Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.)
In all of Canada, a goods and services tax of 6% is applied to all purchases except for basic groceries (milk, eggs, bread, etc.), most medical services and prescriptions, and exports.
Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax.
The provinces that do are:
Newfoundland and Labrador
These range from 5% to 14%.
All sales tax are usually added on at the counter when you go up to pay and will not be on the sticker price. Some restaurants and stores do include GST, and will clearly put "GST included" on their menus or at the till.
Every summer for the last 20 years, the Heritage Festival has brought dozens of different cultural and ethnic groups together to celebrate their diversity. Held in Hawrelak Park in the first weekend of August for three days of food, song and dance, more than 360,000 attended in 2002.
Day Trip: Reynolds Museum & Canadian Aviation HOF
The Reynolds Museum is a world class venue that almost nobody knows about. It interprets the impact of technological change in transportation, aviation, agriculture and industry from the 1890s to the 1970s. Visitors will see a wide variety of vintage automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, stationary engines, tractors, agricultural implements, aircraft and industrial equipment.
The Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame is a part of the Reynolds Museum. It is an extensive collection of personal items and memorabilia related specifically to inducted Members. This includes such material as licenses, logbooks, uniforms, insignia, medals, trophies and awards, documents, correspondence, scrapbooks and photographs.
The museum is named after Mr. Stan Reynolds, a Wetaskiwin businessman and world-renowned collector. Mr. Reynolds donated a core collection of 1500 artifacts to the province of Alberta between 1982 and 1986.
The museum is open every day except Mondays from 10am-5pm. Admission is $6.50 Cdn. It is located off Highway 2 or 2A; one kilometre west of the city of Wetaskiwin on Highway 13 or east from Highway 2. The site is 30 minutes south east of Edmonton International Airport.
For the techies...
It's a chain store...along the line of Best Buy (in the States). Actually, think Best Buy did bought them out. HAHAHAH.
Anyway, though A&B does have it's deals, I find that Future Shop is pretty consistent with its sales and well, its hours of operation isn't as "picky" as A&B. DVD's, CD's, you name 'em, they got it. You can pay as little as $15.00 for a DVD (Best seller types).
Whyte Avenue / Old Strathcona
Old Strathcona, as the area is called, is centred around 82 Ave, aka Whyte Avenue. This is the #1 pedestrian area in Edmonton, day and night. During the day, people come here for the cafes and the many unique stores that cater to the New Age vegan group. At night, this is the #1 spot in Edmonton for night life. You'll find almost anything you want, from pubs (O'Byrnes, Elephant & Castle, Sherlock Holmes) to lounges (Savoy, Devlin's) to mainstream bars (Black Dog, Fargo, Iron Horse, Squires) to country (Cook County) to dance clubs (Parliament, Roxy's) to pool halls (The Billiard Club) to comedy clubs (Varscona Theatre).
Though Old Strathcona stretches from 109 to 99 Street, the vast majority of the night life is from 105 St to 103 St. Eclectic mix for bar hopping, and places usually aren't too picky. Be reasonable - a Hawaiian shirt, shorts and flip-flops wouldn't be appropriate. But Edmontonians tend to be bad dressers anyway.