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Jennifer Cuellar is a writer, an avid explorer, and fan of all things Games of Thrones-related. When she’s not sipping tea in a café by the beach, she’s off writing about wondrous cities you simply have to visit. From mountain peaks to downtown streets, there’s a world of adventure waiting to be explored. She spotlights top cities to tour, which attractions you’ve got to see, and off-the-beaten path activities to try during your next vacation. Let’s go travel!




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Top Things to Do in Old Strathcona in Fall

Wednesday September 09 , 2015

The leaves are turning red, the nights are becoming brisk, and the warm lights of Old Strathcona are glowing bright. As autumn returns to Edmonton, spend the perfect fall day in the historic district of Old Strathcona. As the arts and entertainment neighbourhood of Edmonton, there’s a ton to see this season. Here at, we love a good breezy day in a beautiful city, which is why we’ve partnered with Old Strathcona to present you the top things to do here this fall.

Western Canada Fashion Week

Bring your inner Carrie Bradshaw to Alberta when you get front row seats at Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW) from September 17-26. WCFW is the longest-running fashion week in the province, and is the second-largest fashion week in the country. The event aims to promote the latest collections from famed designers, as well as launch fashion ingénues onto the world stage. In fact, WCFW has helped propel the careers of mavericks such as Caitlin Power, Sid Neigum, and Jessica Halabi. This year’s event hosts 50 local and international designers. Roughly 15,000 people are expected to attend, so grab those seats early!  



It’s not fall without a few new peacoats and scarves. Find your closet’s new favourite outfit with a shopping spree in Old Strathcona. Peruse Whyte Avenue at shops like Glam Slam, Lola’s Boutique, and Original You. For other odds and ends, go to A Sense of Serenity for metaphysical items, Planet Organic Market for natural body products, and Blackbyrd Myoozik for independent music. Additionally, if you’re an antiques expert, you absolutely have to venture down to Old Strathcona Antique Mall. There are roughly 130 antique dealers in-house, with hundreds of booths and collectables. With the holidays right around the corner, get the best presents in fall before the crowds arrive.



The best part about the sun retiring quickly in fall is that it makes early evenings at the theatre more magical. As it so happens, there’s some amazing theatre in Old Strathcona. Make a stop at the Catalyst Theatre, which was founded in 1977 as a social action centre. Today, the theatre puts on new productions that are always innovative with a strong sense of visuals and physical expression. The Varscona Theatre is another option. It’s home to eight permanent theatre companies while staying available to other independent and fringe troupes. It’s currently undergoing construction, so head to their temporary venue, the Backstage Theatre, to see their unique acts. Of course, if you’re looking for fall flicks, you can always pop into the historical Princess Theatre. This is one of the best spots to see the latest documentaries and buzz-worthy independent films.

This fall, make a date with Old Strathcona. From autumn fashions to early holidays shopping, it’s the place to be as the seasons change.

Jennifer Cuellar

Expedia Canada Staff Writer