5 Senses in Old Strathcona :: Feel

As their website says, "Old Strathcona has everything you need with experiences for all five of your senses." We're partnering with Old Strathcona Business Association to explore each sense in a series of summer blog posts. In the coming weeks, you'll learn a thing or two about the endless possibilities for fun in Old Strathcona. Enjoy!


Let's start off with one of the more challenging senses to narrow down in Old Strathcona - Touch. When we think about things to touch in Old Strathcona, a few come to mind: pushing pedestrian crossing lights, opening boutique doors, flipping through clothes on hangers, holding a specialty coffee, and of course swiping credit cards. But aside from physical touch, we're focusing on what we can feel when we're in the area. 

Work with your hands

Feel like a million bucks

  • For guys: Straight shave and a dapper haircut from Barber Ha will do the trick.
  • For gals: There are simply too many options for pampering in the area, it's best to send you over to this helpful directory to decide for yourself!

Feel nostalgic

  • Nothing pulls at the heart strings more than seeing your childhood toys or memorabilia from Grandma's kitchen. Walk through Old Strathcona Antique Mall or Junque Cellar for unique housewares, decor, collectibles, furniture, and many, many memories.

Feel well rested

  • May we suggest a mini vacation? Two lovely boutique hotels make for a lovely staycation in the heart of Old Strathcona. We loved Metterra, and Varscona is in a prime location as well.

Feel connected to history

  • A ride across the river valley between downtown and Old Strathcona in a historic streetcar is something to be experienced by everyone. The High Level Streetcar offers spectacular views and, if you're lucky, charming history lessons that never disappoint. 
  • It doesn't need to be Halloween to indulge in a good old fashioned ghost tour. Keep an eye on the Edmonton Ghost Tours website for their upcoming season (starts in July).