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Coordinates: 53°31′5″N 113°29′50″W / 53.51806°N 113.49722°W / 53.51806; -113.49722

Old Strathcona is located in Edmonton
Location of Old Strathcona in Edmonton

Old Strathcona is an historic district located in south-central Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Once the commercial core of the separate city of Strathcona, the area is now Edmonton's premier arts and entertainment district, and in 2007 was named Alberta's first "Provincial Historic Area".[1] Located adjacent to the University of Alberta, the district is centred on Whyte (82) Avenue, which is home to shops, restaurants, popular nightlife spots and buskers.



Old Strathcona was once a separate city, achieving town status in 1899 and city status in 1907. The City of Strathcona amalgamated with Edmonton in 1912. A large part of the popularity of Whyte Avenue is due to its character buildings. The oldest commercial building is the Strathcona Hotel, built in 1891 with the coming of the railway. Wooden buildings in the area were built before 1902 when the Town of Strathcona passed a bylaw requiring the building of brick buildings to prevent the fires that were devastating so many prairie towns. Much of the current brick stock was erected during the 1910-1912 boom that brought thousands of settlers west. Old Strathcona is one of very few areas left in Canada with a "first generation" building stock. In 2005, Edmonton City Council sent a letter to the Province of Alberta requesting heritage status for the area, and the new status of Provincial Heritage Area in 2007.


Historic buildings and government recognition

Old Strathcona is Alberta's first (and As of 2009, only) Provincial Historic Area, and contains a number of historic buildings.

The designation as a Provincial Historic Area applies to roughly 5 square blocks that formed commercial hub of the former city of Strathcona. It runs from 85 Avenue south to 80 Avenue and from 102 Street west to 106 Street. Within this area are many of the most significant buildings built during Strathcona's early boom from the arrival of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway in 1891 to the Edmonton real estate crash of 1913-14. Heritage buildings within this area include the Strathcona Hotel, the Gainers Block, the Orange Hall, the Canadian Pacific Railway Station, the South Side Post Office, the Douglas Block, the Princess Theatre, the Strathcona Public Library, the Connaught Armoury, and Old Scona Academic High School.[2]

Outside of the Provincial Heritage Area in the wider Old Strathcona area are several non-commercial buildings that are also protected as heritage buildings including churches and residences. Within the Edmonton-Strathcona provincial electoral district, which covers most of the former City of Strathcona, there are 18 Provincial Historic Resources and 11 Registered Historic Resources recognized by the Government of Alberta, and 14 Municipal Restoric Resources recognized by the City of Edmonton (some buildings are on both registers).[3]

Present day

In the 1990s, Old Strathcona was home to many independent coffee shops, most notably, "Cafe LaGare", "Misty Mountain", "Planet Cyber Cafe" (then renamed Naked), "Hemp Cafe", "Netwerks New Media Cafe", "Buy the Cup", and the "New York Bagel Cafe" (recently re-opened in an 'off-Whyte' location after a devastating fire in 2003 that levelled the landmark "Albert's Restaurant" building on 104 St and Whyte). These have since closed down over the period of 1995-2005, and now Starbucks, Timothy's, and The Second Cup are on the main intersection of 104 Street and Whyte Avenue, but some smaller cafes, including "Friend's Nest", "Block 1912", and "Two Rooms" all serve coffee. Motorcyclists, including members from a local sport bike club (Edmonton Sport Riderz), typically hang out at the Tim Hortons on Whyte Avenue during the spring and summer months. Any Guitar Player must check out Avenue Guitar Shop located on 105th Street. Many world famous Guitar Players have found treasures here that are part of their sound that you hear today. The late night weekend club scene is blanketed with many regular patrons and even unique people such as "Dougie" (Doug Pruden) the push up man. The area is a definitely hotbed of activity and has attracted media attention over the years for its cheap drinks and boorish behavior by drunks. Nevertheless, the area continues to be a magnet for trend setting partiers and Edmonton International Fringe Festival goers.

Over time, the area has become the premier entertainment strip in Edmonton, although it has lacked alternative music venues since the 90's heyday of the People's Pub and Rebar there is a strong revival of music venues on Whyte Ave with Pawn Shop, Urban Lounge On Whyte and Filthy McNasty's all offering live entertainment for all genres. The Commercial Hotel's "blues on Whyte" club still has live music every night. The primary location for pubs, nightclubs and lounges on Whyte Avenue is between 99 and 109 Street (the area commonly referred to as Old Strathcona) with the majority of clubs directly on Whyte Ave. or just off Whyte Ave. and on side streets.

Whyte Avenue arguably remains the centre of Edmonton's alternative lifestyles, containing various independent clothing and other types of shops catering to a variety of alternative subcultures (ranging from hippie to raver to goth etc). Clothing is the fastest growing business trend in the area, with well-known retailers such as Avenue Clothing Co., Foosh, Colourblind, Divine, Top Gear Scooters, Queue, Lemonwink Clothing, Plush, Sophia's and American Apparel highlighting the avenue. Old Strathcona was a bastion of small, local and independent business.

Additionally, there are a number of restaurants in this area including "Da-De-O's," "Julio's Barrio," "Café Mosaics," "Tasty Tom's" and the ever-famous Greek restaurant, "Yiannis". A popular Garneau area hang out is "Remedy Cafè" which licensed serves Indian cuisine through out the day. Several of the bars also have kitchens including "O'Byrne's"[1], "The One"[2], "The Urban Lounge[3]", "Savoy" and "Sapphire". In total, there are almost 100 places to eat in Old Strathcona. Again, a majority of eateries are locally owned. Other pubs/ bars include "The Black Dog[4]", "Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus", "Filthy McNasty's[5]", and "The Elephant & Castle[6]". In March 2007 the roof of The Urban Lounge collapsed due to snow and ice build up. The venue has been relocated to the old The Roxy On Whyte location (10544 - 82 Avenue)and is now called The Urban Lounge On Whyte. A new club is now located at the old Urban Lounge location called Dirty Pretty.


Old Strathcona is home to a vibrant independent theatre scene, with nine theatre companies operating out of several buildings in the neighborhood, including the Varscona Theatre, Transalta Arts Barns, Walterdale Playhouse and Catalyst Theatre. The Varscona Theatre alone is home to five award-winning companies: Shadow Theatre, Teatro la Quindicina, the variety show Oh Susanna! and improvisation troupes Die-Nasty and Rapid Fire Theatre. Every August, Old Strathcona plays host to the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the largest and oldest Fringe Theatre event in North America. Edmonton historian Lawrence Herzog has called the diversity of material being produced in the Old Strathcona Theatre District "wide and astonishing."[4]


Old Strathcona is also known for its art house theatres, "The Princess Theatre" and "The Garneau Theatre". They are both operated by Magic Lantern Theatres[7].


Old Strathcona celebrates all year long. January brings Ice on Whyte, a sculpting competition and outdoor ice playground. June features Improvaganza, an invitational international improv festival, hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre. July is the busiest of all, starting with the Silly Summer Parade on July 1. In mid July, the Whyte Avenue ArtWalk puts more than 140 artists on the sidewalks of Old Strathcona, and on the final Sunday of Artwalk, Whyte Avenue closes the entire street for a massive Street Sale. In August, the Edmonton International Fringe Festival welcomes hundreds of thousands of theatre goers and festival patrons. The fall brings the Chante Festival and many events during the Edmonton Halloween festival.

Old Strathcona has a year round farmers' market that requires all vendors to be primary producers. Edmonton's thriving market garden industry finds an average of 10,000 customers every Saturday. Customers are able to find fresh, locally grown tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers as early as March.

Blue Mile

Oiler fans, unable to enter the jam-packed Rexall Place, compromise by celebrating equally loudly as those who did manage to get into West Edmonton Mall, or celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue (pictured) during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blue Mile or the Copper Kilometer is the name given by the local media to the Old Strathcona District's Whyte Avenue located on the southside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada during the Edmonton Oilers 2006 Stanley Cup playoff run, since it closely resembled the events which took place on the Red Mile in Calgary two years prior.

Following the Edmonton Oilers upset victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 2006 playoffs, several thousand Oiler fans flocked to Whyte Avenue and turned the district into a hockey party strip, as Oiler fans walked the streets cheering, chanting, high-fiving, horn-honking, and flag-waving for their team. Others surfed the crowd in a grocery-shopping cart, and still others climbed trees and traffic lights. This Oilers success has similarly spawned a website similar to, which the party strip is not only for thousands of Oiler fans, as estimated as high as 50,000[5] Oiler fans, cheering for the Edmonton Oilers victories but to include a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere, called The Blue Mile. [6]

Unlike Calgary's Red Mile, Whyte Avenue in Edmonton gained national attention for its level of violence in May 2006.[7] The arrests at the Blue Mile are estimated at least 350 people through the Oilers Stanley Cup Playoff Run, including breaching the public peace, assaults, impaired driving, mischief, and alcohol-related offences.[8][9][10][11] This rowdy behaviour led the mayor of Edmonton, Stephen Mandel, to threaten to close down the strip: "I hope this doesn't come down to having to shut down Whyte completely ... but this will not be tolerated going into the final series." [12]

Whyte Avenue

Whyte (82) Av.jpg
Whyte Avenue
82 Avenue, Blue Mile
Maintained by the City of Edmonton
Length: 7.2 km (4.5 mi)
Formed: 1890s
West end: 114 Street / University Avenue
114 Street, University Avenue, 104 Street, Gateway Boulevard, 75 Street, 50 Street
East end: 50 Street
Major cities: Edmonton

Whyte (82) Avenue is an arterial road in south-central Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It became the main street of the City of Strathcona as it formed, and now runs through Old Strathcona.


List of neighbourhoods Whyte (82) Avenue runs through, in order from west to east:

Interchanges and intersections

This is a list of major intersections, starting at the west end of Whyte Avenue.

Direction Intersecting road Current intersection type Coordinates
West-East 114 Street At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′0″N 113°31′33″W / 53.516667°N 113.52583°W / 53.516667; -113.52583 (Whyte x 114)
University Avenue none 53°30′58″N 113°31′27″W / 53.51611°N 113.52417°W / 53.51611; -113.52417 (Whyte x University)
112 Street At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′5″N 113°31′15″W / 53.51806°N 113.52083°W / 53.51806; -113.52083 (Whyte x 112)
109 Street At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′5″N 113°30′43″W / 53.51806°N 113.51194°W / 53.51806; -113.51194 (Whyte x 109)
104 Street (Calgary Trail) At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′5″N 113°29′51″W / 53.51806°N 113.4975°W / 53.51806; -113.4975 (Whyte x 104)
Gateway Boulevard At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′5″N 113°29′42″W / 53.51806°N 113.495°W / 53.51806; -113.495 (Whyte x Gateway)
99 Street At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′5″N 113°29′10″W / 53.51806°N 113.48611°W / 53.51806; -113.48611 (Whyte x 99)
83 Street At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′5″N 113°27′19″W / 53.51806°N 113.45528°W / 53.51806; -113.45528 (Whyte x 83)
75 Street At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′5″N 113°26′34″W / 53.51806°N 113.44278°W / 53.51806; -113.44278 (Whyte x 75)
Sherwood Park Freeway At-grade Y intersection 53°31′3″N 113°26′11″W / 53.5175°N 113.43639°W / 53.5175; -113.43639 (Whyte x Fwy)
50 Street At-grade 53°31′5″N 113°25′7″W / 53.51806°N 113.41861°W / 53.51806; -113.41861 (Whyte x 50)


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Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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River Valley apartments.
River Valley apartments.

South Central pertains to the area south of the river, but still very urban and centralized in Edmonton. It is a very artsy, trendy, and edgy area. It is on top of trends in all types of design before they hit mainstream and along with that it has some neat architecture and festivals. It includes the communities of Strathcona, Garneau, Queen Alexandra Windsor Heights, Mill Creek (east Strathcona), Bonnie Doon, Belgravia, Strathearn,Ritchie, and much more.


Much of what South Central is today was once encompassed by Strathcona, a town south of Edmonton.

Strathcona was originally called South Edmonton, and was named for Lord Strathcona. The city grew fast from 1900-1910, and was a typical prairie town, and it does reflect (through) it's architecture now.

In 1908, the University of Alberta was founded under Premier Rutherford in the Garneau District. Garneau was a Métis neighbourhood, built for people of Métis to not be discriminated.

Eventually in 1912, the whole town of Strathcona was annexed into the City of Edmonton. The area still grew in the 1920s and whatnot, but most of Edmonton's growth was to the northeast.

In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the University grew lots and the area held up nicely in the hard times. By the 1950s, the University began growing again, with a lot of the new "brutalist" styles for architecture introduced.

In the 1970s, there was a plan to build a freeway in what is now Old Strathcona. Communities protested, as the neighbourhood had character, and although some buildings were demolished, the freeway never came. By the 1980s plans were made to revitalize the area and by the 1990s Whyte Avenue and Old Strathcona had become the city's premiere bar and urban retail district.

Late 90s and early 2000s saw some increase in crime, and later cops were sent to patroll the area and crime has decreased significantly.

Today the area is seen as an area that knows how to party, with Saturday nights filled with the bar goers and club lovers of the city. The area is seen as Edmonton's premiere urban district of shopping, and a highly educated area with the University and small campuses nearby like Souch Campus and St Jean.

Get in

By car

There are multiple ways of getting to &/or from other districts in Old Strathcona-University. From the southeast, using Sherwood Park Freeway which turns into Whyte Avenue would be the best, or from Agryll Road, from which you could easily get on from Sherwood Park Freeway or 75th, and then just turn north onto Gateway BLVD, and head north to get into Old Strathcona-University. From the west end, try taking 107 Ave and turn south onto Groat Road and go S until the University Ave. You could also take Whitemud until Fox Drive, where you'd head NE/turn left onto Belgravia Road which is your first chance to turn anywhere (and it is a dead end) until 114th St where you would turn northbound, continue on there until University ave where you are pretty much in Old Strathcona-University. From the central area, take 109th Street downtown, across the bridge which turns into 109 St in the South Central. To get back to downtown or other central areas, use 109 Street, but turn right/east onto Walterdale Hill NW because you need a different bridge. You could also use Groat Road. For each other district, go back the way you came.

By air

Getting in from Edmonton International Airport is very easy. All you need to do is turn northbound on the Queen Elizabeth Highway as you would getting into Edmonton. Stay on that until you hit 76 Ave, and from then on northward, you are in Old Strathcona-University.

Old Strathcona Map
Old Strathcona Map

Like most parts of the town, south central has good bus stops. There are a lot of stops in every neighbourhood. The exceedingly popular, Whyte Ave NW, though, only has 2 parts with stops (WestBound and EastBound - so four) by bus until 99 St so be wary of that.

By train

South Central has 2 LRT stations - Health Sciences and University with some more under construction. The frequency is 2-5 minutes during the day, and 7-8 at night.

By car

South Central has good connections via 4 arteries-109th Street, (Whyte) 82nd Avenue, Calgary Trail, and Gateway Boulevard. Aside from that it is very navigablle even on Residential streets as it mostly follows a grid. If you are in gridlock, you can easily just go over a block and still make it because it is built with grid road.

Mill Creek houses
Mill Creek houses
  • Hawrelak Park, West of Groat Road, north of 87 avenue NW.  edit
  • Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive NW.  edit
  • Strathcona Historic District (bordered by 88 Avenue in the north, 76 Avenue in the south, 111 Street in the west, and 102 Street in the east) is full of trendy shopping and a vibrant nightlife cluster. The industrial chic place is centered on Whyte Avenue which is a major shopping district, but do not forget the amazing nightlife found in this corridor. This area is full of a lot of architecturally pleasing houses too. There is also a lot of historic commerical buildings that were once churches, different stores, different offices, and industrial. If this is what you are looking for, then Old Strathcona is your pick!
  • Old Strathcona Mural Tour, Whyte Avenue NW between 99 and 109 St NW. This tour provides a look at fourty electric boxes painted in mural. A free brochure is available for where to go, call 780.437.4182. Remember, don't do this tour at night.  edit
Pyramid habitats of the Muttart Conservatory
Pyramid habitats of the Muttart Conservatory
  • Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street, 780 496-8755 (fax: 780 496-8747), [1]. Closed for renovation until April of 2009.  edit
  • Gallagher Park is a beautiful park near the Muttart. It is nice for a picnic and nice cleancut grass and offers fantabulous views of downtown.
  • Edmonton Queen, Rafter's Landing 9734 - 98 Avenue (Spring/Summer only), (780) 424-2628, [2]. Thu-Sa Boards: 11am, 2:00pm, 5:30 pm; Su 3pm and 5:30pm course of 2 hours. The Queen is a very unique attraction in the city and is near central. The Queen is a riverboat which takes a cruise through the river over the course of around a hour. They give magnificent views and skyline views. This should not be missed. You can take cruises with a dinner if you choose. Call to book. Reservations are strongly recommended for all types of cruises and are required at least 48 hours in advance for our Dinner Cruises. Reservations cannot be cancelled or refunded.  edit
  • Mill Creek Architecture Walk, between 102 Street in the west, Whyte Ave in the south, 85 St. in the east and the river in the north. Check out any part in this area. This is a beautiful and cute, one-of-a-kind neighborhood lined with nice old-style houses and buildings, some refurbished and is home to a lot of infill, which means a lot of modern homes are being built. They come in funky styles and clash interestingly with the older structures. Great for someone interested in design because there's some really beautiful houses. Nice quiet walk.
  • University of Alberta, Bound by 116 St/117 St (changes between those two at 87 Ave), E by 110 St until 87th until 112 St NW, S by 82 Ave, N by Sask Dr. NW. This area has a lot of architecture styles. It has some old gems near Sask Dr. A lot of it is brutalist buildings that once had horrible street access but have been retrofitted. There has also been recent development with some mediocre modern tecture.  edit
  • Whyte Ave, (between 109 and 100 St NW). Outside of the area between 103 and 105 Street, upon first glance, there probably isn't anything that "pops". But, there are tons of architecture that's appealing, although it depends on your style. There is a bunch of historical buildings between 102 and 105 Str. NW that would please most. Aside from that there is some 1960s/early modern structures that are typical of that time frame. They are simple and use little detailing and elegant lines.  edit


Because Old Strathcona being within this district, there is endless choices for movies, sports, festivals, and events.

  • University of Alberta Golden Bears
  • Kinsmen Pitch'n'Putt, 10661-91st Avenue, 780-432-1626, [3]. - behind the Kinsmen Sport Centre, on the south bank of the river valley (Public: par 54, 1222 yards) This is a true pitch-and-putt, with the holes averaging about 65 yards, and none over 100 yards. You can enjoy a pleasant two-hour walk with two or three clubs in your bag. Greens fees are low, club rentals are available, and the course is friendly for families looking for a spot to golf with the kids.
  • The Mill Creek Trails, Mill Creek Ravine[s]. Wind through well put trails in Mill Creek ravine[s] along the Mill Creek. Covered with beautiful trees and geography, you wouldn't think you were only 5 blocks from the bustling Whyte Ave. Definitely be careful in winter. Great for walking, running, biking, etc.  edit
  • Commercial Hotel - Blues on Whyte, 10329 Whyte Ave.  edit
  • Edmonton Ski Club, 9613 96 Avenue NW, 780-465-0852, [4]. This facility is in the River Valley south of downtown, near the Muttart Conservatory and only a few minutes from the city center. $19-$25 for full day, seniors $9.  edit
  • Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street NW, 780-433-2212. An indie theatre that has nice staff in a uniform 1950s theatre. Upon entering, you are welcomed to a few steps which brings you to the ticket place, where you say which movie you want to see. Then you are in the next part, concession, which has normal movie theatre stuff, and the butter is real. Then there is the 1 theatre, which is very large, and has a huge balcony seating area. It is very nice and vintage.  edit
  • Princess Theatre, 10337 82 Avenue NW‎, 780-433-0728, [5]. Princess Theatre is a cool theate in the centre of vibrant urban life, Whyte Ave. Nestled in a beautiful old building, the interior is a good competitor with nice vintage décor. The staff are super friendly to help you figure out where the theatres are and information. One theatre has the regular theatre setting, along with balcony seating for a truly amazing experience. The movies playing are indies, but that should not be a turn off, as almost all of them are really good. The concession is unbelievably cheap for theatres nowadays. There is a sub theatre, called Princess II which is apart of the Princess, except you need to go in a different door. The staff will tell you if you need to go there, and sometimes you will have to wait [as it isn't open]. Just make sure you go in the main enterances. If you happen to need to go to Princess "II, then you go back out onto Whyte, and go immideately east to the small door, where, if you look throguh the door glass you should see a neon sign with the name. This is the "basement", where you go down the steps and the narrow hallway until it opens up into a concession-this is where you buy tickets and food if you are in the movie playing at the "sub theatre". The main lobby, back in the normal Princess, is very cute & petit, with news and flyers about all kinds of stuff. You should definitely pick up the Old Strathcona guide and Parking Guide there. The staff are very helpful at helping you find your way around the theatre.  edit
  • Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Avenue NW, 780-433-3399‎, [6]. The Varscona is a nice little theatre with favourites such as Die Nasty, a weekly soap or Oh Susana a monthly favourite!  edit
  • The Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way (corner of 102 Street & 86 Avenue), 780-432-0428, [7]. Edmonton non-profit jazz club with acts every weekend. The Tuesday jam is $2, and has some good talent. Closed during the summer.  edit
  • Jubilee Auditorium. This place is 113,000 m³ (a.k.a really big, yeah) of performing arts land taken to new levels. The place was built in 1955 near the University of Alberta and is still today one of the biggest performing art's centres in Alberta.  edit
  • Whyte Avenue Artwalk, (July), [8]. For three days, studios go to the streets and make a clash of construction and creation. See artwork from many artists and possibly buy some at a sale. You can also create your own artwork at the Gazebo in MacIntrye Park.  edit
  • Edmonton Fringe International Festival, (August), [9]. Second largest Fringe Fest in the world, Edmonton's includes over 90 non censored shows from around the Earth. There is so much food vendors and artisans out to sell you high quality stuff at this outdoor place. Performances indoor and out are of high plenty.  edit
  • Heritage Days, Hawrelak Park (August), [10]. This three day event on the first weekend in August combines cultural dances, delicious international food, and some cool cultural items (Japanese fan, Chinese painting, Russian maps, etc.). Be sure to grab a bunch of tickets so you can buy all the food (they use tickets instead and money goes to the food bank). Try taking transit because it is hard to find some parking.  edit
  • Ice on Whyte, 86 Ave and 104 St (January), [11]. Slide down snow and ice slides, wander through the ice maze, and more showcase wonderful Alberta talent using snow and ice.  edit
  • Edmonton Folk Fest, Gallagher Park (Every August). Beautiful, world class folk music is played and behind that is the thousands of heads making up the massive crowd with the backdrop of the Edmonton skyline. It's a beautiful festival.  edit
  • The EdmontonCanoe TheatreFest, Performed at the Third Space Theatre and U of A’s Timms Centre Second Playing Space (February), [12]. Stories told in neat ways like a solo for a Shakespeare play and talking about marriage and honour killings in the nation and a story by mimes about fresh water. It changes every year and be sure to check it out for neat plays/stories.  edit
  • Edmonton Intl Film Festival, (October), [13]. Movie goers rejoice at this festival with short films and documentaries taking the focus. The point is to show unusual places through cinema. Definitely a nice place to go, even with older kids, but you might want to dress up a tiny bit (i.e. sweaters, nice jeans, combed hair), like semi-formal as it is a semi-fancy event.  edit
  • Whyte Avenue Streetsale, Whyte Ave between 103 and 105 St (July). Whyte Avenue between 103 and 105 St is closed to vehicles to make way for a truly vibrant sale. The Whyte Ave Streetsale takes over the street with stores bringing their stuff to the sidewalk with live entertainment for you to listen. While you walk in the middle of the road, outside, you'll be shopping all kinds of neat stuff at neat deals. Something you should not turn down, even if you don't like shopping it's nice to just take in, plus the deals are nice.  edit
  • Whyte Avenue (main strip), 82 Ave between 103 and 109 St. Whyte Avenue is the heart of Old Strathcona, and is a vibrant mix of all sorts of people from artists to alternative, corporate to suburban mom's. The area is especially busy in the summer with many festivals right around the neighbourhood. Whyte Avenue itself boasts a wide range of different threads, clothing for all sorts of people. The area is also known for it's neat art studios, interesting sorts of bookstores, and quirky gift shops. All of this among street music players and interesting vendors. It's truly Edmonton's vibrant strip.  edit
  • 104/103 Streets, Gateway (103) Boulevard and Calgary (104) Trail north of 76 Ave. The area south of Whyte Avenue is home to some different kinds of shops like interesting groceries, computer shops, salons, spas, and clothing shops.  edit
  • The Junction, 82 Ave between 103 and 99 St; 99 St between 82 and 87 Ave; south of 82nd, east of 103, east of 99th, north of 75th. The Strathcona Junction is a kind of edgy area of Old Strathcona, and is seperate from the mainstream Whyte Avenue. The area is commonly called East Whyte, reffering to the strip of Whyte Avenue west of 103 Street, away from the main drag. Here you'll find stuff on a smaller scale, often catered to the locals, but still very unique. 99th has a bunch of flower shops and bakeries, whereas Whyte Ave carries many vintage music sorts of stores.  edit
  • The Wee Book Inn on Whyte Ave.  edit
  • When Pigs Fly.  edit
  • Hub Cigars and Newsstand.  edit


Edmonton's Old Strathcona-University area is home to fine dining. It has all kinds of options to sooth your crave. The best selection is for sure in Old Strathcona, with authentic pasta, tea, coffee, Indian food, Tex Mex, and way more. The area around the University has mostly chains such as Earl's.

  • BLOCK 1912, 10361 82 Ave. (in the heart of Whyte (82nd) Avenue). This coffee shop is a favorite for late night dates, chatting with old friends, and family gatherings. Offers a variety of home-made desserts, gourmet coffees, and healthy lunch and dinner items. There's even a built-in gelateria for those who crave a delicious taste of Italy. If you've got a sweet tooth, you will find some of the best desserts in the city including chocolate cheesecakes. However, their creme brulee is definately something to be skipped over, with a sugar topping that is burnt on the edges and unmelted in the center. The excellent chai lattés are made from scratch. You'll love the eclectic décor and can't miss the enormous desert painting in the back corner.  edit
  • Levas, 11053 86 Avenue NW, (780) 479-5382.  edit
  • Dabar, 10816 (Whyte)82 Avenue NW, (780) 433-3306.  edit
  • Dream Tea House
  • Café Mosaics, 10844-82 Ave., (780) 433-9702. Nice cute artistic café with a warm and inviting experience. This café also has a nice vegetarian meal and all kinds of stuff.  edit
  • Chianti's has good long menu's with all kinds of variety. Beautiful gourmet food that is arguably Edmonton's best in the Italian department with such friendly service you'd be surprised to find it's prices are pretty cheap as well. A little tid bit - all of their food is made from scratch - no pre making, no store bought, nothing.
  • Fiore Cantina ,8715 109 Street NW , is a cozy Italian restaurant opposite Garneau. The staff are nice and the menu is full of all kinds of selection. The vegetarian selection is quite good along with veal and pasta menus. The place is charming and not too busy, but it is still quite cheap and good quality food. The interior is something out of Naples or the sort with a cool bakery at the enterance. Make sure to look carefully as the structure blends well with the surroundings so it may be difficult to find.
  • Burger Baron, 9908 70 Avenue NW, (780) 433-7634. The classic drive in has a shop in South Central and offers delicious burgers, fries, and chicken and reasonable prices. Food is made when you order.  edit
  • Commercial Hotel - Blues on Whyte, 10329 82 Ave. Rock-bottom prices on beer, with a crowd to match. The bar serves all the low-brow beers, and has a surprisingly good selection at the opposite end of the spectrum - at the best prices in town. You can get Guinness on tap at a good price (for Edmonton), as well as Strongbow cider and several of the Big Rock brews. Live blues music on stage weekday evenings, with a locally-famous open stage on Saturday afternoons (arrive early if you want your own seat).
  • Funky Pickle, 10441 whyte Avenue NW. Some of the best pizza to order in town, with offbeat topping choices. Buy a whole pie or by the slice.  edit
  • Yiannis Taverna, 10444 82nd (Whyte) Ave. Fun place, especially in the summer when the large garage doors in the front open onto the bustling streets of the funky Old Strathcona neighborhood. Loud and busy.
  • Route 99 Diner, 8820 99 Street NW, (780) 432-0968‎. Vintage 50s/60s memorabilia fills this cute neighbourhood hit in the Mill Creek neighbourhood. Offers greasy burgers, delicious milkshakes, fries, chicken fingers, and all that fancy casual stuff.  edit
  • Earl's: Campus Style, 8629 112 Street NW, (780) 481-5352. A typical Earl's restaurant designed to cater the college people across the road in the University of Alberta. It has a slightly different menu compared to others and it's interiors are definitely unique!  edit
  • Keg, 8020 105 Street NW, [14]. This trendy steakhouse of mild prices and typical good food adds sweet spices and juicy meat to almost every meal.  edit
  • Accent European Lounge, 8223 104 Street (not the trendy downtown leg). Located a half-block north of Whyte (82nd) Avenue, this bistro/bar has a warm, wood-paneled main room with a welcoming bar for those awaiting company or a table. There's also a cheerful west-facing (sunny!) four-table patio in the summer. The menu features wiener schnitzel, steak a la tartare, other European dishes, and hearty salads at good prices. An excellent European beer selection and a busy street scene make this the perfect Fringe Festival patio break.
  • Furusato, 10012 82 Ave. The decor of this attractive, family-run spot emulates a Japanese village restaurant: the walls are wooden panels, and the room is roofed with thatch, while wooden floors and tasteful Japanese wall decorations round out the decor. Sample the special Volcano Rolls (a spicy, oven-hot sushi roll), or the Ika Kara-Age (breaded fried squid with a tangy ginger sauce). All dishes are delivered quickly by friendly and competent staff. The restaurant doesn't take reservations, so try to avoid the frequent line-ups by visiting outside of the main dinner hours (5:30PM-7:30PM). Visitors from Vancouver claim it's better than most Lower Mainland Japanese restaurants, high praise from people who have a broad choice of Japanese restaurants at home.
  • Continental Treat, 10560 Whyte (82) Avenue North West. Not far from Accent European Lounge, this restaurant faces onto busy Whyte Avenue. Its dark wood floor and tables give it a comfortable and slightly upscale air. The menu is eastern European, with top-notch escargot, mussels, dill pickle soup, and French onion soup, among other treats.  edit
  • Korean Village, 7729 85 Street (Look carefully), (780) 466-5666. Hidden in a strip mall a few blocks off Whyte (82) Avenue, this restaurant's interior is a rustic Korean lodge. Rugged wooden floors and posts house benches, tables, and tatami-style rooms. The restaurant's major attraction is an all-you-can-eat, self-serve Korean BBQ for $25. A food bar on one wall carries four or more varieties of raw meat and seafood, marinating in appropriate sauces, as well as side vegetable dishes. Load up a plate with goodies, return to your table, and grill to taste on the natural gas hotplate in the center of the table. Tip: ask them to change the grill if yours gets black and horrible. This restaurant is run by a small Korean family that takes great pride in their food and service. This is a must-eat attraction if you are visiting Edmonton. Do not miss it!  edit
  • Packrat Louie, 10335 83 Avenue NW (Whyte Avenue commercial area). This pleasant room features exposed brick in the walls and real cloth on the tables, a little tonier than most Italian restaurants in town. The original menu had a Swiss-Italian emphasis, and even now the dishes are far from conventional pastas you'll find elsewhere. The food is well-prepared and reasonably priced, and you're right in the heart of Whyte Avenue's entertainment zone when you finish your meal - you'll find yourself just a block or two from live theater, repertory cinema, and most of the area's main bars and clubs.
  • High Level Diner, 10912 88 Ave. (Near the High Level Bridge). This is a long-time Edmonton favorite, known for its cozy atmosphere and a broad selection of food. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner equally well. For breakfast, try the self-branded hot cereal, a bowl brimming with a half-dozen or more types of hot, flavorful grains. The cereal mixture is also available dry for taking home - it's a great gift to out-of-town Edmontonians pining for a taste of home. The main menu's bias is towards simple but hearty Mediterranean cuisine, but it includes robust dishes from other cultures as well. The Diner serves a number of flavorful vegetarian dishes, and the menu also includes sufficient meat meals to amply satisfy the family carnivore. In summer there is a small patio area which gives a nice view of the surrounding area, good for people watching. The best long island iced tea in the city (made from scratch). On Sunday mornings, arrive early or be prepared for a line at the door.  edit
  • Julio's Barrio:Mexican, 10450 82nd (Whyte) Ave. Julio's serves good Mexican food and lots of it. The menu is extensive, the servings are generous, and the food is the best Mexican fare in town. The great location's interior is colorful, although the tables and chairs - authentic equipale furniture made from roswood and palm slat frames with stretched pig skin - are somewhat eccentric. Fresh home-made salsas, in every temperature from mild to "salsa of mass destruction", accompany free bowls of corn chips before dinner. The bar stocks several Mexican beers as well as the usual domestic brands, and has notable automation in place to speed the creation of margueritas. With friendly but professional service, Julio's is one of Whyte Avenue's busiest eateries, and justifiably so.  edit
  • Max Light Cuisine, 7809 109 Street (Four blocks south of Whyte Ave), (780) 432-6241‎. Cozy restaurant that offers mainly vegetarian cuisine, including vegan options, tofu dishes, as well as some meat dishes.  edit
  • Culina, 9914 89 Avenue NW, (780) 437-5588.  edit
  • Royal Pizza
  • The Mills
  • Flavours Modern Bistro
  • Whyte Avenue Boston Pizza.  edit
  • The King and I, 8208 107 St NW, 780.433.2222. A stand-by for good Thai food, it's always been a bit pricey, and often the portions are somewhat small. Lunch dining is more economical: you can enjoy a substantial mid-day meal for around ten dollars. Those looking for an authentic experience might consider a different Thai restaurant, as this one is known to cater to "cautious" diners. It's a great introduction to Thai food, however, and beginners won't be disappointed by the flavors. It still serves, by far, the best coconut rice in the city.  edit
  • Von's, 10309 81 Avenue Northwest. Good lobster, steak and other stuff. Expensive, but right on the money if you are looking for good quality stuff.  edit
  • Unheardof, 9602–82 Ave., [15]. One of Edmonton's finest food establishments, although be aware that this quality comes at a price. The menu is a prix-fixe style, with one or two choices for each course. The meal costs about $60 per person (as of 2006), but if you are looking for excellent eating, and the price does not faze you, look no no further.
  • Red Ox Inn, 9420 91 Street NW, [16]. Super-friendly staff with mouth watering meals of every variety.  edit


The Whyte Avenue area is the city's most concentrated "party zone" and no doubt has a wide range!

  • Hudson's Whyte, 10307 Whyte Avenue NW (Right in busy Whyte Ave.), (780) 433-4526, [17]. The original of the Hudson's Taphouses. It offers soothing music among fine alcohol.  edit
  • Filthy McNastys, 2Flr-10511A 82 Avenue NW, (780) 432-5224.  edit
  • Black Dog, 10524 Whyte Ave. Frequently rated Edmonton's best neighborhood pub in city polls, this friendly drinking spot caters to the young and body-modified (pierced and tattoed) crowd as well as any place on Whyte Avenue. It serves a wide selection of imported and micro-brewed beer at middle-of-the-road prices, features live music on Saturday afternoons, and has one of the city's favorite pub "patios" on their roof - a terrific place to waste a summer afternoon.
  • O’Byrne's, 10616 Whyte Ave. An excellent authentic Irish pub, rather roomy inside with two levels and an outdoor patio open in summer. O'Byrne's is one of 'the' places to be on St. Patrick's Day in Edmonton and throughout the summer months. Although you will want to get there early for that day as there is usually a line out the door from 4pm onwards. O'Byrne's hosts excellent Celtic music on Tuesdays and plays host to a rather eclectic group of performers throughout the week.
  • The One on Whyte, 10544 Whyte Ave. Located in the space occupied by the old Roxy club on the second floor of what used to be Old Strathcona¹s favourite bowling alley, the One on Whyte sports an attitude that tones down the nightclub aspect a bit and emphasizes an expanded food menu and more live music. Yes, there are still plenty of opportunities to shake it until closing time, just like the old Roxy, but it seems that the owners are shooting for an entirely new image.
  • Purple Onion, 8032 104 Street (two blocks south of Whyte Avenue). No one knows exactly where the hordes of people that press the flesh at the "P.O." every weekend come from. But come they do, as they have for close to 15 years now. And for anyone who wasn't already cheerful and dazed courtesy of Happy Hour, the DJ helps out with current dance hits and classic rock. Various drink and shooter specials are available, seemingly all the time. And unlike most of the licensed establishments in the area, you probably stand a better chance of getting your beverage faster from one of the numerous waitresses than you will from going to the bar.
  • Union Hall, 9920 62 Ave. Aimed at the classic-rock loving thirty-something set, the Union Hall advertises itself as a place "where the only labels you'll find are on the bottles."
  • Hudsons on Campus.  edit
  • Wooly Bully's, 8230 Gateway Boulevard NW, (780) 435-2886.  edit


Because of hotels on Gateway to the south and Downtown to the north, Edmonton s Old Strathcona-University really does not have much hotels.

  • Strathcona Hotel Edmonton Limited, 10302 82 Avenue NW (103rd St. and Whyte), 780.439.1992. In a beautiful old building comes this boutique-like hotel right in one of the centres of life-Whyte Ave. Comes with it's old beauty and good views of Whyte Ave and environs. With it being well kept you'd be surprised the building is from 1896.  edit
  • Meterra Hotel on Whyte, 10454 82nd Avenue NW, [18]. Very nice boutique hotel on Whyte, right next to the action of the hottest strip in the city.  edit
  • Varscona Hotel on Whyte, 8208 106 Street NW (Just go a tiny bit north of Whyte on 106th Street), (780) 434-6111, [19]. Not to be confused with the theatre, this trendy boutique hotel is in lovely Old Strathcona and is great if you will be spending lots of time in the area or even downtown. It has good transit and road connections to other places in the city as well.  edit
  • Campus Tower Suite Hotel, 11145 87 Avenue NW, (780) 439-6060, [20]. Good hotel with neat views of parts of Edmonton and is great if you need to stay in n' around the University area. Popular with young professionals and people who know people at the U. Prices are pretty mild.  edit
  • HI-Edmonton, 10647-81 Avenue, +1 780 988-6836, fax +1 780 988-8698, toll-free reservations +1 877 467-8336, [21]. Located near Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona. Beds start at $29(25$with membership) per night.
  • 3rd on Whyte Internet Cafe, 201-10351 82(Whyte) Avenue, 780-437-8917, [22]. Daily 10AM-10PM. This cozy internet cafe is located on the second floor above the bustle of famous Whyte Avenue. Customers are treated to good tunes, good coffee/tea, and the best public computers on the strip. Full colour printing, scanning, Microsoft Office 2007, games, and CD/DVD burning are available for each computer.
  • Cafe Dabar, 10816 82(Whyte) Avenue, 780-433-3306, [23]. M-Sa 9AM-10PM, Su 11AM-PM, Holidays as posted.

Stay Safe

Old Strathcona-University has some high crime. It is not too bad, but you should be careful.

Parking in Old Strathcona should be done only in private places (hotel) at night, and during the day, keep off gravelled parking lots or the ones on 83 Ave. Try to find spots on Whyte Ave or in the lots on Whyte and 103rd. If you can, try the University. Why do we tell you this, it is because there is a lot of break ins in particular spots.

Due to a lot of drinking places on Whyte, staying on the strip after 11pm is not really recommended as a lot of people get odd and can be aggressive and a pain. Sometimes there is vandalism and it can be a little scary, that is why it is recommended to avoid, or if you are just leaving a play, don't be outside for more than 5mins.

Be careful at how you look at people as they may think you want to fight them. Do not give any rude looks and be careful as to whatcha say (racial, how someone looks, religion, gender, country, schools).


Old Strathcona sees a moderate level of panhandling and the city is trying to crack down on the problem. The problem usually only occurs when less people are out and about (winter, night, weekday mornings) or around meal times. Usually, those asking for money are not aggressive, but occasionally some individuals will enter some of the smaller restaurants and approach patrons at tables to ask for money. Some businesses are promoting the idea of saying no to panhandling and instead donating to shelters and programs for the disadvantaged, and are even putting signs saying this in their shop windows. There are two approaches to deal with these people:

1. Ignore them - Don't make eye contact and just keep walking.

2. Say no - Doing it politely with a "No, sorry" will usually suffice.

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