While the health and safety of our guests has always been a top priority, when you return to Varscona Hotel on Whyte you will find that we’ve made a number of enhancements - from offering remote check-ins to new cleaning protocols for guest rooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces; along with new options for dining.
Things to Do in Edmonton
Discover the Historic Old Strathcona District
Varscona is situated on Whyte Avenue in the historic Old Strathcona district of Edmonton, Alberta. We are among some of the Edmonton’s best and local restaurants, boutiques, cafes and unique shops. The area is known for its intimate entertainment venues, theatres and festivals including North America's largest Fringe Theatre Festival.
When planning what to do during your stay in Edmonton, our hotel staff will be happy to recommend popular attractions and things to both near the hotel on Whyte Ave and throughout Edmonton.
Experience the 23 hectares of parkland and the historical monuments that make up the Legislature as we know it today.
City Hall is an Edmonton landmark, the home of our civic leadership and a gathering place for the community.
The Royal Alberta Museum is a museum of natural history and anthropology.
The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is the only museum in the province strictly devoted to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.
The Shaw Conference Centre is Edmonton`s premiere convention centre, an iconic place where people gather to learn, innovate, trade and celebrate.
Rogers Place is home ice for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings, and the epicentre of live entertainment in Edmonton.
A sophisticated neighbourhood in the heart of Edmonton that offers an urban atmosphere in which you can admire the arts, fine food, and unique boutiques.
The 124 Street area is one of Edmonton’s most vibrant shopping districts, and is home to some of the city’s finest restaurants, boutiques and galleries.
Edmonton City Centre is your downtown destination of choice for shopping, dining and enjoying Edmonton's urban centre.
Traditional bistro fare. Honest, fresh and satisfying. The vibe is knowingly casual, but a smooth professionalism underpins service.
An intimate 34-seat restaurant located in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Corso employs local and seasonal ingredients to interpret traditional Italian dishes.
The Common is a gastro-lounge where typical pub and comfort foods are elevated to uncommon heights.
As the largest urban park in Canada, with more than 160 kilometres of maintained pathways and 20 major parks, the River Valley is a natural wonder for all Edmontonians to be proud of.
William Hawrelak Park is a 68 hectare park in the river valley featuring a 5 hectare lake and open grassy areas.
Churchill Square is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch break, take a stroll with family and friends, or watch world-class performances and festivals year-round.
Edmonton's biggest indoor year round farmers' market. Fresh from the farm to your family!
Where we eat good food, drink booze, and talk loud! Delicious Southern food, wonderful whiskeys, craft cocktails and live entertainment in a honky-tonk just steps off Whyte Avenue! Have Mercy!
El Cortez specializes in modern Latin food and tequila. Located just off Whyte Avenue, El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar is a creative combination of arresting décor, culinary arts, fine tequila and craft cocktails.
Fringe Theatre Adventures produces the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, present a theatre arts season through Arts at the Barns, and operate and manage the ATB Financial Arts Barns.
Finding the perfect outfit at a chic boutique, sipping and socializing on a summer patio and enjoying world-class festivals, entertainment and live music are just a few of the incredible experiences that you will have in Old Strathcona and on Whyte Avenue.
The High Level Bridge Streetcar route from the Alberta Arts Barn (Gateway Boulevard and 84 Ave) to Jasper Plaza (109 Street and 100 Ave) between May and October each year.
Aspiring to be a great 21st century research and teaching institution, the U of A aims to uplift leaders of tomorrow by creating a learning and research environment that is similar to and competitive with the world’s finest universities.