The 7 Best Things To Do In Edmonton

Many people visit Edmonton to shop in the country’s largest mall, although the city offers so much more, including the largest park in Canada, a thriving sports scene, plenty of art and culture, and access to some of Canada’s magnificent and unspoiled scenery. Here are the 7 best things to do in Edmonton that our Edmonton SEO clients have suggested to us.

In fact, it’s no surprise that Edmonton has become one of the country’s leading tourist destinations, as visitors can also enjoy fine dining, and a wealth of outdoor activities such as skating, riding, hiking, and skiing. These seven attractions shouldn’t be missed:

Shop ’til you drop

Over 32 million shoppers visit the huge West Edmonton mall each year not just for the shopping, but for the various other attractions that make this a destination in its own right. If you need a break from shopping, you can enjoy an indoor skating rink, movie theater, water park and miniature golf course. A large entertainment centre also puts on a regular programme of concerts and other events. But if you are coming for the shopping, the mall boasts over 800 stores in its 490,000 square metres, making it the largest in North America.

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Take a walk in the park.

A short distance from Edmonton is the River Valley Parks, a system of parks and outdoor spaces over 20 times larger than New York’s Central Park. The activities offered here are almost endless, including walking trails, a nature centre, 11 lakes, and a golf course.

Skiing is popular in the winter months, while camping is a favorite activity in the summer. The sprawling network of parks makes for the perfect way to escape from the city for a few hours or longer, regardless of the time of year.

Visit the Ukraine in Edmonton

Ukrainians have been settling in the area since the late q9th century, and a great place to explore this fascinating culture is at the open air Cultural Heritage Village.

The staff is dressed in traditional costume and visitors can enjoy watching crafts such as baking and woodworking in the over 30 restored buildings comprising the site. There are some lovely gardens to wander around too, and one of the best things about the freshly baked bread is that you get to sample it afterward.

Explore Downtown

Downtown Edmonton includes such distinct neighbourhoods as the Warehouse District and the Arts District, with its many art galleries and boutiques. Also worth seeing in the central area are the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, and City Hall. Churchill Square is the hub of the city’s downtown area and an excellent place to begin any tour of the area; it’s also the location for many events and shows during the year.

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Take one of several historic walking tours

Strathcona Historic District occupies five blocks between 102nd street and 106th street, and this historic commercial area is now one of the city’s most thriving and vibrant areas.

If you are looking for nightlife, this is one of the best areas to head for, although there are also plenty of small and unique shops, cafes and restaurants. The city also boasts plenty of historic buildings and sites, including the Princess Theatre, the Canadian Pacific train station and the Strathcona Hotel.

Enjoy a Festival

Canada’s ‘Festival City’ has an event or festival taking place all through the year, making any visit here that much more enjoyable. Some of the biggest festivals in Edmonton take place in the summer, including the International Street Performer’s Festival.

If you are visiting the city during early August, you can enjoy one of the largest fringe festivals in North America. And the Works Art and Design Festival is one of the most well known and most significant events in the country, attracting millions of visitors during June and July. And if you find yourself in Edmonton during the autumn, the huge Canadian Finals Rodeo and Farmfair takes place in the city each November.

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Explore one of the city’s museums

Over 10 million artifacts and items that tell the story of the native tribes of the area are on display at the hugely popular Royal Alberta Museum, the city’s largest. However, it’s just one of many fascinating museums and galleries in Edmonton, which attract millions of visitors annually.

Many visitors to Edmonton consider Fort Edmonton Park is the one museum in the city that shouldn’t be missed. It’s the largest living history museum in Canada, and its four sections showcase a different period in the country’s history.

You can enjoy an observatory, planetarium and spectacular IMAX theatre at the Telus World of Science, while dozens of commercial and military airplanes can be seen close up at the Alberta Aviation Museum. Highlights at this popular museum include an NBOMARC missile, one of only two on display in the country, a de Havilland Mosquito MK B35, and a Cranwell CLA.4.

If you are looking for things to do in Edmonton as a tourist, check out our Edmonton And The Best Attractions For Tourists guide where we have even more great things to do in and around the city of Edmonton, Alberta.

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