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.
Go Trappers Go!
If you're here in the summer (Apr-Sept), try to catch an Edmonton Trappers (minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins; Montreal Expos in 2003) game. It's true that Edmonton is a hockey town but these boys of summer are fun to watch. Admission is cheap ($5-$11) and you can just sit back and relax.
BTW: CONGRATULATIONS to the Edmonton Trappers! They're the 2002 PCL Champions. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Biking with in city limits
Of all the cities that I've visited and lived in, I give credit to Edmonton for having some of the best biking trails.
Considering that Edmonton is located in the flats of Alberta, the river bluffs give some fantastic contour to the bike trails.
It does not matter if you like cruising, speed on a road bike or technical mountain bike, the trails exist here and are very close at hand.
There are paved and gravel paths that follow both sides of the river for many kilometers in both directions. There are also branches of these paths that go into Terwilliger and Mill Creek Ravine, etc. In my riding, I would say that there are at least 40km of paved trails that do not have any motorized traffic.
For those of you who like mountain biking on single tracks, do not be discouraged by the above. There are copious amounts of single track trails that weave in and out of the river park, running both flat parallel to the river and testing your skills with climbs into the river bluff hills.
If you don't have anyone to point you in the right direction, the bike stores here are very helpful.
Equipment: Bring your own bike and headlights (needed in the winter). If you don't have your own gear, contact either of these two shops and inquire about rentals.
Red Bike on the south side of the 109 High Level bridge, as well as Hard Core Bikes (82nd Ave & 100 St) are two that I'd recommend. They both have weekly rides every Monday and more aggressive rides every Wednesday 6:30pm.
There are several golf courses within the city limits, three of which are immediately along the river within minutes of down town. If you are a golfer, I'd assume you have already done your homework to find those.
For the more recreational or novice golfer, there is a great pitch'n'putt course immediately behind the Kinsmen Sports Complex.
Located on the hillside of the river bluffs, the short course has a full 18 holes, ranging in lengths between 60~110 yards.
Equipment: A minimum of two clubs is required per person, however I have never seen any people actually enforcing this.
Price for 9 is $16, full 18 holes is $20.
Edmonton Oil Kings hockey
The Edmonton Oil Kings are a Western Hockey League team that started in Edmonton for the 2007-08 season.
The Western Hockey League is the top junior league in Western Canada and is a part of the Canadian Hockey League.
This is the second best hockey you'll get in Edmonton, next to the NHL squad, the Edmonton Oilers. But for the price, The Oil Kings are of much better value. Both teams play at the NHL arena Rexall Place, and an Oilers seat that will cost you $200, will cost you about $25 for an Oil Kings game. Although it isn't top tier hockey, it is fast-paced and high energy because the players are trying to get drafted into the NHL and impress the scouts who are always paying attention.
The Oil Kings sell themselves as being family-oriented hockey (probably because most people can afford to bring family to a game) so it is a different atmosphere than an Oilers game (where there is more drinking and rowdier fans).
If you are looking to catch a quality hockey game and either can't get Oilers tickets or just want to spend less, the Oil Kings are a great option. Tickets range from $17-$35, plus service charge.
Although this Oil Kings team has only been around since '07, previous Oil Kings franchises existed from 1950-1979.
Canadian Football - The Esks
In case you like Canadian and American Football or you are just curious about, you should visit a match of the Esks, the Edmonton Eskimos.
Check out the official webpage of the Esks for more information.
FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP CANADA
FIFA is coming to Canada!!
From June 30-July 22, 2007, Canada will be host to 24 teams of young men from around the world. Some of these games will be held in Edmonton!
The dates for the Edmonton games are July 2,5,8,11,14 (quarter-final game), and 18 (semi-final game).
The tickets are incredibly cheap, ranging from $10.75-$32, depending on where you are sitting and which game it is. There are also ticket packages ranging from $100-$300.
Some people may think it will be boring, but keep in mind Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Wayne Rooney (England) were only 21 and 20 during the 2006 World Cup!
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ca
The other Canadian cities that are playing host are Burnaby, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Victoria.
You know I'll be there!!
I hope to see you there too!
We went to Edmonton to check out the SJ Sharks play the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers play at the Rexall Place. Unfortunately, the Sharks lost that night; but we had a great time enjoying the atmosphere, and excitement of Canadian hockey.
Rexall Place also hosts the circus, concerts, and a variety of other sporting events. Check out the web for upcoming events.
Bungy Jump, West Edmonton Mall!
At the water park in the West Edmonton Mall you can bungy jump!!!
I have to say for $80 I got a video and the thrill of my life. I was shacking for about an hour later, got wet from the waist up but I couldn't get the smile off my face for at least a couple of days. It was awesome.
It is a 106 foot drop!! Here is a picture I took of the tower recently at the mall.
Equipment: They have all the necessary equipment which includes the bungy cord.
- Bungy Jumping
The Edmonton Eskimos have a great football team and the ambience at Commonwealth Stadium (capacity of 60,000) is simply amazing!! Tickets are not too expensive ($40 and under), and the Canadian football season starts at the end of June and the playoffs start in November.
Equipment: Bring your green and yellow paint!
World Water Park
From kiddie boat rides, pool with waves and all kins and sizes of water slides, this water park has it all.
Entertainment for all ages. Definetely a nice place in the mall. Families can go together, usualy mom takes of shopping and dad hangs out with kids.
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
For a city that's so often slandered for its winters, surprisingly there is only a period of about 3 months in the year when the ice condition is good enough to skate on outside. The popular ones that I am aware of are: City Hall (the reflection pool in front of the main entrance), the Legislature (the little patch of ice down the hill from the flame in the back of the building), the Victoria Oval (big patch of man-made ice in Victora Park), Rundle Park and Hawrelak Park. The latter two are frozen man-made lakes in the river valley.
Equipment: Just bring your skates. If you need you can rent at some locations as well. Aside from that, no extra cost is involved. Cheap cheap fun.
Edmonton has 3 ski hills, and one more just outside the city. They are cheap and easy to get to - Edmonton Ski Club is less than 5 minutes from downtown!
If you're here in winter and looking for something different to do.. well you could head out to the Rockies, but barring that, why not kill a few hours skiing?
The ski hills are:
Edmonton Ski Club
Equipment: Renting is very cheap as well.
How more can I emphasize this? Cheap cheap cheap!
- Family Travel
- Skiing and Boarding
The city is riddled/blessed with loads of golf courses. Victoria Park Golf Course, just down the hill from downtown, is the country's oldest municipal golf course, and remains today a very popular golf course. There are dozens of others in and bordering the city.
Pictured here is the Victoria Park Golf Course (taken from mi casa! ^o^) with the U of A campus in the background across the river.
Go Oilers Go!
When in Edmonton, if you get a chance, definitely head down to the Skyreach Center to catch a hockey game. GO EDMONTON OILERS!!!!!!! Ticket prices range from $22 (standing) - $118 (Gold seats; closest to the ice).
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