Anchored by the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue, historic buildings blend with youthful exuberance to make Old Strathcona one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The city’s celebrated arts and cultural community makes its home here, as does a plethora of unique local boutiques, one-of-a-kind restaurants and pubs, wellness centres and a whole lot of history! Some edifices like the Princess Theatre and the Old Strathcona Hotel date back to 1891.
Annual celebrations of the arts like the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Art Walk and Ice on Whyte are only a few of the many events run by vibrant organizations like the Walterdale Theatre — the longest-running community theatre in Western Canada.
The sprawling University of Alberta Campus houses the Timms Centre for the Arts, the University of Alberta Hospital and the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — home to the Alberta Ballet and Edmonton Opera.
1) Fort Edmonton Park — This living history park boasts a replica of the 1946 fort, a re-creation of the original Capitol Theatre, a working steam locomotive and historical streets.
2) Muttart Conservatory — Explore four stunning glass pyramids, which bloom year-round with exotic plants from across the globe.
3) Whyte Avenue — This award-winning eclectic strip features boutiques, restaurants, pubs and gift shops. Make sure to catch rising stars in the multiple live theatre and music venues.
4) Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market — This bustling year-round market offers an impressive array of local fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more!
5) University of Alberta — Built in 1908, this beautiful campus is home to a student, faculty and staff population of more than 40,000. You will also find the Universiade Pavilion, Rutherford House, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre.
6) Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — Located on the University of Alberta Campus, this theatre is home to the Alberta Ballet, Edmonton Opera, theatre companies and touring productions from around the globe.
7) Gateway Boulevard/Calgary Trail — This welcoming strip stretches from 23rd Avenue north to Old Strathcona, and is lined with retailers, restaurants, entertainment and more! Keep your eyes peeled for the 12-foot, 850-pound replica of the NHL championship Stanley Cup located outside United Cycle on Gateway Boulevard at 78th Avenue.
8) South Edmonton Common — On the corner of 23rd Avenue and Gateway Boulevard, this massive, outdoor shopping and entertainment district features scores of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a Cineplex Odeon Theatre and a huge IKEA.