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The Heritage Community Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks to Simon Pagé who allowed us to reprint his texts and images on the francophone history of Edmonton — texts drawn from those presented to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta (Autumn 1998) in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Educational Studies.

Edmonton Jasper Ave


  1. Residence of Stanislaus Larue, co-owner of Larue & Picard
  2. Alberta Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in Edmonton at this time
  3. J.H.L. Bossange bookstore, located in the Heiminck Block
  4. Repair workshop of Jos Bougie, located on Queens Street
  5. Marks, Clavet & Dobie general store
  6. Napoléon Leclerc butcher shop
  7. Gariépy & Chémier general store; and to the east, the Gallagher Block where lived the Gariépy family, Miss Charbonneau, and Mr. Jos Chénier
  8. Office of Dr. Philippe Roy
  9. Victoria Hotel; the L’Ouest Canadien newspaper moved to this location in 1899; upon the closure of the newspaper, the building became the Victoria Hotel, property of Mr. Corriveau and Mr. Cloutier.
  10. D. Rivest barber shop and next to it is the Gallagher Block housing the following businesses: the Gallagher butcher shop, the Merchants Bank of Canada and on the first floor, the offices of the L’Ouest Canadien newspaper and of Frédéric Villeneuve, lawyer, member of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT, and the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief
  11. Miss Charbonneau’s fashion boutique/dress shop and to the east, the Laure & Picard general store
  12. The Queens Hotel, property of M. H. Hétu and residence of Mr. Frédéric Villeneuve, Editor-in-Chief of L’Ouest Canadien

Note: This map represents Jasper Avenue at the turn of the last century and is drawn based on information taken from Lowe’s Directory of Edmonton District (1899). Note the location of the Hotel MacDonald and of the Westin Hotel which did not yet exist and which provide a visual reference to help site visitors identify the locations of francophone businesses of the period.

The map is not to scale (neither the size of the businesses represented nor of the streets) and serves only as a visual guide to aid in identifying the general location of the places mentioned on this Web site.



  1. Meeting hall of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste
  2. Residence of G.H.L. Bossange, bookstore operator
  3. Residence of Dr. Philippe Roy
  4. Residence (in construction) of Joseph-Henri Picard
  5. Residence of George Roy, Registrar with the Dominion Land Office
  6. Residence of Adolphe Clavet, co-owner of Marks, Clavet & Dobie
  7. Residence of the contractor A. F. Déagné
  8. Residence of Jules Royal, of the Dominion Land Office
  9. Residence of Antonio Prince, of the Dominion Land Office
  10. Dominion Land Office
  11. Residence of Raphael Duplessis, maker of boats and rowboats for the Klondikers
  12. Residence of George Voyer, telegraphist with the Canadian Pacific Railway
  13. Roman Catholic school
  14. Home of the priests (seminary) of St. Joachim Parish
  15. St. Joachim Church
  16. Convent and school of the Fidèles Compagnes de Jésus
  17. General Hospital run by the Grey Nuns

Note: This map represents the Hudson Bay Reserve (at the turn of the last century) around which the inhabitants could now build homes and set up shop. To the north of Jasper Avenue, lots still belonged to the Hudson Bay Company and hadn’t yet been sold to individuals.

The map is not to scale (lot sizes, residences, or streets) and serves only as a visual guide to give an idea of the location of the places mentioned on this Web site.

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