The Transit Hotel, built in 1908 at a cost of $50,000, was an imposing building in the Village of North Edmonton. Built in the middle of “Packingtown” the meat packing district, the hotel was the first building to have hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing and a telephone. The City of Edmonton annexed the Village of North Edmonton in 1912.
The Transit was the last stop on the trip to Fort Saskatchewan and first stop on your return trip. It initially had 40 rooms and rumor has it there was a barbershop in the basement. The hotel has a prominent look and is immediately noticeable when driving into North Edmonton on Fort Road. The stockyards that populated the area made it the second largest in North America, with Chicago being the largest.
Rooms were $1.50 per night, meals were $0.25 and Sunday dinner was $0.35. Room and Board for the month $30.00, and they had a Livery Stable.
There has been stories from former staff that the basement is haunted, while we can not confirm this we also can not deny it. This is an old building and there has been lots of history in there, we are extremely excited to be adding to the history of this amazing building and we hope you come and join us for a meal, a beverage and if you catch us at the right time, perhaps a tour of the basement to see if there really are some ethereal souls down there.
We are hosting what we hope will become an annual event. It is the Transit Smokehouse Haunter Halloween. We want to help out the food bank and raise some money for charity.
We ask that you bring a food item for Edmonton's food bank and we are charging $5.00 per person to donate to charity.