Edmonton boasts a great deal of history which becomes quite obvious as you venture inward towards the centre of the city. Brickwork and aged architecture preserve the early beginnings of Edmonton. Old Strathcona was established around the turn of the 20th century, between 1891 and 1912. Initially, it was known as the Town of Strathcona and years later as the City of Strathcona. In 1912, it was merged with the City of Edmonton, though the area is still known today as Old Strathcona.
Old Strathcona is located in a loosely defined radius around Whyte Avenue (82 Avenue). You are considered to be in the area if you are between 101 and 106 Street, and 80 Avenue and Saskatchewan Drive. It is just south of the North Saskatchewan River on the other side of Downtown Edmonton. You can access it by travelling north on Gateway Boulevard or 109 Street, east or west on Whyte Avenue, and south on 109 Street or Scona Road (99 Street).
Nowadays, Old Strathcona is a hub for artists, foodies, athletes, farmers, and even fashion-savvy individuals. Amidst the historic buildings, you will find several trendy boutiques, cozy coffee shops, fitness studios, award-winning restaurants, buzzing music venues, historic theatres, and the well-known Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. Aside from establishments, the area hosts several events in the city, including the Pride Parade and Fringe Festival. The Varscona Hotel, Metterra Hotel, Commercial Hotel, and Edmonton Hostel are all hospitality options within walking distance of vibrant Whyte Avenue. Just west of Old Strathcona, you will find the University of Alberta and other historic neighbourhood: Garneau.
Depending on what you are seeking, there are various times of the day where it would be best for you to visit Old Strathcona. In the daytime, especially in summer, the neighbourhood makes for a lovely stroll, filled with lush greenery and eclectic patios. A majority of the shops are open during daytime hours, both on weekdays and weekends. The Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market is open year-round on Saturdays from 8am until 3pm – go early, as a lot of popular vendors sell out of items by noon! Several restaurants and pubs are open all day until the late evening. The Princess Theatre plays a mix of new and old films, so something is sure to spark your interest!
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