Experience adventure, fun, and unique attractions in the wonderful city of Edmonton. Commonly referred to as Canada’s Festival City, there is an abundance of lodging options, places to eat, and things to do in Edmonton. Regardless of how long your stay here will be, you will be able to lose yourself in what this exciting city has to offer.
Alberta Aviation Museum
At the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, you will experience romance, excitement, and adventure, all under a single roof. Here, you will be able to discover the rich aviation history in Northern Alberta, as well as witness the incredible progress made in the past century of flight-based technology. Guided tours are available, as are self-guided ones. Also on offer are interactive tours and work experience programs.
Art Gallery of Alberta
This iconic, well-established building offers the finest contemporary architectural lines around. With more than 6,000 works of art, you will be able to spend hours here without even realizing where the time went.
Edmonton Valley Zoo
With cotton-top tamarinds, red pandas, and even tigers, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is the best place to witness exotic animals. Here, you will find more than 100 species of animals, some of which are native and some which are nearly extinct. It’s the perfect spot to spend the day with family when staying in Edmonton.
Elk Island National Park
Elk Island is an excellent and unique oasis to more than 250 species of birds, as well as free-roaming bison. From deer to moose and even elk, visitors will be able to witness Mother Nature in her purest form at Elk Island.
Banff-Saint Louise Ski Resorts
To experience the “high points” of Northern Canada, you have to visit the Banff-Saint Louise Ski Resorts. Surrounded by snow top mountains, and fantastic views of the peak country, guests will be able to witness some of Canada’s most famous historical resort districts. Here, you can participate in biking, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, and even rock climbing.
Also available in the area are gondola rides, boardwalks, and even skywalks. The hot springs are perfect for relaxing while the Banff National Park will indeed take your breath away. There are also a variety of music festivals that periodically take place throughout the area.
Ice on Whyte Festival
Photo by Mack Male, CC BY-SA 2.0
Edmonton’s Ice on Whyte Festival helps celebrate the beautiful winters of the area. Ice carving artists from all over the world gather to promote their work, which creates rather creative competitors that spectators of all ages can witness and enjoy.
Guests can experience hot beverages, delicious foods, ice skating, live entertainment, and stunning sculptures. There is even an interactive children’s play area where smaller children can learn how to use ice carving tools just like the pros do. This pinnacle event also incorporates a “Fire and Ice” show, which commemorates the melting of ice sculptures on the final night of the festival.
Edmonton River Valley Park
Did you know that this park is about 25 times larger than New York City’s Central Park? It is even about ten times bigger than Stanley Park in Vancouver. Visitors here will be able to partake in over 150 square kilometers of playgrounds, picnic areas, golf courses, off-leash dog areas, and even hiking and jogging trails.