Old Strathcona Community Overview

Old Strathcona is a district located on the southside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, near the University of Alberta. The district centres on Whyte Avenue (82nd Avenue), which is home to numerous shops, restaurants, popular nightlife spots and buskers.

Old Strathcona was once a separate city, achieving town status in 1899 and city status in 1907. The City of Strathcona amalgamated with Edmonton in 1912. A large part of the popularity of Whyte Avenue is due to its character buildings. The oldest commercial building is the Strathcona Hotel, built in 1891 with the coming of the railway. Wooden buildings in the area were built before 1902 when the Town of Strathcona passed a bylaw requiring the building of brick buildings to prevent the fires that were devastating so many prairie towns. Much of the current brick stock was erected during the 1910-1912 boom that brought thousands of settlers west. Old Strathcona is one of very few areas left in Canada with a "first generation" building stock. In 2005, Edmonton City Council sent a letter to the Province of Alberta requesting heritage status for the area.

Over time, the area has become the premier entertainment strip in Edmonton, although it has lacked alternative music venues since the 90's heyday of the People's Pub and Rebar there is a strong revival of music venues on Whyte Ave with Pawn Shop, Urban Lounge On Whyte and Filthy McNasty's all offering live entertainment for all genres. The Commercial Hotel's "blues on Whyte" club still has live music every night. The primary location for pubs, nightclubs and lounges on Whyte Avenue is between 99 and 109 Street (the area commonly referred to as Old Strathcona) with the majority of clubs directly on Whyte Ave. or just off Whyte Ave. and on side streets.

Whyte Avenue arguably remains the centre of Edmonton's alternative lifestyles, containing various independent clothing and other types of shops catering to a variety of alternative subcultures (ranging from hippie to raver to goth etc). Clothing is the fastest growing business trend in the area, with well-known retailers such as Avenue Clothing Co., Foosh, Colourblind, Divine, Top Gear Scooters, Queue, Lemonwink Clothing, Plush, Sophia's and American Apparel highlighting the avenue. Old Strathcona was a bastion of small, local and independent business.

Old Strathcona is home to a vibrant independent theatre scene, with eight theatre companies operating out of several buildings in the neighborhood, including the Varscona Theatre, Transalta Arts Barns, Walterdale Playhouse and Catalyst Theatre. The Varscona Theatre alone is home to five award-winning companies: Shadow Theatre, Teatro la Quindicina, the variety show Oh Susanna! and improvisation troupes Die-Nasty and Rapid Fire Theatre. Every August, Old Strathcona plays host to the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the largest Fringe Theatre event in North America. Edmonton historian Lawrence Herzog has called the diversity of material being produced in the Old Strathcona Theatre District "wide and astonishing."

Old Strathcona is also known for its art house theatres, "The Princess Theatre" and "The Garneau Theatre". They are both owned by Magic Lantern Cinemas. The Garneau is Edmonton's home for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Garneau Theatre also hosts the Edmonton International Film Festival. Old Strathcona is also home to Alternative Video Spot. Located in the heart of Old Strathcona, Alternative Video Spot is a small business that caters to people who care about film. Locally owned and operated, the store's objective is to bring Edmontonians the best movie selection at the most reasonable prices. They carry a wide range of videos and DVD titles for rent, including the most recent new releases, hard to find independent and alternative films, documentary features, cult classics, Canadian films, as well as an excellent selection of foreign titles featuring directors such as Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, and Wong Kar Wei. Movie Studio is a popular independently owned movie rental store located in the Garneau neighbourhood.

Old Strathcona celebrates all year long. January brings Ice on Whyte, a sculpting competition and outdoor playground. June features Improvaganza, an invitational international improv festival, hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre. July is the busiest of all, starting with the Silly Summer Parade on July 1. Whyte Avenue closes down on July 9 for the Whyte Avenue Street Sale. In mid July, the Whyte Avenue ArtWalk puts more than 140 artists on the sidewalks of Old Strathcona. In August, the Edmonton International Fringe Festival welcomes hundreds of thousands of theatregoers and festival patrons. The fall brings the Edmonton International Film Festival and InterFEAR, a multi-medium Halloween-themed arts festival.

Old Strathcona has a year round farmers' market that requires all vendors to be primary producers. Edmonton's thriving market garden industry finds an average of 10,000 customers every Saturday. Customers are able to find fresh, locally grown tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers as early as March.

Community overview from Wikipedia.

old-strathcona Closest Bus Routes

Route #Name
9 Southgate - Downtown - Eaux Claires
52 Southgate - Downtown (Nights - 97 Ave only)
70 Mill Woods - 99 St & 82 Av - Downtown
81 Mill Woods - Downtown
87 Millgate - Downtown
94 Capilano - University
323 Boonie Doon - Ritchie

Old Strathcona Closest LRTs

University Station 1.31 km
Grandin Station 1.39 km
Health Sciences Jubilee Station 1.39 km
Metro Line JTTl Track 1.39 km
McKernan Belgravia Station 1.46 km
Central Station 1.54 km

Old Strathcona Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Apartments     70$750$2350$1340
Basements     2$1000$1195$1097
Condos     2$1150$1550$1350
Houses     1$1975$1975$1975
Main Floors     3$925$1800$1375
Shared     2$600$600$600
Total Rentals     80$600$2350$1324

Old Strathcona Closest Schools

Name/Address Distance
Learning Store on Whyte
10007 82 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
0.24 km
Old Scona Academic
10523 84 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
0.66 km
Queen Alexandra School
7730 106 Street, Edmonton
0.98 km
Vibrant Health Network
10727 78 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
1.14 km
Strathcona High School
10450 72 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
1.20 km
Centre De Developpement Musical - Local Pierre-Paul Bugeaud
8828 95 Street, Edmonton
1.31 km
J.H. Picard School
7055 99 Street Northwest, Edmonton
1.32 km
Ecole Enfantine
8728 93 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
2.31 km
Centre High Campus
10050 Macdonald Drive Northwest, Edmonton
2.34 km
Financial Building
10621 100 Ave, Edmonton
2.35 km
University Of Alberta: Faculty of Extension
10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
2.50 km
Athabasca University, Edmonton
10011 109 Street Northwest #1200, Edmonton
2.51 km
Canada School of Public Service
9700 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
2.69 km
Boyle Street Education Centre
10312 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton
2.96 km
Metro Continuing Education
7835 76 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
3.03 km
W. P. Wagner School
6310 Wagner Road Northwest, Edmonton
3.45 km
Victoria School
10210 108 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
3.85 km
McNally High School
8440 105 Avenue, Edmonton
3.99 km
Harry Ainlay School
4350 111 Street Northwest, Edmonton
4.69 km
Austin O'Brien High School
6110 95 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
4.71 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Old Strathcona Closest Libraries

Name/Address Distance
Edmonton Public Library - Strathcona
8331 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton
0.34 km
9621 84 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
1.00 km
Bibliothèque Saint-Jean
8406 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury, Edmonton
1.61 km
La Cité Francophone
8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury, Edmonton
1.75 km
John A. Weir Memorial Law Library
111 89 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
1.84 km
Alberta Legislative Library
10800 97 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
1.91 km
John W. Scott Health Sciences Library
University of Alberta, 2K3.28, Edmonton
2.07 km
Rutherford library overnight bookdrop
2.08 km
Bruce Peel Special Collections Library
University of Alberta, Lower level, Rutherford Library, Edmonton
2.09 km
Rutherford Library North Main Floor
University of Alberta, 11208 89 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
2.11 km
Herbert T. Coutts Education Library
2G5, 11210 87 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
2.12 km
Cameron Science & Technology Library
Library Building, 1-50 Cameron, 11231 Saskatchewan Drive Northwest, Edmonton
2.26 km
The Alberta Library
10707 100 Avenue Northwest Unit 700, Edmonton
2.37 km
Edmonton Public Library - Idylwylde (Bonnie Doon)
8310 88 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
2.42 km
Alberta Government Library
44 Capital Boulevard, 108 Street Northwest, Edmonton
2.56 km
Edmonton Chinatown Chinese Library
9540 102 Avenue 2nd floor, Edmonton
3.04 km
John L. Haar Library - DUPLICATE
10700 104 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
3.25 km
MacEwan University - John L. Haar Library
10700 104 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
3.25 km
University of Alberta Archives
6304 115A Street Northwest, Edmonton
3.27 km
Edmonton Public Library - Whitemud Crossing
4211 106 Street, Edmonton
4.41 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Old Strathcona Distance to Local Landmarks

Alberta Legislature Building 1.95 km
Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre 2.43 km
Commonwealth Stadium 4.63 km
Concordia College 5.52 km
Downtown Edmonton 2.47 km
Edmonton International Airport 24.20 km
Edmonton City Centre 2.84 km
Edmonton City Centre Airport 6.16 km
Edmonton City Hall 2.70 km
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital 2.79 km
Grey Nuns Community Hospital 7.39 km
King's University College 4.94 km
Kingsway Mall 4.94 km
Londonderry Mall 9.67 km
MacEwan - Centre for the Arts 6.91 km
MacEwan - City Centre 10.44 km
MacEwan - South Campus 7.25 km
Manulife Place 2.66 km
Misericordia Community Hospital 7.92 km
N.A.I.T 5.55 km
Norquest College - Downtown 2.93 km
Norquest College - Westmount 5.86 km
Northgate Centre 8.72 km
Rexall Place 6.38 km
Royal Alexandra Hospital 4.16 km
Southgate Centre 3.70 km
St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital 6.52 km
Stollery Children's Hospital 1.92 km
University of Alberta 2.31 km
University of Alberta Hospital 1.92 km
West Edmonton Mall 8.17 km
Westmount Centre 6.07 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

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