What To See and Where To Go in Old Strathcona
There’s always more to do in Edmonton’s favourite shopping and entertainment district. Whether you’re checking out murals, grabbing a coffee or meeting friends for dinner, touring local breweries and brewpubs, or enjoying some retail therapy, Old Strathcona has plenty to choose from, but trying to narrow down what to do can be hard. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your next trip!
Grab your camera and check out some of the creative graffiti and mural art in Old Strathcona thanks to our new Mural Map! How will you find them all? We’ve mapped out tons of great spots from Lazy River Over Easy and Shrimp & Jellyfish all the way to the Green Forest Wall – there are over 60+ walls that make perfect locations for portraits, family photos & other special occasions. Simply bookmark the map on your phone and get to exploring! Be sure to tag us @oldstrathcona so we can see all your great shots!
Check out our full list of murals at our mural map page.
Did you know there are more than 100 places to eat in Old Strathcona? You can grab breakfast in the morning with the family, gather some friends for dinner on a patio, or find a place to relax and drink craft beer and cocktails. With the help of our patio map, you can choose from 60+ patio locations with all different vibes for the crew! And more and more patios are pet-friendly!
Take a Tour
For those who have a love for craft beer, you can stop in at one of the local breweries, enjoy some flights, and walk away with a growler to take home for later! If you want to make a day out of it, you can book a brewery tour with operators like Urban Pedals Tours or Edmonton Brewery Tours. Don’t forget about the smallest distillery in North America! Strathcona Spirits offers regular tours of their boomtown building. And local tours aren’t just about the drinks either! Edmonton Ghost Tours offers a look into the spooky history of some of the district’s oldest buildings, or you can take a casual self-guided stroll with Strathcona’s Historical Walking & Driving or Biking tour.
Catch a Show
The red carpet is always rolled out at one of Edmonton’s oldest surviving movie theatres. Originally built in 1914, the Princess Theatre has a new show playing each week for film and popcorn lovers alike. And we’re also home to some amazing live performance venues! Be sure to check who is performing during your visit at the Fringe Theatre, Grindstone Theatre, Varscona Theatre, or Blues on Whyte – just to name a few!
Did you know Edmonton is home to North America’s largest urban parkland!? We’re all about exploring the River Valley and Mill Creek Ravine trails connecting to Old Strathcona. You can bring your bike, grab an E-scooter or even rent an E-bike in the neighbourhood from Pedego for the day! To round out your daily itinerary take a look at Linda Hoang’s guide to Explore Edmonton by Bike – and scroll to route #3 to see the best trails in our area and how to make a day of it!
Fresh produce, baked goods and other locally produced products can be found at Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market, open Saturdays year-round from 8am-3pm. And if you’re visiting with a four-legged friend, the neighbourhood is also home to a number of dog friendly patios, with shade and plenty of hydration. You can even get in a little exercise at the new pop-up dog park, SouthBARK!
And, of course, no visit to Old Strathcona is complete without doing a little shopping. With more than 200 shops, stores and services, you’re always going to find something new. Start your shopping list by browsing our business directory.
If you’re visiting on the weekend, be sure to roll up in style when the High Level Bridge street car is open for the season, running Fridays through Mondays. The new Whyte Avenue stop will be fully operational next summer!
And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram! @oldstrathcona is where you’ll find us sharing all the latest events and activity!
PEDESTRIANS, PARKING & TRAFFIC
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 is a message we have heard loud and clear. In 2020 and 2021, we have successfully advocated for significant changes including expanded patio spaces, reduced patio permitting times, and shared street spaces to make Whyte Avenue a more enjoyable space to walk and a safer place to spend the day.
Current Sidewalk Expansions
We have added more space to walk and enjoy Whyte Avenue! You will find expanded sidewalks on Whyte Avenue between 103 and 105 Streets, on both sides of the Avenue, and also on 102 and 105 Streets beside the Roots on Whyte and Raymond Block buildings. For more details on this summer's expansions, check out our blog post.
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 Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market lot is open to customers six days a week and free to market-goers on Saturdays, underground parking is available at the Roots on Whyte building, and covered parking is available at the Varscona Hotel.
You will find bike racks throughout the neighbourhood, with additional space to lock up your ride at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market and Roots on Whyte building when you’re visiting those busy locations.
There is a dedicated e-scooter parking corral in the parking lot north of the public washrooms on Gateway Boulevard (103 Street). You can park scooters on some sidewalks and public areas, but always ensure your scooter is not blocking the path of people using sidewalks. Please remember that riding scooters on sidewalks is not permitted in Edmonton. Your scooter app should have a list of rules and links to more information.
HEALTH & SAFETY ETIQUETTE
When visiting, working, or playing in District Whyte we are asking all visitors to follow current public health guidelines. These can be found at the Government of Alberta’s website. While we are expecting restrictions to be eased as summer continues, please remember to wear a mask, keep your hands cleaned and sanitized, give everyone at least six feet of space, and be kind and patient.
Also, please know that each individual business in Old Strathcona may have specific requirements and guidelines based on the needs of their customers and staff and you should also follow these rules. For specific questions about individual business operations, please reach out to the business directly. For more details on supporting businesses during this re-opening please see our blog post on making this return a safe one.
We look forward to making District Whyte an area that is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Thank you for helping.