John Walter Museum is a small facility that interprets the life of John Walter, his family, 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 5 years later without recovering his losses.