The Historic Side of Edmonton Living

Posted by Jerad Cox on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 7:59am.

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - When people think of historic cities to live in, living in Edmonton probably isn’t the first city that comes to mind. Places like London, Paris, or even Montreal have been around for hundreds of years, with no shortage of old facades or cobbled streets. These places are certainly amazing, but Edmonton has a pretty rich history of its own – from the fur trade to Old Strathcona, there’s no shortage of stories to be found right in our own backyard.

Probably the most obvious (and one of the oldest) historical sites in Edmonton is Fort Edmonton Park, located just off Fox Drive. Constructed as part of the Hudson Bay Company’s trading network, the original construction was on the grounds of the present day Alberta Legislature. A hub of activity and trade between Europeans and Aboriginal peoples, it was a key factor in the development of present day Edmonton. Today, Fort Edmonton has been reconstructed and is open to visitors looking for a glimpse into 19th and early 20th century Canada. It’s an excellent attraction for people of any age – children will love to explore the historic streets, ride the steam train, or try their hand at the Penny Arcade, while adults might enjoy Sunday brunch at the Hotel Selkirk, or a movie at the Capitol Theatre - a reconstruction of the original built in 1929.

For those looking to live in historic Edmonton, there’s no shortage of beautiful older neighborhoods to be found. The Garneau and Strathcona areas feature gorgeous houses, beautiful trees and landscaping, and plenty of shopping and nightlife opportunities. Both areas date back to the 1800s, and maintain that “old town” feel today. In Garneau, take a stroll down one of the many boulevards, or check out the nearby University of Alberta campus. Those looking for a bite to eat shouldn’t miss 109th street, which sports a variety of excellent restaurants, along with the Garneau Theatre, a vintage movie theatre established in 1940. Showing a variety of current films and past artistic masterpieces, there’s sure to be something that catches your interest.

Near Garneau is the previously mentioned Strathcona neighborhood, an equally great place to live. Once a town independent from Edmonton, it’s now home to a combination of great shopping, exciting nightlife, and some of the best schools in the city. Whyte Avenue is the obvious attraction – with boutiques, bookstores, and bars, there really is something for everyone. Also in the area is Scona High School, a school with strong academic and athletic programs, and multiple parks. Those looking to hike, mountain bike, or just enjoy the outdoors should explore Mill Creek Ravine, a great area of Edmonton’s River Valley easily accessible from Strathcona.

Anyone looking for a little history in Edmonton doesn’t need to look far. Whether it’s an authentic attraction like Fort Edmonton Park, or an old-fashioned neighborhood like Strathcona, you’re sure to find a great blend of past and present in the Edmonton area!

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