James Bond Steele Presentation

Edmonton and District Historical Society, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Old Timer’s CabinJBS school 1890

Everyone is welcome to come out and join the Edmonton and District Historical Society for a presentation: “James Bond Steele: Diaries of a One-Room Schoolteacher 1885-1891” with Melanie Moore, Bill Pick and Robyn Fowler of Highlands Historical Society.
In 1885 James Bond Steele left Ontario and followed his older brothers to the Canadian Northwest Territories. James recorded his experiences in several diaries. From these entries we glean much of what life was like for the early Edmonton settlers during and following the Northwest Rebellion of 1885: their fears, feuds and frustrations.
Free presentation – donations accepted

Annual General Meeting: Nov 23

Highlands Historical Society Annual General Meeting 2019

When: Saturday November 23, 2019, 1-3 PM

Where: (Newly Renovated) Highlands United Church, 11305 64 St NW, Edmonton


  1. Memberships, New and Renew
  2. Formal Meeting
  3. Presentation: Sid Van der Meulen “The Magrath Family: Stories and Stuff”
  4. Refreshments

Have you seen these plaques?


Screenshot_20191004-102115_Adobe AcrobatHave you spotted these decorative plaques in Highlands? Spot one of our latest decorative plaques and tag #highlandsplaque to share your latest discovery on your quest for the newest decorative plaques!

These homes made the Spring 2018 deadline for decorative plaques.

Submit your plaque application for our October 31 deadline!

Find out how to apply in 3 easy steps:

Highlanders before the Highlands


Dylan Reade is an IMAX filmmaker, based here in Edmonton. From Penguins through Orangutans, to the Rolling Stones, he has filmed the world. He has studied the Edmonton area both outside the Fort, and before the River lots. Dylan presented some of his work as “Highlanders before the Highlands” at the Highlands Library on Wednesday October 2. IMG_9540

He studied the Kinokimau (Long Lake) Metis settlement. This settlement was located roughly where Yellowhead trail crosses 184 Street. He has found the Gullions, the Frasers, and the Borwicks and other founding Edmonton families, were living there before they bought the river lots that became Highlands, Bellevue, and Virginia Park. The talk included detailed genealogy, photos, and interesting anecdotes about life (and death) in Edmonton, outside the Fort. Look for more coming from High Level Films.

From penguins, to orangutans to the Rolling Stones…

Dylan Reade, Edmonton’s own IMAX filmmaker, has filmed it all – and will be tonight’s speaker to tell the story of the Long Lake Métis Settlement of the 1860’s and 1870’s!


Tonight’s Speaker Series starts at 7 pm in the program room of the Highland’s Library.

Arrive early to save your seats! This Speaker Series, “Highlanders before the Highlands,” will be an engaging evening full of stories of the Gullion, Borwick and Fraser families who became the first settlers in what is now the Highlands!

Admission is free for members of the Highlands Historical Society and $5 for non-members.

See you there!