Time capsule from 1967 unearthed from Fort Edmonton Park

Mayor Don Iveson removes times from a 1967 time capsule at Fort Edmonton Park, in Edmonton Wednesday May 22, 2019. The time capsule was closed at the base of the Fort Edmonton Park flag pole in July 1967. David Bloom / Postmedia

Mayor Don Iveson helped remove a piece of Edmonton’s history at Fort Edmonton Park Wednesday.

A time capsule closed at the base of the Fort Edmonton Park flag pole in July 1967 was unearthed Wednesday by Iveson, who was joined by City of Edmonton archivist Kathryn Ivany and Fort Edmonton Foundation historian Carolina Roemmich.

Ivany will put the time capsule contents on display at an event on Saturday, and reveal the capsule’s contents for the public to see.

Some of the items in the time capsule included an address by then Edmonton Mayor V.M. Dantzer, two small centennial flags, a 1967 centennial silver dollar, as well as a copy of the July 10, 1967 Edmonton Journal.

A new time capsule will be installed in a new location at the grand re-opening of the expansion to Fort Edmonton Park in the spring of 2021.

Full list of time capsule items

  • Address by V.M. Dantzer, mayor of the City of Edmonton.
  • Address by Mr. M.E. Wolfe, chair, Fort Edmonton Park Committee, Rotary Clubs of Edmonton.
  • Letter acknowledging association in the dedication ceremony by Mrs. A.E. Shelmerdine, who chaired The Edmonton Civic Centennial Committee.
  • A Philosophy and Forecast of the development of Fort Edmonton Park by John K. Janzen, superintendent, City of Edmonton Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Listing of members of the City of Edmonton Historical Board for 1967.
  • Listing of members of the City of Edmonton Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for 1967.
  • Printed copy of “Edmonton—Salute to Canada” a colourful brochure prepared and distributed by the Edmonton Civic Centennial Committee, courtesy of Mr. John Holgersen, executive director of the committee.
  • One 1967 centennial dollar bill.
  • One 1967 centennial silver dollar.
  • One guest register including the names of those attending a reception sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Edmonton at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Jenner prior to the dedication ceremony.
  • Two small centennial flags.
  • One 36-inch by 72-inch official City of Edmonton flag.
  • One copy of The Edmonton Journal newspaper, Monday, July 10, 1967, with a story and pictures of the official dedication of Fort Edmonton Park.
  • One set of colour photographs taken during the official dedication ceremony.


(left to right) City of Edmonton Archivist Kathryn Ivany, Fort Edmonton Foundation Historian Carolina Roemmich and Mayor Don Iveson look at times removed from a 1967 time capsule at Fort Edmonton Park, in Edmonton Wednesday May 22, 2019.

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Two small centennial flags and a copy of the July 10, 1967 Edmonton Journal are displayed after being removed from a time capsule at Fort Edmonton Park, in Edmonton Wednesday May 22, 2019.

David Bloom / Postmedia


Mayor Don Iveson removes a 1967 time capsule at Fort Edmonton Park, in Edmonton Wednesday May 22, 2019. The time capsule was closed at the base of the Fort Edmonton Park flag pole in July 1967.

David Bloom / Postmedia