The September 2014 Sketchcrawl with Urban Sketchers Edmonton was held in the historic neighbourhood of Old Strathcona. I sketched a heritage house with a plaque outside (one of many in the area). I understand any renovations to such homes are subject to strict regulations to preserve the original style.
Old Strathcona developed on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River (the river which flows through the city of Edmonton). It was the northern terminus of the early railroad and overland routes from Calgary. Today it is an area of trendy small shops and cafes located mainly along one long street (Whyte Avenue). It's a popular summer hang-out. Don't forget, Edmonton is a winter city and most shops are in malls.