Edmonton Travel Guide

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Edmonton Highlights

  • Pro
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     Friendly people, always something to do 

  • Con
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     Our winters are long and cold. 

  • In a nutshell
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     The capital city of Alberta - home to a giant mall, U of Alberta, and a flourishing arts scene 

Edmonton Things to Do

  • West Edmonton Mall

    If you were thinking of taking in a show while at the mall head up to Silver City in Phase 3 to get your ticket. If you get there in time you'll get to see the fire breathing dragon. There are 12 screens and and IMAX in the theater. There is also an arcade to spend some time in while waiting for your show to start. Of course there is the popcorn...

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  • Fort Edmonton

    Fort Edmonton park is stuck in time, years that range from 1885, 1905 and 1920. Your admission includes unlimited rides on our 1919 Baldwin Steam Train, which will take you from the train station to our 1846 Hudson’s Bay Fort and return if you wish. It's a short trip to the entrance to 1846 Hudson Bay Fort. Take your time walking through the ...

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  • Festivals

    K-days or also known as Klondike Days is a 10 day exhibition in Edmonton ending on the last Sunday in July. K-days was started in 1879 and originally was held at Fort Edmonton Park. It is now held at Northlands Park. It was originally called the Edmonton Exhibition, from 1879-1924 when it was changed to Klondike Days coinciding with the Klondike...

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Edmonton Restaurants

  • ~ Fill Your Bowl ~

    The Mongolie Grill is a restaurant where you get to channel your Inner Chef. You are given a bowl and then you make your way up to the 'buffet' area to begin to fill your bowl. There is a large assortment of fresh vegetables to choose from; from there you choose what meat - pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, and more - to add to your bowl. Then you get...

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  • ~ Freshest Sandwiches - Great Pies ~

    There are four Fife n Dekel restaurants in Edmonton. I have been in the Edmonton West location many times. Fife n Dekel is a 'custom made sandwich' Pie Shop Cafe. There is a variety of custom made sandwiches on the menu The bread for the sandwiches is made fresh daily. There is a variety of toppings to put on your sandwich. If you're not in the...

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  • Make My Own Burger?

    Soda Jerks is a causal dining restaurant. When you get to your table there is a sheet of paper on the table and this is so if you choose to order a burger, you build your own burger. Which I did.First You choose one patty -Beef Patty, Turkey Patty, Chicken Breast, Crispy Chicken Tenders, Buffalo Chicken Tenders, Beer Battered Fish, Veggie Patty,...

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Edmonton Nightlife

  • Whyte Avenue

    OK, so my friends and I found this one SUNDAY evening. WHAT A COOL PLACE! (For those familiar with Edmonton, Whyte Ave - "The Thirsty Turtle" occupies what used to be "Syposium") Sunday evenings one may enjoy the comedy stylings of local Edmonton talent! There were some HILARIOUS moments... and some not so! :P Was nice evening anyway (starts at...

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  • West Edmonton Mall

    Located on Bourbon Street in the WEM, you might want to check out the comedy. As with any comedy club, some comics are better than others. We enjoyed several laughs, and a few drinks. A reasonably priced menu is also available for dining. Casual

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  • General city Information

    This is where all the afterhours clubs are (and in general a greater diversity of clientele). That perhaps is the only unique draw to downtown. Though there are lots of other, more main-stream, night spots downtown, their popularity and concentration nowhere near matches Whyte Avenue or West Edmonton Mall. To give you a sense of diversity of...

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Edmonton Transportation

  • Getting around in Edmonton

    If you plan on travelling all day on bus & LRT, you might want to consider buying a DayPass for $7.50. Staying for a week or two & using public transit? Buy a book of 10 tickets. Each ticket ($2.10) will save you 40 cents off of a regular cash fare ($2.50).

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  • Getting to Edmonton

    ~ Arrivals ~ If you're flying into Edmonton you are going to land at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA). Each time I have returned from overseas and was required to go through Customs I found that it was a relatively reasonable time to get through. It could be quicker but it was fast enough that I couldn't complain about it. The baggage...

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  • Edmonton International Airport

    ~ Arrivals ~ If you're flying into Edmonton you are going to land at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA). Each time I have returned from overseas and was required to go through Customs I found that it was a relatively reasonable time to get through. It could be quicker but it was fast enough that I couldn't complain about it. The baggage...

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Edmonton Shopping

  • West Edmonton Mall

    West Edmonton Mall was the largest shopping mall in North America from 1981 until 2004. The mall is 3 avenues wide and 8 streets long and 2 stories. Inside the mall there are many attractions - World Waterpark, Galaxyland Amusement Park, Marine Life, the Ice

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  • ~ Permanently Inked ~

    Some people like to get a tattoo when they are traveling, or perhaps just live here and want one. Super Dougies Ink is a great little tattoo shop. Doug Lang is the owner of the shop and has very reasonable prices. He charges by the drawing, so you need to have your drawing in hand so you can get your quote. Usually getting a quote and then the...

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  • ~ The Most Delicious Chocolate ~

    Owners Grant and Carol Logan have been making sweets for 30 years, including special treats from the past, such as Grant's original marshmallow and crunchy peanut brittle. They want only the best for their customers. All chocolates and fudges are produced in their factory, using original recipes. If the smell of chocolate doesn't lure you in, all...

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Edmonton Local Customs

  • Cultural Mosaic

    The Festival usually takes place the first weekend in August . Hawrelark Park serves as the venue where all the different ethnic groups have their tents and stages up. You can learn about the individual cultures, take in the dances and also the excellent food. Be aware though that you will not be able to take your car. Edmonton Transit offers rides...

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  • Fort Edmonton Park

    Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest open-air history park, is a recreation on the city’s early history. There’s an evocative reconstruction of the original Hudson’s Bay Company trading post of 1846, and of Jasper Avenue as it looked in 1885, 1905, and 1920. Here is the link to the Fort Edmonton Park...

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  • ~ Tipping ~

    It is expected here when you go to a restaurant, spa, bar, and other areas like this to tip the server, bartender, or whomever is working on you. The expected rate varies from 5% to 20%. If you head into a restaurant and the server takes too long with your drinks, messes up your order -- well that would be in the 5% range. If that server has been...

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Edmonton Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety in Edmonton

    If you're sightseeing in Edmonton for some reason, most of the places you'd probably be actually interested in going are pretty safe. Obviously, the area around the Stadium and Rexall place are not the nicest places to be, but when there's something going on there, there'll be a substantial crowd and therefore no real danger (but keep an eye on...

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  • Driving in Edmonton

    Edmonton hasn't always been as bad as it is today about 10 years ago it was almost the opposite of what it is today some conjestion around rush hour but then people started flocking here more and more and here we are. Most drivers here suffer from obsessive ignorance and serious entitlement issues. I drive laps of Edmonton daily and I can safely...

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  • Weather in Edmonton

    Living in Alberta all my life, and being a severe weather enthusiest. Alberta and it's capital city, Edmonton, is subject to huge powerful supercell thunderstorms that spawn between 32-112 tornadoes a year. Appearently not as rare as once thought. Fortunatly, Edmonton has tornado sirens and the Alberta Emergency Public Warning System. Be Aware of...

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Edmonton Tourist Traps

  • West Edmonton Mall

    If you're coming here solely to shop, just skip it. It's the same stores owned by the same corporations across the globe. La Senza, Hollister, the Disney Store, Sketchers, The Body Shop...yep. The attractions are worth wandering around. Galaxyland is a pretty-cool themed amusement park. Get a day pass and go on a few rides so it's worth the cost,...

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  • Mountain Parks

    Located a 45min drive NW of Banff, Lake Louise comprises of two areas; the lower village and lakeside. Offering limited (10 in summer, 7 in winter) properties for people who enjoy a quieter pace. The spectacular scenery of the outdoors, a good book in front of the fireplace, or a quiet walk after dinner. The Lake Louise Ski Resort is only a 10 min...

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  • Edmonton Museums

    'Queen's War Hounds' depicts an acting-sergeant and other members of the North West Mounted Police, and their Blood trackers and guides on the trail of thieves or whisky traders along the Milk River Ridge in Alberta. This is one of four major works executed by Charles Russell between 1912 and 1915 which uses the N.W.M.P. as subjects. Charles...

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Edmonton What to Pack

  • Anything you need is here!

    Edmonton has pretty extreme weather, so be prepared, no matter what season you are here. One saying that is used quite often is "If you don't like the weather in ALberta, wait 5 minutes!"SUMMEREdmonton summers can get quite hot in the daytime, with the average temperature ranging anywhere from 17C to 30C. It is not very humid. Bring anything you...

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  • Packing List

    If you wanna shop, don't bring much (clothes wise) cause you'll prolly trek on down to WEM and go on a shopping spree. Leave some space in your luggage for stuff that you're prolly gonna buy and bring back to your city/state/country when you're here in Edm. The weather condition in the Prairies can be rather unpredictable. I mean, there was this...

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    The soothing mineral-rich warm water of Radium Hot Springs, and the stunning Rocky Mountain scenery combine to relax tired muscles and bring peace of mind.The Radium Hot Springs story is as old as the Rocky Mountains. It began with the unleashing of powerful forces that left its tale in heaving, tortured rocks. The earth's crust cracked along a...

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Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

  • Rural Alberta

    If you enjoy fishing at all then theres lots of options open for you. My favorite place to go is East Pit Lake. Its about 70km west of the downtown core. It a reclaimed mining pit thats been transformed into a long, narrow lake. Its been stocked with rainbow trout which seem to be doing fine in the water. I like it here because you always catch...

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  • River Valley

    The North Saskatchewan River diagonally bisects the city, and Edmontonians are very (oddly) proud of their valley. Networks of 'multi-use' trails (for bicycles, rollerblades, joggers, etc) abound up and down the river, and some parts of the valley are very popular and can get fairly crowded. But it isn't hard to find a serene spot to gaze at...

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  • Elk Island National Park

    If you get a chance, you may want to visit Elk Island National Park. Just a 45 mins drive East of Edmonton (take Yellowhead Trail Eastbound; Highway 16, and follow the signs), it is home to herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk. I remember a time when I was there and I stepped into a BIG PILE of bison poop. Sooooo,...

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Edmonton Sports & Outdoors

  • Edmonton Oilers

    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...

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  • 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!...

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  • 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...

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Edmonton Favorites

  • General city Information

    The best time to come to Edmonton, in my opinion, is the summer. There are lots of festivals and activities happening (read my tip on Festivals for more info). If it is sunny (as it usually is), Whyte Avenue is guaranteed to be filled with people, from the morning crowd to the night owl partiers, any day of the week. No shortage of patio eateries,...

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  • West Edmonton Mall

    Here are just a few "facts" about the West Edmonton Mall There are over 800 shops and services under one roof. There are 22 million visitors to the West Edmonton mall each year. West Edmonton Mall square footage (5.3 million) woudl hold 30,709 school buses (the big ones). West Edmonton Mall is big enough to hold 40 Beoing 747's. At top speed...

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  • Mountain Parks

    Walk on the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD: covering an area of 325 sq km & parts of it are over 900 m thick! Visualize that & you've got another miracle! Glaciers are cool but icefields are awesome!!! In fact, the ice is so thick that they have to build snow mobile just to enter that the icefield & those tyres are even taller than I'm! This is one unique...

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