Light Horse Park

Light Horse Park

Since 2010, the Regiment has continued to build and re-enforce a strong relationship with the community of Old Strathcona. The home of the Dragoon Regimental Headquarters in Edmonton until 1964, Old Strathcona includes both the Connaught Armoury (now occupied by the Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS)) and the Holy Trinity Anglican Church. It also houses the train station from which many members of the Regiment were dispatched for service in WW1.

Despite its establishment as a town in 1899, a city in 1907, and amalgamation with Edmonton in 1912, (Old) Strathcona does not currently have a monument to commemorate its soldiers. The Regiment currently conducts its Remembrance Day activities in cooperation with the Holy Trinity Church and the YESS on the field immediately WEST of the Connaught Armoury (renamed Light Horse Park in 2014). This community gathering has continued to grow and flourish as an alternative for community leaders and the public to join the Regiment in its act of Remembrance.

Initiated by LCol Michaud and Stephen ‘Sticks’ Gallard in 2011, the intent of this project is to:

1. Establish an official cenotaph for the Regiment and people of Old Strathcona to gather in remembrance;

2. Further strengthen the historic ties between the Regiment and the Old Strathcona community to include the YESS and the Holy Trinity Church;

3. Promote the education of the community with respect to the sacrifices made by the Regiment and community during periods of conflict.

Through the extraordinary commitment of Mr. Gallard, a committee was struck to facilitate the development of Light Horse Park and is made up of representatives from

  • The Federal Government

  • The Provincial Government

  • The City of Edmonton

  • The Strathcona Community League

  • The Regimental Foundation

  • The Regiment

  • The Royal Canadian Legion

  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church

  • Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS)

  • The Fringe Society of Edmonton.

With funding from the SALH Regiment Foundation, a design status has been approved and fund-raising efforts continue with a view to commencing construction in 2018. The current project manager is LCol Troy Steele.

Contact information: LCol. Troy G. Steele

Fundraising Coordinator: Sticks Gallard