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Jane’s Walk – A Stroll Through Edmonton’s Best Community

Posted On: 05/27/2019
This year’s Jane’s Walk through the Village At Griesbach was a huge success! We are pleased that so many wonderful people decided to spend the afternoon touring our award-winning community and its many historical points of interest while enjoying a fun, engaging and inspiring experience. 

And what better way to discover all that Village at Griesbach offers than with an invigorating stroll from one end of the neighbourhood to the other through a series of exploration while our spring weather continues to improve!  

The tour began at the Major General William Antrobus Griesbach roundabout, where people were introduced to a 30’ statue of a mounted Major General Griesbach, from where he stands watch over the community. 

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William Griesbach played a key role in establishing the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, a militia cavalry unit based out of Edmonton. He was also a veteran of WWI, WWII and the Boer War.

From there, the tour headed to Patricia Lake Park where the crowd learned about Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry and the Frezenberg Memorial. The Memorial is a replica of the original monument to the Patricia’s located near their heroic stand at Bellewaerde. The monument includes the inscription “Here, 8th May, 1915, the originals of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry commanded by their founder Major A. Hamilton Gault held firm and counted not the cost.

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Also present at Patricia Lake Park is a time capsule containing regimental artifacts and items of significance from the PPCLI. The time capsule will be reopened August 10, 2064, on the 150th Anniversary of the Regiment.

The dedication of Patricia Park offers members of the Patricia’s and civilians a place to reflect on the achievements and sacrifices of the PPCLI, with over 1,000 names of those lost in active duty. These names are forever recorded on a wall of honour.

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The group then headed to Gault Boulevard where they marvelled at the community’s prominent streetscapes and architecture, which features timeless character and a distinctive curb appeal. Wide tree-lined boulevards, walkways and turn-of-the-century style homes showcase just how unique the Village at Griesbach is compared to other suburban developments.  

Next, it was off to the base of Central Hill Park on Sir Arthur Currie Way, where walkers were introduced to the popular Griesbach Community Gardens. This unique amenity boasts over 144 growing plots and has become a networking hub where homeowners can connect and work with one another. As a member of Sustainable Food Edmonton, the Griesbach Community Gardens makes charitable donations of fresh produce to organizations like the Mustard Seed, Edmonton Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.

The Griesbach Community Garden is also an example of the Village’s environmental stewardship principles. 

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From atop the summit of Central Hill Park, Jane’s Walk participants enjoyed the mesmerizing views of this beautiful community and Edmonton’s stunning downtown vistas. If there’s ever a place to just relax and unwind, it’s the summit of Central Hill Park! 

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The walk finally concluded at Bedford Basin Lake, which pays tribute to Canada’s Navy and the HMCS Edmonton. Members of HMCS Edmonton were on-site to provide a brief history of the ship, its legacy and historical significance. Bedford Basin was a large enclosed bay that played a prominent role in WWI, having been selected as the primary logistics port for resupplying Western Europe and transporting troops. 

Canada Lands Company, developer of Village at Griesbach, is committed to sharing the stories and history of Canada’s proud military history, its incredible personalities and this amazing development through beautiful tributes, legacy parks, monuments and educational displays.