Highlands Street Festival
June 3, 112 Avenue and 65 Street, highlands112avenue.com
An outdoor market, wagon rides and a silent auction celebrate an area that was recently named one of Canada’s top 10 best neighbourhoods by This Old House magazine.
— 1898: John Alexander McDougall, an Edmonton fur trader who later became mayor and an MLA, plans a subdivision then called McDougall Heights on Edmonton’s outskirts.
— 1910: The Daily Capital, an old newspaper, holds a contest to rename Edmonton’s newest “high-class neighbourhood” and offers $50 in gold to a winner, who suggests “The Highlands.” (Actually it was a tie between two people who entered the same name, but judges chose to reward the one who picked it first.)
— 1911: The Highlands was annexed by the City of Edmonton, meaning more infrastructure, including a streetcar that travelled along 112th Avenue.