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    Alberta Legislature

    by Karlie85 Written Jun 3, 2007

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    The Alberta Legislature is minutes from downtown. The building itself was completed in 1911 and the grounds have expanded over the years. The building is beautiful in itself, and it is surrounded by acres of grass, trees, and flowers. As well as the green space, there is a large fountain that people can lounge or play in, and a skating rink in the summer. It is a great place to have a picnic, walk your dog or cat, or toss a ball around. A lot of people who work nearby walk down to spend their lunch hour relaxing on the grass or on a bench. There is an interpretive center with a gift shop.
    Free, guided tours of the Legislature Building are available. If you choose, you can also get a pass to sit in the legislative session and listen to the MLA's. These passes are given on a first come first serve basis.
    There are special events held at the Legislature throughout the year; the most prominent being he Canada Day and New Years' celebrations, which both feature a fireworks display.

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    Chinatown

    by jamiesno Written Jun 3, 2007

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    The Chinatown Gate downtown at 102 Avenue and 97 Street welcomes visitors to the hub of the Chinese community. The gate was built as a symbol of friendship between Edmonton and its sister city, Harbin. Don't forget to roll the ball in the lion's mouth for good luck! "e;New"e; Chinatown runs eastward along 102 Avenue to 95 Street and south to Jasper Avenue (the Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre is here). "e;Original"e; Chinatown extends north on 97 Street from 105 to 108 Avenue.

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    Festivals Galore!

    by Karlie85 Written Feb 16, 2007

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    Edmonton is known as Festival City. There are festivals going on all year round, but the summertime is especially jam packed.
    It would be unfair for me to write individual tips on all of them, so I will sum up some of the more popular ones here.

    Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival- Held in August in Old Strathcona, this is extremely popular. I'm not sure the exact number of plays, but there has got to be over 75. There are tons of vendors set up on the street-food, street performers, art...there is something for everyone.

    Capital Ex a.k.a. Klondike Days- Held in July, this is our yearly carnival. Games, rides, concerts, lotteries, food. Fireworks every night at 11pm.

    A Taste of Edmonton- Held in July at Churchill Square in the centre of downtown, across from city hall. A chance to sample offerings from dozens of city restaurants.

    Edmonton Folk Music Festival- Held in August at Gallagher Park. Dozens of performers over 4 days. Beautiful setting, very laid back. I saw Norah Jones here :)

    Festival of Trees- Held around the beginning of December. A great place to bring the kids. Lots of activities and beautiful trees on display.

    This is just a tiny example of what my bustling city has going on all year long!

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    Metro Cinema

    by Karlie85 Written Dec 4, 2006

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    Metro Cinema is a movie theatre located inside the Citadel Theatre downtown. They play a variety of independent films from around the world, as well as highlights from film festivals. They are not-for-profit, volunteer run. The prices are a few dollars cheaper than mainstream theatres, and the snacks are just as good :) The seats are comfortable. It is a good place to take a date for something a little different.

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    Miette Hotsprings

    by Magnum_P.I. Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    Miette Hotsprings

    The steam, the warmth, the soothing mineral-rich waters. There are two man-made pools which are fed by sulphur hot spring. The water temperatures are kept a comfortable 103 degrees F.

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    Jasper National Park

    by Magnum_P.I. Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    Jasper National Park

    Jasper's combination of wildlife, startlingly blue-green mountain lakes, soaring peaks and broad forested valleys ranks it as one of the world's premiere national parks. The park's distance from large urban centres and its relatively intact ecology create a special sense of 'early days in the Rockies.' Come discover this virgin land in a world of concrete and chaos! You will never want to leave.

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    Parting of the Waters, Great Divide...

    by Magnum_P.I. Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    Parting of the Waters, Great Divide

    How many creeks do you know of that split, with each fork reaching a separate ocean, 4500 kilometers apart. Divide Creek forks on the boundary between Pacific and Atlantic watersheds, commonly called the Great Divide. Water in the left fork will flow into the Pacific Ocean. Water in the right fork will flow into the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Lake Louise

    by Magnum_P.I. Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    Lake Louise

    Lake Louise, with its blue-green water set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, is probably the most beloved and photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies. In 1882, guided by a Stoney Indian, Tom Wilson became the first white man to discover what the natives called 'Lake of Little Fishes'. He named his discovery Emerald Lake, but it was later changed in honour of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. Heaven on Earth? Believe it...

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    DEVONIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS

    by Hanau93 Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    A variety of gardens with different themes. It's a great way to relax away from the big city. I really enjoyed the Japanese Garden which was inaugurated way back when by Her Imperial Highness Princess Sayako of Japan. There is also a Japanese Tea House for refreshmets.The Alpine Gardens are just as lovely and have also been used for weddings from people in my church.
    What is new is a little display for the children at the touch and feel garden and a neat little maze.
    The cost is $ 10.50 for adults and it's worth it. We spent about 3 hours in the gardens.

    Hours: July 12-Aug 27: 10 am to 9 PM
    Aug 28- 0ct. 9 : 10 am to 6 PM
    Oct.10- Dec. 3 : 11 AM to 4 PM

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    The Telephone Historical Centre

    by Quartzy Written Mar 15, 2006

    I was expecting a more or less interesting museum visit but my friend and I were both very surprised to have a blast at the Telephone Historical Centre! It's extremely interactive (so don't go alone - and feel free to bring kids!) and very cheap.

    It is a very small museum but it's a lot of fun.

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    All Season Recreation

    by Jareotto Updated Jan 16, 2006

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    Named after Edmonton's former Mayor, William Hawrelak - Hawrelak Park is BEAUTIFUL!
    There are many things to do in any season.
    In the summer you may enjoy paddle boating, many festivals, relaxing on the grass, enjoying a picnic, free weekly symphony performances, feeding the birds.... and MUCH MORE!
    In the winter, the lake is shoveled for your skating enjoyment! You could still enjoy a winter picnic if you wish.... or just go for a walk. There are winter festivals, as well.

    It's a beautiful escape from the city - in the middle of the city!

    To see some beautiful views, check out a 360 virtual tour --> HERE!!

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    Edmonton Queen

    by TracyLB Written Jan 14, 2006

    "The Edmonton Queen gives local residents an opportunity to take in the awesome River Valley, and relax with family and friends while at the same time impressing our out-of-town guests with one of the most picturesque views of our beautiful city, leaving them with something to talk about and remember when they return home!"

    A great way to see the river valley, have a few drinks and enjoy the scenery..

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    Edmonton Queen

    by TracyLB Updated Jan 14, 2006

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    "The Edmonton Queen gives local residents an opportunity to take in the awesome River Valley, and relax with family and friends while at the same time impressing our out-of-town guests with one of the most picturesque views of our beautiful city, leaving them with something to talk about and remember when they return home!"

    A great way to see the river valley, have a few drinks and enjoy the scenery..

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    Edmonton Odyssium

    by Jareotto Updated Oct 7, 2005

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    Formerly: "The Space Sciences Centre," one of Northern Alberta's Premier Attractions.

    THIS PLACE IS SO COOL!!
    The Odyssium is operated by the Edmonton Space and Science Foundation. There are SO many amazing things to see and learn! The site has several large galleries featuring different exhibits and displays. Not only are these very interesting - they are SO FUN! There are many interactive displays that enrich the experience!
    Please check out the "About Us" section on the website - VERY INTERESTING!
    COST:
    General Admission is $9.95 for adults (and it goes down from there).

    You will also want to see a movie at the Imax Theatre (there are other theatres as well). The shows are spectacular! They are "documentaries." However, they are very entertaining and can be exciting. The Imax movies are AWESOME!
    COST:
    Imax Admission is $15.95 for adults(and it goes down from there).

    Attached to the Odyssium - you may also want to visit the Observatory.

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    Take a Walk Through the Legislative Grounds

    by Jareotto Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    This is where "it" all goes down. The Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Meetings of Parliament.... Many other things, I'm sure! :P
    What I'm recommending here, though, is to GO FOR A WALK around the building!
    The grounds are beautifully landscaped. (Even winter has it's beauty - BE SURE THAT YOU BUNDLE UP! It gets pretty cold!)
    This is a wonderful spot on a hot summer day. You may splash around in the wading pools, lie in the grass, walk along the flowered and shaded paths.

    Certain days of the year, there are events happening here. I.e. Canada Day - there is usually much happening here - music and fireworks.

    If you come during the day, there is an interpretive center above ground and in the underground pedways (yes, there are underground pedways!). VERY INTERESTING! Lots to see and books, brochures, etc with information about activities and sites in and around Edmonton, Alberta, and Canada.

    If you're able to - I would also check out the Leg itself. There is much history and many interesting facts to be learned here. There's a spot that you stand in and if sounds as if you're under a waterfall (there's a water feature in the building and the echos are "just right" in that spot!).

    I thoroughly recommend checking this out!
    You'll have to when you see the photos attached to this tip! Enjoy!

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