Edmonton is one such city that offers all the elements for any kind of travelling enthusiast. Edmonton is located near the northern Saskatchewan River and is the capital city of Alberta. So, if you prefer to be among nature then come to Edmonton, if you want an urban metropolitan city, again Edmonton is your destination. The city is known as the “Gateway to North” as it is the northernmost city in North America and is an affluent cultural, historical and tourism center. Edmonton has a pleasant weather condition for travelling as it gets considerably more sunny days than any other place in Canada.
The capital city of Alberta boasts of lively art, museum and theatre scene along with various thrilling adventure sites. As if that was not enough to attract people to explore Edmonton, the city is home to the largest mall in North America and the largest historical park in Canada. So hop on board and be well versed in the ten things you should do in Edmonton.
West Edmonton Mall
Some may think this place is merely a mall and skip it, but this mall is worth visiting as it is not only the biggest mall in Canada but also in the whole of North America. West Edmonton Mall has over 800 stores, nine attractions, two hotels, and over 100 eateries to choose from. As established earlier the mall is famous for being the largest mall in North America but it is also well-known for housing an amusement park called Galaxyland, a waterpark called World Waterpark which is the second-largest indoor waterpark in the world and an ice rink called Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace. The most interesting aspect of the mall is that it is divided into several themed areas or themed streets like Bourbon St., Europa Boulevard, and Chinatown, this is what sets apart West Edmonton Mall from regular malls and visiting this place should definitely on your bucket list.
Fort Edmonton Park
You can take a stroll and immerse yourself in the history behind the park Fort Edmonton. Fort Edmonton is the largest living historical museum in Canada and it is named after the first enduring European post in the area. The museum features both original and reconstructed historical structures depicting the history of Edmonton. The staff dress in historical costumes to give the visitors an authentic taste of the historical era. The park is divided into four sections: 1846 Fort, 1885 Street, 1905 Street, 1920 Street, and these sections represent different eras of the past. People can take rides in horse carriages, steam trains, old vehicles in the park and truly enjoy being in a historical site.
Alberta Legislature Building
The government building was built between 1907 and 1913 and is the meeting place of the legislative assembly and the executive council. The magnificent building was made in the Beaux-Arts style architecture by Allen Merrick Jeffers, who was influenced by the State House of Rhode Island. Visitors can get a guided tour of the building and look at the beautiful architecture as well as the fountain, stained glass wired pandas Hole Memorial Garden, the statue of Princess Lois and Duchess Argyll, and a memorial to Chief Crowfoot.
Edmonton Valley Zoo
The Edmonton Valley Zoo, sometimes also known as Valley Zoo was opened on July 1st, 1959. The zoo has over 350 exotic and native animals and over 100 different species. The zoos main focus is on the conservation of animals, they raise awareness and funds for endangered animals like red panda, through the Red Panda Network and various other conservation measures. The zoo also includes rides for kids like a carousel, a miniature train, and paddle boats.
Muttart Conservatory is a botanical garden located across the downtown core in Edmonton. The conservatory is a well-known landmark in Alberta, it includes greenhouses, public gardens, and four pyramids across three biomes. The four pyramids represent different biomes of the world and house plants typical of the temperate climate like the Southern Great Lakes, Australia, and the mountainous regions of India. The conservatory hosts various events during the year like workshops, live music, and art exhibit.
Art Gallery of Alberta
The art museum located at Churchill Square in downtown, Edmonton is a stunning architectural building. The structure was made in a specific manner to convey the museum’s “commitment to contemporary art”. The exterior of the building symbolizes the North Saskatchewan River and the Aurora. The Art Gallery of Alberta features over 6,000 collections of artworks, specifically art created by Albertan and West Canadian people.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a historical museum that shows the lives of the Ukrainian people who migrated from Ukraine to Canada in the years 1899 to 1930. This open-air museum is known for its authenticity in depicting the village as a living history museum. The staff portray Ukrainian settlers, who are living their normal lives in Canada and the visitors get to ask them questions about their lives, the portrayers have to reply in the way the settlers would have answered in the year 1899.
Royal Alberta Museum
Royal Alberta Museum is among the top museums in Canada and the largest in western Canada. This museum demonstrates the journey of human and natural history so, it has many galleries chronicling Alberta’s natural and cultural worlds as well as of the world.
Edmonton Corn Maze
After going to all the chaotic tourist places, one must come to this corn maze for an unconventional unwinding. This attraction is open from August to October annually. The maze is cut into different designs as per a local event or attraction. This corn maze event also has local frame fresh produce stalls.
Edmonton Ski Club
Edmonton Ski Club is a not-for-profit society that is open to the public in the winter months for skiing, snowboarding and in the summer, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is held here yearly.