Collected by Jeff Bartlett, AFAR Local Expert
Edmonton is far more than the provincial capital. The city, divided in half by the stunning Saskatchewan River Valley, is home to an eclectic mix of events that earned the city the undisputed title of Canada’s Festival City. Edmonton is also home to some of Alberta’s trendiest neighborhoods and nightspots. Don't get discouraged, Edmonton is also rich in history, and wildly entertaining, as seen from the city streets in Old Strathcona to the exhibits of the Royal Alberta Museum.
7000 143 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7, Canada
Circle back through time—even to the days of the fur trade and the pioneers. See historic buildings and old-timey photos. Listen to costumed interpreters tell tales of famous Albertans. Take up with Old West gunslingers. Ride on a carousel or the...
9626 96a St NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 4L8, Canada
Looking for a tranquil activity or a suitable place to entertain seniors? The Muttart Conservatory, housed in one of Edmonton’s most iconic structures, is a year-round oasis, abundant with the beauty of exotic plant life. Fresh and vibrant, the...
10310 83 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5C3, Canada
The philosophy of the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market—"We Make it! We Bake it! We Grow it! We Sell it!"—has made this a popular stop on Saturdays in Edmonton for nearly 30 years. With approximately 300 vendors spread through 185 stalls, shoppers...
10454 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4Z7, Canada
Whyte Avenue is in Old Strathcona, Edmonton’s du jour neighborhood that is lined with locally owned shops, trendy restaurants and bars, and, on Saturdays, the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. Metterra Hotel on Whyte brings hip style under one roof....
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7, Canada
Make breakfast the highlight meal of your day at Kids in the Hall, a City Hall bistro open only for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy Alberta eggs, prepared a variety of ways, or broaden your brunch horizons with cranberry pumpkin seed French toast and...
10718 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H1, Canada
Proud pourer of Vancouver's Matchstick coffee, this well-lit cafe/bakery dares you to come in for just a caffeine boost. Chances are you'll find the Dutchess's pastries—all baked from scratch using natural ingredients—too perfect to resist. Care...
9910 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1H5, Canada
Playing live music or spinning well-selected tunes from indie to hip-hop, the Common is a lively place to sip a local or imported beer, or an innovative cocktail. A fun spot to drop in late afternoon or late night, the Common's...
11211 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 4A1, Canada
Thrilling for kids and interesting for parents, the Telus World of Science makes learning fun. Inspiring and interactive, here robot-, space-, and environment-themed exhibits are complemented by traveling special displays and a giant IMAX theater....
10640 100 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3N8, Canada
The Matrix Hotel, located just off Jasper Avenue, is smack-dab in the middle of downtown Edmonton, and there is no better place to stay than its Onyx Suite. The design of the hotel—stylish and modern—suits any style of traveler and most rooms have...
4 Sir Winston Churchill Square Northwest & Corner of 99 Street & 102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 4X8, Canada
Located in Edmonton's Arts District, the Winspear Centre is a beautiful performance venue with an ever-changing program of the best in Canadian and international concert offerings. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's 2013-2014 performance series...
William Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7, Canada
The best blues event in Western Canada stirs up a ruckus every August as international performers plug in at the scenic River Valley, serviced by shuttle. This award-winning three-day weekend blast has featured the legends such as Ike Turner, Dr....
9810 103a Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0G2, Canada
The Royal Alberta Museum is a truly spectacular glimpse at the Canadian West, through past, present, and future. The natural history exhibition is one of the country's best, while the rotating exhibits, like Chop Suey on the Prairies, examine the...
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