Canada 150 Edmonton Trivia Contest – Environment & Landmarks

This post has the answers for last week’s trivia questions on Environment & Landmarks. The next set of questions on City Growth are now available!

Welcome to the Canada 150 Edmonton Trivia Contest! Today we’re releasing the next set of 10 questions – City Growth. Sets of 10 questions will be released every Friday between now and June 23.

Questions can be answered using this online form and completed forms are entered into two draws. See full contest details, including prizes, in our March 14 blog post.

There are some notable features in every city which help identify it for its citizens and visitors. Ask Edmontonians and they would definitely mention the value of the North Saskatchewan River Valley – not only for the trails and many of the amenities located there (Valley Zoo, parks and bridges) but also for the recreational opportunities and the access to nature.

Likewise, there are special buildings and other landmarks which help root us in the City – reminding us of our history or specific events or activities which occur here. Everyone associates Hawrelak Park with the Heritage Festival, and Sir Winston Churchill Square with all kinds of events and City Hall.

1. What was the original purpose of the Ortona Armoury, located in Rossdale?

A. A farmer’s market
B. A postal station for Canada Post
C. A stable the for Hudson’s Bay Company
D. A dance hall

2. What was the first shopping mall in Edmonton?

A. Mall of West Edmonton
B. Westmount Mall
C. City Centre Mall
D. Londonderry Mall

The Westmount Shoppers’ Park was the first outdoor mall of its kind in Edmonton. It opened in 1955 with Woodward’s and Kresge’s as the anchor tenants of forty companies. The complex contained 30 acres of land including ten streets and lanes that had to be closed to consolidate the land proposed by five New York developers. Four fifths of that land was to provide parking – which emphasized the importance of the car in that period. Thousands attended the opening in August which was officially opened by Mayor Bill Hawrelak.
3. What architectural award did Peter Hemingway win for his design of Coronation Pool?

A. Masey Medal for Architecture
B. Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
C. Voted “Coolest Pool Design” at the annual “Brickies”
D. National Urban Design Award

EA-20-7031 Interior, Coronation Swimming Pool October 30, 1971

EA-20-7031 Interior, Coronation Swimming Pool October 30, 1971

Designed initially for a Canadian Centennial project in 1967 and influenced by Japanese design, the Olympic sized pool by Peter Hemingway was quite a departure for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Its modernist and sleek styling with lots of windows and high ceilings supported by massive steel cables made it stand out among the City’s other, more utilitarian pool buildings. It was not opened until July of 1970 in the middle of Coronation Park. Originally named Coronation Pool, it was renamed after the architect in 2005 ten years after Hemingway’s death.

EA-20-7030 Coronation Pool October 30, 1971

EA-20-7030 Coronation Pool October 30, 1971

4. In what beautiful, historic building is the City of Edmonton Archives currently located?

A. Prince of Wales Armouries
B. Prince of Whales Armouries
C. North Telephone Exchange Building
D. West Edmonton Mall

5. In what year was the Alberta Legislature officially opened?

A. 1905
B. 1912
C. 1922
D. 1932

EA-600-101b Empire Day Service, Legislation Grounds, Edmonton 1947

EA-600-101b Empire Day Service, Legislation Grounds, Edmonton 1947

6. Known as Black Friday, in what year did a massive tornado hit Edmonton, killing 27 people and causing over $300 million in damages?

A. 1986
B. 1987
C. 1988
D. 1989

EB-28-1134 Edmonton Power inspection of tornado aftermath 1987

EB-28-1134 Edmonton Power inspection of tornado aftermath 1987

7. What year was Edmonton’s worst recorded flood?

A. 1899
B. 1906
C. 1915
D. 1983

EA-160-1399 Train on the Low Level Bridge During Flood 1915

EA-160-1399 Train on the Low Level Bridge During Flood 1915

8. Edmonton’s hottest recorded day was June 29, 1937. How hot did it get?

A. 37.2 C
B. 39.2 C
C. 41.2 C
D. 100 C

9. Edmonton’s coldest recorded day was January 19, 1886. How cold did it get?

A. -44.4 C
B. -49.4 C
C. -54.4 C
D. -59.4 C

10. Edmonton’s highest recorded snowfall occurred November 15, 1942. How much snow fell in only 8 hours?

A. 29.53 cm
B. 39.53 cm
C. 49.53 cm
D. 1 metre

EA-160-851 Snowstorm 1942 [snowplow on 118 Ave]

EA-160-851 Snowstorm 1942 [snowplow on 118 Ave]

Sometimes it’s the weather that helps define who we are. This snowstorm was so severe it required the help of the American Army (stationed here as the base for their work constructing the Alaska Highway) to clear away all the snow. Other storms and stretches of very cold (-40 degree cold snaps) have influenced various city organizations to issue certificates to “survivors”.

Good luck with the next batch of questions about City Growth, you have until Thursday, June 8 at midnight to answer them and be entered in the contest!


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