Gariépy is a residential neighbourhood in West Edmonton. According to the City of Edmonton map utility, the neighbourhood was named for Joseph Hormisdas Gariépy, an early pioneer merchant, real estate investor and politician. He was born in Quebec, which at the time was known as Canada East and came to Edmonton in 1893.
The same year he bought a lot on Jasper Avenue at the corner of McDougall Avenue and opened up a general store. He built his first frame building here. The telephone exchange was also here. The Gariepy and Lessard Store is remembered as on of the outfitters that supplied Klondikers for the Gold Rush. He was also a town alderman for Edmonton.
We will never know what Joseph Gariepy would have thought about the way his building has been developed, but it is thought that the next use for this is going to be as a nightclub. Perhaps he would have approved.
The neighbourhood of Gariepy is bounded on the west by 178 Street, on the north by Callingwood Road, on the east by 170 Street, and on the south by the North Saskatchewan River valley.
According to the 2001 federal census, residential development in Gariépy began in the 1970s when almost half (46.3%) of all residences in the neighbourhood were constructed. Most of the remainder (47.7%) were constructed during the 1980s. A small number (3.4%) were built during the 1960s while the remainder were constructed after 1990.
The most common type of residence in the neighbourhood, according to the 2005 municipal census, is the single family dwelling. These account for two out of every three (66%) of all residences. Apartment style condominiums account for 13% of all residences while duplexes account for 14% of all residences. The remaining 6% of residences are row houses. Substantially all (97%) of all residences are owner occupied, with the remainder being rented.
Residents have access to West Edmonton Mall to the north along both 170 Street and 178 Street. This is the largest mall in North America. It has parking for 20,000 cars and is thought to have over 1000 shops. This Mall is truly an experience rather than just a trip to the shops. It also has its own theme park which is known as Galaxyland and four cinemas.
There is a single school in the neighbourhood, Centennial School, operated by the Edmonton Public School System.