Who is John Walter
John Walter Museum is a small facility that interprets the life of John Walter and the Strathcona community from 1875 to 1915.
It tells the story of a rugged Scot from the Orkney Islands, John Walter, who came to Canada in 1870 to build York boats for the Hudson's Bay Company.
Five years later he acquired a homestead and became one of Edmonton's wealthiest citizens.
The wind of good fortune changed in 1915 when the North Saskatchewan River flooded the valley destroying his business empire.
John Walter died five years later without recovering his losses.
These buildings have seen Edmonton grow from a Fur Trading Post to a large City.
Built by John Walter in 1875, it was one of the first homes outside the walls of Fort Edmonton. It has served as a river ferry office, telegraph station and stopping house.
His lumber company was very successful, and he was able to build his family home for his new wife Annie and children.
John Walter became among the richest men in Edmonton, and built a large house for his family.
For more information:
John Walter Museum
9180 Walterdale Hill NW
Located at the bottom of Walterdale and Queen Elizabeth roads, on the north side of the Kinsmen Sport Centre parking lot.