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From the unwavering hockey fans to the incredible shopping, Edmonton is a great Canadian city to explore. We have compiled a list of our favourite things to do in Edmonton, Alberta’s second largest city. Check it out!
West Edmonton Mall is your one-stop destination for everything fun. The 5.3 million square foot mall has more than enough to keep you busy during your stay. This mall doesn’t just have unreal shopping, but it also has a water park, amusement park, bowling alley, arcade, marine life, skating rink and two mini-golf courses.
West Edmonton Mall is your go-to destination for extraordinary fashion with over 800 stores including Aritzia, Birks, Color Me Mine, The Disney Store, DSW, Ivivva, Kate Spade, Levi’s, Michael Kors Men’s, and SO many more. It features hundreds of brand-names and one-of-a-kind retailers.
Offering incredible nightlife, West Edmonton Mall’s BRBN St. features Boston Pizza, Moxies, Earls and 1st Round and many other delicious restaurants. The mall also has a Rec Room, Jubilations, casino, bowling, Scotiabank Theatre, and Rick Bronson’s Comic Strip. Open until 2 am, you are sure to have a great time. IF you want to continue your fun into the next day there are two hotels on location. Fantasyland hotel has one-of-a-kind themed hotel rooms starting at $198 per night. You also have the option to stay at West Edmonton Mall Inn starting at only $144 a night.Photo credit: @jjonahmarie
If going out during the night isn’t your thing, West Edmonton Mall is home the world’s second largest indoor water park. World Water Park is fun for the whole family, with over 20 unique water slides. This water park is sure to impress those of all ages. If you get hungry, don’t fret! There are a couple food options in the park and even a bar, for those adults who are feeling extra adventures.Photo credit: @fromnight_music
West Edmonton Mall is also home to North America’s largest indoor amusement park. Galaxy Land features more than 27 spectacular rides for those of all ages. This amusement park is sure to keep you satisfied with its delicious carnival treats such as mini doughnuts, Dippin’ Dots, cotton candy, candy apples and much more.Photo credit: @airyana_jordan
Explore marine life at the Sea Life Caverns. This is West Edmonton Mall’s underground aquarium and is home to more than 100 different species of fish, sharks, turtles, penguins and more. The Sea Life Caverns also has daily shows featuring the sea lions, fun for all ages!
There are a plethora of things to do at West Edmonton Mall. The fun truly is never-ending.
For more information, visit http://www.wem.ca/
Not only is this stadium home to the Edmonton Oilers, but it is home to one of the most dynamic entertainment environments. Located in downtown Edmonton, this arena has the capacity of 20, 734 and yet not a bad seat in the house. This year Rogers Place will be welcoming amazing artists like Drake, Keith Urban, Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, Fleetwood Mac and Vance Joy. With construction starting in 2014 and the opening in 2016, the architecture alone is outstanding. Rogers place also contains multiple restaurants outside of the main stadium, multiple food vendors inside and even a casino.
For more information, visit http://www.rogersplace.com/
This chic district is filled with both modern shops and historical buildings. Old Strathcona is home to a collection of shopping, dining, festivals and live music. Whether you want to enjoy the hot summer weather on the patio or explore the local business, boutiques or galleries, Old Strathcona is the place to be. Named one of Canada’s five best shopping neighbourhoods, this trendy spot has nearly 700 businesses to explore.
For more information, visit https://exploreedmonton.com/attractions/Old-Strathcona
This beautiful art gallery is filled with amazing artwork and exciting activities for all ages to enjoy. It features live music, restaurants, cafés and offers a ton of inexpensive and exciting events. The Art Gallery of Alberta includes free nights designed by teens for teens, yoga in the gallery, tours for tots and even free access on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 5-8pm. Home to many exhibitions, the Art Gallery of Alberta will be featuring Mountain Man, Looms and Imprints in 2018. If you get hungry, not to worry, you can grab a quick bite at the Terrace café and get back to exploring, or you can take your time and enjoy some fine dining at Zinc.
For more information, visit https://www.youraga.ca/
Just 35 minutes outside of Edmonton, this national park is filled with exciting nature and exquisite views of the starry sky. Elk Island National Park is a perfect place to unplug and enjoy the astonishing wildlife such as bison, elk and over 250 bird species. Filled with hiking paths, this park offers picnic tables, fire pits and even campsites for those overnight travellers.
Check out this link for more information on Elk Island National Park: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland
Edmonton is filled with many delicious bites, which made it hard to just choose one. This French Bistro is great not only because of its palatable cuisine and distinctive flavours, but its romantic and relaxing atmosphere. The Marc was voted the best steak in Edmonton, by Avenue Magazine as well as it is the three-time award winner of the Ann Hardy’s “Where to Eat in Canada.” This formal, yet casual restaurant’s melt-in-your-mouth flavours are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
For more information on this delicious restaurant, visit http://www.themarc.ca/
Jasper is one of Canada’s national treasures, with its natural glaciers, exciting wildlife and beautiful scenery it is sure to impress. Extending over 11, 000 square kilometres, it is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Access your adventurous side and explore the glacial lakes, hike unforeseen paths and breath in the crisp mountain air. At Jasper National Park you can unwind and experience the wildlife and all that the beautiful park has to offer.
For more Information and directions, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper
Article by Amy Schimpf