Soulful urbanism: a day in Edmonton’s Oliver neighbourhood


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Voted Edmonton’s second best neighbourhood by Avenue Magazine, Oliver is one of the oldest residential neighbourhoods in the city, and with more than 19,000 residents, it is also Edmonton’s most densely populated neighbourhood.

Early on in its development, Oliver was considered the city’s “West End,” but was later renamed after pioneer citizen, Frank Oliver. As Edmonton expanded, the neighbourhood of Oliver underwent significant redevelopment. Today, it is well-known for its diversity, vibrancy, and pedestrian-friendly environment, and is also a relatively young neighbourhood, with 20 to 29 making up its largest demographic (29%).

According to the city’s Oliver Area Redevelopment Plan, over the next 10 to 15 years, the neighbourhood will continue to be home to a variety of higher density multi-unit housing, including family-oriented units and commercial properties.  

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Did you know? The 1909 Lemarchand Mansion and the 1912 Buena Vista block, two of the city’s oldest buildings, are located in Oliver.

A day in Oliver

Start your summer weekend by taking a well-deserved steam shower in the spacious ensuite bathroom of your 2.5 storey luxury duplex. The open concept main floor with a gourmet chef’s kitchen may be calling your name, but because you are within walking distance of some of Edmonton’s top restaurants, the Rivery Valley, public transit, and the Ice District, your options are endless.   





Before heading out on your morning run, stop by Elm Cafe to grab one of Edmonton’s best coffees and catch up on news or emails. You might even run into a few neighbours enjoying a cup of joe on Elm’s intimate patio.


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From Elm, make your way down to the River Valley for your morning jog. With over 7,400 hectares of land and 150 kilometres of trails, you’ll always find a new route to walk, jog, or simply explore.


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After all that jogging, you will have worked up an appetite. Head over to Canteen on 124th street to catch up with your friends over brunch. From Dutch baby pancakes, to poached eggs, to milk braised turkey legs, you will not be disappointed.


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Although afternoons in Oliver are quiet and peaceful, there are still plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Take a stroll through Edmonton’s original farmers’ market on 104th street to stock up on farm-fresh produce, meats, local breads, and sweets. Beyond the edibles, you will also find locally made, handcrafted jewelry, art, and unique clothing. Over the winter months the market moves to City Hall, but until then, enjoy some fun in the sun and get to know the numerous local vendors.


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In the evening, read a book next to the ornamental pond in Paul Kane Park or soak up the evening sunshine at Oliver’s outdoor pool. The pool is open from mid-June to September, and offers fun for the whole family right in Edmonton’s downtown core. 


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Wrap up your day with some people watching and dinner on The Common’s patio. Known for its down-to-earth vibe, vintage meets modern in this Edmonton hotspot. With a dinner menu ranging from tasty appetizers, to stuffed rabbit for the more adventurous foodie, you will not be leaving hungry.


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After a day full of coffee, walking, brunching, and people watching, head back home to your urban duplex and finish your day with a movie in your very own movie studio!


Head over to our featured listings to find the perfect home for you this summer. If you are looking to make Oliver your future home, browse our Oliver listings here.

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