The UofA, arts, shopping and more. Strathcona is located in south central Edmonton and has been rated by Avenue magazine as the #1 neighbourhood for several years, only dropping to #2 in 2017. While not No. 1 this year, locals still love Strathcona for its density and amenities including the weekly farmers’ market, walkability, patios, venues for theatre and live entertainment and annual festivals including the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival — there’s plenty of appeal that draws locals from all neighbourhoods of the city.
Strathcona is a residential neighbourhood in south central Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is a part of, and should not be confused with, Old Strathcona, although much of the Strathcona neighbourhood is in Old Strathcona. The neighbourhood overlooks both the North Saskatchewan River and the Mill Creek Ravine.
According to the neighbourhood description in the City of Edmonton Map utility,
Strathcona was named for Lord Strathcona, Hudson's Bay Company Governor (1889–1914) and the man chosen to drive the "last spike" of the CPR transcontinental railway. The neighbourhood became part of Edmonton when the City of Strathcona amalgamated with Edmonton in 1912. Residents enjoy proximity to Old Strathcona, the University of Alberta, and outdoor recreation in the river valley.
The neighbourhood of Strathcona is bounded on the south by Whyte Avenue, on the north by Saskatchewan Drive, on the west by 107 Street, and on the east by Mill Creek Ravine. Its central location provides good access to downtown Edmonton, Whyte Avenue, the Queen Elizabeth Pool, and other areas of the city.
The community is represented by the Strathcona Community League, established in 1918, which maintains a community hall, outdoor rink and tennis courts located at 101 Street and 87 Avenue.
Parks and open spaces
The following are parks located within and adjacent to the Strathcona neighbourhood.
- E. L. Hill Park, 10518 86 Avenue NW
- End of Steel Park, 8720 103 Street NW
- Fred A. Morie Park, 9004 100 Street NW
- Mill Creek Ravine Park, 8323 95A Street NW
- Nellie McClung Park, 9404 Scona Road NW
- Queen Elizabeth Park, 10380 Queen Elizabeth Park Road NW
- Strathcona Park, 10139 87 Ave NW
- Strathcona Rail Community Garden, between 105 St and 106 St, at 86 Ave NW
- W. C. "Tubby" Bateman Park, 9703 88 Avenue NW
- Walter Polley Park, 10010 89 Avenue NW