Today, people across Alberta mourn and remember a horrible tragedy that shook this city, and this province down to its core.
On this day 30 years ago, Alberta was hit with a tragedy that would change us forever. Starting from a lone sighting out of Leduc, a tornado was spotted heading north towards Edmonton. On July 31st, 1987, 27 people died, and more than 600 were injured. The F-4 tornado on what Edmontonians call “Black Friday” carved a 37-kilometer path of destruction, leaving hundreds of people homeless as well as causing over $300 million in damages. It was one of the most devastating natural disasters in Canadian history.
When the storm settled and people began collecting and attempting to move on with their lives, there is no doubt that a black storm cloud still hung over our fair city, a shadow that darkened people’s lives. But out of the shadows, came light. We rallied. We banded together and pushed on into the future with our heads held high. Then-mayor Laurence Decore standing on the ruins of a fallen city, dubbed Edmonton the “City of Champions,” for the very first time. Decore recognized that it was our attitude that made us champions, and our ability to survive one of life’s greatest tragedies. We believe what Laurence Decore said that day held true, and despite losing the official title, it’s something we still believe today.
West End Nissan believes in the City of Champions.
This is an event that touched us all, and we want to pay respect to the lives lost and everyone who’s lives changed on that day 30 years ago.