The Sights and Sounds of Edmonton
Collected by Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
Unique local sights and sounds abound in Edmonton, Canada's western culture capital, and one of the world's great festival cities. Arts and crafts found nowhere else hang in storefronts across Edmonton, fine dining establishments sit on every corner, and Old West charm spreads from the center of Edmonton like a warm, welcoming cloud coming in off the Prairie.
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...
10009 107 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1J1, Canada
Specializing in "new Canadian cuisine," Wildflower is a gold medal-winning dining spot that crisps fresh fish on wood-fired grills and pairs its rustic dishes with top-shelf wines. From game hen to lobster, hickory-and-pear chicken to smoky...
10131 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1W9, Canada
Craving a change from standard Albertan cuisine? Narayanni's South African Indian cuisine puts a unique—and healthy—spin on traditionally rich Indian food. Avenue Magazine claims it to be the city's best Indian restaurant, and rightfully so....
9698 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5H 3V5, Canada
Located smack in Edmonton's Arts District, the bold flavors served at chef Larry Stewart's A-list Canadian restaurant lean toward the regional and contemporary. Diners are encouraged to pop back in the kitchen and snap photos of the chefs as they...
82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada
If you think Edmonton is all giant malls and indoor shopping, stroll down Whyte Avenue. This Old Strathcona strip has been crowned one of Canada’s Top 5 shopping neighborhoods, as more than 600 businesses vie for your attention. Independent...
10470 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2, Canada
Need to select a gift for someone but stumped on what to buy? Browse When Pigs Fly, which offers a hodgepodge of unique finds, both fun and practical. Everything from jewelry to personal care products, from artwork to kitchen novelties line Pigs'...
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....
13315 Buena Vista Road & 87th Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7, Canada
More than 350 animals call the Edmonton Valley Zoo, tucked on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, home. And visitors can see them all, from seals to red pandas, from snowy owls to Siberian tigers—during their stroll through a habitat that...
1338-8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2, Canada
Spend the day in swim trunks (regardless of the time of year) at World Waterpark, located inside the West Edmonton Mall. Not only does this aqua playground lay claim to the world's largest indoor wave pool, but it features more than 17 slides and...
10129 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z9, Canada
Real ingredients make for really delicious desserts at this local bakery. Dauphine strives to use only locally sourced and organic ingredients in all of its food. All delicacies are free of artificial flavors, preservatives, dough enhancers, and...
10361 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z9, Canada
This European cafe in the heart of Old Strathcona is the perfect spot to grab a treat to satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us. With all of their desserts baked on site and created from scratch, it's the perfect oven-to-mouth situation.
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....
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...
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...
10016 103 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0G7, Canada
Looking for a family-friendly dinner spot that delivers quality ingredients? Try Pazzo Pazzo, the Italian restaurant 'so nice they named it twice.' Roasted quail and Alberta-raised beef are delicious options, but most order the pasta (of which...
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...
7424 118 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 2N5, Canada
They are one of the youngest and most exciting teams in the NHL, and the city of Edmonton is in love with them. Nothing screams Edmonton louder than an Oilers game. So if you're in town during the winter, do your best to make it to Rexall Place to...
10723 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H2, Canada
One of the finest dining atmospheres in Edmonton is Somerville, a chill wine room and bistro with, unsurprisingly, an excellent wine list and a fantastic little menu. It's quite an experience to chat wine with a gifted sommelier, though it can be...
10560 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A4, Canada
The Borówka family's turn-of-the-century dining experience whispers romance. Kick off an evening of elegance as you and a loved one listen to light jazz, sample one of the bistro's 100-plus wines, and taste innovative takes on meat and fish...
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...
9869 62 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0E4, Canada
Rich coffee, friendly baristas, and a soothing ambiance is what you'll find at the hip Transcend Coffee shop. The maple latte is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Grab a seat by one of the big windows and get a front row seat to some of the...
4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4B2, Canada
Aiming to bring a premium orchestral experience to a wide spectrum of the community, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has risen to Canadian prominence over the course of 60-plus years. The orchestra's deep repertoire is best heard on summer nights...
10140 117 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1X3, Canada
Known for serving up some of the best "sammiches" in town, Elm Café is not to be missed. About the size of a New York City apartment, this unassuming street-side shop fills up fast. As the menu is constantly changing, we'd recommend choosing the...
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...
1920 Street, Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton, AB T6H 4P3, Canada
The Capitol Theatre in Fort Edmonton Park is a historic recreative of the Capitol Theatre that was on Jasper Avenue. The theatre plays a historic movie during Fort Edmonton Park's regular hours, but they also have a variety of movies and great...
10119 100a St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0R5, Canada
The three homeboys (English for Tres Carnales) serve no nachos or burritos at their authentic Mexican taqueria. Strictly warm corn tortillas stuffed with slow-braised meats, fresh produce and fresher beats. Top it off with a bucket of Dos Equis,...
10582 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 2R6, Canada
A clean, friendly, family atmosphere bubbles within the nondescript building that houses Veggie Garden, a one-hundred percent vegetarian restaurant that has become a favorite of 'no-pork-on-my-fork' locals. The fresh Vietnamese and Chinese dishes...
10025 102A Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2Z2, Canada
The bustle of downtown's shopping destination circulates through and around Edmonton City Centre. More than 170 upscale stores and services in can be explored in this centrally located maze of commerce. Walkways will lead shop-till-you-droppers to...
10729 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3K1, Canada
Big, bright, colourful, well-organized, and well-run, Happy Harbour is arguably Canada's best comic book store. Sure, Happy Harbour caters to collectors, but even casual comic fans will stumble upon interesting doodads and rare finds.
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...
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...
10130 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7, Canada
This unique boutique comes with its own tasting bar. The knowledgeable staff is incredibly helpful and willing to give you the rundown of the shop's tasty bounty. For instance, some balsamic vinegars can be paired with ice cream, fruit, and even...
9734 98 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 0W9, Canada
During Edmonton's summer season take a cruise on the Edmonton Queen. They have afternoon and evening cruises available, including dinner cruises. It's a great way to get views of downtown and the river valley.
13204 Rainbow Valley Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4Y9, Canada
Need to squeeze in a few turns right in the city? Rabbit Hill Snow Resort, Snow Valley, Sunridge Ski Area, and Edmonton Ski Club are all small but fun hills right in the city, convenient for beginners in search of lessons or terrain-park addicts...
8712 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1E9, Canada
The Garneau Theatre is a 1940's style theatre where the non-profit Metro Cinema Society screens independent, foreign, and cult classic movies. The Garneua Theatre is also use prominently during many annual festivals in Edmonton including...
For 10 Days in July Edmonton's Sir Winston Churchill Square gets turned into a live busking theatre, with street performers from all over the world. Watch magicians, acrobatic stunts, comedians, and a variety of street performers bring a smile to...
7410 Borden Park Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4W9, Canada
On Friday nights in the summer Northlands Holds an event called Park After Dark. This free event allows people to sit down by the race track, enjoy the summer weather, listen to music, and watch the races. There are food and drink specials as well...
9330 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2A8, Canada
On the August long weekend (usually the first weekend) Edmonton celebrates it's multiculturalism with The Heritage Festival at William Hawrelak Park. Here 85 different cultures within Edmonton are represented and show of their cultures and...
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