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Strathcona was a city in Alberta, Canada, located on the south of the North Saskatchewan River opposite of the City of Edmonton. It amalgamated with Edmonton on February 1, 1912.

On May 29, 1899, Strathcona was incorporated as a town named after "Lord Strathcona, a pioneer fur trader and clerk whose real name was Donald A. Smith".[1] It became a city on March 15, 1907.

In 1902, alarmed by fires that swept through many prairie communities at the time, Strathcona's town council passed an ordinance requiring that all buildings be constructed of materials like brick that are resistant to fire. This, along with municipal development moving north of the river after amalgamation, means Strathcona has one of the largest stocks of vintage buildings in western Canada.

The University of Alberta was established in the City of Strathcona in 1908.

Today, those parts of the former City of Strathcona around Whyte Avenue are known as Old Strathcona, which is a provincially-recognized heritage district. The former City of Strathcona corresponds to a larger area which includes land that was merely annexed and not yet developed.


  1. ^ Real Estate Weekly

Coordinates: 53°31′05″N 113°29′50″W / 53.51806°N 113.49722°W / 53.51806; -113.49722


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