The first French-speakers to live in Edmonton and the
surrounding area were the fur trade voyageurs from Eastern
Canada and their Métis descendants, who lived near Fort
Edmonton, at Lac Ste Anne and after 1860, in the St. Albert
region. A few disgruntled gold-diggers from the Caribou fields
decided to settle across from Fort Saskatchewan; they named
their new home after their family, calling it Lamoureux.
In Edmonton, at the beginning of the 20th century there was
plenty of work and many prospective settlers opted for city
life. Several wives of homesteaders, upon seeing the rough
lifestyle in the country, refused to accompany their spouses and
stay in the city where they ran little businesses such as
A good deal of the settlers who came to this region were
former French-Canadians from New England and they settled in
Beaumont, Morinville, Legal, Rivière-qui-Barre, and others.