Saturday Afternoon Active Sessions


SATURDAY, May 6, 11.45am to 2.00pm, — ‘Active Sessions’

  • There are 3 concurrent active sessions. The number for every Active Session is limited and works on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Please note that participants are responsible to cover their own transportation cost during these sessions ($7 for either public transit or as a donation towards rented buses)


Rob Shields, Walk to Rossdale Burial Site: Exploration of Edmontons Ambivalent Relationship to its Indigenous and Colonial Past

 ·  Meet Rob Shields at 12.15pm at Tory Building, North Entrance at Saskatchewan Drive

·  Weather and walk appropriate attire is suggested as the walk will take place outside

·  Register for this event:


The walk to Rossdale Burial Site (105 St at River Road/95 Ave, north bank of Walterdale Bridge) explores the ambivalent relationship of Edmonton to its Indigenous and colonial past and settlement with the local ecosystem amidst ongoing development and a historical faith in city-building infrastructure projects.

There will be a walk to the Rossdale Burial Site near the current construction site of a new Walterdale Bridge leaving 12:15 at the North Entrance of Tory Building on Saskatchewan Drive walking east 25 mins on Saskatchewan Drive, along foot path through Kinsman Park or down Walterdale Hill and across the old Wlaterdale Bridge to the burial ground on the north bank. See map below. It is possible to take taxi or uber.

Rain or shine. (Forecast at noon Saturday is for partly cloudy light winds 19C)

A commentary will be offered at the site approx 1-1:20pm

Footpaths are paved but walking shoes are advised.

Map to Rodddale Burial Ground



Kevin Jones & Vanessa Zembal, Whyte Ave Walk: Reconnecting Past, Present and Future through Landscape Approaches to Urban Change in Edmonton

·         Meet Vanessa Zembal at 11:50pm at Tory Atrium near Second Cup,

·         Please be on time as this event involves taking a bus from campus at 12.00pm

·         Please note that there will not be much time to grab lunch during the walk best is to eat before attending the walk

·         Attendees are required to supply their own transit passes for this session ($3.50 for a one way ticket)

·         Weather and walk appropriate attire is suggested as the walk will take place outside

·         Register for this event:

We are asking our tour participants to record and share their thoughts through a series of photos and captions.  We will be posting these through twitter and I hope to stitch together a collection after the fact for use on our blog.  



We will gather in the Tory Atrium near the Second Cup after the final session and travel by bus to the starting point together. Timing is tight and we will be leaving the Tory Atrium at 11:50pm.

Please be prepared with a quick to-go lunch either before or after the tour. Transit buses will be available at the end of the tour to take us back to campus.

Attendees are required to supply their own transit passes for this session ($3.50 for a one-way ticket).

This tour is entirely outside, so please dress for the weather.


About This Walk

Edmonton’s story is of a city which is being perpetually made and remade. Driven by development and evolving trends in urban design, there has been little room to find inspiration in the past, or to ask how heritage and culture might provide inspiration for the future. Amidst another cycle of urban renewal, the city is again undergoing a significant transition, perhaps nowhere more evident than in Old Strathcona and along its historic prairie main street.

Touring Whyte Avenue we will collectively explore how heritage and culture inform how we experience both tangible and intangible elements of its heritage. We will consider the Avenue as a home for a diverse range of communities and place narratives. And, we will learn about current development in the area and consider how heritage and culture might support successful place-making and communities into the future.

This tour is being led by researchers at the University of Alberta’s City-Region Studies Centre.

Guest Presenters

Kevin Jones, CRSC: Welcome and introduction/conclusion to the tour

Kim Petrin, Senior Associate, Stantec: Changing urban landscape the Southpark on Whyte

Michael Strong, Senior Planner, City of Edmonton: Planning for the future of Whyte Avenue

Murray Davison, Executive Director, Old Strathcona Business Association: The value of heritage and diversity to the Whyte Avenue retail economy

Mohamed Derouge, Community Engagement Coordinator, YESS: An inclusive community – heritage and supports for at risk youth



Michael Granzow, Tour of Garden Spaces and Old Strathcona Farmers Market: Exploring the Relationship between Urban Agriculture and Place 


Spring has finally arrived in Canada’s most northerly major city, and with the “average last frost date” quickly approaching, some keen gardeners and urban farmers are already preparing city plots. It’s a little early in the season to fully appreciate Edmonton’s urban food flora, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stretch our legs, visit some local gardens, and wander through some of the city’s most historic and interesting areas.

Led by Michael Granzow and organized in connection with the Idea of Place conference at the University of Alberta, this walking tour provides conference goers, students, and the wider public an opportunity to explore some unique social and cultural spaces and think about relationships between urban agriculture and place. In addition, the tour will include a stop at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market, where participants can try some local food for lunch. The tour will conclude with a walk down Whyte Avenue, before returning to the U of A campus for the afternoon conference sessions.

Those interested in participating in this tour should meet near the large red sculpture located close to the East entrance of the Henry Marshall Tory Building at the University of Alberta on Saturday, May 6 at 12:00 PM (see map below). This tour involves quite a bit walking so please wear appropriate footwear.