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Old Strathcona

A meeting place for Edmonton, Old Strathcona is alive with people and events year round, day or night.

Old Strathcona hosts more than 600 businesses. Many of the city’s theatre venues and festivals are based here, including North America’s largest Fringe Festival. Nearby wilderness of the river valley and Mill Creek Ravine, foster outdoor activities of all kinds --- summer, winter, spring and fall. Built on the remnants of the once town of Strathcona, newer developments and high-rise apartments mix well with historic homes and walk-ups.

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Baby apparel shop with cute-as-a-button, well-designed clothing, footwear and accessories for newborns and toddlers.

A clothing boutique opened by Edmonton designer Nicole Campre, stocking locally designed and manufactured garments.

A cute 28-seat wine bar by night and brunch spot by day.

The small meeting place joins neighbours and sister establishments, The Next Act and MEAT along 104 Street on the corner of 83 Avenue.

A highly stylized joint in the historic Crawford Block, with an eclectic, wide ranging menu coupled with murals, unusual antiques and a wall of herbs.

This restaurant and cafe are the newest sibling in the Merchant Hospitality family which includes their neighbours El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar and Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar.

A quirky shoe shop, stocking Canadian-designed soles and fitting comfortably along Whyte Ave in a refreshed historic building.

A burger joint with attitude. The Whyte Ave eatery reimagines classic burgers, fries and milkshakes to create distinct adventures for your tastebuds.

A studio to learn and practice Capoeira, the traditional martial art of Brazil.

Alberta AdaptAbilities Association serves families with special needs children and youth by providing a variety of programs that target the development of the whole individual: socially, physically, mentally and emotionally.

A Whyte Ave gastropub with craft beer, tea cocktails, whisky and gourmet pub fare on offer.

Honouring the tradition of previous pubs in the locale, Old Town Pub is a meeting place to watch footie and hockey paired with UK favourites, Bangers and Mash and Fried Pickles.

A bakery tucked along a back alley, making each visitor feel they've discovered a secret treasure trove of baked delights.

A family run, neighborhood, specialty wine store in the heart of Old Strathcona. Juanita, Ramon, Kelsey, and their growing family of super friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you to the perfect wine, spirit or lager to match your meal.

A cozy neighbourhood meeting place with simple but delicious food.

A refined eatery and bar serving European fare.

A gift shop with an eye especially for jewelry and handbags.

An all-brunch, all the time local favourite.

A 150-seat live theatre venue—home to the local company, Theatre Network.

Kitting out outdoor enthusiasts since 1984, this family-run shop carries cross country and backcountry skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, camping, trail running, ice and rock climbing gear.

A long-standing women's clothing shop offering affordable, classic attire and accessories since 1988.

Importing German, Polish and Danish chocolates, cookies, candies and more for half a century. The deli and shop provides smoking and wild game processing too.

Around since 1962, this humble bakery specializes in European cakes, tortes and pastries plus 11 traditional sour bread rye breads with no preservatives.

An unassuming and intimate sushi bar with lots of Japanese entrees on the menu.

A locally-owned bike shop carrying mountain, road, cyclocross and commuter bicycles plus gear with an on-site repair shop.

A tattoo shop staffed by skilled artists with diverse styles.

Traditional Ethiopian fare served in an intimate setting.

Close to three decades worth of local experience in instrument sales, repair and musical instruction.

A place for youth to access resources, recreation activities, a collective kitchen and support.

A sushi and ramen Japanese bistro.

A casual eatery with southern comfort on the menu, from fried chicken, burgers and grits to whiskies and craft cocktails.

A boutique hair salon and barber shop offering styling and cuts for men and women.

An amateur live performance venue presenting theatre for 50+ years, starring members of the community.

A flower shop offering artful arrangements, gifts and curiosities.

More than 130 vendors bring their artistry, produce, breads and meats to market every Saturday. The year-round indoor bazaar is a weekly tradition for many to support local and buy fresh.

Take a trip across the High Level bridge and back in time, on the Edmonton Street Car. Operated by the Edmonton Radial Railway Society, the Street Car runs during the warmer months, between the Alberta Arts Barn (Gateway Boulevard and 84 Ave) over top of the North Saskatchewan River to Jasper Plaza (109 Street and 100 Ave).

A locally owned and operated used bookstore stocking a large variety of reads for nearly half a century on Whyte Avenue.

A locally-owned print shop and boutique, filled with quirky treasures including stationary, books and lifestyle accessories.

An independently-owned women's clothing and accessory boutique.

Having established a worldwide network of distributors over its 20 years in business, the local record shop stocks a comprehensive selection of CDs and vinyl across all genres. Customers can also find turntables, a selection of accessories, make special orders, sign-up for a mail-order service and trade in quality vintage vinyl.

Full up with vintage clothing, antique furnishings and retro collectibles, this lower level shop is a treasure box of bygone eras.

You can't miss the Canadian Pacific Rail caboose sitting in the middle of the park. It's where the railway line into the city ended, back in the late 19th century. The park is meant to be a reminder of this railway history.

A modest park just outside the Yardbird Suite music venue with a bronze bust of an Edmonton jazz icon and the park's namesake, Big Miller. The adopted Edmontonian was a Jazz and Blues Singer, who shared the stage with such legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis.

A park in the heart of Old Strathcona with rarely has a dull moment. A place for festivals, public events and informal gatherings with park benches, a gazebo, tiled and natural grass areas.

A grassy rectangular park framed by large trees with a picnic area on the east side.

There are adventures abound in the Mill Creek Ravine. Enjoy paved and dirt walking paths, bike trails, off leash dog parks, picnic sites and even an outdoor swimming pool, which can be found all along the tributary ravine system leading into the North Saskatchewan River.

50-minute spin classes with high-energy music motivate participants to boost their cardiovascular health and strengthen their muscles.

The Edmonton Jazz Society's volunteer-run lounge devoted to presenting local, national and international jazz in an intimate setting.

The newly-renovated Varscona Theatre is home to eight professional theatre companies as well as many independent productions and Fringe shows.

The Strathcona Streetcar Barn and Museum showcases artifacts, pictures and stories of Edmonton's streetcar history.

73 families from the Garneau, Strathcona and Queen Alexandra communities are tilling the soil of the Strathcona Rail Community Garden in 2016. They're part of a 50+ year tradition. Around since the 1960s, the garden is meant for all ages to share in the great contentment of gardening.

The very first library in the City of Edmonton, the Strathcona branch continues to welcome learners of all ages to check out books and various other materials. The historic building houses programs, computers for public use, Wi-Fi, a meeting room, tech help as well as printing and scanning services.

A family-friendly festival celebrating all things winter. Held at the end of January every year, it features a giant ice slide, an Ice Carving Competition, an ice castle, a live entertainment tent and a kid’s play area.

11 vibrant mid-August days featuring 1,600 live theatre performances hosted by close to 40 venues, plus buskers, outdoor performers, artisans and vendors.

Not a typical Whyte Ave bar --- this laid back neighbourhood pub has a no-ego atmosphere paired with a great selection of beer and always active dart boards. Weekly comedy and trivia nights along with occasional free live music make it a welcoming place to gather.

A collection of railway artifacts help tell the story of the small southside railway station which operated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Visitors can tour the replica of the original building complete with period furnishings, clothing and photographs.

A classic 1950s diner with kitsch to spare. Enjoy a classic burger, milkshakes (in the old-fashioned metal malt tumbler) or dig into a hearty helping of the all-day breakfast.

An Edmonton cafe with lots of space to meet friends for coffee and delicious scratch baking.

Using centuries old European bread making traditions and fresh local ingredients, the Boulangerie Bonjour Bakery consistently bakes up delicious sourdough, rye, whole wheat and french breads. Consider pairing the bread with one of the many exceptional cheeses on offer.

The long-running community watering hole serves up classic burgers (and a delicious veggie burger) along with an extensive and varied beer selection. Stop in after work, show up for the weekend Brunch or people watch on the patio.

Pull up a chair to the communal tables and dig into classic BBQ at this smokehouse with a contemporary flare.

The 1950s styled diner serves up a cajun-inspired menu including po' boys, jambalaya, gumbo and key lime pie.

A university preparatory school, the Grade 10-12 classes challenge students to cultivate academic discipline and excellence. Although academics are a central focus for the 350 student body, there are also extracurricular clubs, activities and sports teams available.

The elementary school offers kindergarten to Grade 6 instruction. King Edward also provides the elementary Interactions Program. This program assists students clinically diagnosed within the autism spectrum by focusing on supporting students to gain socially appropriate communication and behaviour patterns in the classroom and beyond.

Specialized programming for students with learning disabilities in grades two to 12. Students are taught in small classes, usually 12-14 students per class. The focus is on empowering pupils to understand their strengths and challenges while developing strategies to encourage learning.

A veterinary practice providing medical, diagnostic, surgical and preventive health care services for beloved companion animals.

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