Welcome to History Trails
The University of Alberta has a rich and colourful history. Created by legislation passed shortly after Alberta became a province in 1905, it first opened its doors in the fall of 1908. Today, a century later, the University's influence extends well beyond Alberta's borders. It has become one of Canada's finest universities, one that is recognized internationally in many areas of excellence.
Much of the University's history has been recorded on the pages of the University's alumni publications. The Trail, which was first published in 1920 and appeared more-or-less regularly before the Second World War, was the University's first alumni magazine. In 1942 it gave way to New Trail, which has now published for more than 60 years. Together, these publications are a rich archive of the history of the University of Alberta, and they serve as the primary source for History Trails — most of the articles found here originally appeared on their pages.
The University of Alberta Alumni Association is pleased to be the sponsor of this site, which is dedicated to preserving knowledge of the University's past and the many remarkable individuals whose lives and works are closely intertwined with its growth.