Safety in Edmonton, Edmonton
Edmonton has a really bad rep in Canada, "homicide capital of Canada" and apparently it has the highest crime rate in the entire country. Because of this, Edmonton has earned the nickname "Deadmonton" or "eTown". This all may be true, but honestly, I've lived in Edmonton my entire life (16 years) and in many different areas of Edmonton as well. I have family in all areas of Edmonton, both in the very wealthy and in the dirt poor. Hell, I've lived in nice areas and really ***ty looking areas. Don't listen to people who say Abbottsfield, Rexall Place, 118ave, Stadium, downtown, Whyte Ave, West Edmonton Mall and what not are "oh so terrible" places to be at night or at dark. I'm a person who hangs out every single night in one or more of those areas of the city. People call me a delinquent and a thug, and that I should be home right after school by dinner because a girl my age shouldnt be out in the night. Well let me tell you this, why is it that I have crossed the city, from southside Capilano, all the way through the Rexall/118ave area, Yellowhead/97st, Northgate/Castledowns areas to Eaux Claires way out on the northside, and nothing has ever happened? Why is it that I can be outside, downtown, all night long with the occaisional homeless person, drunk or "tweaker"/"flailer" aka a person high on meth (for those of you who dont know).-and nothing happens? I carry valuables (electronics, nice clothes and accessories, plus sometimes money), and I have not been robbed or raped or beaten up. I know of people who have had that happen to them though. The reason people get robbed or beaten up, possibly even shot or stabbed, is because the victim argued or mouthed off the other person, triggering the attack. Another reason couldve been that the victim looked easy and vulnerable or weak. Other reasons include being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or if you're apart of a gang/group and it involves drugs or money payment/other crimes, then you're kinda screwed. If you avoid being involved in crime itself, you're fine. However, if you're dumb enough to insult a stranger in a rougher area, sometimes even the nicer areas, you might get yourself into trouble. Take this message from a street kid :)
Good areas to visit for fun activities, site seeing, etc are:
Rexall Place-sports events and concerts
Commonwealth Stadium-sports events and concerts
Telus Field-sports events
Northlands/Expo Centre/The Slots-horse racing, special events, K-Days,etc
City Centre Airport-aviation museum
downtown-City Centre mall, the Art Gallery, Citadel Theatre, Jubilee Auditorium, old Remand prison, Fairmont/Sutton/McDonald hotels, Shaw Conference Centre, the new sports arena replacing Rexall (once it is built).
The larger malls-Londonderry, Kingsway, Southgate, City Centre, West Edmonton Mall.
West End-Royal Alberta Museum
Muttart Conservatory/River Valley all over Edmonton
The universities/colleges: Concordia (right off of Gretzky before the river), King's (southside on 50st), U of A (theres campuses all over the city), MacEwan (downtown), Nait (several campuses including by Kingsway).
Areas around downtown-China Town and Little Italy
Major recreational places-West Edmonton Mall's World Water Park, Kinsmen rec centre, Millwoods rec centre, Queen Elizabeth highschool pool/rec centre, any of the outdoor pools or rec centres, etc
Also, on Churchill Square or Legislature grounds in the summer, theres tons of festivals, same with Whyte Ave
My god, half of these posts must be written by very sheltered people who subscribe to fear mongering because of what they have heard. The very same people that say OMG your going to mexico? Its so dangerous there I heard someone got killed. Guess what I have backpacked through mexico, stayed in hostels, hitch hiked, taken public buses, etc. I am still alive. So are all those single women that stay in hostels travelling alone in Mexico.
I have lived in Edmonton all my life. Yes all 44 years. Millwoods is just fine. Completely disregard that users post. Don't worry about shootings. Only drug dealers and gangs shoot people and they shoot other drug dealers and gangs. I have taken my kids to ethnic restaurants on 118 ave AFTER DARK! I have worked at the Hope mission in one of the seediest districts listed here. And yes I have walked through the homeless, talked to the homeless, at 6:00 in the evening on my way there. God forbid I have even left the Hope mission at 7:30 at night IN THE DARK, walked all the way to my car (parked 2 blocks away) by myself. Most homeless people are not dangerous. Guess what, the inner city may have some lucrative characters, but thousands and thousands of normal kids, wives, single moms, etc live there too. Whyte ave. Completely safe. Unless of course you are drunk near closing hour and are on a testosterone rage looking for a fight. Then you will find someone else similar to you and get exactly what you looked for. JUST LIKE ANY BAR IN ANY PART OF THE CITY. I even take late night walks in the river valley along the dark forest trails next to the river (yes the very same ones my mother said whatever you do don't go there at night your sister said its not safe). I do see coyotes there we play a game of they stay about 40 feet ahead of me. I have been told how dangerous they are. Guess what coyotes do not attack humans even as a pack.
Quit fear mongering people. Park your cars in a lighted area. Women should take normal precautions when alone (just like any city in the world). Don't cut through dark alley's. etc etc. Granted there are rougher areas of the city. All fine in the day. At night just use some common sense. Other than Rundle Park, at night, on a weekend, and perhaps the seedier parts of abbotsford (cloes to rundle park) there is no part of the city I would feel unsafe walking in by myself at dark.
Based on the collaboration of these posts you should probably stay safe in your hotel room. Don't go to a concert. Don't go to a football game. Dont go to west edmonton mall. Don't go out after 8. Lets just hope your hotel doesn't burn down because there is a better chance of that than being mugged, killed, raped on the streets.
My apologies to the other half of the people that said Edmonton is safe just use common sense. This wasn't' directed at you. YOU HAVE COMMON SENSE!
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 your stuff). Whyte avenue is probably the best place in Edmonton to hang out, but if you're going there at night (lots of bars and clubs, great fun), it is best not to go alone, as with any such place anywhere. Stay the hell away from West Edmonton Mall after closing, and I've been pretty uncomfortable in the LRT stations north of the river, and in the University areas at night. Any part of the river valley that is not bordered by rich suburbs should also be avoided after dark.
Downtown is ok during the day, unless you're North of the CN tower or East of Canada place. At night, do what you'd do anywhere and stay where the crowds are.
I didn't list any of the really bad parts of the city because there's really not much to see there anyway, but if you want to know, the other tips here are basically accurate.
I've lived in Edmonton a year now and in my experience as long as you keep to yourself you will be okay. I've been in some scary areas late at night such as Coliseum & Abbotsfield, but never felt as though my safety were threatened. The one place I would be weary of is Whyte Ave at night. Drunk idiots who will attempt to get in your face and VERY aggressive beggars. I know a few women who have been threatened and intimidated by bums on Whyte when they were alone. Come to think of it the whole area surrounding Whyte is bad for aggressive beggars.
Edmonton is generally safe. The best areas include the Lewis Estates, Rutherford, Tewilliger, Summerside, Elerslie, Britnell, Southgate (can get iffy in the early morning) and the other "posh areas". Avoid areas from the Yellowhead south to the river. It can get really sketchy at times. But avoid at all costs the Alberta Avenue (or avenue of Champions) and the Boyle st areas. Be careful at WEM too. If in the downtown areas, avoid anything east of Churchill at all costs and nothing north of the CN building. Key in Edmonton, the more North or South WEST you go the safer you'll be. The general rule is from 127th avenue to Argyl RD and 82 ST to 142 ST is pretty rough at night. Avoid the Churchill, Stadium, Collesium, Fort RD, Clareview, Jasper Place, Rundle, Boyle. Avoid Millwoods too. And stay out of any run down area cough "jasper place" cough. Be aware and you will be fine.
the worst places in edmonton, Abbotsfield if you can dont walk alone never walk around past 8pm, coliseum is another bad one, but the one place that the most happens is white ave (82)ave if you are in Edmonton at night and walking avoid white past 7-9pm as a person who lives in Edmonton tose are the three worst places here
First, avoid Millwoods. Most of the stabbings/murders I've heard on the news over the years have been there.
Another place would be 118ave. There's been fighting, drug busts, and arsonists.
As for downtown Edmonton, around Stanley Milner Library and Churchill Square, I wouldn't recommend it. They apparently increased security because of the muggings and bullying (even in broad daylight), and my boyfriend felt safe at 11:00pm, waiting for the bus. But I say it starts to get iffy at around 8:00pm in the summer, and 5:00pm is the time to avoid in winter.
There's also a skateboard park where concerts are held that I think hasn't been very safe. I don't know which one, so I guess just avoid any skateparks at night, or where you think concerts are held.
If you're at a concert at West Edmonton Mall late at night, stay in a group, and be careful. Don't even bother going there after hours and loiter in the parkade or by the doors.
The best bus station (where I have felt safest) is at the university campus. If you need to take a bus, take it there if you can.
118 Avenue in Edmonton stretches on for quite a long ways, but the most dangerous part is from approximately 97 Street to 30 Street. A lot of the neighborhoods that fall along the avenue are low income and very run down. There are prostitutes all over the place, with their pimps not far off I'm sure. There are lots of drug dealers/gangsters, and their preferred mode of transportaion is stolen bicycles. If you ever see a grown man on a bike that is way too small for him in this area, that is probably why. There are lots of pawn shops and seedy bars along this avenue as well.
I don't want to make it sound too too bad, because there are a few good restaurants and bakeries along here, but it is a place you should definitely avoid at night.
Around places like the Greyhound Bus Station or the Main Library Downtown you may be approached and asked for money for any number of reasons, some convincing some not. Just politely say no. Don't give out money, most of the time it's a scam and just contributes to more people trying it. If said person gets abusive in either the library or bus station, contact security. Both places are heavily patrolled.
Maybe I'm just really unlucky but in the few months I spent in Edmonton, I saw two guys peeing in VERY public places and bumped into two exhibitionists. This happened on Whyte Ave and on the Leg grounds. So I'm not saying that Edmonton is a dangerous city, but as in any other city, there are some strange people living there.....
The parking lot at West Edmonton Mall is not the safest place late at night. Shootings and stabbings have happened here. Don't hang around here after the clubs close.
It can take a long time time to get a cab on the side of the mall where the clubs exit. Try going back into the mall before closing time and ordering a cab from the desk at Fantasyland hotel. It's a lot faster.
For a mall map:
Edmonton is a very safe city, but take the normal precautions as with any city. Areas to avoid, especially at night, would include:
-downtown area immediately east of 97 Street and north of 100 Avenue/Jasper Avenue
-Stony Plain Road between 149 Street and 165 Street
Whyte Avenue can also be very rowdy when all the bars let out at 2 AM... recall the Canada Day riot of a few years ago. As long as you leave before closing to get to your car you should be fine.
Edmonton is a very safe city, by world standards. Its crime rate is about on par with other major Canadian cities. The most dangerous area would be the neighbourhood immediately east of downtown (east of 97 St - see attached map). Other troubled spots perceived to be dangerous are the ones labeled 'inner city neighbourhoods'. These generally refer to areas immediately north of downtown (east of 105 St up to 107 Ave) and northeast of downtown (along 111/112 Ave east of 97 St to the Stadium and along 118 Ave from 92 St to Northlands). The stretch of 118 just west of City Centre Airport is also dodgy (though I can't imagine what there is for a tourist to go there for!!)
Generally, the bad places in town include 118 avenue from 97 street all the way east. As well, areas surrounding the Police Headquarters downtown at 96 street and 103 Avenue. The north end has a bad reputation, but it's not all that bad.
Like every other city, you have to be careful and smart about wandering around in Edmonton. Avoid dark alleys/shortcuts, don't walk alone at night, etc. Generally, Edmonton is safe but just be careful, that's all.