Edmonton’s earliest Chinese citizens were migrants (like many other Edmontonians) who had established small businesses on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River as far back as the late-1800s. They sold goods and provided a range of services to the growing community.

Since then, three Chinatown’s have risen in Edmonton. The first, Old Chinatown, dates back to the pre-World War I period and was a male dominated Chinese immigrant community. The so called “Replaced Chinatown” developed in the 1980s to the east when Old Chinatown succumbed to the construction of Canada Place on 97th Street. New Chinatown (north of 104 Ave and 97 Street) took shape during the influx of Chinese and Vietnamese migrants who arrived in the 1980s and established businesses in this part of the city, creating a mosaic of Chinese and wider Asian cultures.