trivia questions on Buildings. The next set of questions on Education in Edmonton are now available!


Edmonton’s downtown and mature neighbourhoods exhibit a vast array of architectural styles and eras of construction. Unlike Washington, Paris and some parts of Ottawa where architectural styles were unified and have remained in place for centuries, Edmonton has constantly “refreshed” its central business district.  There is no unifying theme in existence, even though there were at least two major plans to provide one. Although there are some buildings in Edmonton and Strathcona’s main street area which date from the 1890s, they are hard to recognize because of alterations.    

Edmonton’s economy has always had boom and bust cycles. Buildings built in earlier growth periods are often swept away in the exuberance of the next boom.  Mostly the pre-1950s downtown buildings were removed in the 1970s and again in the 1990s during growth cycles in the economy. Strathcona managed to escape most of the demolitions because of a proactive campaign to save Whyte Avenue. Other buildings are only known by the historic plaques that recognize where they once stood.

EA-126-82 Public Library
EA-126-82 Public Library

1. When was the Thistle Rink built ?

A. 1899
B. 1903
C. 1918
D. 1925

This was the first “home of hockey” in Edmonton – the Thistle served for ice skating, hockey and curling. Built in the middle of downtown (near the present day Enterprise Square) it burnt down in 1913.

2. Edmonton has a rare residential building associated with an acclaimed indigenous architect (which was designated as an historic resource recently) – who is that architect?

A: Douglas Cardinal
B: Peter Hemingway
C: Mary Imrie
D: Jean Wallbridge

3. There is a clock in front of the Westin Hotel on 100 Street and Judy Pudua Way. What building was it originally part of?

A. Post Office
B. Bank
C. Hospital
D. Train Station

EA-10-2902 Edmonton - Downtown 1912 - The Post Office is the building with the tower.
EA-10-2902 Edmonton – Downtown 1912 – The Post Office is the building with the tower.

4. Edmonton’s first brick hotel opened in 1882. What was it called?

A. Castle Hotel
B. Bates Hotel
C. Macdonald Hotel
D. Jasper House Hotel

The Jasper House Hotel is still there – but it’s under siding and a host of renovations. Originally the stopping place for the Edmonton Calgary Stagecoach, this historic building is now the Hub Hotel. There is a replica at Fort Edmonton Park on 1885 Street.

5. The Al Rashid Mosque was the first mosque built in Canada. It was eventually moved from it’s original location near the Royal Alexandra Hospital – where did it go?

A. Fort Edmonton Park
B. West Edmonton Mall
C. The River Valley
D. Blatchford Field

EA-600-3690n Al-Rashid Mosque Feature 1950
EA-600-3690n Al-Rashid Mosque Feature 1950

6. What unusual building material was commonly used in Edmonton in the early 20th century?

A. Popsicle sticks
B. Overfired, misshapen brick
C. Rubber cement
D. Blood, sweat and tears

EA-596-44 Holy Trinity Anglican Church 1997
EA-596-44 Holy Trinity Anglican Church 1997

Known as Clinker Brick, this unusual building material (which was typically thrown out in other cities) became a popular building material in Edmonton. Maybe it was the variety of colours and iridescence which struck our fancy – or the fact that it was sold by the brickyards at a great discount, but builders in Edmonton used Clinkers for building not only houses (many of which can be seen in the Highlands) but also large public buildings like the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Strathcona.

7. How many buildings have served as Edmonton’s City Hall?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 4
D. 6

The first chambers for City Council were on the second story of Fire Hall #2 on 98th Street and 102 Avenue. Next the Councillors moved to the Civic Block a block west. In 1957 a new modern City Hall was built on the current site north of Sir Winston Churchill Square. Currently the 1992 City Hall, designed by Gene Dub, with pyramids and the Peace Tower houses the City Council.

8. Internationally acclaimed artist Alex Janvier painted a mural in which City of Edmonton facility years before his recent commission at Roger’s Place?

A. John Janzen Nature Centre
B. Muttart Conservatory
C. Edmonton Valley Zoo
D. Kinsmen Sports Centre

9. When the Livestock Pavilion was completed on the Exhibition grounds in 1913, it included stabling facilities for over 200 horses. Within months is was also being used as a skating rink and arena. What was the building renamed in 1950?

A. Colliseum
B. Omniplex
C. Northlands
D. Edmonton Gardens

10. When was the first phase of West Edmonton Mall opened?

A. 1980
B. 1981
C. 1982
D. 1983
Good luck with the next batch of questions about Education in Edmonton, you have until Thursday, April 27 at midnight to answer them and be entered in the contest!