Strathcona neighbourhood became part of Edmonton when the City of Strathcona amalgamated with Edmonton in 1912. You can read more on the history and development of Strathcona here. While Strathcona is recognized for its historic older homes, the majority of dwelling units are walk-up and high-rise apartments for the almost 9000 residents.
Major traffic routes run through the neighbourhood and provide access to commercial, educational and employment opportunities Downtown and at the University of Alberta. Residents can commute by car anywhere in Edmonton in less than 30 minutes and can travel to downtown Edmonton via a 5-10 minute bus ride. The community is also within walking distance of the U of A, the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium as well as other major cultural centres such as the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Citadel Theatre and the Winspear Centre. It’s possible to walk to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in Gallagher Park, a variety of swimming pools, the Muttart Conservatory and downtown Edmonton.
Credit belongs to the attention of community members in the 1970’s, the area was not lost to freeways. Bordering the eastern side of the Strathcona is Mill Creek Ravine, a lush, forested enclave that is home to deer and other wildlife and is a part of the green space so valued by many Edmontonians. Parts of the community extend into the river valley and there are numerous walking and biking trails throughout.
A successful and vibrant retail area in Edmonton is Whyte Avenue. There is also a lively arts district with clubs, theatres and galleries:
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, the first and largest of its kind in North America, occurs here every August.
Yardbird Suite is “Edmonton’s longest running jazz venue.”
For many, a favourite place to visit is the Strathcona Branch of the Edmonton Public Library. It was the first library to open in the Edmonton area, in 1913.
Walterdale Playhouse is “the oldest operating amateur theatre in Canada.”
(Source: Strathcona Community League, City of Edmonton)