Check out our dynamic calendar of events! Exciting events for everyone, and exclusive deals for members! Make sure to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date, and don’t miss any exciting announcements!

Here are the events coming soon:

Urban Sketchers Edmonton Come to Highlands June 1, 11 AM to 1 PM

We are proud to introduce Urban Sketchers Edmonton to our neighborhood. Urban Sketchers Edmonton is part of the network of artists from around the world known as Urban Sketchers. Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Marlena Wyman, is one of the co-founders of Urban Sketchers Edmonton, and since she was appointed Historian Laureate in 2018, she has been organizing outings for the group to sketch Edmonton’s heritage architecture.

The Highlands Historical Society is excited to invite artists of all skill levels and all ages to sketch with Marlena and Urban Sketchers Edmonton in the Highlands. Please bring everything you might need to sketch (pen, pencil, notepad, paper etc).

Meet us June 1st at 11 AM in front of the Owen Residence at 11227-63 Street.  (Rain out, Highlands Junior High). This event is free.

At 1PM, we will retire to the Highlands Golf Course to share sketches and good company. Drinks and food are available for purchase.

Learn more about Urban Sketchers Edmonton here:

Artwork by (from left to right): Molstad House by Jo-Anne Farley, Ortona Armouries by Angie Sotiropoulos, the Nurses Home Building by Marlena Wyman.

Neighborhood Tours – July 1st through 7th

To celebrate Edmonton Historical Week, we will be hosting a classic walking tour of the neighborhood, as well as TWO bus tours this year! Come take a stroll under the swooping elm trees as you learn the history of our neighborhood, accompanied by knowledgeable local tour guides.

Walking Tour: $5; Bus Tour: $10

Bus Tour: Tuesday, July 2 from 6:30 – 8:30PM
Walking Tour: Saturday, July 6 from 2 – 4 PM
Bus Tour: Sunday, July 7 from 1:30 -3:30PM


Photo Credit: Dustin Jussila

VIP Horse Drawn Wagon Tours – August 2019

Experience a guided horse drawn wagon tour through the Historical Highlands! We will be partnering with Highlands businesses to create an experience you won’t forget!

There will be separate VIP experience options available for adults and families. More details to follow.


Photo Credit: https://www.onlyhereforthefood.ca/2012/11/03/date-night-highlands-kitchen-and-carriage-ride/

At Home – The Bury Residence – For Members Only! – September 2019

Exclusive to members of the Highlands Historical Society: The Bury Residence (11122 – 62 Street) hosts an “At Home”. Come see the home of a mayor, a judge, 2 MLAs, and learn more about the history of The Bury Residence!

Details to be announced.

Speaker Series with Dylan Reade on the Métis Settlement and Long Lake – September 2019

The original Highlands settlers, the Gullions, lived at Long Lake before they arrived in the Highlands. Videographer Dylan Reade will be sharing their story.

Free for members; Non-members: $5

Annual General Meeting – November 23, 2019, 1PM

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1 PM. A new board will be elected, we will conduct a year in review, and announce what’s in store for 2020! Details to be announced.


Added HHS Member Benefits ~ Sparrow Spaces!

The restoration of the Gibbard Block in Highlands is underway. As the opening of this iconic landmark fast approaches, we are excited to announce a new benefit to your 2019 membership along with exciting news for the Highlands Historical Society.

“Historic Gibbard Block in Highlands Neighbourhood to See Burger Joint, Liquor Store, and Delicatessen[…]” and the Highlands Historical Society, as meeting space has been generously donated by Sparrow Capital for our monthly board meetings in the new “Sparrow Spaces” (https://www.vueweekly.com/historic-gibbard-block-in-highlands-neighbourhood-to-see-burger-joint-liquor-store-and-delicatessen/).

To celebrate, a great new deal to Sparrow Capital’s cowork space in the Gibbard Block is available exclusively to members of the Highlands Historical Society! For a limited time until June 1st, 2019, our supporters at Sparrow Capital are offering 1 free month with any cowork space billed annually or 8% off on a month-to-month!  This offer includes any of the various “Sparrow Spaces” options on their website. This is a great time to purchase a membership, especially if you have been considering a full-time dedicated office space!

What is “Sparrow Spaces”?

“Settle in with our collaborative community in a space suited to your needs.

Need a touchdown point or office space? How about an industrial kitchen? We can accommodate the small and the big and potentially even tailor a space to you.”

The Highlands Historical Society is delighted to be using this innovative space for our monthly board meetings!

Visit Sparrow Spaces for more details on prices and the different Sparrow Spaces available: https://sparrowspaces.com/locations/gibbard-block/


Don’t miss this unique and limited opportunity to make the iconic Gibbard Block a part of your working needs!



Decorative Plaque Workshop on April 23!

Join us tomorrow on April 23 from 7-8:30 pm at the Highlands Library for our free Decorative Plaque Workshop.

Your home is eligible for a decorative plaque if your home is 50+ years old in the Highlands neighborhood.

Tomorrow, you will learn how to research the history of your home to find out the year it was built, the original owners and their occupation in order to apply for a decorative plaque. On researching your home, you gain valuable insight into the history of our neighbourhood and that of your home!

Don’t miss this chance to learn first hand how to apply for your decorative plaque and get your application in time for our May 31st deadline! The two deadlines for submitting your application this year are May 31 and October 31.

To find out more information on how to apply for a decorative plaque, please visit: https://edmontonhighlands.ca/heritage-plaques/

All members and non-members are invited to attend this free workshop!

Highlands School Plaque

New heritage plaques awarded in the Highlands


On April 4th, 2019 at Fort Edmonton Park, the 44th Annual Recognition Awards and Historical Plaques Presentation took place. Catherine C. Cole, a well know local historian, was presented with the Historical Recognition Award for her continuing dedication to heritage research, documentation and collaboration in Edmonton and around the world.  Seventeen Historical Plaques were presented this evening to a variety of buildings and organizations whose significance is important in retaining and preserving the history of the city.  

Two plaques were presented to buildings in the Highlands community, the Gibbard Block at 6423/27 – 112 avenue and the Ira W. Stephens Residence at 6526 – 111 avenue. Antoine Palmer of the Sparrow group accepted the plaque on behalf of the Gibbard Block and Gerhard Kruschke accepted a plaque on behalf of his wife and himself as owners of the Stephens Residence.

It was a lovely celebration of the history of the city with a number of the costumed interpreters from Fort Edmonton in attendance and a delicious reception after.

Congratulations to the Edmonton Historical Board and the City of Edmonton for their continued support of the heritage and history of Edmonton.
Written by and Photo Credit: Ted Smith


Top photo: Sparrow Group with Antoine Palmer (center) accepting a plaque on behalf of the Gibbard Block with former owners, Mike and Connie Comeau (featured to the left and right of Antoine Palmer, respectively).
Bottom photo: Ester and Gerhard Kruschke with Barb Ward (center) whose parents lived in the Stephens Residence.

Tune in to CBC Edmonton AM with Ken Tingley


Tune in tomorrow morning on Wednesday, February 27 to CBC Edmonton AM with Ken Tingley at 7:50 a.m. for a preview of our Speaker Series tomorrow evening, hosted by the Highlands Historical Society!

Or follow the link below to listen online.


Ken Tingley is Edmonton’s first Historian Laureate. We look forward to welcoming him in person at the Highlands Library for our first Speaker Series of the year, “100 Years Ago. The Spanish Flu Hit the Highlands.”

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow at 7:50 a.m. and see you at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Library!

Admission is free to members and $5 at the door for non-members. Memberships are also available for purchase at the event!