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Edmonton River Valley 60-Minute Segway Adventure
"You'll begin the tour with in-depth training starting with a short safety video before receiving hands-on training from a certified Segway trainer. They will go over the skills and drills for everything you will need to know before heading out on your adventure. After the training get ready for the experience of a lifetime as you ride through Edmonton’s world famous river valley. You’ll have the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the river valley like you never have before.Glide effortlessly through North America's l the longest continuous trail in North America. Tours run all year long allowing you to enjoy the blooming spring buds breathtaking lush summer greenery colorful fall foliage or winter wonderland.Whether you are looking for something to do with the entire family or for a fun date idea
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Edmonton River Valley 90-Minute Segway Adventure
"You'll begin the tour with in-depth training starting with a short safety video before receiving hands-on training from a certified Segway trainer. They will go over the skills and drills for everything you will need to know before heading out on your adventure. After the training get ready for the experience of a lifetime as you ride through Edmonton’s world famous river valley. You’ll have the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the river valley like you never have before.Glide effortlessly through North America's l the longest continuous trail in North America. Tours run all year long allowing you to enjoy the blooming spring buds breathtaking lush summer greenery colorful fall foliage or winter wonderland.Whether you are looking for something to do with the entire family or for a fun date idea
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Shopping Day Trip to the West Edmonton Mall from Jasper
"After pickup from your Jasper hotel in the morning you’ll be taken on a comfortable 4-hour drive northeast to Edmonton for a day of shopping at West Edmonton Mall the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America and fifth largest in the world! Spend approximately four hours shopping at more than 800 stores. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants or cafes and spend time in the huge sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Jasper.""""Take a day trip from Jasper to Edmonton home to the largest shopping mall in North America! Enjoy comfortable
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Festivals Tips (17)

~ K Days ~

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 Gold Rush that took place several hundred miles from Edmonton. It was said that Edmonton was the stopping point for the prospectors heading to the Yukon territory.

The opening parade for K-days is done in costumes from the Gold Rush era. There are anywhere from 700,000 to 800,000 visitors that attend K-days.

What to do there?
There's a midway with many exciting rides. There's nothing like standing in line watching the other people going on the ride, your own anticipation of the ride, it comes to your turn and a few minutes later the exhilarating ride is over, time for you to run around and get in line again.

There is musical concerts every night. Both local talent and big name singers/bands to listen too.

Don't forget the beach volleyball area. Have a fun game and then head off to the Beer Gardens.

There is a food court that offers a variety of ethnic foods. Try some Ukrainian, East Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Italian, Subs & Donairs, Burgers & Fries, Mini Donuts, Hot Dogs, Cake Bites, and Bubble Tea. To name a few.

There are attractions inside the Northlands Expo center. Here you can laugh, dance, learn, play, touch, just have lots of fun.

You can even do some shopping at the exhibition. Although keep in mind they are cash sales only, they do not allow the use of debit cards. There are ATM's around the grounds if you need to pull out some extra cash.

Admission Prices
Adult - $12
Child - $8
These are Gate Admission Prices - rides are extra

Parking
There is parking at Northlands Park and it costs $15 per car. Another option is to "Park and Ride" and take the LRT saving on the time you will look for a parking space.

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Apr 20, 2014

~ Heritage Days Festival ~

Heritage Festival is held in William Hawrelak Park the first weekend in August. There are many activities to do while attending the Festival.

There are over 60 pavilions representing 85 cultures around the world. Sample the delicacies from a variety of cultures. There are arts and crafts, performances and clothing from the various pavilions.

The admission to the Heritage Festival is FREE but a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank is greatly appreciated; whether you donate food or money. There is NO PARKING at the Heritage Festival. If you're wondering how you get there - there are Park n Rides all over the city. The ETS adds extra buses specifically for this event. Another way is to bike or take a taxi.

There are also NO DOGS allowed during the Festival.

In order to sample the different delicacies you will need to purchase tickets. There are many ticket booths around the grounds. Be sure to purchase them before you stand in the line-ups. Or you can pre-purchase them at at all Save On Foods locations from July 7th -August 3rd, Servus Credit Union branches in Edmonton and surrounding areas from July 7th – August 1st or Tix On The Square (420-1757). Tickets are sold in full sheets of thirty for $25.
Food Tickets:
Individual ticket $1.00
6 tickets for $5.00
12 tickets for $10.00
18 tickets for $15.00
24 tickets for $20.00
30 tickets for $25.00
I generally stop at the Greek Pavilion and get a Beef Donair (8 coupons in 2013) and the Irish Pavilion for the Irish Stew (7 coupons in 2013). For an idea of what is being served check out the menu for 2013.

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Jan 19, 2014

~ Festival of Trees ~

The Festival of Trees is the signature kick off of Christmas events. This festival raises money for the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic every day.

The festival has been around since 1985. In the first year it contributed approximately $15,000, to date they have contributed over $15.5 million to the University Hospital Foundation in support of critically important causes.

There are many beautifully decorated trees, some that are available for purchase. Some adorable creative works. They have a gift shop for the adults, and a secret Santa shop which only kids are allowed in to shop for a special gift for moms, dads, brothers, sisters and other family and friends. There are many gingerbread houses and themed cakes, you can vote on your favorite cake and gingerbread house. The same for the many decorated trees, you can vote for your favorite one.

The kids can head into the Hospital to see what happens while kids are in there. They have to go through admission, then a few stations and eventually are discharged from the hospital.

Or how about Design your own Knapsack - they are given a small cloth Festival of Trees knapsack and fabric crayons to color it using their own creativity.

There's a Ice~N~Eat where you get your gingerbread cookies and are given icing, 2 smarties and sprinkles. If you aren't going to eat it right away you they'll give you a bag to use it a as 'take away'

Don't forget the Post Office where you can write a letter to Santa, decorate your letter and mail it off right in the Post Office.

There's also the Happy Feet and Hockey Shoot for the kids to play in too.

And not to forget Trim Your Tree with your choice of many colored balls to hang on your own tree.

A story nook where kids can sit and listen to classic Christmas stories. Last but not least there is of course Santa's Den were you get to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what you want for Christmas.

Throughout the 4 days of the Festival there are carolers, dancers, individual singers, etc

2013 Festival Of Trees
Thursday, November 28th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, November 29th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 30th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission Costs
Infants under 2 are free
Children (2-12) $2
Youth (13-17) $3
Adults $7
Seniors $3

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Nov 29, 2013

Ice on Whyte

In 2003 a group of creative individuals wanted to showcase their ice carvings - thus Ice on Whyte was born. For the next 6 years it the talent came from local artists, in 2009 it became an international event and now each year there are 10 teams selected and come from all over the world to showcase their ice carving talents.

What amazes me is that the teams only have 35 hours to complete their sculpture.

There is a kids area - a huge slide usually! There is live music in the evenings from Albertan artists.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday to Friday from 2 pm to 10 pm
Weekends from 10 am to 10 pm

GATE ADMISSION
CASH ONLY
Adults $6
Children 2 - 12 years old $3
Under 2 free

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Nov 01, 2013
 
 
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Edmonton Heritage Festival

The Heritage Festival is held every year on the long weekend in August and features food and entertainment from over 50 cultures around the world..It is a great way to spend the day sampling various foods from around the world...There are also booths set up to purchase local handicrafts from many of the countries...It is a great day out in a beautiful park in Edmonton..

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TracyLB
Apr 04, 2011

Today it is the Fringe Festival!

The city of Edmonton is known for it's love of festivals ..... and during my visit, it is the time for the Fringe Festival! Blocks upon blocks of food and kitcshy souvenier selling booths, some art, lots of street performers, and other theater venues scattered throughout this portion of the Strathcona neighborhood.

I have to say, half the fun is actually people watching ... some in costume after performing, some in costume just for fun, some not in costume ...... but look like they are :)

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kymbanm
Apr 04, 2011

Edmonton Folk Festival, Jazz City and The Fringe

Edmonton is transformed into a "festival city" in the summer time, and with mostly sunshine and lots of hot weather in late July/August, it is a great time to visit the city and take in the sights. These are my personal two favorite festivals, if you like music and theatre. The Fringe can be kind of hit and miss though depending on your tastes. It may be worth your while to ask around about certain performances, and make sure you are prepared for some less than moralistic plays - some which might be considered absolutely absurd! All in the name of artistic impression, I'm afraid... All kidding aside, it is very affordable to take in some of this Edmonton blended culture, and a good idea to do so, because in the winter YOU'LL BE SHUT IN BY THE EXTREME WEATHER FOR A FEW MONTHS!! :)

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rugbyspark
Apr 04, 2011

Festivals, festivals, and more festivals!

An absolute must if you are coming during the summer.

Edmonton is known as Festival City, for good reason. To compensate for the dreary, long and dull winter, the city comes alive with a bunch of festivals, one after another, from June to August.

The bigger ones are Children's Festival (St. Albert), Jazz City (downtown), The Works - visual works (downtown), Street Performers (downtown), Klondike Days - parade, fair, exhibition (throughout the city, mainly Northlands and downtown), Heritage Festival - multicultural celebration (Hawrelak Park), Folk Music Festival (Gallagher Hill), Fringe Festival - alternative theatre (Old Strathcona).

My personal favourites are Taste of Edmonton during K-Days, Heritage Festival, and Fringe Festival.

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Apr 04, 2011

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Festivals Galore!

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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Feb 16, 2007

Heritage Festival MUST SEE

Located in Hawrelak park, on August long weekend (in '07 it'll be 8/4,5 & 6). Come here for amazing pavilions representing most ethnic groups. Food, sights, sounds are superb. Unique among major North American cities. This festival will bring out the travel bug in everyone. No parking allowed just take the bus it's no problem. Enjoy Edmonton's summer while it lasts!

braynfeeble
Jan 17, 2007

Edmonton Festivals!

There are so many festivals in Edmonton, no matter when you decide to visit you're sure to catch one. My personal favorites are the Edmonton folk music festival, Edmonton's Klondike Days, the Fringe theatre festival and the Street performers festival. Have fun!

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Jefie
Jan 05, 2005

Off-beat theater

For the third time:
The Fringe Festival in August..
We ended up seeing only one play, a hilarious one (I think titled "Roomies"; details tend to fade at my age) about two men and women and an apartment. It was slightly risque for my 17-year-old son but I'm only a mother and what do I know. He loved it.
There was also outdoor stage and street entertainment (those pesky mosquitoes at night), and we were going to go to a comedy club show. However, when we were in line someone was checking IDs and since you were supposed to be 18, we chickened out. It was too bad (despite probably more risque material) because Matt loves improv

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Apr 29, 2004

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