Strathcona, a residential neighbourhood located in the south central part of Edmonton within Old Strathcona, is one of the city’s oldest. Development dates back to 1891 and the opening of a rail line, with more construction taking place during the post-World War II housing boom. Yet another burst of development took place in the 1960’s and 1970’s, with more than half of Strathcona’s houses built in that decade.

This demographically young neighbourhood is popular with university students, and most Strathcona residents are under 30. The most prevalent type of housing is condominium-style low-rise apartments and high-rise apartment buildings. Duplexes, row houses, rooming houses and detached single-family homes are also present. Given the youthful, mobile population and the predominance of apartment buildings, it is not surprising that almost three quarters of the dwellings are renter-occupied.

Residents of Strathcona enjoy many conveniences and amenities, including easy access to the University of Alberta, as well as to the nightlife and retail opportunities of nearby Whyte Avenue. The community contains eight different parks and green spaces of its own, and also features easy entry to the River Valley system of hiking trails and bicycle paths.

In 2009. the City of Edmonton Parks Department created the Strathcona Rail Community Garden on lands south of 86th Avenue near the rail lines. Available to all Strathcona residents, the garden may also be used by inhabitants of the Queen Alexandra and Gameau neighbourhoods.

Strathcona overlooks Mill Creek Ravine on its east side, and is bounded on the south by Whyte Avenue. The west boundary is 107th Street, while Saskatchewan Drive makes up the boundary to the north.

The Strathcona neighbourhood was named for Lord Strathcona, the Hudson Bay’s Company Governor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.


Nearby Amenities:

Designated Schools:

  • Old Scona Academic High School
  • Strathcona Senior High School
  • Strathcona High School
  • JH Picard


  • Furusato Japanese Restaurant
  • Packrat Louie Kitchen
  • Culina Mill Creek Restaurant
  • MEAT


  • Save-On-Foods
  • Old Strathcona Shopping Centre
  • Safeway

Things to Do:

  • Magic Lantern Princess Theatre
  • Sand on Whyte Museum
  • Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum Terminal
  • Light Horse Park (Greenspace)




Link to the Strathcona Community League