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    Especially for the Curious

    by Babcia Updated Apr 12, 2014

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    The Telus World of Science - formerly the Odyssium - (and before that, the Edmonton Space and Sciences Centre) is a fascinating place where science, curiosity and discovery converge to provide an entertaining experience for people of all ages.
    The IMAX theatre (western Canada's first) shows a variety of larger-than-life nature films, the Star Theatre domed planetarium demonstrates the wonders of the night sky, the interactive science displays and the feature exhibits will bring the excitement of science directly to you.
    As if that wasn't enough, you can always saunter outdoors to the Observatory and take in the wonders of the sky - day or night - through a variety of telescopes.
    To round out your visit, you can browse through the gift shop, or have a light snack at the Cafe.

    The photo to the left show the main part of the Telus World of Science building, which was designed by the famous Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal. Above the roof you can see Comet Hale-Bopp, which made its appearance in the spring skies in 1997.

    The Telus World of Science and Comet Hale-Bopp
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    ~ Royal Alberta Castrol Raceway ~

    by RavensWing Updated Jan 21, 2014

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    While it may not be NASCAR it is good racing.

    It's fun for the whole family. There are a variety of adrenaline fueled events ranging from Sprint cars to Top Fuel Dragsters, and Motocross practice and events on the new 10-acer Pro Track.

    There are Nationally recognized events like IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals, World Outlaws, and MonsterJam.
    See the skies light up with smoke, flames, and speeds approaching 300MPH!

    The Raceway opens May 1 until October 15th.

    General Admission is free with the Edmonton Attractions Pass. General Admission includes same day access to all regularly scheduled events throughout the race season.
    Events that are included are:
    Bracketeer Drag Series
    Nite Thunder on the Oval
    JB’s Power Centre Street Legal
    Absolute Annihilation Night
    Gold Cup
    Ford Fun Weekend
    Mega MOPAR
    Super Chevy Show
    Jr. Dragster PB&J Nationals
    Top Eliminator Big Bucks Bracket
    IHRA Division 6 Team Finals

    The Edmonton Attractions pass does not include:
    MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals
    Hot August Night
    Superstars of Monster Jam
    CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals
    Race of Champions
    World Of Outlaws
    NHRDA Diesel Drags
    CMDRA All Bike Drags
    For tickets to these events go to the Castrol Raceway official website.

    Monster Truck Motor Cross Race Some Motorcycle Tricks
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    ~ Literally Climbing the Wall ~

    by RavensWing Written Dec 29, 2013

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    Welcome to Vertically Inclined, an indoor rock climbing adventure. Indoor rock climbing originated in Europe as a way to train for outdoor climbing. In the early 1980's there were no indoor rock climbing gyms, now there is one in just about every gym. Climbing gyms allow people to pursue their fitness goals in a different environment.

    They offer adult classes, children's classes and camps to learn under skilled climbers in a safe environment.

    They also offer birthday parties, Team Development, and group courses.

    They have many options for rates, daily passes, monthly passes - they offer the option to rent the equipment or bring your own. Check Vertically Inclined for current prices.

    Regular Hours (September - June)

    Monday to Saturday........10am to 11pm
    Sundays...........................Noon to 8pm

    Summer Hours (July - August)

    Monday to Saturday........10am to 11pm
    Sundays...........................Noon to 6pm

    Closed on all statutory holidays

    Vertically Inclined Gym
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    Looking for Karaoke?

    by RavensWing Written Dec 4, 2013

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    Come on down to Rosie's Bar and Grill on Friday or Saturday night.

    Be here at 9:00pm and stay until 2:00am and sing your heart out.

    Don't forget you'll have to write your song request on the paper, hand it in to the host and wait for your name to be called.

    Some nights the bar is packed with people, some nights you can be the only group there.

    Karaoke Night with the Girls Karaoke Cheering Team
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    ~ Corn Maze ~

    by RavensWing Written Nov 26, 2013

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    The Edmonton Corn Maze is a popular attraction west of Edmonton, Alberta. It is a giant maze cut into a field of corn approximately 15 acres. It is open from August to October annually and is themed around a local event or attraction.

    Also at the Corn maze is a jumping pillow, animals and a farm yard.

    Admission

    General Admission: $10
    Child (Aged 5-11): $8
    Child (under 5): Free

    Fall Hours

    September 3- October 20

    Tuesday – Thursday: 4 pm – 9 pm
    Friday: 12 pm – 9 pm
    Saturdays: 10 am – 9 pm
    Sundays: 1 pm-5 pm
    Mondays: Closed

    Corn Maze Where to Go One Corn Maze Directions
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    Telus Space and Science Center

    by RavensWing Updated Nov 17, 2013

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    There is so much to see and do in the center. They have permanent exhibits that are there year round. The permanent exhibits are:
    Forensics Gallery - Someone's been murdered and you walk through the crime scene looking for clues. Once you've gathered your clues head to the forensics lab and examine the information you have found. Once you are done in the forensics lab head to the police station and arrest the murder.

    Environment Gallery - Track storms, be a Rock Hound, an Ice Tracker or an Eco Explorer.

    Health Gallery - Immerse yourself in the human body. Why does our body do certain things? How does it digest our food.

    Space Gallery - This gallery is all about the great beyond. There are meteorite pieces on display. What would you look like as an alien? Walk though the space station and try and see if you can tackle some of our out of the world problems.

    Robotics Lab - you can program a robot. You get to do this on a pre-built LEGO robot.

    Robo Thespian - he interacts with you. These robots have complex and engaging personalities and are designed for easy and enjoyable communication.

    The Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre has 7 shows at different times.

    There is also Science demonstrations at the following times:
    12:00 pm Sounds of Science
    1:00 pm Super Duper Chemistry
    2:00 pm Fire and Fury
    3:00 pm Cryogenics: The Ultimate Cool
    4:00 pm Arcs and Sparks
    5:00 pm Let's Have a Gas (Saturday only)

    The cost of general admission is:
    Adult (18+) $16.95
    Child (3-12) $12.95
    Youth (13-17), Student with ID $14.95
    Senior (65+) $14.95
    Family (2 adults + 4 children/youths) $71.95

    Entrance Health Gallery Forensics Lab Alberta Meteors Little Town of Klymat
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    Pyramids by the River

    by RavensWing Updated Nov 16, 2013

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    As you drive down Grierson Hill, as you look across the river you will see 4 glass pyramids. This is the Muttart Conservatory. Each glass pyramid has it's own theme. Three of the pyramid themes remain unchanged throughout the year, only one changes (5-7 times a year).

    Tropical Pyramid - This pyramid is warm and humid. It hosts plants from various tropical areas - rain forests, grasslands and evergreen forests. A waterfall cascades into the center of the pyramid where small fish and water lilies make their home.

    Arid Pyramid - This pyramid is very dry. Plants that can live in both hot and cold climates are featured here. The plants in here come from a span of five continents.

    Temperate Pyramid - The plants in here are what would most likely be found in climates similar to Edmonton. The plants go through the seasons - laying dormant in winter and bright beautiful blossom in spring.

    Admission is $6/person or $12/family (2 adults, 2 children under 18)

    Cacti Ginger
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    Hawrelak Park

    by Karlie85 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hawrelak Park is a giant gem of a park close to the middle of the city right next to the North Saskatchewan River.
    It is a beautiful green space with biking and walking trails, tons of spots to have a picnic, a playground, and a man made lake right in the middle. In the summer there are paddle boats, and in the winter you can skate on the lake. There is a concession building next to the lake with snacks, bathrooms/change rooms, and a few tables to sit down at.
    There are tons of festivals here during the summer, including Heritage Days, Symphony Under The Sky, Pets in the Park, and Earth Day celebrations.
    I used to come here a lot when I was little. I would love feeding the ducks, playing in the leaves and flying kites.
    There are plenty of things to do here, or you can just spend a lazy summer day on the grass. It's beautiful all year round.
    Hawrelak Park is also a quick 5 minute drive from Whyte Avenue, or you can take the bus or walk.

    Geese at Hawrelak Park

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    Inside and Out Naturally

    by Karlie85 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you want to relax, this is a great place to be. It is owned by Kimberly Haines, who does the iridology. They are located in a strip mall, but once you get inside it is very nice and soothing. It is all very positive and relaxing. Some of the ladies also hold seminars. A few of the different treatments offered are:
    Hyponotherapy
    Iridology
    Massage
    Reiki
    Sauna
    Cosmetology-Pedicures, manicures, body wraps, facials

    There is also a healthy smoothie bar.
    So far I have inly had the relaxation hypnotherapy from Rosa, and believe me, it works!
    Kimberly also has some vitamins, minerals and cleansing products available.
    I'm scheduled for massage and iridology in the near future.
    This is actually located in St. Albert, northwest of the city

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    The Muttart Conservatory

    by Jareotto Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Close to Downtown Edmonton, you may find the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton's River Valley.

    "The Pyramid's" are BEAUTIFUL! Here you may enjoy many different plant species (EVEN IN THE WINTER) from three different temperate zones. There is also a "Show Pyramid" that is used for special exhibits.

    If you don't want to go for the plants, there is also a lovely cafe there. Mid-priced. Yet, very good food, service, and ambiance. (PLUS - you don't have to pay if you're only going for coffee.)

    ONE MORE THING - there is also a beautiful gift shop on-site. Here you may buy MANY things, including houseplants that are grown at the Muttart. These are reasonably priced and of excellent quality.

    OK - LAST THING!
    In the spring, the Muttart has a plant sale for garden plants. This usually runs one weekend. The plants are mid-priced and again, of excellent quality. Contact the Conservatory for dates.

    The Muttart Conservatory. The Muttart Conservatory at Night. The Muttart at Night - Reflections on Water. The Temperate Pyramid - November 2005. The Arid Pyramid - November 2005.
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    Government House

    by Jefie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Alberta's Government House was built in 1912-1913 and it was the official residence of the province's first six Lieutenant Governors. Because of its sumptuous architecture and interior design, it is now used for government conferences, receptions and dinners. Tours are available Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

    A Wedding at Government House
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    Corn Maze

    by DSwede Written Oct 9, 2010

    If you are looking for something entertaining, somewhat physical, thought provoking and possibly frustrating, then you can always get yourself lost in the Edmonton Corn Maze.

    The corn maze takes a minimum of 45 minutes if you are quick or a couple hours if you truly get lost. There are sign posts and clues along the way if you want the aids.

    Open every year end of July through middle of October. Hours vary depending on the day of the week, but typically until 9pm.

    Edmonton Corn Maze

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    Streetcar Museum

    by DSwede Written Sep 5, 2010

    Thanks to the dedication and effort of the Edmonton Radial Railway Society (ERRS), a small tributary line of electric streetcar is functioning over the High Level Bridge. Feel free to see my transportation Tip for more details on that.

    There is small yet humble museum dedicated to the history of the streetcars in Edmonton which goes back to 1908.

    Cost is free, but donations are appreciated.
    Open Labour Day weekend (May) until Thanksgiving (October).

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    Stay Indoors

    by ED125 Written May 23, 2009

    The people of Edmonton like to stay indoors and speak on computer microphones or they're cellphones. Edmontonians love they're cellphones. They would prefer to watch DVD movies on a sunny day than doing activities. They carry their cellphones where ever they go. Check out all the sattelite dishes in any of the neighbourhoods if you come to Edmonton. They love to drink alcoholic beverages and if they decide to go out to a restaurant attire or dressing up for dinner does not exist. You can wear jeans or runners at any restaurant. A great deal of Edmontonians are overweight. This is not an insult, Edmontonians take pride in taking life easy. The word LAZY is not a four letter word in this city. It is the only place in the world where you can wake up, not shower, wear what ever you want and not worry about what people think about you. You can be sweating after a workout from the gym and go to a pub or shopping. People just don't care and that's how Edmontonians view life. Remember that Edmonton is the Siberia of Canada. It is winter for most of the year and it is for that reason that Edmontonians are so computer dependent. This is how they communicate with each other. Edmonton does have hockey but make sure you come before the playoff season because of the small town team (compared to big city hockey teams in the U.S.) they usually miss the playoffs. And you just MUST see the MALL. The mall is just like the great pyramids of Egypt. It is that exciting! It puts a smile on my face everytime I see people getting together and shopping. It is like a family when Edmontonians get together at the Mall. Edmontonian women are the most approachable women on the planet. If you are looking for a wife then this is the city for you. I have heard from many of my friends (girls) that they are lonely during all the winter months. A date can also be an excellent activities and I have not heard of an Edmontonian women turning down at least one date. They are that polite. Yes we Edmontionians are not big city folk like they have out in other Canadians cities like Vancouver or Toronto but you cant beat our enourmously oversized malls. One of the modern wonders of the world. Come visit Edmonton soon!!!

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    Perugia Salon and Spa: Pamper Yourself

    by Karlie85 Written Sep 1, 2007

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    Opened in 2004, Perugia is a luxurious salon and spa located just off of Whyte Avenue. They offer a complete menu of esthetic services such as hair cut and color, manicures and pedicures, as well as spa services such as many different types of massages, facials, hydrotherapy tubs, and more. All of this spread over 3 floors of immaculately designed space. Perugia does offer membership, but not to worry. You can still go there if you are not a member, but each service is just a few dollars more.
    Dave and I went to Perguia for a couples massage and a hydrotherapy bath the week before our wedding. Everybody we dealt with was very professional and friendly. The two young ladies that did are massages were so nice and did a wonderful job. The hydrotherapy tub is a total theraputic experience, with warm water, different colored lights and soothing music.
    There are so many ways to relax at Perugia; you won't be disappointed.

    This is just the change room. Waiting area
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