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Canadian Forces Trail: 97 Street Officially Renamed In Honour Of Edmonton's Military History

Posted On: 11/06/2018
Photo Credits: Kyle Murphy · Postmedia News · Edmonton Journal
Posted: November 05, 2018

On the morning of November 5th 2018, a ceremony was held to celebrate the honourary naming of Canadian Forces Trail along 97 Street from 137 Avenue to the northern boundary of Anthony Henday Drive, on the way to CFB Edmonton. The naming of Canadian Forces Trail ties into the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honours the sacrifice made by Canadian soldiers who served, were injured or gave their lives during times of conflict and war.

Approved by Edmonton’s Naming Committee, the naming recognizes the relationship between Canadian Forces Base (Garrison) and the historical significance of the former Griesbach Canadian Forces Base, located west of 97 Street and north of 137 Avenue.

Village at Griesbach was originally CFB Edmonton (Canadian Forces Base) also known as Griesbach Barracks. Established in 1950, the base had its beginnings as an ordinance depot, later becoming the home of Western Command Headquarters. Griesbach Barracks closed in 2000. The site, including its 750 PMQs (personal military quarters), were transferred to Canada Lands Company in 2002.

Canada Lands Company was entrusted with transforming the lands from a brownfield military base into the thriving, award-winning, mixed-use neighbourhood that exists today in Village At Griesbach.

For almost a century, 97 Street was used to transport troops between bases or when deploying them abroad to defend our nation’s interests. Crowds would often line the road, wave to troops and place yellow ribbons around the trees in respect for our brave soldiers when they returned home from deployments.