I’ve been on a bit of an “Instagrammable Wall” kick for awhile now. Whenever I visit a new city, one of my top “things to do” now (outside of eating lol) is to seek out pretty walls for photos. Every city has them.
An Instagrammable Wall is basically just an interesting-looking wall that makes a great backdrop for a photo of yourself or your friends – often posted to Instagram, but not necessarily.
Being ‘Instagrammable’ really just describes the wall’s aesthetic (pretty, beautiful, interesting).
Instagrammable Walls can be mural walls, colourful walls, graffiti walls, interesting textured-walls – you name it.
I think these interesting walls add to the beauty of a city, and can attract people to a location that might otherwise not be frequented. These walls can often surprise you. You’ve likely walked or driven by Instagrammable Walls but wouldn’t notice it’s ‘Instagrammable’ unless someone pointed it out.
That was the main sentiment I found when I hosted an Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton Photo Walk this weekend as part of Make Something Edmonton’s 100 in 1 Day city-building event in June 2017. A group of 14 of us walked about 7 km, stopping to take photos at 10 different Instagrammable Walls downtown. I was delighted whenever I heard someone from the group remark that they’d never noticed this wall before, or that they’d seen this wall before but never considered it would make a pretty backdrop (until now).
After having such fun finding Instagrammable Walls on a recent trip to California, and even during a visit to Medicine Hat – I came home eager and excited to scout for Instagrammable Walls around Edmonton and am happy to share their locations in this post.
This Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton list will be constantly updated, as I explore different areas of the city and find new walls! And as you – visitors – submit your suggestions too! Email, tweet me @lindork or share wall locations/photos on Instagram using #IGWallsofYEG.
I also had so much fun hosting this first #IGWallsofYEG walk, I’ve since led several wall photo walks in various areas of Edmonton!! I encourage you to do your own self-guided tours as well – feel free to use this list as a guide! Join the Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton Facebook Group to share any wall locations/photos you find, and to get the latest updates on when the next walks will be.
Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton
Last Updated: July 2018
103 A Avenue and 97 Street (south side of avenue).
103 Avenue and 96 Street (behind/next to Uncle Ed’s Exchange).
103 A Avenue and 97 Street (north side of avenue).
102 Avenue and 97 Street (Criminal Law Office).
102 Avenue and 97 Street (Oil Lamp Greek Restaurant).
103 Avenue and 101 Street (behind Joey Bell Tower Restaurant).
102 Avenue and 96 Street (Light Blue and Pink Walls).
101 A Avenue and 97 Street.
104 Avenue and 100 Street (near CN Tower).
10148 105 Street (Shade Club Wall).
10040 105 Street (near Chez Pierre Cabaret).
Jasper Avenue and 114 Street.
106 Avenue and 114 Street (by the Mustard Seed).
100 Avenue and 108 Street.
Jasper Avenue and 107 Street (BLVD).
Jasper Avenue and 105 Street.
101 Avenue and 104 Street (Michael Phair Park).
Jasper Avenue and 117 Street (Page the Cleaner and Tailor Wall).
99 Avenue and 110 Street (along the tracks).
10210 111 St (Alley behind Top Draw Inc.)
Jasper Avenue and 104 Street (Beaver Hills House Park, Amiskwacîw Wâskâyhkan Ihâtwin).
Jasper Avenue and 120 Street.
108 Avenue and 124 Street.
Jasper Avenue and 124 Street.
106 Avenue and 124 Street (Alley).
104 Avenue and 124 Street (Peter Robertson Gallery).
103 Avenue and 124 Street (Living Wall).
101 Avenue and 124 Street.
Photo credit: @britl
125 Street 103 Avenue (Fox and Tux Boutique – Dog Wings Wall!)
106 Avenue and 123 Street (RGE RD).
107 Avenue and 123 Street (Alley).
Photo credit: @lifebybecki
10706 124 Street (Meuwly’s Wall)
Whyte Avenue / Old Strathcona
8230 Gateway Boulevard (Okuda San Miguel 6-storey mural behind El Cortez – largest public art mural in Edmonton)
82 Avenue and 99 Street (Back Entrance Alley of Teapsy Cafe)
82 Avenue and 104 Street (The Buckingham).
82 Avenue and 104 Street (Army & Navy).
Green Graffiti Mural (Alley behind Army & Navy 10411 82 Ave).
Blues on Whyte Mural (10329 82 Ave).
82 Avenue and 103 Street (What’s the Scoop Ice Cream Shack).
82 Avenue and 104 Street (behind Ten Thousand Villages).
82 Avenue and 105 Street.
82 Avenue and 103 Street.
82 Avenue and 105 Street.
82 Avenue and 106 Street (Back of Varscona Hotel).
8109 101 Street (behind Maki Maki).
10046 81 Ave. (behind K&K Auto Repair Centre).
8116 101 St. (behind Jimmy’s Tailor & Drycleaning).
8230 Gateway Blvd. (behind El Cortez).
10021 82 Ave. (behind Tirecraft).
10329 83 Ave. (Varscona Theatre).
10148 82 Ave. (behind Track ‘N Trail).
Avila Arepa (10760 82 Ave.) Interior Wall.
University of Aberta Area
Butterdome (87 Avenue and 115 Street)
Thunder Bird Alley at 105 Avenue and 97 Street
106 Avenue and 97 Street (Kris Friesen mural)
105 Avenue and 104 Street (The Lingnan Restaurant).
Walking Path Near the LRT (between 105 Ave and 103A Ave from 96 Street to 93 Street (ish)
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87 Avenue and 172 Street (old Target at West Edmonton Mall).
87 Avenue and 159 Street (Meadowlark).
100 Avenue and 170 Street (Badass Jack’s).
100 Avenue and 168 Street (Kris Friesen Mural).
100 Avenue and 156 Street (MacEwan Centre for the Arts).
100 Avenue and 169 Street (Goodwill).
100 Avenue and 170 Street (Klondike Cycle).
100 Avenue and 156 Street (behind the Foody Mart).
153 Street and Stony Plain Road (behind / next to alley of Jasper Place Hotel)
101 Avenue and 71 Street.
101 Avenue and 72 Street
91 Street and 118 Avenue (Alberta Avenue).
91 Street and 118 Avenue (Alberta Avenue).
Avenue Theatre Murals – there’s a few here in the front, back and alley (9030 118 Avenue).
Colourful Walls outside The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse (9351 118 Avenue).
Crystal Kids Mural Wall (8718 118 Avenue).
Professor Marvel Wall (Alley at 8416 118 Avenue).
1 Kingsway Garden Mall (Hudsons Bay, south side of mall).
Commonwealth Recreation Centre (Afghan Mural Wall).
Southwood 1880 37 Street. (Submitted by Lily Le)
Southgate Mall (near the Dairy Queen, inside the mall)
Kaye Edmonton Clinic 7th Floor (Northern Alberta Urology Centre)
This one might be weird to just head up to for a photo if you don’t actually have a reason to be in this centre, and you need to do a closer crop on it but my friend posted it and it’s too good not to include in this post!
As I said, I’ll be looking to update this list constantly, as I explore different areas of the city and find new walls! And as you – visitors – submit your suggestions too! Email, tweet me @lindork or share wall locations/photos on Instagram using #IGWallsofYEG.
Thanks to Nicola Pringle (@nicopringo) for designing my Guide to Instagrammable Walls logo!