November 5, 2018
Earlier this morning a ceremony was held to celebrate the honourary naming of Canadian Forces Trail along 97 Street from 137 Avenue to the City’s northern boundary near Anthony Henday Drive.
Approved by Edmonton’s Naming Committee, the naming honours the relationship between the City of Edmonton and the Canadian Forces (Garrison) Base and the historical significance of the former Canadian Forces Base Griesbach, located west of 97 Street and north of 137 Avenue.
For almost a century, 97 Street has carried soldiers between the bases and served as a principal route to the Edmonton International Airport for troops to deploy in the defence of Canada. Traditionally, Edmontonians have lined this street to wave good-bye or welcome troops home. Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton is the largest army base in Western Canada, and has a significant impact on the City of Edmonton’s local economy, with many military members living in Edmonton.
The naming also honours the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers and their families, and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The Naming Committee approves names for municipal facilities, new neighbourhoods, parks and roads. This process involves input from both City Administration and citizens.