West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton

4 out of 5 stars 49 Reviews

#2472, 8882 - 170 Street 1-800-661-8890 (toll free- N.A.)

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    Please visit West Edmonton Mall

    by Martman Written Aug 23, 2005

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    I was only in Edmonton for a few days. As I was attending a function, I did not have an opportunity to see many of the tourist sites. Fortunately for me, I lived walking distance from the West Edmonton Mall. All I can say is, each time I visited the mall, I discovered something new!

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    West Edmonton Mall

    by Carmanah Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    My family at the West Ed mall in August 1993

    The West Edmonton Mall was built in the early 1980's and it was at that time the largest mall in the world, complete with an ice rink, the world's largest wave pool (with water slides no less!), a submarine, an entire amusement park called Galaxyland (with full-sized rollercoaster included), a dolphin show, mini golf, and I'm sure many other things.

    Each section of the mall is themed (ie: 'New Orleans Square' and 'Europa', etc). You can easily spend a few days in this mall, but after a while you realize that the shops here aren't any different than the shops found at other Canadian malls. Also, after a while you'll find that there are repeats - some stores have several locations here!

    While this is Edmonton's famous attraction, remember that Edmonton has more to offer than this giant mall. So try to see other areas of Edmonton if you do visit

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    Deep Sea Adventure

    by jamiesno Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Deep Sea Adventure area of the West Edmonton Mall

    I have only seen the four real submarines, complete with sonar equipment and underwater cameras that take you into an underwater world. Apparently you travel past the remains of a sunken ship and lost treasures, amid coral reefs and a colourful, fabulous array of marine life.

    As I write these tips about Edmonton they have done a good job I guess creating environments you normally wouldn't find in Canada. In essance the entire mall is a theme park with fantasy land hotel rooms, deep sea adventures, waterparks, etcetera.

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    Ice Palace

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    Figure skater at Ice Palace in West Edmonton Mall

    Skating is a very popular activity and in Edmonton it is no different. Right in the middle of the West Edmonton Mall you will find the Ice Palace or a skating rink.

    You may find a star-studded figure skating event taking place, or you might catch an Edmonton Oilers hockey practice on our National Hockey League sized rink.

    I did notice that you can rent skates there as well, so give it a try :-)

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    Sea Lions

    by jamiesno Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Sea Lion at West Edmonton Mall

    When I went to the West Edmonton first there was a dolphin show in the mall but the dolphins have been replaced with Sea Lions.

    Gates to Sea Lions' Rock open 20 minutes prior to show times at 2 pm and 4 pm daily!

    This show is very popular and crowds gather in the area at these times. You can often catch a glimpse of the lions though at anytime.

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    Galaxy Land

    by jamiesno Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Swing of the Century Ride

    There are 25 thrilling rides and attractions in Galaxyland. The little ones will love Galaxy Kids Playpark, where they can enjoy four storeys of an interactive space-themed play area and say "hi" to COSMO, Galaxyland's loveable mascot.

    The rides range from beginners, intermediate and advanced. I have to admit I still havn't gotten on any of the rides but the Space Shot ride is the one I want to try next time I get the opportunity.

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    West Edmonton Mall Water Park

    by jamiesno Written Apr 25, 2005

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    West Edmonton Mall Water Park

    You won't believe it until you see this amazing five acre indoor waterpark. Enjoy the tropical 30C (86F) temperature, more than 20 different water activities, miles of waterslides, bungy jumping for those who dare, hot tubs, and a fun-filled interactive play area for toddlers and parents to enjoy together, called "The Little Caribbean".

    The heat does hit you when you enter and when you leave the mall feels cool. I did do the bungy jump which warrants its own tip here on VT.

    It cost a few dollars to get access to the water park but its worth it if you have kids and stuff. I certainly would not call it a substitute for the Caribbean but it is a fun place to splash around a bit.

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    It has to do where Choo Choo Go

    by keida84 Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    If you ever saw Mel brook's movie, "Blazzing Saddles" you will understand the title of this tip.

    I highly recommend a choo choo train ride at the West Edmonton mall. It gives you a great look at Galaxyland which is the amusement park in the mall. You must be a certain height to ride this ride but if you are over 4'11" then you knees will be heading towards the vicinity of your nose.

    I also recommend this ride if you have surly teenagers who don't want to be seen in public with you, what a great behavior modification tool. I rate it 5 stars.

    All in all the ride is fun and very safe too, they have train crossings and everything, just don't get hit by the crossing gate.

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    WaterPark at the West Edmonton Mall

    by keida84 Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    Waterslides

    What a place. At the West Edmonton Mall there is World Waterpark. A gigantic body of water, fully enclosed with a wave pool, intense water slides, not for the faint of heart and a patio area with chaise lounges and a snack bar.

    On a chilly spring day in West Edmonton there were quite a few people there enjoying the steamy air, the smell of chlorine and the waves.

    Parents can drop their children off, provided they are above the age limit and go shopping.

    Located on the 87th Avenue side of the mall.

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    West Edmonton Mall

    by Jefie Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Dolphin show at West Edmonton Mall

    Definitely more than just a mall! There is so much to do at WEM, it's the ideal place to go on a cold or rainy day - you can try one of the 25 rides at Galaxy Land (the Mindbender rollercoaster is my favorite), go for a splash at the indoor World Waterpark, go on board a submarine, skate at the Ice Palace, go bowling at Red's and much more!

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    West Edmonton Mall

    by carmire Written Dec 24, 2004

    Locals call it West Ed. Yes it's big, yes it's huge, and yes they're still making it bigger! My tip to you: remember where you parked your car or else you can waste hours going around in circle. I know, it happened to me! There is a skating ring, amusement park, water park, 2 movie theatres complex, McDonald's, a chapel, a bingo, a miniput, bowling alleys, so that gives you an idea. A must see, if only for the dolphin show!

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    West Edmonton Mall

    by theagent Written Sep 8, 2004

    All hail Alberta's ode to consumerism.

    Unfortunately outclassed by Mall of America, this is still a fine introduction to shopping as theme park experience: Amusement park, water park, indoor skating rink (in summer!) and sharks...and uh, the Santa Maria, and...uh...a Venice streetscape? Very strange but still worth a look, maybe because it IS strange.

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    West Edmonton Mall

    by ClassyGirl Written May 20, 2004

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    This is reportedly the largest mall in the World. I had the chance to explore it when I was in Alberta.
    There is a hotel with theme rooms located in the mall, a waterpark, roller coasters and many other fun things to do besides shop!

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    Dolphin Lagoon

    by VeronicaR Written Jul 28, 2003

    You have to check out the dolphins, they have 15-20 minute shows, but you can see the dolphins most of the time. There are a lot other things aroiund the dolphin lagoon, like the submarines and now they have baby horfan bears.

    See my picture with the bears on one of my tips.

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    West Edmonton Mall

    by VTShounen Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    The 'lagoon' at the mall

    The world's largest shopping centre. It is now approximately 60% retail and 40% entertainment. In other words, aside from having loads of stores, there are lots for you to play!

    Clothing stores dominate this mall, and prices range from discount to high-end. It is looked upon as a testing ground for expanding into Canada by American retailers, and so a few stores are unique to Western Canada. Lots of gift and gadget stores as well.

    As for entertainment, WEM has the world's largest indoor water park, world's largest indoor amusement park, a skating rink, a mini-golf course, a driving range, a shooting range, 3 movie theatres, bunch of nightclubs, a Playdium, a casino, etc etc.

    I, like most Edmontonians who do not live nearby, go there only occasionally to shop. Most of the time I go there for entertainment. So for first timers, definitely a neat experience. For veterans like myself, it still keeps drawing us back. And that's the best indication of a good place to go, wouldn't you say?

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