Because of the high Northern latitude, there are long sunlight hours in summer. So even if the weather office says the sun "sets" at 10:04 PM twilight lasts well until after 11 PM. It's a strange feeling when I travel to another city (like Toronto or Calgary even) when the sun sets, the sun disappears in a matter of minutes!! (or so it feels like, in comparison with Edmonton)
As well, if it's a clear night, and you're on the edge of the city away from the city lights, you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights! I've been lucky enough to see them a handful of times.
Rutherford House ...
Rutherford House was constructed in 1911. The was the home of the first premier of Alberta, the Honourable Alexander Cameron Rutherford. The house has been returned to its 1915 appearance It is owned by the University of Alberta and is open to visitors.
The Edmonton Oilers are our city's NHL (National Hockey League) team. They are a fairly young NHL team, establish in 1971. The Oilers won 5 Stanley Cups during their Dynasty years (years won - 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990), which included legendary players Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, as well as Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr. The Oilers have an extremely loyal following. Edmontonians are crazy about the Oilers. There have been over 100 consecutive sold out games and there are no signs of it slowing down. Tickets are fairly hard to come by, but face value is anywhere from $30-$300. You can usually find them online, but for a much higher price. On game night, whether at the beginning of the season or during the playoff run, every bar and lounge is packed with fans watching the big game. One of the main freeways in Edmonton was renamed Wayne Gretzky Drive in 1999.
Edmonton and our rival city to the south Calgary have a huge hockey rivalry as well. If the Flames make it to the playoffs and the Oilers don't, you'd better not cheer for the Flames just because they're from Alberta! Oilers or nothing! Every time the two teams play each other, it is called the Battle of Alberta.
The Oilers currently make their home at Rexall Place (a.k.a. the Coliseum) which is sponsored by Rexall Drugs. In early 2008, Rexall president Daryl Katz fulfilled his childhood dream (he grew up, and still lives in, Edmonton) and purchased the team. He is hoping to have a new, more modern, facility for the team in the next couple of years.
I had a friend that showed a...
I had a friend that showed a part of Edmonton to me that I would have completely missed. Rent a bike a ride all through the River Valley. Their bike paths are wonderful! They connect so easily. I can not believe how far I went on my bike!
Go see the major parks, tour the Parliment grounds and their wonderful parks... It is truley off the beaten path in Edmonton. This city is very big on outdoor activities.
One of the hippest shoe stores in Edmonton. Some might say this store is overrated but sometimes, you can find quite a bargain here. You'll find anything from Docs to Fluevogs to BCBC and Kenneth Cole. Mainly shoes and some clothing lines (Betsy Johnson for e.g) and other accessories. Expect to pay quite a bit cause most of the shoes in stock here are hard to find in other places or other general shoe stores in the city. A pair of good shoe could run you about $150+ CDN.