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Things to do in Edmonton

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We want to get you excited about moving to Edmonton, or make you a more motivated resident by teaching you more about the city. We’ve packed this section with information on things to do in Edmonton.

If you have other fun and exciting ideas for things to do in Edmonton, please email editor@moving2canada.com and we will add them to the list. Help others learn more about the vast selection of things to do in Edmonton.

Whyte Avenue

Things to do in Edmonton - Whyte Avenue

Crammed with trendy shops, great eateries and quirky cafes, Whyte Avenue has something for everyone. Rated one of the Top 10 Coolest Neighbourhoods in Canada, Whyte Avenue is Edmonton at its most vibrant.

West Edmonton Mall

West Edmonton Mall

It may be the largest shopping mall in North America, but it’s not all about the shops at WEM.

You can bungee jump, play miniature golf or ride a wave. There’s also year-round skating at the Ice Palace, amusement rides at Galaxyland, and bowling and billiards at Ed’s Rec Room.

Muttart Conservatory

Muttart Conservatory

These four glass pyramids may be the most standout buildings in the city.

Inside, the pyramids showcase plants from arid, tropical and temperate climates, with the fourth ‘Feature Pyramid’ offering a changing seasonal display. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite like spending an afternoon under a canopy of palms or getting close to some cacti.

William Hawrelak Park

Hawrelak Park

Need a break from it all? William Hawrelak Park (better known as Hawrelak Park) spans 68 hectares and is located in the river valley.

In the summer, the park hosts major festivals, including the Heritage Festival, the River City Shakespeare Festival, and Symphony under the Sky.

In the winter, the five-hectare lake is open for skating, and the many hiking and biking trails are more widely used for cross-country skiing.

River Valley

Things to do in Edmonton - River Valley

As the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America, Edmonton’s River Valley is an iconic part of what makes the city what it is.

It is home to 22 of the city’s major parks and over 150 kilometres of trails used for walking, biking, cross-country skiing and more.

Ice Skating

Get the most out of your winter!

Community leagues citywide often boast a neighborhood arena, but parks like Hawrelak are especially nice for skating. If you want to take it indoors, there’s no shortage of recreation centers such as the YMCA, or take your skates to WEM for year-round fun.

TELUS World of Science

Watch an IMAX film, get interactive in Discoveryland or visit Canada’s largest planetarium dome theatre – just to start. All in the name of science.

Festival City

There’s a reason Edmonton is called “The Festival City.”

The Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, K-Days, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and the Edmonton Heritage Festival are just a few. Of special acclaim is the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, second only to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival worldwide, and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, one of the most successful and popular folk music festivals in North America.

Arts/Museums

Art Gallery of Alberta

Edmonton has a vibrant culture scene, and was named cultural capital of Canada in 2007. The galleries and museums help showcase that great artistic community.

  • The Art Gallery of Alberta (pictured) is a work of art itself. The newly renovated building was unveiled in 2010 and is home to a collection of over 6,000 works.
  • Gallery Walk – 124th Street was the first of its kind in Canada and features some of the best art that the city has to offer with a special focus on Canadian artists.
  • The Royal Alberta Museum is a natural and human history museum. It features a natural history exhibit, a wildlife exhibit, an entomology exhibit, and a Native Culture exhibit, among others.
  • Fort Edmonton Park is Canada’s largest living history museum. The park covers Edmonton’s heritage from 1795 to 1929 through original and rebuilt buildings and historical artifacts. Ride a steam train to the fort and then explore your way back through the eras.

Skiing

  • Snow Valley119th Street just off the Whitemud Freeway, Edmonton Alberta, Canada Tel: 1 780 434 3991
  • Rabbit Hill20 Minutes SW of Edmonton, just off Highway 19 between Nisku and Devon, Alberta, Canada Tel: 1 780 955 2440
  • Sunridge Ski AreaFour blocks south of the Yellowhead Trail on 17th Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Tel: + 1 780 449 6555
  • Edmonton Ski Club9613-96 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Tel: + 1 780 465 0852

 

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