Best season to come
The best time to come to Edmonton, in my opinion, is the summer.
There are lots of festivals and activities happening (read my tip on Festivals for more info). If it is sunny (as it usually is), Whyte Avenue is guaranteed to be filled with people, from the morning crowd to the night owl partiers, any day of the week. No shortage of patio eateries, to chill, relax and people watch.
Failing that, fall is also a very nice time to come. People are still outside getting the last dosages of sun before the onset of winter, although you would be well advised to bring a jacket along because it cools down considerably after the sun sets. The fall foliage paints the river valley and the many parks around the city with dazzling orange and yellow (and sometimes red).
The winter, you either love it or you hate it. Simple as that. For me, I love it - the snow, the sun, the skiing, the skating...
Spring is my least favourite season - wetter than the other times of the year, the leaves are not out yet, snow has melted, everything is brown or grey..
But, there are people who thinks spring is the best season of them all. Go figure.
Really depends on what your taste is.
Top 3 (continued
Best TV Station
2) A Channel
Most Perplexing Public Art
1) Wind chimes
2) Baseball bat
3) City hall
Best Radio Station
3) The Bear
Worst Radio Station
1) Joe FM
3) The Bear
Best Art Gallery
1) Edmonton Art Gallery
2) Latitude 53
3) Harcourt House
Best One-Day Getaway
2) Elk Island
3) West Edmonton Mall
Best Bowling Alley
3) Bonnie Doon
Best Golf Course
3) Kinsmen Pitch n’ Putt
Best Place to Play Video Games
Best Use of Taxpayers’ Money
Worst Use of Taxpayers’ Money
1) Churchill Square
2) Baseball Bat
3) Smith’s salary
Best Place to Forget You’re In Edmonton
1) River Valley
3) Whyte Ave.
1) City Hall
3) Hotel Macdonald
Cast your line catch a "bow"
If you enjoy fishing at all then theres lots of options open for you. My favorite place to go is East Pit Lake. Its about 70km west of the downtown core. It a reclaimed mining pit thats been transformed into a long, narrow lake. Its been stocked with rainbow trout which seem to be doing fine in the water. I like it here because you always catch something and most of the time your are alone. Just remember to wake up early for the best fishing.....
To get here head west on highway 16 and take the turn off to Wabamun. Once on top of the overpass, at the intersection turn north (right) and look for the gate on your left hand side.
Edmonton's Second Largest Mall
I have to admit this is my favourite mall as it has everything you need without being too big and redundant like West Ed. Londonderry Mall was renovated in 1992 and is easy to navigate through whereas before things were a tad maze like..it houses stores such as the BAY, Winners, Army and Navy, Sport Chek, Save On Foods etc
This is where all the afterhours clubs are (and in general a greater diversity of clientele). That perhaps is the only unique draw to downtown. Though there are lots of other, more main-stream, night spots downtown, their popularity and concentration nowhere near matches Whyte Avenue or West Edmonton Mall.
To give you a sense of diversity of places, here's my attempt at an exhaustive listing of the night spots (excluding bars in hotels) in downtown, from east to west:
-Donna's (lounge, Canada Place 100 St - 101A Ave)
-Sherlock Holmes (pub, 100A St - 101A Ave)
-Four Rooms (restaurant with live music, Edmonton City Centre East, 100A St - 102 Ave)
-New City Likwid Lounge (dance club, 101 St - Jasper Ave)
-Baccarat (casino, 101 St - 104 Ave)
-Y (afterhours club, 102 St - 100 Ave)
-Crystal (R&B/Hip Hop, 104 St - Jasper Ave)
-Sublime (afterhours club, 104 St - 102 Ave)
-Mezza Luna (Latin club, 104 St - 102 Ave)
-Fly Bar (lounge, 104 St - 103 Ave)
-Roost (gay club, 104 St - 104 Ave)
-Chez Pierre (strip club, 105 St - 100 Ave)
-Climaxx (afterhours club, 105 St - 100 Ave)
-Halo (dance club, 105 St - Jasper Ave)
-Metro Billiard Cafe (pool hall, 106 St - 103 Ave)
-Boots and Saddles (gay bar, 106 St - 102 Ave)
-Secrets (lesbian bar, 107 St - 103 Ave)
-Caliente (Latin club, 108 St - Jasper Ave)
-Martini (lounge, 109 St - 100 Ave)
-Globe (bar/club, 109 St - Jasper Ave)
-Ceili's (Celtic pub, 109 St - 104 Ave)
-Overtime (sports bar, 110 St - 103 Ave)
-Stonehouse (pub/bar, 111 St - Jasper Ave)
-Majestic (dance club, 112 St - Jasper Ave)
-Sidetrack Cafe (bar/restaurant famous for its live music, 112 St - 104 Ave)
More choices and variety, though sparser, as you head west into Oliver and then north on 124 St. Definitely depends on where you go, but again, dress code is usully pretty lax (except for the Latin clubs).