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“WHYTE AVE ROCKS” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Whyte Avenue

Whyte Avenue
82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta AB T6E 1Z9, Canada (Strathcona)
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Ranked #11 of 82 Attractions in Edmonton
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, Dining
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Owner description: Whyte Avenue (also known as 82 Avenue) is an arterial road in south-central Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It became the main street of the City of Strathcona as it formed, and now runs through Old Strathcona. It was named in 1891 after Sir William Whyte, who was superintendent of the CPR's western division from 1886 to 1897 and was knighted by King George V in 1911. Old Strathcona is Edmonton's main arts and entertainment district, and is also a shopping hub for local residents and students at the nearby University of Alberta. Whyte Avenue, now a heritage area, is at the heart of this district, housing many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.
Edmonton, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I lived here between 2000 - 2004, then again between 2010-2011. Back in the early millenium, safety was not an issue. But everywhere you go or live, you take your own risk. Risk is what I took but fun was what I left behind.

I don't think there's enough room in this box to describe the atmosphere of this avenue. I will have to describe in point form: lots of restaurants, bistro, bars to choose from and experience. lots of different type of music playing in variety of venue. lots of different and rare store/shops you will never find anywhere else. did i say pubs & nightlife? you sit in one of the benches along the sidewalk and your day will be entertained with the different character you get to witness. festivals (the frienge, ice festival etc). the place to be. surrounded by lots of mature large trees to hug and get energy that you will need to experience this place. hotels and did i say restaurants? north of whyte ave is saskatchewan drive which overlooks the river and nice night lights - amazing trails around. The best thing about this place is the genuine and friendly faces of Edmonton - young or old.

Visited March 2014
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Red Deer, Canada
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“Fun night - even in the bitter cold!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Enjoyed great music and a fun crowd at Blues on Whyte - and only $6 cover charge. Had dinner at Julios Barrios- excellent Mexican cuisine, and enjoyed late night fries at Mike's Donair (I liked the fact they had a security guard).

Visited February 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

It is located east of the university and is a street which stretches for many blocks and has many unique and funky shops and eateries. This is I suppose Edmonton's answer to Vancouver's Gas Town or Toronto's Yorkville (although the shops in Yorkville are on the high end!). if you are into live music ie jazz, this is the place to be. There is a hotel located on the south side of Whyte Avenue (I could never remember the name of this hotel) but it offers a variety of good live music....afternoons on weekends and evenings.
On a nice summer's evening, you can sit in an outside patio at one of the coffee shops or eateries and watch the world go by!
And again in the summer, there is a weekend indoor market place just off Whyte Avenue and it has much to offer by way of fresh vegetables, meats, baked goods, and fruits as well as handicrafts.
Well worth the visit to this place. Give yourself a whole day!
Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Lots of interesting little unique shops. Good people watching. Delicious restaurants . A Farmer's Market that has everything. Most festivals are located close to Whyte.

Visited November 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“A Happening Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Whye Avenue is a destination for everyone. Actually the real destination is Old Strathcona; Whyte Avenue is more or less the main street of this very happening place. Situated south of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, it gives visitors a feeling that they are in a special place. You want to shop? Well, the choices are endless - block after block, north, south, east, and west - your money will find welcoming cash registers wherever you turn. You hungry? Well, you can have Greek, Mexican, East Indian, Continental, Persian, Creole, hamburgers, pizza, gelato, coffees, desserts - you name it, you'll more than likely find it. This place has grown and improved over the years to the point that a day is almost too short if you want to savour all that this place has to offer. The food and shopping are even more enhanced by the many events taking place throughout the year. One favourite jaunt is a weekly trip to the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market; it is open on Saturdays from early in the morning until about 3:00 p.m. Home to local food producers and crafters, the place hums with conversation, laughter, and music. Several theatre companies reside in Old Strathcona, offering impressive shows throughout the year. And then there's what is known as "the fringe" - the annual Fringe Theatre festival that runs for two weeks in the summer, drawing crowds in the hundreds of thousands. Spend a couple of days in Old Strathcona or spend a couple of hours - you will not be disappointed.

Visited August 2013
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