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Strathcona, Alberta (known as Old Strathcona today) was a town independent of Edmonton, Alberta that thrived by being the northern terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1912, Strathcona amalgamated with Edmonton but remained divided by the North Saskatchewan River. The two communities were connected in 1914 following the construction of the High Level Bridge. This lead to the economic demise of the Strathcona area but resulted in the preservation of the former town's nineteenth century architecture.

Today, Old Strathcona is a Provincial Historic Area characterized by its rich heritage and the local arts. The area is oriented towards pedestrians with locally owned shops and restaurants lining the community's main street, Whyte Avenue. The area also plays host to the famous 'Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival' every August and is home to multiple theatre companies.

The Old Strathcona area is located from Gateway Boulevard NW to 105 Street NW and 81 Avenue NW to 83 Avenue NW in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Information courtesy the City of Edmonton (2017), Edmonton Journal (2017) and Fringe Theatre Adventures (2017).


In second leg of The Amazing Race Edmonton 2017, teams boarded the High Level Streetcar that crosses the High Level Bridge to travel to Old Strathcona. The Road Block challenge had teams count the number of people in the "Dominion Day Picnic" mural painted by Tim Heimdal in 1997 and restored in 2017 for Canada's 150th Birthday celebrations. The Race Operations Group determined ninety (90) people painted in the mural.

The Detour puzzles tested team's research abilities regarding opening dates of historic buildings or trivial facts about theatres in Old Strathcona. This leg of race also included a double U-Turn, although some teams avoided this by using their Express Pass. The Pit Stop was located at Spur Line Alley, next to Malt and Mortar restaurant. This alley was a City of Edmonton pilot project, called "Name that Alley" that aims to revitalize unused alleyways into pedestrian spaces.

To experience Whyte Avenue and the Old Strathcona area as race teams did, see the digital clues below.

High Level Streetcar at the Jasper Plaza TerminalHigh Level Streetcar at the Jasper Plaza Terminal

Road Block - "Dominion Day Picnic" Mural by Tim HeimdalRoad Block - "Dominion Day Picnic" Mural by Tim Heimdal

Pit Stop - Spur Line AlleyPit Stop - Spur Line Alley

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