Dovercourt lies between 118th Avenue and 124th Avenue and east of 142nd Street to St. Albert Trail. Dovercourt and the surrounding area was annexed to Edmonton in 1913, but it remained practically undeveloped until after World War II.

In the 1950s, Dovercourt was re-plotted under the direction of the city’s first town planner, Noel Dant. Dovercourt and its adjacent neighbourhoods were some of the first in North America to be planned according to the “neighbourhood unit” concept. The vast majority of homes in Dovercourt were built in the late 1940s to 1960, and the dominant structure type is the single-detached house.

Landscaping and variable housing set-backs discourage through traffic and improve the attractiveness of the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood unit design is based on a curvilinear street pattern with limited access points. The street and laneway pattern was thought to provide a more efficient use of land than the traditional grid pattern. The interior streets and walkways focus on school and community league sites at the centre of the neighbourhood, and a block of row housing is located next to the school site.

A variety of commercial services are accessible to residents along 118th Avenue and St. Albert Trail/Groat Road. Residents of Dovercourt also have easy access to the nearby Westmount Shopping Centre, as well as other commercial and employment centres in both Edmonton and St. Albert via St. Albert Trail.

Dovercourt already held its name as of 1910, even though it remained undeveloped until 40 years later, and was likely named after Dovercourt Village in Essex, England.

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