Streets & Roads

Edmonton and Strathcona’s roads were originally named and arranged in a grid through the bustling downtowns north and south of the river. In 1914, the city’s growth after the amalgamation with Strathcona led to a new numbered system with only a few main streets keeping their original designations.

Given its landscape, Edmonton’s streets have been able to expand outwards virtually unimpeded, only having to evade the winding North Saskatchewan River valley. As the city grew in the post-war era and into the 1980s, a quadrant system was adopted, allowing new roads to be created and numbered.