The Post-War Years

The discovery of oil at Leduc in 1947 certainly helped Edmonton’s prospects in the post-war years, but the city’s sustained agriculture industry provided the foundation for growth.

In the mid-1950s, after a second oil boom that saw the creation of major oil and gas pipelines, Edmonton once again dramatically shifted from a government and agricultural service centre to a diversified major urban centre. The city began to spread outwards onto the prairies to accommodate the explosion of baby-boomer families. Public services likewise saw a boost, with modern schools and service buildings taking over undeveloped land.