One of the many roles we play as a Business Improvement Area (BIA) is to advocate on behalf of businesses and community, to the City to bring about necessary and positive changes that enhance our neighbourhood. Walkability, and the need for increased space for people was a message we heard loud and clear, and were able to advocate for significant changes from the City including expanded patio spaces, reduced patio permitting times, as well as shared street spaces that will reduce vehicle traffic, and increase spaces for people to walk.

Information about temporary sidewalk cafes, retail expansion, and traffic adjustments will be rolled out over several weeks from the City, with updates and the most current information on parking, traffic adjustments and other transportation available at the City of Edmonton website.

The City of Edmonton provides ample parking options in and around the Old Strathcona neighbourhood with active on-street EPark Zones. To make parking in these zones easier, you can download the app. The Farmer’s Market lot is open to customers 6 days a week, free to market goers on Saturday’s, underground parking is available at the Roots on Whyte building, and covered parking is available at the Varscona Hotel.

E-parking fees are being reinstated as of June 8.

Current Sidewalk Expansions

Whyte Avenue (82 Avenue) north side, from Gateway Boulevard to mid block: parking lane closure to provide additional space for restaurant patio.

The summer sidewalk expansions have been removed for the season. The City of Edmonton is working with individual businesses to accommodate winter patios, keeping pedestrian safety top of mind.

102 Street from Whyte Avenue to the alley north of 81 Avenue: conversion of street to one-way southbound for vehicles to provide additional space for people to enjoy restaurant patios and retail stores


There are several programs and supports available to many businesses during this time. We have curated a list of resources for you which can be viewed here.


When visiting, working, or playing in District Whyte we are asking all visitors to follow the guidelines set out by the Province’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hinshaw. Those guidelines include practicing physical distancing, wearing a mask if/when you are in a space where physical distancing is not possible, and being respectful and kind to others in your interactions.

Also, please know that each individual business in our neighbourhood, may have specific requirements and guidelines in place based on the needs of their specific business, and those guidelines are in place to keep you safe, and also must be followed. For specific questions about individual business practices, please reach out to the business directly. For additional resources and information please see our blog post on physical distancing.

We look forward to making District Whyte an area that is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Thank you.