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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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    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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    Beautiful Architecture

    by keida84 Written Apr 19, 2005

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    While visting the Edmonton area we went to see the Government House. The Government House was the official residence of the Province's first six Lieutenant Governors.

    The three storey sandstone edifice was designed in the Jacobean Revival style which is characterized by bay windows, high gabled roofs with raised ends, and groups of rectangular windows. The architect was R.P. Blakey and the building cost $345,882.

    Alberta's Government House presently consists of a large combination reception and dining area on the main floor, as well as a music room and a library. The second floor consists of a central reception area surrounded by six small conference rooms, each named after one of the six Lieutenant Governors and a small study. The third floor consists of a large conference facility named the Alberta Room. It is now used for high-level government conferences, receptions, and dinners.

    The Government House
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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.

    The Odyssium. The Odyssium and Observatory. The Observatory. I had to try out the Space Toilet! This is a millipede.  She felt very cool.  A littl
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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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    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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    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!

    The Alberta Centennial. Cousin Biene Fountain in front of the Leg. The Leg - Alberta Centennial. The Leg at Night.
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    Catch a Play...Go for a Walk!

    by Jareotto Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    The Citadel Theatre is not only a BEAUTIFUL building, it's practical, too! If you want to attend a play, that is!
    The name is rather deceiving. The Citadel "Theatre" is not a single theatre, but, a collection of theatres!
    There are numerous shows being performed simultaneously.
    Very entertaining!

    OR, if you simply want to go for a walk (even in the dead of winter), the building is fantastic! The indoor garden and water features are beautiful. A favorite spot for photographers and folks looking for a tranquil spot to unwind.

    The Citadel Theatre. Ship Upstairs - at the Top of the Waterfall.
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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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    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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    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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    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

    Pagoda at Kurimoto Japanese Garden Alpine Garden The Maze

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    Muttart Conservatory

    by kymbanm Written Aug 27, 2005

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    I didn't make it to the conservatory, but as I wandered town I did notice icon style directional signage ....... the symbol for the Muttart is a group of triagles or pyramids ... makes sense once you actually SEE the conservatory!

    I'm not a garden person, so this was not on my 'to do' list ... but the view I got of this place from LaRonde during my brunch made me reconsider this choice ... unfortunately, my time in Edmonton was up. *sigh* Perhaps NEXT time!

    view of Muttart from LaRonde

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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.

    Summer day
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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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