Ask Tom – Gatling Gun on 1885 Street

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We recently had a question on Facebook about our Gatling gun housed in the North-West Mounted Police gunshed. We took the question to Public Interpretation Coordinator Tom Long to find out more… The Gatling Gun on display in 1885 Street’s NWMP gunshed is a small, but vital part of the story of the larger North-West. Dated to 1886, it is …

Ask Tom – “Why Edmonton”?

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We had a recent question on twitter asking what made Edmonton such a great spot to build the Hudson’s Bay Fort here. We went to Public Programs Coordinator Tom Long (and our own personal Fort Edmonton Wikipedia) to find out more. “This is a fantastic question. It’s one of the reasons our theme for 1846 is ‘Why are we/you here?”, because …

Mosquitoes – The insect tribe is a perfect curse

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“The insect tribe is a perfect curse; one has no rest or peace. Mosquitoes on the wet ground and sand flies in the dry, bulldogs in the sunshine, bugs in the oak woods, ants everywhere – it is maddening¦” – James Carnegie, Earl of Southesk With the mosquitoes currently descending upon Edmonton like a horde of invaders, intent upon drinking our …

When Does the York Boat Set Sail?

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Q: “When does the York Boat launch at Fort Edmonton Park”? A: Generally we launch the York Boat early to mid July, depending on how high and fast the river is. After the boat is launched, it is anchored twenty feet from the shore for the rest of the season. Staff will take it out for a row usually around 4 …