Urban Growth

By 1906, Edmonton’s population dwarfed Strathcona’s, and by 1912 the cities had amalgamated. Within a decade, Edmonton had gone from unpaved frontier town to a bustling city with paved roads and streetcars.

In the summer of 1913, the flow of European immigrants and investment that Edmonton had depended on for growth quickly dried up with the imminent conflict in Europe. The subsequent financial drought sent Edmonton into an economic tailspin from which it would take decades to recover.