Downtown Community Overview

Downtown Edmonton, Alberta is bounded by 109 Street to the west, 105 Avenue to the north, 97 Street to the east, 97 Avenue, 100 Avenue, and Rossdale Road to the south and Jasper Avenue to the southeast (the downtown core), though many people consider part or all of the surrounding neighborhoods to be part of downtown. Within the downtown core are five districts: the Commercial Core, Government Centre, Warehouse District, McKay Avenue and Rice Howard Way. Sometimes the Northedge (part of Queen Mary Park) is referred to as part as downtown, as is Oliver

The arts district is in the eastern part of the core with many award winning institutions like the Winspear and the Citadel. The city hall is also here. It also has the future site for the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Churchill Square (Officially "Sir Winston Churchill Square") is the main square downtown square in Edmonton, which play host to a large majority of festivals and events. It is bordered on the north by 102A Avenue, on the west by 100 Street, on the south by Harbin Road (102 Avenue) and on the east by Rue Hull (99) Street.

City Centre Mall (formerly Eaton Centre and Edmonton Centre) is a two part mall with over 160 services on 102 Avenue. It is anchored by the Bay, Canadian Broadcasting Centre, eveline charles, and Winners. It has four office towers (using the mall as a podium), plus a Delta hotel. When Edmonton Centre and the Eaton Centre became one in the late '90s after the demise of Eaton's, a new pedestrian skyway was built of high class, in which today it contains a number of shops. Also in the late '90s (after the malls became one) the mall received a huge makeover itself. Recently the mall itself has been attracting some higher end retailers.

Government Centre is located at the southwest corner of the downtown core and is the home of the Alberta provincial government. The most notable feature of this part of downtown is the Alberta Legislature Building and its surrounding parks, fountains, and gardens.

An underground pedway system connects the Legislature to several of the surrounding buildings, including the historic Bowker Building and the Frederick W. Haultain Building.

Federal government offices were housed in the Federal Building at the north-east corner of Government Centre until they relocated to Canada Place, located at the east edge of downtown, in the 1980s. Today, the Federal Building is unoccupied, though there have been several redevelopment proposals.

Transit service is provided by a transit center located near the Federal Building and by Grandin station located just to the west.

Jasper Avenue is the city's "main street". It starts at 82 Street in the east, running south west along the south edge of Boyle Street until it reaches the downtown core. It then runs due west through downtown and the neighborhood of Oliver until it reaches 124 Street. Jasper Avenue is a major public transit route as several of Edmonton's busiest bus routes travel along it. The LRT travels underneath Jasper Avenue between 99 and 110 Streets.

Japser Avenue has no street number but sits where 101 Avenue would otherwise be. Jasper Avenue is home to many of Edmonton's oldest heritage buildings (for example the Hotel Macdonald) and some of Edmonton's tallest office towers, including Canadian Western Bank Place and Scotia Place; however, the the presence of the former limits that of the later, and many tall buildings are found just off Jasper where land is easier to obtain. Together with help from nearby streets like 100 Avenue, 104 Street, 101 Street, and 102 Avenue, the Jasper West area (west of 97 Street) is one of the major retail, living, commercial, and entertainment districts of the city.

McKay Avenue School is an important historical building located in downtown Edmonton. Named for Dr. William Morrison MacKay, a doctor with the Hudson's Bay Company. Construction began in 1904 when the cornerstone was laid by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Minto. The building was named a provincial historic resource in 1976. Due to declining enrollments, the school was closed in 1983. Today, the building has a new lease on life, and is the home of the Edmonton Public School Board Archives And Museum. In addition to its educational role, the building was also used by the Alberta Legislature during 1906 and 1907, when the legislature's first two sittings were held here. The 1881 Schoolhouse, an older wood frame building and Edmonton's oldest school, is located on the same site.

The portion of 101A Avenue between 100A Street and 101 Street was closed to traffic, making it an open air pedestrian walkway. This area is called Rice Howard Way. Rice Howard way, along with the rest of 101A Avenue between 100 Street and 100A Street and 101A Avenue immediately to the north and south is known for its restaurants and cafes, many of which provide an outdoor dining experience during the summer months.

Rice Howard Way is located one block north of the Central LRT station.

The Warehouse District is located between Jasper Avenue and 104 Avenue and between 102 Street and 109 Street. During the first decade of the 20th century, the Hudson's Bay Company began selling its land holdings in this area, and businesses were quick to move in. Between 1909 and 1914, no fewer than two dozen warehouses were constructed.

In the later part of the century, warehouses closed and the buildings were redeveloped into commercial enterprises. In the 1990s lofts were also starting to be created in these former warehouses. In recent years, the area has seen a sort of revival, with new lofts and condos being constructed, along with many designer shops.

104 Street (in between Jasper Avenue and 104 Avenue) is the main road in the Warehouse District. It features affluent shops in which some carry certain labels like Fenchurch and Gus. On Saturdays in summer it hums with the City Market being there. The area is also famous for lofts in old warehouses. The street is very dense, and has recently{[when}} seen much new construction. Up to seven new stores could open by January 1, 2009.

Edmonton Transit System's light rail system runs beneath the downtown core, with one station at Churchill Square (Churchill Station), three stations along Jasper Avenue: (Central Station, Bay Station and Corona Station) and one station at government centre (Grandin Station). From Grandin Station, the LRT continues south across the North Saskatchewan River to the University of Alberta. From Churchill Station, the LRT travels north east towards Commonwealth Stadium and Rexall Place.

There are several institutions providing educational opportunities in the downtown core.

The largest of these is Grant MacEwan College whose City Centre Campus is located along the northern edge of the downtown core between 105 Street and 111 Street, and between 104 Avenue and 105 Avenue. This site used to be part of an old Canadian National rail yard that started redevelopment in the 1990s. MacEwan College also operates the Alberta College Campus located near the southern edge of the downtown core on McDonald Drive.

The University of Alberta has recently redeveloped the site of the Bay building on Jasper Avenue between 102 Street and 103 Street as Enterprise Square. "The building will house TEC Edmonton, a jointly operated research commercialization centre presently located in the U of A's Research Transition Facility."

The City of Edmonton Public School Board operates a high school, Centre High, in the redeveloped Boardwalk and Revillon buildings.

The University of Lethbridge maintains a small campus on three floors of a building on the south-west corner of 108 Street and 100 Avenue near the Government Centre.

Community overview from Wikipedia.

downtown Closest Bus Routes

Route #Name
5 Westmount - Downtown - Coliseum
8 Mill Woods - Downtown - Abbottsfield
9 Southgate - Downtown - Eaux Claires
16 Castle Downs - Northgate - Gov't Centre
52 Southgate - Downtown (Nights - 97 Ave only)
71 Mill Woods - Government Centre
88 Capilano - Downtown
90 Meadows - Downtown
112 West Edmonton Mall - Capilano
151 Castle Downs - Downtown - King Edward Park
208 Government Centre Express
309 Riverdale - Kingsway-RAH
411 BETHEL - Downtown
413 BETHEL - Government Centre/NAIT
560 Spruce Grove - Edmonton (Downtown)

Downtown Closest LRTs

StationDistance
Bay Enterprise Square Station 0.11 km
Bay Enterprise Square Station 0.12 km
Corona Station 0.15 km
Central Station 0.38 km
MacEwan Station 0.5 km
Grandin Station 0.52 km

Downtown Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Apartments     173$499$4000$1395
Condos     131$850$5900$1792
Lofts     13$1200$2200$1645
Shared     2$450$1000$725
Total Rentals     319$450$5900$1564

Downtown Closest Schools

Name/Address Distance
Financial Building
10621 100 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
0.30 km
University Of Alberta: Faculty of Extension
10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
0.33 km
Norquest Health Building
10704-10724 102 Avenue, Edmonton
0.39 km
Mc Kay School
10425 99 Avenue, Edmonton
0.41 km
Boyle Street Education Centre
10312 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton
0.47 km
Athabasca University, Edmonton
10011 109 Street Northwest #1200, Edmonton
0.49 km
Eternal Health Services
10339 106 Street Office #4, Edmonton
0.57 km
Centre High Campus
10050 Macdonald Drive Northwest, Edmonton
0.58 km
Conservatory of Music
10050 Macdonald Drive Northwest, Edmonton
0.58 km
Ernst Birss Classical Guitar
11005 98 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
0.88 km
Night Vision Music Academy
11231 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
0.92 km
Canada School of Public Service
9700 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
0.98 km
Edmonton Public Schools Maintenance Building
10515 100 Street Northwest, Edmonton
1.14 km
Victoria School
10210 108 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
1.45 km
Ruth Carse Centre for Dance
11205 107 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
1.48 km
Ascension Collegiate
Edmonton
1.54 km
Oliver School
10227 118 Street Northwest, Edmonton
1.56 km
Aerobic Power Training Systems
7121 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton
1.81 km
St. Catherine
11036 109 Street Northwest, Edmonton
1.98 km
Edmonton Musical Theatre
10104 121 St NW, Edmonton
1.99 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Downtown Closest Libraries

Name/Address Distance
The Alberta Library
10707 100 Avenue Northwest Unit 700, Edmonton
0.36 km
NorQuest College Library
10215-108 ST NW 2-167, Singhmar Centre for Learning, Edmonton
0.45 km
John L. Haar Library - DUPLICATE
10700 104 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
0.75 km
MacEwan University - John L. Haar Library
10700 104 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
0.75 km
Edmonton Public Library - Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown)
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
0.79 km
Alberta Legislative Library
10800 97 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
0.87 km
Alberta Law Libraries
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square 2nd Floor, Law Courts Building, Edmonton
1.04 km
Edmonton Chinatown Chinese Library
9540 102 Avenue 2nd floor, Edmonton
1.42 km
Common Sense Little Free Library
10546 115 Street Northwest, Edmonton
1.52 km
Knowledge Resource Service
10240 Kingsway Northwest, Edmonton
1.75 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Downtown Distance to Local Landmarks

LandmarkDistance
Alberta Legislature Building 0.70 km
Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre 3.78 km
Commonwealth Stadium 2.63 km
Concordia College 4.27 km
Downtown Edmonton 0.49 km
Edmonton International Airport 26.44 km
Edmonton City Centre 0.74 km
Edmonton City Centre Airport 3.65 km
Edmonton City Hall 0.78 km
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital 0.75 km
Grey Nuns Community Hospital 9.80 km
King's University College 5.73 km
Kingsway Mall 2.44 km
Londonderry Mall 7.67 km
MacEwan - Centre for the Arts 5.89 km
MacEwan - City Centre 9.41 km
LandmarkDistance
MacEwan - South Campus 9.72 km
Manulife Place 0.51 km
Misericordia Community Hospital 7.69 km
N.A.I.T 3.06 km
Norquest College - Downtown 0.48 km
Norquest College - Westmount 3.79 km
Northgate Centre 6.33 km
Rexall Place 4.58 km
Royal Alexandra Hospital 1.73 km
Southgate Centre 5.89 km
St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital 8.91 km
Stollery Children's Hospital 2.61 km
University of Alberta 2.40 km
University of Alberta Hospital 2.61 km
West Edmonton Mall 7.81 km
Westmount Centre 3.99 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Neighboring Communities

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