Old Strathcona is considered to be one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighborhoods, as there is no shortage of things to do and places to check out.
This is because of its thriving local arts and theater scene, the assortment of posh restaurants and unique cafes. This makes it an all-around hub of culture.
A lot of these attractions are scattered along Whyte Avenue, the district’s thoroughfare. The avenue is home to both historic buildings and newer establishments, adding a distinct charm to the neighborhood that pulls it into the present.
1. Enjoy some live music
The district is just brimming with places to enjoy live music with friends, and maybe get a couple drinks in between. Get ready for a night out and enjoy live blues bands playing at Blues on Whyte (we checked the place out already, by the way).
Your enjoyment of music shouldn’t stop at live gigs. You can also check out some music stores around the area to satisfy your vinyl needs, like Blackbyrd Music.
2. Book a staycation
You’re probably thinking of checking out everything in the neighborhood–and we mean everything. So if this is the case, why not book an entire weekend (or more) so you get to take in even more?
There are some serviced apartments in the area perfect for families or solo travelers, so you still get the comforts of home while immersed in a lively community.
3. Check out some cafes and restaurants
Old Strathcona isn’t considered posh for nothing. There are a bunch of places well-loved by locals and tourists alike here, so be sure to check them out.
4. Get on the High Level Bridge Streetcar
Perhaps the perfect way to absorb some Edmontonian heritage is to take a ride on the High Level Bridge streetcar, which crosses the Saskatchewan River.
The views are immaculate, and taking a ride on it is considered a must-do if you’re in the area. You can also check out the Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum to complete the experience.
If you’re worried about parking, check out some reliable parking spots here.
5. Shop at the year-round Farmers Market
When people think of Old Strathcona, one thing comes to mind immediately: the Old Strathcona Farmers Market, which has nearly 300 vendors, with 185 stalls.
You can get lost in the wide assortment of locally-grown produce and baked goods, and what’s even better is that the market is on every Saturday for the entire year!
6. Get immersed in the local theater scene
Because Old Strathcona is home to 8 theater companies, it’s the perfect destination for theater geeks to catch a play or watch improv shows.
Places like Grindstone will surely tickle your funny bone with their improv shows. They even offer courses on drama and burlesque, if you want to take it a step further and be more passionate about theater.
7. Enjoy various festivals
Edmonton is considered a festival city, with a majority of them taking place on Whyte Avenue. They make the neighborhood even livelier than usual.
Among the festivals to look out for are Ice on Whyte, Western Canada Fashion Week, Whyte Avenue Art Walk, Takin’ It To The Streets, and the famed Edmonton International Fringe Festival.