Edmonton Districts & Neighbourhoods
Located in Edmonton's south side, this historic area boasts over 600 businesses and plenty of live music, festivals and theatre. Visitors will find plentiful shopping available in diverse boutiques, stores and shops as well as mouth-watering food in the abundant cafes, restaurants and pubs located throughout the area. This district is home to eight theatre companies that perform out of four venues and is host to a wealth of festivals including the highly celebrated Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.
In the heart of Strathcona County you will find Sherwood Park, one of the worldís largest hamlets. Here you will find Festival Place, a convention and exhibition centre, in addition to many local art and gift shops. During July and August the Patio Series features Alberta Artists every Wednesday evening. For performance details and times, call 780-464-2852. Sherwood Park is also home to Millennium Place, the regionís new recreation complex houses a special event centre and field house, an aquatic centre, fitness centre, indoor track, gymnasium, twin arena, childrenís playground and leisure ice year-round and new outdoor skateboard park, 780-416-3300. Strathcona Wilderness Centre is a popular spot for hiking, cross country skiing canoeing, snow-shoeing, wildlife watching, orienteering, and nature interpretation. The area features 550 acres and 12 km of trails. Campsites, bunkhouses and a pine lodge are on-site, 780-922-3939. Step into the past at the Strathcona County Museum and Archives. If you want to relax, stop for tea at the elegant Strathcona Tea House and shop next door at Treasure Chest & Antiques Ltd. Another popular attraction, Katieís Crossing offers a unique dining experience. Tucked away just off Baseline Road, guests can dine in re-modeled train cars, 780-922-7008. The nearby Cooking Lake/Blackfoot Recreational Area offers an abundance of outdoor activities. (See above listing for more details.) Located east of Edmonton on Hwy. 16. Visitor information: 1-866-464-0801 or 464-0249 or 464-8216.
Come visit the cityís original farmerís market. Located in the heart of downtown, this historical market has served Edmontonians and visitors for more than 100 years. Sample a huge variety of baked goods, hand-picked produce, unique crafts, farm-fresh eggs, poultry and gourmet meats. Summer: Outdoors May 22 to Oct 9, Saturdays 9 am - 3 pm. Winter: Inside the Boardwalk /Revillon Building, Saturdays 9 am - 2 pm.
Comprised of a four block area surrounding the Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton, this cultural district is home to the Winspear Centre, Citadel Theatre, Tix on the Square, Edmonton Art Gallery, City Hall and the Stanley A. Milner Library. As well as hosting many of the cities numerous festivals, several posh hotels, restaurants and stores can be found in this area.
A community of over 10,000 Stony Plain is home to more than 20 life-size murals painted by Alberta artists and a charming main street. Other highlights include the Multicultural Heritage Centre, an old brick school built in 1925 which now contains a public art gallery, a gift and craft store. Also on the grounds is Oppertshauser House, a living museum and antique store. Stony Plain Pioneer Museum with historical artifacts depicting the regionís heritage, Shikaoi Park, a tranquil garden setting with ponds and flowers designed as a tribute to Stony Plainís sister town of Shikaoi, Japan, and Crooked Pot Gallery featuring clay and raku pottery by regional potters. Located west of Edmonton on Hwy. 16 or 16A. Visitor Information: 963-4545.
This city just south of Edmonton is home to the Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre, a world class curling facility, Leduc Woods House Museum and an extensive network of parks and natural areas. Leduc also has a thriving arts and cultural community. Visitor Information: 986-5454
The Yellowhead Highway (Hwy. 16) is a scenic route from Edmonton to Jasperís mountain majesty. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course is rated #1 in Canada. A guided tour of Jasper Tramway provides a view of six mountain ranges. During winter, ski or snowboard the groomed runs at Marmot Basin. Set amidst the rugged beauty of Jasper National Park, the Jasper Inn Alpine Resort puts every mountain holiday into perfect perspective. Itís a world of spectacular views and fireside comforts and the finest resort accommodation and amenities. Visitor information: (780) 852-3858.
Chinatown & Avenue of Nations
The impressive Chinatown Gate downtown at 102 Avenue and 97 Street welcomes visitors to the hub of the Chinese community. The gate was built as a symbol of friendship between Edmonton and its sister city, Harbin. Don't forget to roll the ball in the lion's mouth for good luck! Chinatown runs eastward along 102 Avenue to 95 Street and south to Jasper Avenue (the Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre is here). Chinatown extends north on 97 Street from 105 to 108 Avenue.
Old Glenora District
One of Edmonton's oldest and best known neighbourhoods, Old Glenora features elegant brick mansions and Victorian homes, quiet tree-lined streets and views of the North Sasketchewan River valley, making it one of the city's most sought after residential areas. The district is located south of 107th Avenue, between 124th and 142nd Streets.
Brosseau is a small town located east of Edmonton and north of Vegreville. While services are limited within town, there are a host of communities that serve Brosseau residents. Brosseau is best known for En Sante, a fruit winery and organic farm. It is accessible by heading east on the Trans Canada Highway past Vegreville until the Veterans Memorial Highway. Head north through Two Hills.