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Welcome to Edmonton: Your Gateway to the Rockies Adventure begins! Edmonton is a vibrant urban centre in the heart of the wilderness, the largest northernmost metropolis, and the capital of Alberta, Canada. If you ask any local, they’ll tell you that the heartbeat of Edmonton is the glorious river valley with over 150 kilometres of trails making up the largest urban parkland in North America. We asked our Instagram audience about their favourite things in Canada’s youngest city, and here is what we learned.
Edmonton has a booming culinary scene and is a hub of sports and entertainment.
Take your taste buds on a journey to some of the hottest craft beer taprooms, hyper-local bistros and indie bakeries. Edmonton chefs aren't afraid to experiment a little. You can also head to the ICE District downtown and conquer awe-inspiring acres that include local restaurants, nightlife, a state-of-the-art casino, luxury accommodations, Rogers Place (#GoHockey) and Old Strathcona Market.
Duchess offers the perfect blend of classic French pastries, like macarons, croissants, and éclairs, as well as Alberta favourites, like brownies and butter tarts. #Yum! And in case you want to pack your stretchy pants, Duchess was named on of Buzzfeed’s top bakeries in the world.
You must be thirsty from all the park walking and pastry eating right? Try their various varieties of beer and beer cocktails and then maybe grab a bite to eat too!
It’s part adventure park, part entertainment complex, shopping, and dining destination. The Mall spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks and at one time had more submarines than the Canadian Navy!
Edmonton has long, glorious sunny days.
June through August, the sun can rise as early as 5:00 a.m. and sets as late as 10:00 p.m. That’s 17 hours of vitamin D, and plenty of time to pack in warm-weather activities. The sun even sticks around when the temperature drops in the winter, which makes for Instagram-worthy shots of a snow-covered landscape.
Edmonton has a backyard with grizzly bears, waterfalls, canyons and glacier-fed lakes. Spend a couple nights in the city, then venture beyond to Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for wildlife, glacier fed lakes and the second largest dark sky preserve in the world. Drive 10 minutes north of Jasper for an amazing hike along Maligne Canyon, the deepest, easily accessible canyon in the Canadian Rockies.
Over 150 km of trails waiting to be used. Cruise through North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland by foot, bike, canoe, snowshoe or even Segway.
Edmonton is not afraid to think outside the box. A boundary-pushing arts scene, glamping in the North Saskatchewan River with Urban River Adventures or going back in time to Fort Edmonton Park to capture the roots of the city, makes for lots to see and do.