Alberta’s capital, known as Canada’s Festival City, is always celebrating something, from arts and culture to food and wine, dragon boats, winter and even accordions. With more than 50 festivals throughout the year, you’re bound to find a crowd pleaser.
Come to the historical Old Strathcona district for a festival and come back to explore the famous farmers’ market and the galleries and shops. Visit with local vendors, find a funky restaurant and stick around for the night life – live theatre, music and dancing.
Escape the urban bustle without leaving the city. Twenty-two major parks make up Edmonton’s ribbon of green stretching along the North Saskatchewan River – the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America. Many of the summer festivals happen here. All along its 150 km (93 mi) of multi-use trails, you’ll encounter happy cyclists, runners and ramblers.
When the snow falls, embrace the city’s passion for winter and take in an authentic winter festival. Go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the river valley. Carve some powder on four downhill ski slopes right here in the river valley.
Arts and Culture
Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta where the building itself rivals its contents. In Sir Winston Churchill Square, find the music at the pitch-perfect Winspear Centre or take in a play at the Citadel Theatre.
Museums and Historic Sites
Tour the historic Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Discover the origins of the city at Fort Edmonton Park. In summer, cross the historic High Level Bridge in a vintage streetcar 49 m (160 ft) above the North Saskatchewan River. Visit Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site, the 1911 home of our first premier. Cruise through the past at the Royal Alberta Museum.
Visit TELUS World of Science and immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the aurora borealis in the wrap-around dome theatre. Talk to the animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
You’ll need at least a day – or two – for West Edmonton Mall. The largest indoor shopping and entertainment complex in North America has 800+ shops and services, a waterpark, skating rink, marine park, hotel and the world’s biggest indoor amusement park. Take time to wander through Old Strathcona District along Whyte Avenue and 104th Street. Explore the boutiques and galleries of 124th Street, browse the antique shops and amble through the Grand Market.
Join the local fan frenzy at a live Oilers hockey game, or an Eskimos football game. Catch the best of bull riding and steer wrestling at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Prefer to play the links? With 17 hours of daylight in high summer, you can golf in Edmonton almost all night long!
Continue to explore the river valley and you’ll discover the John Janzen
Nature Centre. Then, go find out what’s growing inside those big glass pyramids at the Muttart Conservatory.
Less than an hour away, Elk Island National Park is a sanctuary of aspen parkland. Watch for the bison that roam the park. Camp in the summer and cross-country ski here in winter. If you’re looking for a blast from the past, be sure to visit the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, just 25 minutes east of Edmonton.
Bring the family and enjoy 50 free activities at Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm, thirty-minutes north of Edmonton. From the Great Prairie Corn Maze to rubber duck races to shooting pumpkins from a cannon, the fun has just begun.
You’re this close to more authentic Alberta experiences. Explore the towns and counties in Edmonton’s countryside.