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CITY GUIDE 2020/21

Discover Something New

NEIGHBOURHOOD GEMS & LAKE GETAWAYS

INDIGENOUS ARTS & HISTORY

COCKTAILS & CRAFT BEER

YOUR STAYCATION GUIDE


Come for the Action, Stay for the Fun!

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INFO EDMONTON 2020/21 EDITOR

Tamara Aschenbrenner

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PHOTOS: ZUZANA BENESOVA; MONIQUE DE ST. CROIX; THE OFFICE OF MAYOR DON IVESON

Welcome to Edmonton! It's time to discover something new, and Edmonton is brimming with unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experiences. We have a gorgeous and vast river valley system, countless attractions, inspirational galleries and museums, vibrant neighbourhoods and walking tours, and strong communities who rally together during tough times. So while COVID-19 postponed many beloved festivals and events until 2021 and altered many local businesses, the possibilities are still endless—whether online, outside, or from a safe distance. Edmonton is a destination for those looking for beautiful urban parks, trendy shops, outdoor adventures, and award-winning dining. And the Info Edmonton City Guide? It’s the insider’s guide to experiencing the best of the capital region, all year long. In its pages, you’ll find easy-to-navigate maps and tips for discovering new spots to dine, shop, and play. Use this magazine for inspiration. Learn local history, discover a new art piece or artist, try a new restaurant, or get pampered in a luxury hotel. Lounge on a patio, take in a gorgeous view, walk or ski the river valley, or visit one of the neighbouring communities for more farmers’ markets, public art, and trails. Step out and explore. No matter what you end up doing, it’s sure to be an adventure. Welcome to Edmonton.

On behalf of all Edmontonians, welcome to our great city! As one of the youngest, fastestgrowing cities in Canada, Edmonton is proud to be home to an exceptionally diverse population that has come from all over the world. As each group has graciously shared their culture and traditions, they have helped to form our city into the welcoming, vibrant and colourful place it is today. While Edmonton is normally abuzz with activity all year round, this year the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on our festival calendar. But even though our annual events and festivals have been postponed, there is still a wealth of experiences to enjoy while you visit. Our remarkable river valley, which winds its way throughout the city, provides a stunning setting to explore on foot, bike, canoe and even skis or snowshoes when the snow comes. For the culturally inclined there are a variety of museums and art galleries to explore. While you’re here, I also encourage you to try any of our award-winning culinary destinations and lesser-known local favourites. We are also home to several local craft breweries and distilleries, and our food scene continues to serve up delicious fare. Enjoy your stay!

Tamara Aschenbrenner, Editor editor@tanneryoung.com infoedmonton.com

Don Iveson Mayor

Yours truly,

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CONTENTS Due to the constant changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend calling or checking websites for the most up-to-date information before planning your visit.

10-11 What’s Trending

Canadian icons set in bronze, awardwinning designs & Canada’s first planetarium restored

12-15 Treaty 6

Indigenous parks, dining & an interview with the artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts

16-17 River Valley

18,000 acres of parks, attractions & adventure

18-19 Family Fun

Kid-friendly activities & attractions

20-21 Historic Edmonton Heritage buildings, war memorials & historical walking tours

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22-25 City Scene

Must-visit neighborhoods, local gems & a downtown art walk

World-class theatres, innovative theatre companies & inspirational art galleries

28-31 Festivals & Events

A look at Edmonton’s annual festivals

32-39 Attractions

Staycation guide, city tours, movie theatres, golf courses & more

40-45 Eat & Drink

Fine-dining, cocktails and craft beer, gorgeous views & classic Edmonton cuisine

46-51 Shopping

Gifts for any occasion, literary communities, farmers’ markets & mustvisit malls

52-55 Beyond Edmonton

Nearby cities, worth-the-drive eats & lakeside attractions

56-61 Services

Maps, accommodations, visitor resources & everything you need to get around

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Features 32 Stay, Play, Discover

Your Staycation Guide to Edmonton

40 Silver Dinings Playbook

Find luxury restaurants at Edmonton hotels

46 Local Gifts Galore Celebrate every occasion

54 Great Lake Getaways

Nearby beaches, trails & campgrounds

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PHOTOS: CITY OF EDMONTON ARCHIVES ON THIS SPOT; IAN BREITZKE; TRAVEL ALBERTA / CURTIS COMEAU; RAELEIGHANDERSON

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WHAT’S TRENDING

Transformations have been ongoing in Edmonton’s ICE District, continuing its quest to be Canada’s largest sports and entertainment district. The luxury JW Marriott hotel opened in 2019 and includes a spa, fitness centre, banquet rooms, and restaurants. The district also includes Rogers Place— the state-of-the-art arena and home to the Edmonton Oilers—as well as the Grand Villa Casino, premium condos and office towers, and a giant public plaza featuring oversize art installations. Upcoming additions include a skating rink (scheduled winter 2020) and new dining options that will include an ice room with in-house vodka expert and Edmonton’s largest rooftop patio (scheduled 2021). || icedistrict.com

Canadian Icons Bob & Doug

Immortalized in bronze near the Rogers Place arena is a piece of Edmonton’s pop culture history. The sketch comedy show, SCTV, included the beloved fictional duo, Bob and Doug McKenzie—beer-drinking, tuque-wearing brothers who played up many Canadian stereotypes. The show aired on and off from 1976 to 1984 on various networks in Canada and the U.S., and was filmed for much of that time in Edmonton. Local sculptor Ritchie Velthuis collaborated with comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas (who played Bob and Doug) to capture their likeness. The life-like statues sit on a bench at 103 St. & 103 Ave.

Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium

The first planetarium in Canada is set to reopen in 2020, after its designation as a Municipal Historic Resource in 2017 and a $7-million restoration. Operating from 1960 to 1983, it was first built to commemorate the Edmonton visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Modern upgrades include LED lights, new mechanical systems, and a new accessible washroom. Located in Coronation Park (114 Ave. & 142 St.), it will support public programs and events for the TELUS World of Science.

Stanley A. Milner Library

The revitalization of the Edmonton Public Library’s downtown branch has been ongoing since January 2017, and everyone is ready for the grand opening in spring 2020. Nicknamed the Think Tank, the new Stanley A. Milner Library includes a multi-storey interactive simulation wall; hands-on STEM activities for children; Indigenous Gathering Space; dedicated culinary centre; and a Makerspace area suitable for 3D printing, robotics, and other fabrication projects. There will also be over 28,000 square feet of community space, with some overlooking Churchill Square. || epl.ca 10

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PHOTOS: ZUZANA BENESOVA; TAMARA ASCHENBRENNER; EDMONTON PUBLIC LIBRARY; WEST EDMONTON MALL; ADAM BORMAN; EDMONTON CONVENTION CENTRE; MICHAEL HINGSTON

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Award-winning Funicular

Edmonton’s Mechanized River Valley Access won the 2020 National Urban Design Award of Excellence in Civic Design! Its award-winning allure comes from a combination of built structures, open spaces, and public art—as well as how it makes the river valley more accessible for everyone. The multi-milliondollar project connects the top of 100 Street in downtown Edmonton (near the Hotel Macdonald, 10065-100 St.) to Louise McKinney Park. Inside a fully enclosed glass funicular, up to 20 riders can ride down to a lookout point where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the expansive parkland. From there, riders have the option to take either the stairs or an elevator down to the park. Whether you’re just joyriding or need a fast way down that will accommodate a mobility aid, stroller, or bicycle, the funicular is a great way to get around and is free to everyone, at just the push of a button. || edmonton.ca

COMING SOON

New Galaxyland Rides

North America’s largest indoor amusement park is home to the world’s largest triple-loop roller coaster and will soon be joined by many well-known Hasbro brands. Space-age themed attractions like the Galaxy Express and Galaxy Kids Playpark will operate alongside attractions inspired by My Little Pony, Monopoly, Play-Doh, and more. The grand opening of Galaxyland powered by Hasbro—the first Hasbro-themed amusement park in Canada—is scheduled for winter 2020.

beginnings just appear so like a drowsy eye suddenly awake where a river wells up uncoiling from the ice where snug beside the land it lay dreaming at our feet in quiet sleep — from “Gifts of a River” by E.D. Blodgett

Poetic Solar Energy

Edmontonia Trading Cards

Edmonton scenes and landmarks—like the Walterdale Bridge, West Edmonton Mall, Accidental Beach, and urban wildlife—are available in trading-card form. The all-ages set of collectible trading cards, created by Michael Hingston and designed by Justine Ma, feature illustrations and photography of various local artists. Celebrate all things Edmonton, trade with your friends, and try to collect all 60! Available online and in local shops like Audreys Books, Parcel + Paper, and Glass Bookshop. || edmontonia.ca

In Poems for a Small Park. Edmonton, Athabasca University Press, 2008.

The new solar installation at the Edmonton Convention Centre is the largest of its kind in Canada. The ECC’s iconic multi-level atrium slopes down towards the river valley from downtown’s Jasper Avenue, and a modernization project replaced the 35-year-old skylight panels with new photovoltaic (solar cell) glass units. An added touch is the pattern of the cells, which spell out the excerpt of “Gifts of a River” in Morse code. The poem was written by E.D. Blodgett, a former Edmonton Poet Laureate—and more of his works can be found etched onto poetry rings in the nearby Louise McKinney Park. Enjoy the artistic sustainability project from within the Edmonton Convention Centre (9797 Jasper Ave.) or from the river valley itself.

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Beaver Hills Park

Amiskwaciwâskahikan Amiskwaciwâskahikan is the Cree name for the area that is now Edmonton. Our beautiful city is on traditional lands, referred to as Treaty 6 Territory, and it has the second largest Indigenous population of all Canadian municipalities. The treaty dates back to 1876 and encompasses the traditional territories of numerous Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux. We recognize and respect that Edmonton’s events, celebrations, and attractions occur on traditional meeting grounds. Celebrate Indigenous history, as well as present-day artisans, chefs, makers, and business owners, in Edmonton.

Alex Decoteau Park The downtown park features open green space, a community garden, and a fenced off-leash. The park’s name and featured artwork pay tribute to Alex Decoteau, the first Indigenous police officer in Canada. 105 St. & 102 Ave. Beaver Hills House Park This bustling downtown park includes the Aboriginal Walk of Honour, a tribute to Aboriginal artists who blazed trails in the film industry. 105 St. & Jasper Ave. 12

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Indigenous Art Park The Indigenous Art Park—ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞—is located within Queen Elizabeth Park in the river lot formerly homesteaded by Métis settler Joseph McDonald. Opened in 2018, it hosts artworks that celebrate the city’s rich Indigenous history. The featured Canadian artists created their proposals after consulting with Elders, Indigenous residents of Edmonton, and several other Indigenous organizations in the area. 10380 Queen Elizabeth Park Rd.

Rossdale Memorial A cemetery for Aboriginal Peoples and Fort Edmonton settlers, including the burial ground for Chief Papaschase, existed in the Rossdale area where EPCOR sought to expand. While activists sought to protect the site, the city was forced to act when human remains were recovered, thus removing and reburying them in a protected area. Both a monument at the traditional burial site (105 St. & River Valley Rd.) and the new memorial site (101 St. & 96 Ave.) exist to honour the respective ancestors. Aboriginal Veterans’ Monument This monument on the Alberta Legislature Grounds was placed in 2004 to honour the Indigenous veterans of Alberta who have served in Canada’s military.

Treaty 6 Marker As a commitment to truth, reconciliation, and Indigenization, MacEwan University installed a permanent treaty marker outside of the kihêw waciston Indigenous centre. Mother Bear Prays for Earth Healing was created by Stewart Steinhauer, a sculptor from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Indigenous Garden The Indigenous Garden at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden features plants that have traditional uses by Indigenous peoples, including medicinal, dietary, and ornamentation. botanicgarden.ualberta.ca

PHOTOS: ASHLEE GANTON

Parks & Tributes

Garneau Monument The Garneau area is one of the oldest neighbourhood’s in Edmonton, and Métis activist and settler Laurent Garneau was one of the first to obtain property for farming. A monument for Garneau currently exists in Adair Park (110 St. and 90 Ave.).


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Dining Creations Dining Room & Lounge Regional and Canadian fare is offered, but the menu has broad appeal to accommodate a number of preferences. The Indigenous-influenced establishment uses regional, environmentally friendly products wherever possible. Try the Bison Chili, Annisabo (traditional Cree-style pea soup), or a range of snacks, salads, and flatbreads. || Sawridge Inn Edmonton South, 4235 Gateway Blvd., 780989-4439. sawridge.com Homefire Grill With all the elements of a perfect night out— extraordinary food, a notable wine list, and service that pampers—Homefire Grill is a fantastic dining spot. All of its dishes—including the Bison Burger and Bannock with whipped maple butter—offer bold flavours of the prairie, mixed with an Aboriginal influence from its ownership. || 18210-100 Ave., 780-489-8086. homefiregrill.ca Native Delights Enjoy First Nations cuisine like the Mostos Bison Burger, Newiyawak Taco, and Rez Dog Hot Dog. Watch for their food truck during the warmer months, or stop by their year-round weekend kiosk in the SuperFlea Market. || 12011-111 Ave., 780237-0717. nativedelights.ca

PHOTOS: TAMARA ASCHENBRENNER; ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM

SC Damn Good Food Located at the River Cree Resort and Casino, this eatery offers quality food in a warm, inviting environment. The contemporary Canadian menu includes prairie steaks, Atlantic fish, and influences from the chef’s Aboriginal heritage. || 300 East Lapotec Blvd., Enoch, 780-930-2636. rivercreeresort.com

Museums & Artworks Art Gallery of Alberta The Adjunct Curators of Indigenous Art at the AGA develop exhibitions and guide collection acquisitions in support of Indigenous artists. || 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., 780-422-6223. youraga.ca Bearclaw Gallery Specializing in Canadian First Nations, Métis, and Inuit art, this gallery carries a wide selection of original artwork, showcasing the creativity, varied experiences, traditions, and histories of leading Indigenous artists in Canada. Find paintings, stone sculptures, wood carvings, clay works, jewellery, crafts, and gifts. || 10403-124 St., 780482-1204. bearclawgallery.com Indigenous Artist Market Collective Find locally handcrafted works by Indigenous artists at the Indigenous Artist Market Collective’s booth at City Market Downtown every weekend. The featured artists are rotated weekly. || yegdtmarket.com

( Pick up your copy of Chef Shane Chartrand’s highly anticipated cookbook! Part personal journal, part exploration, and part progressive Indigenous recipes, Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine is available in local bookstores.

Iron Foot Place Set in the floor of Ford Hall in Rogers Place is the stunning Tsą tsą ke k’e (or Iron Foot Place) designed by Alex Janvier, an artist of Dene Suline

( Admission to the RAM is free for Indigenous Peoples and all children 6 and under.

and Saulteaux descent. The 1,600-square-foot mosaic honours the land where Edmonton is located and its history and continuing legacy as a meeting place. || 10220-104 Ave. Ote Nikan Gas Store The new First Nation-owned gas station is the first of its kind in Edmonton. On top of being a 24-hour gas and convenience store, it features the history of Papaschase First Nation—including a mural painted from an historic photograph— and handcrafted artworks from local Indigenous artists. || 3003 Calgary Tr. papaschasepetro.ca Royal Alberta Museum Working collaboratively with Indigenous communities and Elders, the Royal Alberta Museum opened the new building with a traditional ceremony to bless the space and acknowledge the Treaty 6 territory. A significant addition to the new RAM is the integration of Indigenous histories throughout the six galleries in the Human History Hall. If you make a stop in the giftshop, you’ll find that more than half of the products are made by local and Indigenous makers from Alberta. || 9810-103 A Ave., 825-468-6000. royalalbertamuseum.ca 2020/21 InfoEdmonton.com

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Artist Spotlight

Alexandra Lazarowich

Can you tell us about your experience as Creative Director? That job was an interesting and unique opportunity to be part of something that will be around for a long time. With short films, especially when distributed online, the life of your film is a bit fleeting—but with the RAM project, those films will be there for at least a generation. My nieces and nephews will grow up visiting that museum and seeing the work that we created in partnership with the five Indigenous communities represented. How do the RAM films represent your style? As a filmmaker, I am always trying to find authenticity in the work that I help create. This can only happen with a strong creative team and the trust of the people you are collaborating with to help tell their story. Without the stories from the people and the

communities, we would not have been successful, and I thank them for giving us their time and their guidance. What do you hope people take away from your work? I hope that people come away with seeing things in a new way, or at the very least creating a space for questions and dialogue. I hope that Indigenous people see my films and feel hope for the future—hope that our culture is still alive… [and] to see on the big screen that there are people thriving and living in this modern world as strong Indigenous people. What keeps you coming back to Edmonton? Edmonton is where a lot of my family still lives… but I also love that Edmonton is authentic and a city without pretension.

What’s guided your career path? Everything. My mom wondered about me as a young person doing all sorts of work, from multimedia programming and design to health and safety, anti-racism and, of course, the arts. She told me she sees now how I have used everything in what I do now.

Talent Spotlight

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick She’s the co-founder and artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and the Rubaboo Arts Festival, the executive director of the Dreamspeakers Film Festival, and the recipient of the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Leadership. She’s also the first Indigenous Associate Chair of the Citadel Theatre and the first Indigenous board member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Impressed? Us, too. Meet Christine Frederick…

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Tell us more about your roles with Citadel Theatre and Winspear Centre. Both the Citadel and the Winspear are committed to inclusion and diversity. I help by consulting and sharing knowledge and skills in the Indigenous and mainstream art scenes and experience in cultural approaches (like protocols, practices, history, perspective, etc.). What has surprised you the most over the course of your career? How long it took me to realize the long game. Focusing on creating opportunities for others creates the opportunity for all of us to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. What do you love most about working and living in Edmonton? Connection to my ancestors and vision for our descendants.

Note: Many 2020 public events have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Check websites for confirmed dates.

Annual Events Deep Freeze Festival Jan | This free festival brings together Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, First Nations, and Acadian/East Coast communities to revel in the magic and beauty of winter. || deepfreezefest.ca U of A Annual Round Dance Jan | Swap stories, break bannock, and honour traditions and memories with children, friends, families, and Elders. All are welcome. || uab.ca/RoundDance Flying Canoe Volant Late Jan | The nighttime winter festival blends Indigenous and French-Canadian arts and culture. || flyingcanoevolant.ca Annual Memorial March Feb 14 | Honour and remember Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women at this annual march. || womensmemorialmarch. wordpress.com Dreamspeakers International Film Festival TBA | Filmmakers, performers, and artists host this celebration of Indigenous culture, art, and heritage with screenings of some of the finest Indigenous films, events, and industry workshops. || dreamspeakers.org

PHOTOS: SAM RICHARDSON; CHRISTINE SOKAYMOH FREDERICK; JENNIFER LINFORD

As a creative director for the Royal Alberta Museum, Cree filmmaker Alexandra Lazarowich helped integrate Indigenous histories and voices throughout the Human History Hall’s permanent exhibits. She was also recently recognized with a prestigious award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival for her film on Indian Relay. Meet Alexandra Lazarowich…


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Rubaboo Arts Festival TBA | This annual festival is Alberta’s only Aboriginal multi-disciplinary arts festival. Experience Indigenous theatre, music, dance, art, food, family and youth events, crafts, cultural workshops, and more! || albertaaboriginalarts.ca

North America: the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. Join them for this exciting festival! || ansn.ca

Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow May | This long-standing annual pow wow features a variety of dancers, drummers, and craft and food vendors! Bring your own chairs to this free event. || facebook.com/BenCalfRobeTraditional PowWow

Poundmaker’s Lodge Annual Pow Wow Early Aug | This free family-friendly event includes arts, crafts, and food vendors. || poundmakerslodge.ca

Indigenous History Month Jun | The City of Edmonton’s Indigenous Relations Office collected submissions of Indigenous-focused events being held throughout the month of June. More information about Indigenous History Month in Edmonton and the list of events can be found on their website. || edmonton.ca/IndigenousHistoryMonth Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival Jun | Celebrate through interactive experiences, cultural demonstrations, artisans, cuisine, and live concerts. || eipfestival.ca National Indigenous Peoples Day Jun 21 | Celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Alberta and Canada with workshops, music, food, and arts in the days around National Indigenous Peoples Day. || edmonton.ca Nakota Strong Music Festival Jul | About an hour outside of Edmonton, Alexis is the home of the most northwestern Siouan Tribe of

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Annual Pow Wow Jul | Celebrate the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation’s annual powwow. || ansn.ca

Edmonton Heritage Festival Aug | Celebrate Indigenous culture at the Aboriginal pavilion, with cuisine, crafts, dance, drumming, and more. || heritagefest.ca Orange Shirt Day Sep 30 | Events commemorate the residential school experience and honour the healing journey of survivors and their families. Wear orange to show your support. || orangeshirtday.org Annual NAAW Round Dance Nov | The Poundmaker’s Lodge hosts a pipe ceremony and round dance for National Addictions Awareness Week. || poundmakerslodge.ca Métis Week Proclamation Nov 16 | Métis Week occurs during the week surrounding Louis Riel Day (Nov 16). The City of Edmonton partners with the Métis Nation of Alberta to host a proclamation and flag-raising ceremony at City Hall. || edmonton.ca Indigenous Artisans Holiday Market Late Nov | This annual holiday market features Indigenous artisans and makers. || facebook.com/I.A.M.MarketCollective

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RIVER VALLEY

Parks

Discover Our

Alberta Legislature Grounds

Ribbon of Green

Cool your feet in the fountain or lounge in the grass as you admire the view of the stunning sandstone Alberta Legislature Building and grounds. || 10800-97 Ave.

Buena Vista Park

One of the city’s largest parks, and adjacent to both Laurier and Hawrelak, this area includes multi-use trails and a large off-leash area for dogs. || 13210 Buena Vista Rd.

Government House Park

With fantastic views of the river, this is a great spot to enjoy a campfire, picnic, or winter toboggan ride. Paved paths lead to the river. || 9938 Groat Rd.

Kinsmen Park

Head here to spend quality time with your family or enjoy an afternoon of exercise, as this spot has an outdoor pool and spray park, picnic sites, and nearby trails. || 9100 Walterdale Hill

Laurier Park

Located in the west end near the Edmonton Valley Zoo, this popular park includes picnic sites, walking trails, baseball diamonds, a playground, and a boat launch. || 13221 Buena Vista Rd.

Louise McKinney Riverfront Park

The wide promenade with gorgeous views of the river and downtown skyline make it perfect for an evening stroll. There’s also a public dock for boats and canoes, a Riverfront Plaza, and a Chinese garden. || 9999 Gierson Hill

Rundle Park

The all-season northeast park includes multi-use trails, sports fields, picnic sites, a golf course, and toboggan hills. || 2909-113 Ave.

Victoria Park

This beautiful park provides easy access to the pathways along River Valley Road and has spots to play baseball, cricket, and horseshoes. In the winter, there’s a skate trail. || 12030 River Valley Rd.

William Hawrelak Park

This large park is busy year-round and a great place to rent paddleboats, catch some rays, cross-country ski, or take in a festival. || 9330 Groat Rd. Alberta Legislature Grounds

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Edmonton’s river valley is 18,000 acres of fun and adventure


Attractions Edmonton Riverboat

Cruise the North Saskatchewan River aboard a stylish paddlewheel boat, enjoying picture-perfect access to the river valley. Daytime, leisure, and dinner cruises are available, and are great for a romantic date, a family-friendly event, or an afternoon with friends. Visit the website to check out launch times and reserve your spot. || edmontonriverboat.ca

John Janzen Nature Centre

In the heart of the river valley, the nature centre offers hands-on programs and workshops designed for ages ranging from preschool to adult. Investigate local wildlife, walk the trails, learn through play, and so much more. || 7000-143 St. edmonton.ca/johnjanzen

River Valley Adventure Co.

The one-stop attraction shop also offers Segway tours, bike rentals, rafting adventures, snowshoe rentals, stand-up paddleboards, and various sports equipment rentals (including croquet and bocce ball sets, footballs and soccer balls, and fishing equipment). The expert guides will ensure you get all the training you need! || 9735 Grierson Hill. rivervalleyadventure.com

Victoria Golf Course

First developed in 1896 (before the city was even founded), Victoria Golf Course is the oldest city-run course. Featuring over 61 stalls on its driving range, this picturesque course is ideal for beginners to mid-handicap players and will treat them to a gorgeous backdrop of the river valley, Alberta Legislature, and University of Alberta buildings. || 12130 River Valley Rd. edmonton.ca

Popular activities include hiking, cross-country skiing, cycling, and wildlife spotting.

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FAMILY FUN

Little sts gue e deserv big fun

By Tamara Aschenbrenner

From art and music to outdoor adventures, there’s no shortage of fun for families in and around the city—or even in your own home. We’ve narrowed it down to some of our favourites.

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Roller coasters, waterslides, ice skating, movie theatres, arcade games, and mini golf all under one roof? It’s possible to spend an entire week in West Edmonton Mall (wem.ca) without getting bored, and that’s not even including over 800 retail stores and 100 eating establishments. The one-stop world-class theme park attractions make this a must-do for the whole family.

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Stretch their creativity by taking a public art tour (arttouryeg.ca) or visiting one

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of Edmonton’s many art galleries. You can hop between several in the 124 Street Gallery District (edmontongallerydistrict.com) or head downtown to the stunning Art Gallery of Alberta (youraga.ca). Admission is always free for youth under 18.

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Local art supply stores like the Paint Spot (paintspot.ca) let you create your own art at home. They’ve got everything from face paints and tie dye kits to brushes, clay, and beginner art sets. Or head over to Crankpots (crankpots.ca), where they can paint their own masterpieces and

personalize their own ceramic mugs, bowls, piggy banks, and more.

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The Children’s Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum (royalalbertamuseum.ca) includes hands-on activities so toddlers, kids, and the young-at-heart can play, build, slide, tumble, and dress up—all in the name of discovery. The extensive collections throughout the rest of the museum include giant fossils, human cultures, and live insects—and a stop at the gift shop means you can continue the discoveries at home.

Sweeten the Day Carol’s Quality Sweets Get a taste of handmade Belgian chocolate and truffles, gummi candies, jelly beans, Dutch licorice, and a range of British sweets. 12519-102 Ave, 780-433-8650. carolsqualitysweets.com Confetti Sweets Made with high-quality ingredients and no preservatives, these mouthwatering chewy cookies come in a variety of flavours, including Oatmeal M&M, Peanut Butter ChocoChunk, and Gingersnap. They’re available at various farmers’ markets, as well as storefront locations in Edmonton (6861-170 St.) and Sherwood Park (#6, Broadway Blvd.). confettisweets.ca

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Explore the sky through high-quality telescopes, try hands-on design engineering activities, and visit the most technologically advanced planetarium in the world at the TELUS World of Science—Edmonton (telusworldofscience.ca). For more solar and evening sky viewings, drop in to the U of A Astronomical Observatory (ualberta.ca/physics) for free at select times on Thursdays.

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Discover over 350 animals from different climates and habitats at the Edmonton Valley Zoo (valleyzoo.ca), including tigers, red pandas, and Lucy the Asian elephant. Open year-round, the zoo’s conservational focus and its engaging and educational exhibits will help foster a greater love and understanding of the world’s creatures.

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Journey millions of years in the past at Jurassic Forest (jurassicforest.com), where you can take a guided safari along the discovery trail and spot life-sized and startlingly realistic dinosaurs. Help discover and identify ancient remains, ride a Triceratops, and enjoy a picnic surrounded by plants and animals from 250 million years ago.

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Fast Track Indoor Karting (fasttrackkartingedmonton.ca) lets you hop in an electric kart, and zip around for some 70 km/h fun. And if that’s a bit too speedy, try the 30 km/h junior track! Or get your heart pumping at Laser Quest (laserquest.com) with an exhilarating game of laser tag.

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For more adventure and excitement, scale the walls of Vertically Inclined (verticallyinclined.com), one of Canada’s most-established indoor rock-climbing gyms. Or test your balance at Snow Valley Aerial Park (snowvalley.ca). With over 100 games and challenges—and a dedicated kids’ route on ground level—it’s fun for the whole family and the first of its kind in Canada.

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Hawrelak Park (9930 Groat Rd.) is perfect any time of year, whether on land or water. Take a sunny paddleboat ride on the lake—or wait til the winter freeze so you can go skating! For more outdoor skating, check out

Jurassic Forest

Navigate through 15 acres of corn at Edmonton Corn Maze (edmontoncornmaze.ca), which changes its design every year. As you explore, there are countless games and activities to entertain you and help you find your way out.

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Explore the Tegler Discovery Zone, an indoor play space in the John Janzen Nature Centre (edmonton.ca/johnjanzen) that re-creates local wildlife habitats, including a squirrel midden, a beehive, and a beaver dam. Afterwards, go for a scavenger hunt in the Edmonton River Valley and see what the local landscape has to offer. The park system has hundreds of kilometers of walking and biking trails and over 20 major parks.

PHOTOS: EEDC; ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM; GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA; UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

the Victoria Park Oval (12130 River Valley Rd.), home to the Edmonton Speed Skating Club.

Few things are more satisfying than eating freshly picked berries and ripe garden vegetables, so grab a pail and head to one of the many U-Pick gardens in and around the city. For juicy raspberries, check out the 10-acre garden at Horse Hill Berry Garm (horsehillberryfarm.ca), and for strawberries, saskatoons, vegetables, and more, head to Brix ‘n Berries U-Pick (brixnberries.com). In the summer months, take a scenic ride over the North Saskatchewan River on the High Level Bridge Streetcar (edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca). Get off at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market (osfm.ca) on a Saturday and browse through over 130 vendors of the very best local food and produce, arts and crafts, and more! This visit can also include a stroll down Whyte Avenue for its many restaurants and shops.

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Enjoy amazing performances by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (edmontonsymphony.com) with the whole family. Symphony for Kids schedules performances throughout the year that include fun, interactive activities before showtime! And for some tasty theatre, Jubilations Dinner Theatre (jubilations.ca) runs Jubilations Jr. on Saturday mornings. It’s a two-act musical show, three-course family meal, and tons of fun.

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HISTORIC EDMONTON

Walks Down

Memory Lane Where to learn about Edmonton’s past Stroll through the city’s parks and neighbourhoods to get a glimpse of its history. The streets are teeming with heritage buildings, tributes, and memorials— and you can discover so much more on a walking tour.

Historic Buildings Alberta Legislature

Union Bank Inn

Princess Theatre

Built: 1905 Location: 10425-99 Ave. Architectural style: Richardsonian Romanesque Historic tidbit: This schoolhouse held the first two sessions of the Alberta Legislature and is where Edmonton was declared the provincial capital. It now houses the Edmonton Public Schools Archives & Museum.

Built: 1911 Location: 10053 Jasper Ave. Architectural style: Modern Renaissance Historic tidbit: The Union Bank of Canada was one of over 10 banks along the avenue between 100 St. & 101 St., and this is the last remaining bank building of the pre-1914 era left in the area. Now a boutique hotel, it was honoured with a Historic Designation Award.

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Built: 1913 Location: 10800-97 Ave. Architectural style: Classical Revival, Beaux-Arts Historic tidbit: Commonly referred to as “the Ledge,” this is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It is the seat of power for the provincial government, and free tours are offered daily. The south grounds are also significant as the Fort Edmonton signing place of Treaty 6 in 1877.

Built: 1914 Location: 10337 Whyte Ave. Architectural style: Classical Revival Historical tidbit: Designed by local architects Wilson and Herrald, the three-storey building featured “high-class” moving pictures and the occasional vaudeville. Today, the city’s oldest surviving theatre is an arthouse cinema, with a main auditorium upstairs and a small one in the basement.

McLeod Building

Built: 1915 Location: 10134-100 St. Architectural style: Chicago Commercial Historic tidbit: It has often been attributed as Edmonton’s first skyscraper. Chicago’s architecture was world-famous at this time because it pioneered the new technologies of steel-frame construction now found in modern skyscrapers.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Built: 1915 Location: 10065-100 St. Architectural style: Scottish Baronial/ French Chateau Historical tidbit: Originally a railway hotel for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, The Mac was almost demolished in 1983 when it fell into disrepair. It was then designated as a Municipal Historic Resource, forever protecting its historic materials and features.

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HISTORIC EDMONTON

Commemorative Parks

Monuments & War Memorials

When the Hudson’s Bay Company first began relinquishing its land around Fort Edmonton, Métis Laurent Garneau was one of the first settlers to obtain property for farming. He was well known for his social activism, having fought with Louis Riel in the Red River resistance in 1869 and in the Edmonton Uprising of 1885 in an attempt to preserve Métis lands and rights. A monument for Laurent currently exists in Adair Park (110. St. & 90 Ave.) in the Garneau area near the University of Alberta, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Edmonton. Alex Decoteau, the first Indigenous police officer in Canada, was hired by the Edmonton Police Service in 1909. He was also an exceptional athlete and ran in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. An Edmonton park (on 105 St. & 102 Ave.) commemorates his achievements, more than a century after his death overseas during the First World War. The Famous Five are well known across Canada as the passionate Albertans who fought the Supreme Court of Canada for the right of white women to be regarded legally as persons. Emily Murphy was the first female magistrate in Canada, Louise McKinney the first female MLA, and Irene Parlby the first woman cabinet minister in Alberta. Nellie McClung helped white women in Manitoba become the first to vote in a provincial election, and Henrietta Edwards founded one of Canada’s first YWCAs. Along Edmonton's river valley, the five municipal parks (edmonton.ca) help to form part of the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America.

Edmonton Cenotaph City Hall Unveiled in 1936, this memorial represents the tombs of approximately 3,000 Edmonton-area veterans who died in the First World War. Aboriginal Veterans’ Monument Legislature Building Grounds Placed in 2004, this plaque honours the Indigenous veterans of Alberta who served in Canada’s military. Korean War Memorial Legislature Building Grounds This cairn is in memory of Albertans killed in action in the Korean War.

plaque commemorates the Canadian Merchant Navy. Edmonton Firefighters Memorial Plaza Old Strathcona, 10322-83 Ave. This bronze statue of a firefighter reaching to bring a child to safety sits directly west of the Walterdale Theatre. Aviation Heritage Memorial 11410 Kingsway Ave. This monument located outside of the Alberta Aviation Museum honours the Royal Canadian Air Force’s connection to Edmonton.

Albertans in the Canadian Naval Service Legislature Building Grounds Placed in 1985, this plaque honours all Albertans who served in the Canadian Navy.

PHOTOS: CITY OF EDMONTON ARCHIVES; TOM ARBAN PHOTOGRAPHY INC.; ALBERTA AVIATION MUSEUM

Canadian Merchant Navy Legislature Building Grounds Unveiled in 1996, this

Digital Windows to the Past Edmonton’s Commonwealth Walkway This 10-km loop through the river valley explores Edmonton’s history and Canada’s Commonwealth heritage. Download the interactive app to listen to one of the five storylines (Indigenous, History, Family, River, and Winter) as you travel between the Funicular and Groat Bridge, and answer clues on the Quest for the Golden Key. || edmontoncommonwealthwalkway.com Edmonton Queer History This walking tour highlights important city landmarks, as well as documents the struggles and successes of the LGBTQ2S+ community through digital archives like newspaper clippings, news footage, and interviews. To access, download the izi.TRAVEL app and search for Edmonton Queer History. || izi.travel/en

Louise McKinney Park

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Neighbourhoods Downtown Core, Jasper Ave. & Alberta Legislature

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Culture, food, and entertainment collide in the heart of Edmonton. Special events take place year-round in the Arts District, which includes the Winspear Centre (home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra), the Citadel Theatre, and the swirl of glass, steel, and zinc that is the Art Gallery of Alberta. The newer ICE District features the state-of-the-art Rogers Place (home to the Edmonton Oilers) and the luxury JW Marriott hotel, while also being nearby the new location of the Royal Alberta Museum. Teeming with history (including plaques on buildings), Jasper Avenue is the city’s original Main Walk the Street, now lined with restaurants, Grounds Stroll the manicured cafés, and office buildings. For more grounds around the history, wander over to the Alberta Alberta Legislature, take a Legislature Building (10800-97 Ave.), free tour, and maybe even the seat of our province’s provincial splash in the refreshing government and a historical building wading areas. that’s over 100 years old. ( The 4th Street Promenade, once home to Edmonton’s booming fur industry, is now filled with boutiques, specialty cafés, extraordinary restaurants, and a hip community vibe—as well as the outdoor Neon Sign Museum (104 St. & 104 Ave.). The growing collection of bright, restored historic signs is just steps away from Rogers Place.

Stroll the Ave.

( Gourmet chocolate, designer fashions, and statement accessories await you at the high-end shops in Manulife Place (10180-101 St.). shopmanulifeplace.com

Old Strathcona, Garneau & University of Alberta

( Explore the political and social history of Alberta at the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, which includes the Agora Interpretive Centre and the 360-degree 4-D Pehonan Theatre. assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre

Take in an afternoon of window-shopping and people-watching, and enjoy the tunes of local street performers. The best way to experience Whyte Avenue is to grab a coffee and stroll the neighbourhood.

( The historic single-screen Garneau Theatre (8712-109 St.) is home to Metro Cinema, which screens local and international independent films (as well as nostalgic favourites) that are not screened anywhere else in the city. metrocinema.org ( The aptly named MEAT (8216-104 St.) offers savoury, smoked meats like beef brisket, pulled pork, and smoked chicken. Can’t decide? Try the Meat Sampler for a bit of everything. meatfordinner.ca ( Often a hopping spot, Sugarbowl (10922-88 Ave.) serves craft beer, legendary cinnamon buns, and other delicious offerings. When the weather’s warm, enjoy the fantastic patio. thesugarbowl.org

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( Seven days a week, every week, check out the live music lineup at Blues on Whyte (10329-82 Ave.). bluesonwhyte.com

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Because of their proximity to the U of A and some of the oldest, most established neighbourhoods in the city, Old Strathcona and Garneau are unique blends of youthful exuberance, art and culture, historic buildings, vibrant nightlife, and diverse cuisine. Whyte Ave. is just steps away from the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market (osfm.ca) and home to one of the city’s most avant-garde theatre companies, the Varscona Theatre (varsconatheatre.com). Garneau boasts one of Edmonton’s oldest movie theatres, historic homes, and an eclectic mix of old meets new.


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High Street & 124 Street Steps away from Edmonton’s iconic river valley, this lively district is full of mature trees, stunning architecture, quirky specialty shops, inviting cafés, and award-winning restaurants that will satisfy any foodie. This neighbourhood is also home to many of the city’s fine-art galleries that host the Spring and Fall Gallery Walks—self-guided tours that promote Canadian artists. Beginning at the west end of Jasper Avenue and extending to 111 Avenue, 124 Street is one of the city’s burgeoning shopping, dining, and art districts.

( Grab upscale comfort-food favourites from the Blue Plate Diner (12323 Stony Plain Rd.), like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Mac'n'Cheese, and Peanut Butter Pie. blueplatediner.ca ( With a Parisian-style décor, the delightful Duchess Bake Shop (10720-124 St.) has sweet treats, such as macarons, brioches, and croissants that you’ll want to take home by the armful. duchessbakeshop.com

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( The 124 Street Gallery District has several art galleries within two blocks of each other, including Bugera Matheson, Scott Gallery, and Bearclaw Gallery. edmontongallerydistrict.com ( The family-run Shades of Grey Boutique (10116-124 St.) stocks an impressive range of popular brands, with fabulous selections for everything from moto jackets and maxi dresses to peep toes and tote bags. shopshadesofgrey.com

Art Walk

Highlands

Marvel at the works of art in the nearby Borden Park, including the brightly coloured Vaulted Willow.

Named in 1912 in a contest offering a $50 prize, this historical and quaint area is filled with unique shops and restaurants. Heritage homes in the area include Magrath Mansion (6240 Ada Blvd.) and McLuhan House (11342-64 St., built ), the latter of which is now a micro-museum containing a collection of family portraits, intermedia art installation, and resources on the life and work of popular (and often controversial) media critic Dr. Marshall McLuhan. Walk the neighbourhood to experience cute character homes, a gorgeous view of the river valley along Ada Boulevard, superb dining, and one-of-akind boutiques.

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( Market Day: Catch the 124 Grand Market in the summer months on Thursdays (4 pm–8 pm) and Sundays (11 am–3 pm) and delight in good vibes, delicious food trucks, and great community spirit! 124grandmarket.com

( Go on a treasure hunt at Chickies Antiques (11204-65 St.), whose vintage collection overflows into the yard and will add a rustic aesthetic to any home. facebook.com/chickies.antiques ( Find a curated selection of jewellery, cards, soaps, and crafts from Edmonton artists and designers at Majesty and Friends (6421-112 Ave.). majestyandfriends.com ( Bagels, beers, burgers, and more are available in the historic Gibbard Block (6425-112 Ave.), which is now home to June’s Delicatessen, Highlands Liquor, and Fox Burger—plus a quaint rooftop patio. bbhg.ca

Duchess Bake Shop

( Visit Be-a-Bella (6510-112 Ave.) to find an assortment of retro and specialty candies, jewellery, fashion items, and other great gift ideas. be-a-bella.com

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Artworks Boulevard A downtown art walk By Charisse Steward

Nature’s Harmony

The work of Cree artist Leo Arcand attracted the eye of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016 when he selected one of Arcand’s sculptures to present to American President Barack Obama during a visit to the US capital. Today, Arcand’s largest piece is enjoyed and shared by Edmontonians. The striking stone sculpture carved out of snowywhite Vancouver Island marble features the intertwined forms of a buffalo, a bear, an eagle, and the face of a man, woman, and child. Located on Capital Boulevard, in front of Norquest College on 108 Street between 102 and 103 Avenue. || Capital Blvd., 10215-108 St.

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Created by artists Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur, this piece celebrates the famous explorer and cartographer David Thompson—a man known for accurately mapping out large portions of Canada. Three canoes lean against each other to form a tripod, detailed with images representative of Thompson’s explorations, as well as actual passages from his journal. The figure of a young Thompson sits atop the canoes, holding his ever-present sextant. The amount of detail incorporated into this piece is what makes visiting its site on the boulevard a must-see! || Capital Blvd., 10009-108 St.

Stretching from the Alberta Legislature Building to MacEwan University, Capital Boulevard became the permanent home of five sculptures, each telling a story specific to Canada’s history. Ready to get inspired? Art, storytelling, and history await you on this free selfguided walking tour.

World Enough, And Time

Best known for his extra-large sculptures, Ken Macklin creates artwork primarily made from steel and concrete. His work is a fantastic example of how to take something that might be easily overlooked and turn it into something thought-provoking and interesting. This abstract work represents the world in past, present, and future forms, with certain colours having symbolic representations—like blue, which is a nod to the working class who helped build this country. Try to decipher the full meaning behind this larger-than-life piece in person. Located on 108 Street, across from MacEwan University. || Capital Blvd., 10334-108 St.

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“Koo-Koo-Sint” — The Star Gazer


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Alberta Craft Gallery Culture in the Making

Transect

Award-winning artists Tyler Rock and Julia Reimer are the masterminds behind the glass and stainless-steel sculpture known as Transect. Embedded in each of the blue glass circles are historic photographs of native plants, animal tracks, and significant moments from the province’s history—including a photo of the original Alberta Legislature Building, before it was the iconic stone building you see today. Transect is the closest sculpture to the Legislature Grounds on 108 Street. || Capital Blvd., 9945-108 St.

EXHIBITIONS • GALLERY SHOP “Gorgeous place. Amazing local handcrafted items that are all so unique” - Alberta Craft Gallery visitor www.albertacraft.ab.ca | 10186 - 106 Street, Edmonton

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Sentinel

Edmontonian artist Sandra Bromley designed her art contribution by carefully selecting 13 pieces of stone cultivated from each province and territory in Canada. The beautiful natural colours and details of the stones stand out in sharp contrast against one another, showcasing the startling complexity of our nation’s environment. The piece is stunning rain or shine— a stripe pattern forms on the unpolished step-like side when rainwater flows down it, adding extra character. You can view Sentinel on Capital Boulevard, just North of Jasper Avenue on 108 Street. || Capital Blvd., 10147-108 St.

Bearclaw Gallery 10403 –124 Street Edmonton, Alberta

Tel: 1+(780) 482-1204 Fax: 1+(780) 488-0928 info@bearclawgallery.com

bearclaw gallery FIRST NATIONS ART GALLERY bearclawgallery.com

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Arts’ Content

To Your

World-class theatre, incredible events, exciting festivals, and the innovative

companies behind them—Edmonton’s ever-growing arts scene is active year-round, whether online or on the stage. Check out one of these stellar venues that are committed to keeping Edmonton entertained and inspired.

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he ATB Financial Arts Barns is a dynamic venue that hosts local productions from groups like Northern Lights Theatre and annual events like the Fringe Theatre Festival and Western Canada Fashion Week. || 10330-84 Ave., fringetheatre.ca The vintage Capitol Theatre, a recreation of the original 1929 building that once lived on Jasper Avenue, can be found in Fort Edmonton Park and hosts unique live theatre shows, including Send in the Girls Burlesque. || 1920 Street, Fort Edmonton Park, 7000-143 St. fortedmontonpark.ca The Citadel Theatre is Edmonton’s leading theatre and hosts a variety of plays downtown year-round, housing five performance spaces as well as a professional theatre program. It’s also home to three resident theatre companies: Catalyst Theatre, Rapid Fire Theatre, and Theatre Yes. || 9828-101A Ave. citadeltheatre.com La Cité Francophone is home to Edmonton’s only professional francophone theatre company, l’UniThéâtre. Their productions work to promote the French language and French-language cultural expressions, including making it accessible to all theatregoers with the use of surtitles—English translations of the play projected live and above the stage. || 8627-Rue Marie-AnneGaboury (91 St.). lunitheatre.ca Stirring performances of all sorts can be found at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, including performances by Alberta Ballet and the Edmonton Opera scheduled throughout the year. || 11455-87 Ave. jubileeauditorium.com Just west of the city is the River Cree Resort & Casino, where you can catch outstanding music and comedy, including classic bands, tribute shows, burlesque, and male revues. || 300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch. rivercreeresort.com Reborn from the ashes is the Roxy on Gateway. Focusing on Canadian playwrights, Theatre Network challenges its audience’s conceptions and welcomes controversy with the risks it takes. This location is also home to the Edmonton Actors Theatre, whose bold work examines the relationship between the audience and the performer. || 8529 Gateway Blvd. theatrenetwork.ca At the University of Alberta’s Timms Centre for the Arts, they host a wide variety of events like theatre productions and guest speakers, but they are also a home for emerging actors: the U of A’s Studio Theatre (ualberta.ca) features plays starring up-andcoming performers from the university’s BFA program. || 112 St. & 87 Ave. timmscentre.ca MacEwan University’s Allard Hall includes spaces for various performances, including art and design exhibitions, solo acts and jazz bands, musicals, and guest lectures. Come see some of the city’s finest young performers on the stage in the Triffo Theatre, and watch for scheduled performances by Ballet Edmonton and the Brian Webb Dance Company. || 11110-104 Ave. macewan.ca Also home to several local troupes is the Varscona Theatre. On its Old Strathcona stage, the Shadow Theatre (shadowtheatre.org) presents challenging Canadian works about the complexities of the human condition, Teatro la Quindicina (teatroq.com) performs plays filled with witty dialogue and heartfelt mom, and the influential Workshop West (workshopwest.org) develops playwrights and tells Western Canadian stories. || 10329-83 Ave. varsconatheatre.com Its neighbour, the Walterdale Theatre, houses one of Western Canada’s oldest amateur theatre groups operated almost entirely by volunteers. || 10322-83 Ave., walterdaletheatre.com Acoustically superb with a design reminiscent of 19th-century European concert halls, the worldKeep up to date on upcoming shows by class Winspear Centre hosts a variety of concerts following our team on and performances, including dance, world music, Twitter @WhereEdmonton international artists, comedians, and the Edmonton or checking out our Symphony Orchestra. || 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. events calendar at winspearcentre.com InfoEdmonton.com


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Art Galleries Alberta Craft Council Gallery is Alberta’s only public gallery dedicated to craftmaking. || 10186106 St. albertacraft.ab.ca Art Gallery of Alberta develops original and innovative exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada, and around the world. Designed by world-renowned architect Randall Stout, the AGA’s building is a work of art in itself with its impressive swirl of steel and concrete. || 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. youraga.ca Bearclaw Gallery specializes in Canadian First Nations, Métis, and Inuit art, including stone sculptures, woodcarvings, and paintings. || 10403-124 St. bearclawgallery.com Bugera Matheson Gallery offers seasonal exhibitions of fine art in landscape, still life, and the abstract. || 10345-124 St. bugeramathesongallery.com FAB Gallery at the University of Alberta features exhibitions by students, faculty, and staff, as well as nationally and internationally renowned artists. || 1-1 Fine Arts Building, 112 St. & 89 Ave. artdesign.ualberta.ca

Bugera Matheson Gallery Harcourt House exhibits work by emerging and established artists, offers drop-in classes for adults, and has studio rental space available. || 10215-112 St. harcourthouse.ab.ca Lando Gallery offers superior quality Canadian and international fine art, fine crafts, custom framing, art leasing, appraisals, and collection management. || #103, 10310-124 St. landogallery.com Latitude 53 promotes emerging artists by exhibiting art that engages critically with social issues and subverts norms. || 10242-106 St. latitude53.org Peter Robertson Gallery aims to inform and challenge with a wide range of media and subject

matter and represents a roster of over 40 emerging, mid-career, and senior Canadian artists. || 12323104 Ave. probertsongallery.com Scott Gallery features contemporary Canadian fine art by more than 30 emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian artists, with an emphasis on painting, sculpture, and works on paper. || 10411124 St. scottgallery.com SNAP Gallery is dedicated to the promotion of both traditional and experimental printmaking practices and offers products, services, courses, and exhibitions that showcase a variety of printmaking techniques. || 10572-115 St. snapartists.com

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At-a-glance Annual Celebrations Several festivals have pivoted to online formats or smaller gatherings in 2020 due to COVID-19, though many others have been cancelled/ postponed. It’s been challenging for a city with year-round festivities, but Edmonton’s community spirit perseveres. For many years, these annual events have strived to make this city a place worth celebrating— and we hope they’ll continue for many more.

January

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival Mid Jan | Embrace the magic and beauty of winter with authentic cultural and heritage winter activities, including races in actual deep-freezers, axe throwing, wagon rides, and a street hockey tournament. || deepfreezefest.ca Ice on Whyte Late Jan–early Feb | In true Canadian fashion, enjoy winter at Old Strathcona to take in stunning ice sculptures, live music, delicious food, and even a giant ice slide! || iceonwhyte.ca

February

Flying Canoe Volant Festival Early Feb | Based on a French legend, this nighttime festival includes magical light installations, live music, Indigenous art, storytelling, and bannock making. || flyingcanoevolant.ca The Chinook Series Early–mid Feb | Catch a diverse showcase of avant-garde theatre and dance that celebrates non-traditional, provoking productions by local and international artists. || chinookseries.ca Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival Early–mid Feb | Attracting more than 2,000 skiers from around the world, this epic 55-km cross-country ski loppet, celebrates a Norwegian legend! Check out the largest and friendliest event of its kind in Canada. || canadianbirkie.com Silver Skate Festival Mid Feb | Visit Edmonton’s longest-running winter festival for an extravaganza of art, culture,

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FESTIVALS recreation, and sport! Guests can cook bannock over an open fire, cheer on the long-blade skate racers, and explore the giant ice castle in Hawrelak Park. || silverskatefestival.org

through play and learning. Play games, make friends, and maybe win prizes. || gobfest.ca

SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival Mid Feb | Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts brings Deaf artists from across the country to share their stories, their talents, and the beauty of American Sign Language on stage. || soundofffestival.com

Edmonton Poetry Festival Mid–late Apr | This annual festival is a celebration of poetry that is sure to delight everyone. Support local poets at different events around the city, including explorations of identity, powerful slam poetry nights, and wine pairings with poetry. || edmontonpoetryfestival.com

March

SkirtsAfire Festival Early Mar | Join in on the fun celebrating women in the arts at this empowering festival! Featuring engaging performances and exhibits by a diverse mix of artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, dancers, and actors, this celebration is a must-see! || skirtsafire.com GOBFest Late Mar | Edmonton’s board game festival supports and celebrates Alberta’s board gaming community

April

Dreamspeakers International Film Festival Late Apr | Join Indigenous filmmakers, performers, and artists as they host this celebration of their culture, art, and heritage with screenings of some of the finest Indigenous films, events, and industry workshops. || dreamspeakers.org Rubaboo Arts Festival Late Apr | This multi-disciplinary arts festival is the only Aboriginal arts festival in Alberta and showcases Aboriginal theatre, music,

dance, art, food, and workshops. || albertaaboriginalarts.ca

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May

NextFest Early Jun | Watch a delightful showcase of emerging young talents in theatre, music, dance, art, film, creative writing, and fashion online. || nextfest.org

UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival Late May | Celebrate Ukrainian culture with food, music, dance, crafts, and more. || ufest.ca

Freewill Shakespeare Festival Mid Jun–mid Jul | Watch as the Bard’s iconic plays come to life in Hawrelak Park. Laugh, swoon, and cry along

International Children’s Festival of the Arts Late May | Watch musicians, dancers, storytellers, and puppeteers Porkapalooza BBQ Festival from around the globe converge to Mid Jun | Celebrate the art of BBQ delight the young and young-at-heart at this meaty annual festival. Enjoy with upbeat music, crafts food trucks, live music, and and games, and funny kids’ playground—and stage performances. see who’s crowned DID YOU || childfest.com the grilling champion. KNOW? || porkapalooza.ca K-Days first started NUOVA Opera as the Edmonton & Music Improvaganza Exhibition, launched in 1879. Theatre Festival Mid Jun | Canada’s Late May–early Jul | At largest improv festival Canada’s only summer promises attendees they opera and music theatre feswill laugh ’til it hurts. Check tival, exceptional vocal talents come out talented artists from across the together so everyone can enjoy the nation as they compete in a series of accessible, contemporary, and inspirhilarious theatre-sports matches and ing performances. || operanuova.ca host workshops. || rapidfiretheatre.com

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and storytelling at this annual event. || historicedmonton.ca

Whyte Avenue Art Walk Edmonton International Jazz Festival Early Jul | Walk down the historic Late Jun | Jazz enthusiasts are sure Whyte Avenue as it transforms into to be the first in line! This festival an outdoor gallery and studio, feaheats things up with performances by turing a diverse selection of art from some of the most talented jazz musihundreds of working local artists. cians from around the globe. || art-walk.ca || edmontonjazz.com DID YOU Edmonton International KNOW? The Works Art & Street Performers The Edmonton Design Festival Festival International Fringe Late Jun | Check Mid Jul | Check out Festival is the oldest and out outdoor exhibroving artists as they largest fringe theatre its as Edmonton is take to the streets festival in North America. transformed into the for a variety of shows. largest art gallery in North Watch magicians, comeAmerica, complete with live dians, puppeteers, jugglers, artist demonstrations, an outdoor storyteller, musicians, fire dancers, street market, music, and more. and more. || edmontonstreetfest.com || theworks.ab.ca Africanival Sand on Whyte Mid Jul | Attendees will enjoy live Late Jun–early Jul | Award-winning music, African and Caribbean cuisine, artists from around the world visual and performing arts, a colourful sculpt magnificent, giant sand crecultural parade, and so much more at ations on Whyte Avenue. Visit the the annual Africanival! || africanival.org festival throughout the week to watch the sculptures take shape! Taste of Edmonton || sandonwhyte.ca Mid Jul | Sample from dozens of Edmonton’s finest restaurants as they create special menus for this white-tented affair. Taste from a variHistoric Festival & Doors ety of delicious food, wine, and beer Open Edmonton while enjoying live music and street Early Jul | Learn more about performers. || tasteofedm.ca Edmonton’s history with tours of museums and historic sites, streetEdmonton Carnaval car rides, hands-on pioneer-themed Mid Jul | Celebrate Latin American activities, horse-drawn carriage rides, culture at this multicultural arts

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and entertainment festival. Check out artisanal booths, food vendors, live music, and more! || edmontoncarnaval.com K-Days Mid–late Jul | A non-stop week of live entertainment, midway games, thrilling rides, unique food, and extravagant nightly fireworks await you at Northlands. Check out the action-packed extravaganza of carnival activities that spans ten days || k-days.com

August

Edmonton Heritage Festival Early Aug | Hawrelak Park plays host to outdoor pavilions from 100 different countries and cultures. This multicultural festival includes non-stop music and dancing, arts and crafts displays, cultural demonstrations, traditional costumes, and favourite cuisines from all over the world. || heritagefest.ca Edmonton Folk Music Festival Early Aug | Make sure to catch global stars of folk, blues, bluegrass, and gospel genres at this open-air festival where the Gallagher Park hillside. || edmontonfolkfest.org Edmonton Rock Music Festival Mid Aug | Rock n’ Roll at Hawrelak Park with an amazing lineup of rock music icons. Both single day passes and festival passes available to purchase. || edrocks.ca

Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival Mid Aug | Prepare to be mesmerized with the spectacularly vibrant Caribbean festival! Watch the gala parade from the sidelines, check out the block party, marvel at the colourful costume extravaganza, calypso competition, dance performances, and steel-band competition! || cariwest.ca Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival Mid–late Aug | Recognized as the largest and oldest of its kind in North America, this phenomenal alternative theatre fest is one you won’t want to miss! Check out local, national, and international talents at over 1,200 shows and performances at more than 50 indoor and outdoor venues. || fringetheatre.ca Edmonton Blues Festival Late Aug | Check out top local and international acoustic and electric blues acts from around the world as they rock the house with everything from funk to zydecco. || bluesinternationalltd.com Symphony Under the Sky Late Aug | Enjoy some favourite familiar classical scores, contemporary hits, and Hollywood soundtracks at this annual al fresco music festival featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. || winspearcentre.com

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with the talented performers who put on a show no matter the forecast. || freewillshakespeare.com


FESTIVALS Many 2020 public events have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Check websites for confirmed dates.

Annual Events

September

Kaleido Family Arts Festival Mid Sep | Families and friends should check out this free event, which has plenty of activities suited to all ages, including live music, dance performances, film screenings, plays, shopping, art displays, and literary readings. || kaleidofest.ca Edmonton Craft Beer Festival Late Sep | Sample over 300 different beers from over 70 breweries. Discover new favourites and reacquaint yourself with old brews, or attend seminars and pairing workshops to learn more about characteristics and flavours. || albertabeerfestivals.com

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Edmonton International Film Festival Late Sep–early Oct | Edmonton’s highly celebrated, international film fest gives voice to indie filmmakers in all genres, including contemporary independents, world cinema, documentary, Canadian films, and shorts. || edmontonfilmfest.com

October

Gotta Minute Film Festival Early Oct | Commuters can watch short films on the digital screens throughout the LRT system while they wait for their train during Western Canada’s first film festival specifically for commuters. Miss a show in transit? Watch the full program online. || gottaminutefilmfestival.com.

Scottish Highland Gathering Late Jun | This colourful event includes Highland dance competitions, sheepdog and Scottish country dancing demonstrations, and traditional Scottish food. Plus, witness a field full of brawny men and bonny lassies in kilts competing in the heavy contests of strength, skill, and endurance! || edmontonscottishsociety.org STARFest Early–late Oct | At St. Albert Readers’ Festival, attendees can join fellow book enthusiasts in a celebration of writing, writers, and reading. With an engaging lineup of diverse authors, this festival aims to bring readers and authors together. || starfest.ca Edmonton Short Film Festival Mid Oct | Join Alberta independent filmmakers at this short film festival that celebrates independent film and the local film community || esff.ca LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival Mid–late Oct | Celebrated as Canada’s only festival of non-fiction literature, LitFest combines lively readings and discussions— by talented local, national, and international writers—with music, gourmet food, and select wines. || litfestalberta.org Edmonton Comedy Festival Mid Oct | Get ready to laugh as comedians from all over North America converge for this hilarious celebration of comedy in all of its forms throughout the city. || atbcomedy.com

November

Rainbow Visions Film Festival Early Nov | Catch feature-length or short films at this young and diverse film festival that showcases films from the LGBTQ community at the Metro Cinema inside the Garneau theatre. || rainbowvisions.ca

Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival Early Nov | Attend the largest and most exciting wine-and-food event in Alberta! This festival gives guests the perfect opportunity to sample gourmet food and a wide selection of wine, scotch, beer, and premium spirits. || rockymountainwine.com

ITU World Triathlon Series Late Jul | Edmonton often hosts the thrilling ITU World Triathlon. Witness elite and beginner athletes alike run, swim, and cycle with all of their heart. || edmonton.triathlon.org

Farmfair International Mid Nov | At Canada’s premier livestock, thousands gather to see, show, and sell top-quality livestock. Shop the RAM Marketplace for western and agricultural goods, and enjoy a variety of entertainment, rodeo competitions, and demonstrations. || farmfairinternational.com

Servus Edmonton Marathon Mid Aug | This familyfriendly event includes 5-km and 10-km walks/ runs, a fitness expo, and an intensive 42.2-km marathon that is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. || edmontonmarathon.ca

December

Edmonton Entertainment & Comic Expo Late Sep | Time to geek out! This steadily growing pop-culture convention features talented comic book artists, cool vendors, famous media guests, and entertainment cosplayers. || edmontonexpo.com

Festival of Trees Early Dec | This event brings together magnificently decorated trees, festive displays, and uniquely decorated cakes and gingerbread houses. Enjoy family scavenger hunts, live entertainment, and a special visit from Santa. || festivaloftrees.ab.ca Zoominescence: A Festival of Light Early–late Dec | Sip your hot chocolate and take a stroll around the zoo and admire the dazzling light installations created by local artists. Take in the sights every weekend at the zoo! || buildingourzoo.com

Luminaria Early Dec | Enjoy ice sculptures, a capella singers, and hot apple cider while wandering the candle-lit pathways of the Botanic Garden. || luminaria.ualberta.ca

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Stay, Play, Discover By Tamara Aschenbrenner

Your Staycation Guide to Edmonton Whether you’re here for the week, for the day, or for life, you can find something new to experience and discover. To help, we’ve highlighted amazing attractions, activities, and opportunities to indulge to make this the most epic holistay ever.

Soak in the Ambience Travel the North Saskatchewan River aboard the Edmonton Riverboat, and take in the picturesque view as your tour between Dawson Bridge and the newly constructed Walterdale Bridge. || 9734-98 Ave., 780-424-2628. edmontonriverboat.ca Escape the city to the tranquil oasis of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. The gorgeous collections include the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, butterfly showhouses, and its newest addition, the Aga Khan Garden. || Located 5 km north of Devon on Hwy 60., 780-492-3050. botanicgarden.ualberta.ca Tee off at Canada’s oldest city-run course! Developed in 1896, Victoria Golf Course is even older than Edmonton itself and is now one of the busiest municipal courses in the world. Make reservations for 9 holes or the full 18, or practice your swing at the driving range. || 12130 River Valley Rd., 780-496-4710. edmonton.ca

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PHOTOS: ASHLEE GANTON; ADAM BORMAN

Explore the Outdoors

Take a self-guided tour of some of Edmonton’s coolest murals, installation art, and art galleries using the free Art Tour YEG maps. || arttouryeg.ca Marvel at an enchanting sunset on an evening canoe tour. Haskin Canoe offers sunset paddles by canoe or kayak through the Edmonton river valley from Laurier to Capilano Park or at Elk Island National Park. || haskincanoe.ca Travel between two historic neighbourhoods and enjoy a breathtaking view of the river valley aboard the High Level Bridge Streetcar. || edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca


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The restored and furnished post-Edwardian style Rutherford House— once home to Alberta’s first premier, Alexander C. Rutherford—offers visitors a glimpse into the past. Costumed interpreters and guided tours enhance the experience, after which you can visit the shop and its unique, old-fashioned gifts. The vintage restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea. || 11153 Saskatchewan Dr., 780-427-3995. rutherfordhouse.ca A flight simulator, family drop-in programs, historic artifacts, and onsite restoration projects keep Edmonton’s rich aviation history alive at the incredible Alberta Aviation Museum. || 11410 Kingsway NW, 780-4511175. albertaaviationmuseum.com You could easily spend days exploring the new Royal Alberta Museum galleries. Check out detailed dioramas, preserved fossils, diverse histories, and hands-on activities. || 9810-103a Ave., 825-468-6000. royalalbertamuseum.ca Costumed role players recreate authentic pioneer, cultural, and agricultural experiences among more than 30 restored buildings at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Learn the settlement story of Ukrainian pioneers in Alberta, ride a horse-drawn carriage, and take part in annual events like Ukrainian Day and Harvest of the Past. || 195041 Hwy 16 East, 780-6623640. ukrainianvillage.ca

Seek Adventure

PHOTOS: ADAM BORMAN; JW MARRIOTT; EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Treat Yourself

Get fast and furious at Edmonton International Raceway! You can book a 10-lap test drive to learn the basics of NASCAR racing on Alberta’s first NASCAR sanctioned track. || 244047A, Township Rd 464, Wetaskiwin. edmontonraceway.com Test your balance—and nerve— at the Snow Valley Aerial Park, a giant obstacle course in the lush river valley and the first of its kind in Canada. || 13204 Rainbow Valley Rd., 780434-3991. snowvalley.ca/aerial-park

Can you shoot a moving target? At Combat Archery, archery meets dodgeball for a heart-pumping battle experience. || 8128-46 St., 780-4908166. combatarcheryedmonton.com Soar the skies with Edmonton Regional Helicopters, where you can get the most breathtaking views of the city. Add another level of thrill by choosing the “doors off” option. || Terminal 1, Edmonton International Airport, 780-890-7788. erhelicopters.com

Indoor waterpark, ice rink, and amusement park are the tip of the iceberg at North America’s largest mall. Combine the world-class attractions with a spa package and luxury theme room at the Fantasyland Hotel. || West Edmonton Mall, 1770087 Ave., 1-800-737-3783. flh.ca Complete a visit to the downtown ICE district with a luxury spa experience at the JW Marriott. Get pampered with services like massages, couple’s massage, facials, manicures/pedicures, and steam room. || 10344-102 St., 780-784-7950. jw.marriott.com Live the royal life at Edmonton’s castle, the historic Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Book a luxurious stay in one of the lavish suites on the Fairmont Gold floor, or at least stop in for brunch, dinner, or the Royal Tea & Tour. The on-site health club also includes a sauna, squash court, private sundeck, and massage therapy. || 10065-100 St., 780-4245181. fairmont.com/macdonald 2020/21 InfoEdmonton.com

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Big E Bus Tours Discover the capital aboard a bus. Journey through time on a Roots & Resources Tour to learn about the industries and people who shape our city, enjoy a highlight reel of attractions on the Best of the Big E Tour, or head just outside Edmonton on the Ukrainian Village & Elk Island Tour. Watch for seasonal walking tours and Christmas lights tours. || edmonton.tours Edmonton Food Tours Eat, engage, and explore on a foodie-haven tour. Enjoy some of Edmonton’s most iconic foods with options for Old Strathcona bakeries, downtown dining, and a farmers’ market tour followed by a cooking class. || albertafoodtours.ca Edmonton Brewery Tours Put a little hops in your step with one of these guided tours. Choose between the breweries or distilleries tours,

Nostalgic Fun

Be entertained all night at Beercade with retro arcade games, pinball, foosball, and more. The craft-beer menu and amazing burgers will also tempt you to hang around. || 10544 Whyte Ave. beercade.ca The Rec Room is an all-ages entertainment and dining complex with exciting attractions, including a bowling alley, arcade, and race car simulator. Come hungry and enjoy wood-fired pizza, alcohol-based cream donuts, and more. Locations in West Edmonton Mall (#2065, 8882-170 St.) and South Edmonton Common (1725-99 St). || therecroom.com If “speakeasy-cool” is your vibe, check out Halley’s Club at the Starlight Casino in West Edmonton Mall. It’s a fusion of nostalgic-supper-club-meets-classic-cabaret, where guests can enjoy live entertainment, modern comfort food, and classic cocktails. || 8882-170 St. halleysclub.com

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then enjoy the guided experience and unique stories of the best local crafters—plus a wide variety of samples. || edmontonbrewerytours.ca Ghost Tours Discover the haunted past of Old Strathcona and the University of Alberta. Learn which buildings, houses, and shops have reported supernatural activities and ghost sightings. Tours last 80 minutes and are exclusively outdoors, so dress for the weather. || edmontonghosttours.com VespaYEG Hop on a Vespa scooter for a unique exploration of the city. Rent by the hour or day to explore on your own, or book a city tour. Classic tours include iconic spots like Alberta Legislature, the University of Alberta, and the High Level Bridge, as well as a leisurely ride along Whyte Avenue. || vespayeg.com

PHOTOS: VESPAYEG; THE REC ROOM

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Celebrating ten years in Edmonton’s “new” art gallery. Unique Movie Theatres 4DX Theatre New at Scotiabank theatre in West Edmonton Mall is the high-tech 4DX auditorium. This more-immersive movie-watching experience enhances the on-screen action with motion-synchronized seats, 3D glasses, and in-theatre special effects like wind, rain, bubbles, and snow. || West Edmonton Mall, #3030, 8882-170 St. cineplex.com

PHOTO: TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE EDMONTON/IAN KUCAREK/IK CREATIVE

IMAX Theatre Science junkies and astronomy enthusiasts flock to the TELUS World of Science for fascinating travelling exhibitions, the largest planetarium dome in Canada, and Western Canada’s first IMAX theatre. The largest screen in Alberta is four stories high and seven stories wide, showing everything from educational films to Hollywood movies using the new generation IMAX Laser Projection System. Lineup includes Back from the Brink, Great Bear Rainforest, and Australia’s Wild North. || 11211-142 St., 780451- 3344. telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca Metro Cinema For over 75 years, the Garneau Theatre has been a haven for independent cinema and is currently programmed with innovative and classic films by Metro Cinema. Settle into the plush seats and tiered mezzanine to check out anything from documentaries to old westerns to cartoons. Check their website for their curatorial and ongoing film series, including Reel Family Cinema’s family-friendly classics on Saturday afternoons. || 8712-109 St., 780-4259212. metrocinema.org VIP Theatres A bit of luxury with your movie night? Two of Edmonton’s Cineplex locations offer adults-only VIP experiences, which mean reserved reclining seats, a licensed lounge, and seat-side food and drink service. Order a cocktail to go with your popcorn—or indulge with more options from their specialty food menu, including poutine, guacamole, and ice cream sundaes. || Cineplex Odeon Windermere Cinemas and VIP, 6151 Currents Dr.; Cineplex Cinemas North Edmonton and VIP, 14231-137 Ave. cineplex.com

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Art. History. Events. Tours. Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre |

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Open for you to discover

( The Edmonton area also includes numerous other public and private golf courses!

Municipal Golf Courses

Riverside Golf Course At this challenging 18-hole course, the North Saskatchewan River is an unofficial water hazard, only metres away from the fairways! || 8630 Rowland Rd. Rundle Park This classic 18-hole, Par 3, executive course has tree-lined fairways and greens guarded by multiple bunkers. A great course to fine-tune your skills. Closed for 2020 season. || 2902-118 Ave. Victoria Golf Course Developed in 1896, this is Canada’s oldest city-run course. Its river valley location provides great view of the U of A and the Alberta Legislature, and its fairways are perfect for beginners. || 12130 River Valley Rd.

Outdoor Pools For opening dates & facility notifications, visit edmonton.ca/outdoorpools Borden Natural Swimming Pool Canada’s first man-made all-natural swimming pool offers a chemical-free swimming experience. || 7615 Borden Park Rd.

Oliver This outdoor pool features a slide, sundeck, picnic tables, concession, and a neighbouring playground for the little ones. || 10315-119 St. Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool & Kinsmen Spray Park Soak up the sun at this 6-lane, 25-metre outdoor pool, frolic in the spray park, or lounge on the spacious sun deck. || 9170 Walterdale Hill. 36

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Mill Creek This beautiful outdoor pool has clear cool water, an area to soak up the sun, and food services available. || 9555-82 Ave.


Ski Hills

Edmonton Ski Club In the heart of the river valley, this ski hill has a great view of the downtown skyline. Five ski runs of varying degrees of difficulty are available, as well as lessons and rentals. || 9613-96 Ave. edmontonskiclub.com

We can’t wait to see you!

Rabbit Hill Located just outside the city, this hill features runs up to 1-mile long and the largest terrain park in Northern Alberta. Equipment rentals and bus transportation from various locations available. || 25512 Township Rd. 510D, 20 mins SW of Edmonton. rabbithill.com Snow Valley This club’s convenient location allows visitors to enjoy skiing or snowboarding without travelling far. Lessons and rentals available. || 119 St., one block South off Whitemud Dr. snowvalley.ca Sunridge Located on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River, Sunridge has downhill skiing, terrain parks, a skier/snowboard cross course, a snowtubing park, and many summer activities. || 10980-17 St. sunridgeskiarea.com

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Professional Sports Teams

6426 40TH AVE, WETASKIWIN, AB | 780.312.2065

Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place is where the city’s NHL team shoots and scores. On game days, visit the Oilers Store for official NHL merchandise, like a customized jersey with any name and number. Then snap a selfie with the Wayne Gretzky statue outside! || 10220-104 Ave. oilers.nhl.com

Formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden

Edmonton Eskimos Watch the Esks run it into the end zone at Commonwealth Stadium. Wear your favourite green and gold with pride, or shop from the many options at their store. || 11000 Stadium Rd. esks.com Edmonton Oil Kings The city’s talented WHL players—who took home the Memorial Cup in 2014—take to the ice at Rogers Place. || 10220-104 Ave. oilkings.ca Edmonton Prospects Watch this WMBL team hit one out of the park at RE/MAX Field. || 10233-96 Ave. prospectsbaseballclub.com Edmonton Stingers Check out the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) at Edmonton EXPO Centre. || 7515-118 Ave. thestingers.ca FC Edmonton FC Edmonton is Edmonton’s professional soccer team, playing in the Canadian Premier League at Clarke Stadium. || 11000 Stadium Rd. fcedmonton.canpl.ca

Beauty is waiting for you. Garden open daily, for your peace and relaxation.

botanicgarden.ualberta.ca Located in Parkland County, 5 km north of Devon on Hwy 60

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ALBERTA AVIATION MUSEUM 11410 Kingsway, Edmonton T 780-451-1175 W albertaaviationmuseum.com

This museum operates out of the only remaining double-wide, double-long hangar built for the British Commonwealth Air Training Program. It has one of the country’s largest collections of historic aircraft and explains how Edmonton became an aviation powerhouse and earned the title “Gateway to the North.” Group rates and guided tours available.

ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HOUSE 12845-102 Ave., Edmonton T 780-427-2281 W alberta.ca/government-house

Built in 1913, this building once served as the official residence for Alberta’s lieutenant governors. Now a national historic site, it contains original historic artifacts, as well as an extensive art collection by many notable Canadian artists.

ALBERTA LEGISLATURE 10820-98 Ave., Edmonton T 780-427-7362 W assembly.ab.ca/visitor

Alberta’s foremost historic site is open for you to discover, with free tours available. The Legislature offers a variety of special events throughout the year, and the nearby Visitor Centre includes the 4D Pehonan Theatre and hands-on Agora Interpretive Centre.

ALBERTA RAILWAY MUSEUM Closed for 2020 season 24215-34 St., Edmonton T 780-472-6229 W albertarailwaymuseum.com

Alberta’s largest railway museum features over 75 cars and locomotives, as well as the opportunity to ride on vintage trains and track motor cars. Discover the history behind the Canadian National Railway and Northern Alberta Railway systems, see artifacts and maintenance equipment, and learn how railways operate.

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., Edmonton T 780-422-6223 W youraga.ca

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art, and ideas through diverse exhibitions, from historical to contemporary and innovative programs. Unique services like Shop AGA help support Alberta artists, while the in-gallery restaurant, Zinc, provides an elegant and artistic dining experience. Guided tours available.

CANADIAN ENERGY MUSEUM #6, 20 Haven Ave., Devon, AB (2 km south of Devon) T 1-866-987-4323 W canadianenergymuseum.ca

Discover the history of Alberta oil at the birthplace of the modern oil and gas industry. Formerly the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Center, this historical museum features award-winning films, hands-on exhibits, a drill bit virtual ride, alternate energies, and more. Guided tours available.

CITY HALL 1 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., Edmonton T 780-442-1385 W edmonton.ca/cityhall

Formal ceremonies and community social activities take place at City Hall. Visitors are welcome to attend the seasonal events. Please call to confirm specific events and activities. Admission is free, and guided tours available.

EDMONTON VALLEY ZOO 13315 Buena Vista Rd., Edmonton T 780-442-5311 W valleyzoo.ca

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to more than 350 exotic, endangered, and native animal species including Lucy the Elephant and seals, foxes, and otters in the award-winning Arctic Shores exhibit. Check out the Wanderer Trail, which includes an interactive pathway and entry plaza. Guided tours available.

ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK Site 4, RR 1, Fort Saskatchewan, AB Located 35 km east of Edmonton on Hwy 16 T 780-922-5790 W pc.gc.ca/elkisland

Less than an hour’s drive from Edmonton, Elk Island National Park is a place of quiet, where stars twinkle and a gentle wilderness remains. Here, you can see wildlife such as plains and wood bison as you discover the park by foot, canoe, bike, or vehicle. Pack a picnic lunch or camp overnight, take in an interpretive program, and get ready to have fun! Guided tours and group rates available.

FORT EDMONTON PARK 7000-143 St., Edmonton T 780-442-5311 W fortedmontonpark.ca

Closed for 2020 season

Fort Edmonton Park is undergoing renovations and will be closed to general admission until May 2021. The living history museum will include Edmonton’s stories from the fur trade up to the roaring 1920s, as well as the new enhancement projects like the Indigenous Peoples Experience.

FORT HERITAGE PRECINCT 10006-100 Ave., Fort Saskatchewan, AB T 780-998-1783 W historycentre.ca

While exploring Fort Saskatchewan’s unique history of law and order, you can visit with the flock of sheep that care for the city parks. Watch the shepherd and dogs work or feed the sheep their favourite treat. Guided tours available.

HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE STREETCAR & MUSEUM Terminus 1: 103 St. & 84 Ave.; Terminus 2: 109 St. & 100 Ave., Edmonton T 780-437-7721 W edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca

Ride the rails of this historic Edmonton streetcar for an amazing view of the heart of the city, high above the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Pair your ride with a visit to the Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum (103 St. & 84 Ave.), which displays artifacts, pictures, and streetcars from around the world. Chartered rides and private tours available.

JOHN JANZEN NATURE CENTRE 7000-143 St., Edmonton T 780-442-5311 W edmonton.ca/johnjanzen

Designed to promote engagement with nature, the John Janzen Nature Centre takes visitors on a nature walk with programs, events, exhibits, interactive displays, and the Tegler Discovery Zone.

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JURASSIC FOREST & LEARNING CENTRE 2-23210, Hwy 28 & Twp Rd. 564, Gibbons, AB T 780-470-2446 W jurassicforest.com

Walk among life-size, startlingly realistic dinosaurs in this 40-acre prehistoric park. Visitors can enjoy guided safaris, observe the dinosaurs in action in their habitats, dig for ancient remains, and explore 2 km of discovery trails through an old-growth forest. Group rates and guided tours are available.

MUTTART CONSERVATORY 9626-96A St., Edmonton T 780-442-5311 W edmonton.ca/muttart

Closed for 2020 season

The Muttart Conservatory will be undergoing renovations and will be closed to the public until early 2021. The closure includes Culina restaurant, bookings, rentals, programs, and the pyramids.

PRAIRIE GARDENS & ADVENTURE FARM 56311 Lily Lake Rd., Bon Accord, AB (25 km north of Edmonton) T 780-921-2272 W prairiegardens.org

Located on a family farm in scenic Sturgeon County, this attraction offers good oldfashioned family fun with over 50 exciting activities. Navigate your way through a corn maze, pick your own vegetables in the U-Pick patch, and sift for gemstones near a huge waterfall. Group rates available.

REYNOLDS-ALBERTA MUSEUM 6426-40 Ave., Wetaskiwin, AB (2 km west of Wetaskiwin on Hwy 61) T 780-312-2065 W reynoldsalbertamuseum.com

Get a bird’s-eye view from an open cockpit bi-plane or cruise the grounds in a chauffeur-driven vintage vehicle! Explore Canada’s transportation industry and check out beautifully restored vehicles. Group rates and guided tours are available.

ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM 9810-103a Ave., Edmonton T 825-468-6000 W royalalbertamuseum.ca

The new Royal Alberta Museum is the largest museum in Western Canada, with more than 82,000 square feet of exhibition space. Visit the Natural and Human History halls, as well as the live Bug Gallery and interactive Children’s Gallery.

RUTHERFORD HOUSE 11153 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton T 780-427-3995 W rutherfordhouse.ca

Visit Rutherford House, which was once owned by the first premier of Alberta, and experience life as it was in the early part of the twentieth century. This restored and furnished Edwardian-era home maintains the Rutherford tradition of hospitality and offers visitors a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided tours, and special events.

SNOW VALLEY AERIAL PARK 119 Whitemud Dr., Edmonton T 780-434-3991 W snowvalley.ca/aerial-park

The first of its kind in Canada and with over 100 games and challenges, the aerial trekking tower is fun for the whole family. Strap yourself into a harness and get ready to test your balance—and nerve—on a ski bridge, snowboard balance bridge, picnic table, bicycle, coal car, travel trailer, and a few surprises.

TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE—EDMONTON 11211-142 St., Edmonton T 780-451-3344 W telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

Experience science come to life at TWOSE, with a variety of themed exhibit galleries and engaging science demonstrations, an IMAX theatre that is home to Alberta’s largest screen, and a world-class planetarium where guests can embark on a journey across the universe. Group rates and food services available.

UKRAINIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE VILLAGE Located only 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Hwy 16 T 780-662-3640 W ukrainianvillage.ca

This outstanding living history museum tells the story of Ukrainian settlement in Alberta from 1892 to 1930. See authentic history come alive with costumed role players and try mouth-watering Ukrainian food. Guided tours and group rates available.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA BOTANIC GARDEN Located 5 km north of Devon on Hwy 60, 20 minutes from West Edmonton Mall T 780-987-3054 W botanicgarden.ualberta.ca

Awaken your senses amidst 240 acres of display gardens, natural areas, indoor showhouses, a butterfly house, the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, an alpine garden, the new Aga Khan Garden (the northernmost Islamic garden in the world), and rose, lily, and lilac collections! Tram tours, an outdoor café, a gift shop, and group rates are available.

WEST EDMONTON MALL 8882-170 St., Edmonton T 780-444-5321 W wem.ca

One of the most comprehensive indoor shopping and entertainment complexes in the world, this mall features the world’s largest indoor amusement park, the fiveacre indoor World Waterpark (complete with waterslides and ziplines), ice skating at the indoor Ice Palace, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, an underground aquarium, and more than 800 stores and services. The new Starlight Casino includes 32 gaming tables, 768 slots, and the retro-inspired Halley’s Club.

WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., Edmonton T 780-428-1414 W winspearcentre.com

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Canadian Cocktail The Caesar is a spicy classic made with clamato juice, and many Edmonton restaurants have their own unique version.

Staycations and vacations usually require a hotel

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visit, and now you don’t have to choose between them. Sample exquisite fine-dining menus, take in gorgeous views, and enjoy the ease of getting around Edmonton thanks to the convenient locations of these top hotels.

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Harvest Room

Located in the Hotel Macdonald, the elegant Harvest Room displays remnants of aristocracy and offers a stunning view of the North Saskatchewan River via the floor-toceiling windows. No matter which meal you’re stopping in for, the menus cover a wide range of dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free—and don’t forget about Afternoon Tea, complete with finger sandwiches and pastries. After you have finished a delicious meal, take a stroll down to the nearby river valley. It’s easily accessible by the neighbouring funicular (an all-seasons mechanized elevator), which will lead you to the Frederick G. Todd Lookout. || 10065-100 St., 780-4296424. harvestroom.ca

Braven

Directly across from Rogers Place in Edmonton’s ICE District is the new JW Marriott hotel—and on its main floor is a fine-dining steakhouse. Braven boasts dark, richly coloured wood, marble tables, and décor highlighted with bronze and copper accents; however, the true pièce de résistance of the restaurant is the open-kitchen charcoal grill, which allows guests to watch as their mouth-watering meals are prepared right in front of their eyes. It’s essentially a carnivore’s haven with menu items that offer a range of high-quality cuts of meat and fresh seafood—sampling the Ice Bar with its coastal oysters, tuna tartare, and king crab legs is a must! Plus, daily drink specials make it easy to pair your plate with a glass of something smooth, sweet, or stiff. || 10344-102 St., 780-784-7950. bravenrestaurant.com

L2 Grill

Complete a stay at the Fantasyland Hotel or a visit to West Edmonton Mall with boutique dining at L2 Grill. Try the Grilled Lamb Loin Chop or the Gourmet Lobster Mac & Cheese—or go all-out with the Fantasy Platter for Two, which includes Prime Top Sirloin, lobster tail, and shrimp. The nearby L1 Lounge offers specialty liquors and a tapas menu perfect for sharing. || 17700-87 Ave., 780-444-5538. flh.ca/dining

The Union Bank Inn is well known for its luxury and elegance, which is amplified by the exceptional finedining experience at Madison’s Grill. The menu consists of a combination of classy yet casual fare, making this downtown restaurant the perfect spot for any meal—or even just to enjoy a quiet cocktail. Favourites include the hand-rolled Pappardelle pasta with wild mushrooms and fresh herbs, and the 6-oz Beef Wellington with coffee crusted carrot and butter pomme puree. The Union Bank Inn is conveniently located right on Jasper Ave, which shortens a downtown commute considerably and means most amenities are within walking distance. || 10053 Jasper Ave., 780-423-3600. unionbankinn.com

La Ronde

Enjoy a romantic evening at Edmonton’s only revolving rooftop restaurant. La Ronde provides a dining experience like none other with its bird’s eye view of the river valley and downtown Edmonton—and is well-known for its exceptional service and refined ambience. Try the Grilled Alberta Lamb Chops, which comes with roasted garlic, thyme jus, and spiced pearl couscous, and don’t forget about dessert: each one is truly a work of art, such as the Paris Brest with apricot preserves, almond frangipane éclair, and milk

chocolate praline bavarois. If the 360-degree sights were enticing, you can get closer to the river valley by following the nearby walking path directly to McDougall Hill Lookout. || 10111 Bellamy Hill, 780-428-6611. chateaulacombe.com

Riverside Bistro

As part of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, the Riverside Bistro offers contemporary Canadian cuisine in a casual atmosphere. One of its best features is the riverside patio, which is arguably the most ideal spot to sip on a beverage and gaze out over the spectacular river valley—and even in the winter, the floor-to-ceiling windows continue to display the breathtaking winter landscape while you stay warm and cozy inside. Gather with friends over cocktails and share a few dishes, like the Steamed PEI Mussels or Tandoori Salmon Tacos. For a full dinner, try the Chermoula Crusted Lamb Shank with grilled polenta and star anise jus. The bistro’s central location makes it easy to complete the night with many other nearby hot spots and downtown attractions, include the Edmonton Convention Centre. || 1 Thornton Court, 780-423-9999. marriott.com

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Lift Your Spirits Celebrate a special occasion, gather with friends, or just treat yourself to a glass. These spots are great for tried-and-true and new favourites.

Waiting for you behind a secret bookcase in the JW Marriott is this speakeasy-style bar with handcrafted beverages and elevated bar snacks. Each evening features several $10 cocktails, as well as creative concoctions like the Burnout—with chili vodka, dark chocolate, and sour cherry bitters—and porthole cocktails meant for two or more guests to share. || 10344-102 St., 780-7847950. alchemybar.ca

Bar Bricco

Focusing on wine and cocktails paired with small plates to share (or not), Daniel Costa’s Bar Bricco has all the graces of a NYC hotspot. The Egg Yolk Raviolo is a house specialty made with burnt butter, sage, and Grana cheese. The perfect place to share an evening with your favourite foodie. || 10347 Jasper Ave., 780-424-5588. corso32group.com 42

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Clementine

Cocktails, apéritifs, beer, cider, wine, ambience, community— Clementine has it all. The bar’s Art Nouveau style creates an enticing elegance that invites guests to be adventurous in their selections. Reservations recommended. || 11957 Jasper Ave., 780-7564570. barclementine.ca

Craft Beer Market

With more than 100 beers on tap and no shortage of both sunshine and shade, you’re sure to find the perfect spot and beer to suit your tastes, especially on their rooftop patio. || 10013-101A Ave., 780-424-2337. craftbeermarket.ca

El Cortez

Though this restaurant is a hot spot year-round, its beckoning patio will have you arriving extra early and staying late. Their extensive bar menu

includes sangria, margaritas, agave spirits, house cocktails, and Mexican beer. Fire-roasted salsa, pico de gallo, and guacamole with house-made chip are a must here, as is the Braised Molasses al Pastor (marinated pork tacos with pineapple jalapeno salsa). || 8230 Gateway Blvd., 780-7600200. elcortezcantina.com

The Next Act Pub

This cool, casual eatery has a great selection of craft beers and wine, and offers a delectable menu of comfort food featuring some of the best burgers and sandwiches in the city. || 8224-104 St., 780-433-9345. nextactpub.com

Otto Food & Drink

Besides an extensive craft beer list, sausages rule the menu here and are served up sharing-style with delicious sides. || 11405-95 St., 780-4776244. ottofoodanddrink.com

Partake

The cocktail list includes six signature drinks, each with a distinct flavour profile. For something “citrus, floral, and tart,” try the No.2, made with Empress gin, Aperol, St. Germaine, and citric acid. If “herbaceous, tart, and savoury” is your preference, the No. 3 combines Havana Club 7 with Amaro Nonino, Yellow Chartreuse, Maraschino, and lemon. As for the food menu, the Beef Tartare and House-made Sausage are house favourites. || 12431-102 Ave., 780760-8253. ouipartake.com

Polar Park Brewing

Aside from brewing unique beer— such as a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout—the brewpub also offers burgers, chicken wings, warm pretzels with beer mustard, lamb shank, and even a children’s grilled cheese. The venue also has a rooftop patio and hosts live music events. The name Polar Park is a nod to business

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Alchemy Bar


CURATED CUISINE you can BANK on. Alchemy Bar owner Robert Oeming’s family, who once owned and operated the Alberta Game Farm. || 10416-80 Ave., 778229-7445. polarparkbrewing.com

Situation Brewing

This regular fixture in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood includes six to eight beer varieties on tap at any time. They keg only their own beer, meaning you can enjoy them only at the brewpub or a local restaurant. Brewery tours available through Alberta Craft Tours. || 10308-81 Ave., 780-705-1377. situationbeer.com

The Bothy Wine & Whisky Bar

Enjoy a selection of wines by the glass or choose from the rotating list of over 200 different whiskies from around the world. You can even book a private wine or whisky tasty—and try Scottish delicacies like haggis. || 5482 Calgary Tr., 780-761-1761. thebothy.ca

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The Wine Room

It looks like a chic little Italian wine cellar, and it’s packed with warmth, wine barrels, and a robust selection. Sit at the bar or in a private booth and orchestrate your own tasting— the Wine Room lets you sample by the ounce! The menu also includes port, cognac, and grappa. Complete the pairing with a cheese and charcuterie board. || 10525 Jasper Ave., 780756-7666. thewineroom.com

Woodwork

With an extensive menu of barrelaged spirits and wood-fired cooking, Woodwork is a great place to stop by before (and after) a night out. Sip and savour one of their award-winning cocktails, like a classic Old Fashioned. || 10132-100 St., 780-757-4100. woodworkyeg.com

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Sorentino’s interior. Open till midnight for those with latenight cravings. || 10922-88 Ave., 780-433-8369. thesugarbowl.org

Eat Like a Local Navigate the city’s outstanding food

scene like a pro. Locals have been craving these favourites for years, so why not stop in to give your taste buds a treat. BLOCK 1912 This European café located in the Historic Hulbert Block Building (built in 1912, hence the café’s name) is a Whyte Avenue destination. Known and loved for its classic coffees, Ganache Hot Chocolate, and Lavender Fog (all of which can be made with boozy add-ons), it’s also a great spot to meet up with friends for a bite before strolling the Old Strathcona streets. Whatever you order, be sure to leave room for a slice of house-made dessert, like their decadent chocolate cake, layered tortes, or a scoop or three of gelato. || 10361-82 Ave. (Whyte Avenue), 780-433-6575. block1912.com

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Over the last 70 years, the Sugarbowl has been many things: a burger place, a coffeehouse, a bohemian café, and the full-service bistro and neighbourhood pub that people flock to today. Boasting a selection of more than 160 craft beers and 15 rotating taps, this pub serves tasty food in a lively atmosphere. Arrive early to nab a table on the patio during hot summer months, or enjoy the exposed brick walls and artwork in the cozy

BLUE WILLOW RESTAURANT Blue Willow has been “the” place for Chinese food in Edmonton since 1958. Though much of the menu reflects a traditional Cantonese style of cooking, some dishes are prepared in a Szechuan style, which has a spicy kick that adventurous diners love. The best way to eat here is with friends or family so that you can share one of the Deluxe Dinners, which comes with an array of amazing dishes, such as butterfly shrimp, barbequed pork loin, classic chicken chow mein, and beef with pea pods. || 11107-103 Ave., 780-428-0584. bluewillowrestaurant.com

MIKADO One of the first Japanese restaurants to open in Alberta, Mikado has some of the freshest sashimi in the city. The quality of food is top-notch here, with ingredients flown in weekly from all over the world, including from the largest fish market in Tsukiji, Japan. Also imported from Japan are their genuine robata grills, specially designed to keep everything juicy and tender. The extensive menu is perfect for traditionalists, vegetarians, and gluten-free diets. || 10350-109 St, 780-425-8096; 9942- 170 St, 780-481-2202; South Edmonton Common, 190398 St., 780-432-4500. mikadorestaurant.com

CONTINENTAL TREAT FINE BISTRO It’s hard to imagine Whyte Avenue without Continental Treat. Even harder to imagine is that this modern Eastern European, Germanic restaurant is now nearly 40 years old! And though its menu is as innovative and delicious as always, it’s now also gluten-free. Traditional favourites include Sauerkraut & Wild Mushroom Pierogis, Escargot à la Bourguignonne, Hungarian Goulash, and classic Chicken Stroganoff sautéed with mushrooms and green peppers simmered in a tomato cream sauce. || 10560-82 Ave. (Whyte Avenue), 780-433-7432. ctfinebistro.com

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These spots are Edmonton classics


SORRENTINO’S These classic Italian restaurants are a part of a larger family, including the upscale Bistecca Italian Steakhouse and Wine Bar, the Caffè Sorrentino, and the contemporary Buco Pizzeria+Vino. The Sorrentino’s Restaurant Group has been serving unique but complex dishes since 1986, but two of the most popular and delicious are the Cannelloni dish and the Butternut Squash Ravioli, with a spicy garam masala cream reduction and ricotta cheese. || 10844-95 St., 780-425-0960. sorrentinos.com

La Poutine

LA POUTINE This tiny restaurant in Garneau prides itself on serving the poutine of your dreams, made from hand-cut, twice-fried potatoes, cheese curds brought in from Quebec, and your choice of three types of piping-hot gravy. Twists on the classic Canadian comfort food include The Garden with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and green peas, and the Edgy Veggie with faux ground beef, jalapenos, tomatoes, sour cream, and green onions. Vegan, vegetarian, and GF options available. || 8720-109 St., 780-757-7222. la-poutine.com

MANDOLIN BOOKS & COFFEE CO. This 15-year-old hybrid café and used bookstore is located in and owned by residents of the historic Highlands district. Browse books from local publishers and authors, check out the displays of local artwork, and get cozy with a slice of Mandolin’s best-selling Red Velvet Cake and a cup of coffee from Edmonton’s own Catfish Coffee Roasters. || 6419-112 Ave., 780-429-4050. mandolinbooks.com

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( Green onion cakes Edmonton is known for its green onion cakes, and many restaurants serve up their own tasty variations. Here are just a few of them: Green Onion Cake Man greenonioncakeman.business.site Lemongrass Café lemongrass-cafe-restaurant.com Dang Good Restaurant danggood.ca

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Whether you’re buying for kids, the lover of all things handcrafted, or that one person who seems to already have it all, we’ve got a shop for that. Check out our list to help you find that perfect present, no matter the occasion.

Must-Stop Gift Shops Aviation Museum

Learn about the history of aircrafts, tour displays of vintage airplanes—and then do some shopping. At the Aviation Museum, you can get great gift ideas for aircraft enthusiasts of all ages. Browse through books, videos, airplane models, housewares, and clothing items and accessories—including aviator sunglasses and vintage-style Buffalo Air Ware leather jackets. || Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway NW. albertaaviationmuseum.com 46

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Royal Alberta Museum

Spend the day enjoying incredible exhibits before popping into the gift shop, where you will find all kinds of great gift ideas (and maybe something for you, too!). The spacious store includes books, toys, jewellery, home décor, art, and much more. Many of the products are crafted by local Indigenous makers and artisans, making your gift unique and special, and perhaps even commemorating your favourite museum moment. || Royal Alberta Museum, 9810-103a Ave. royalalbertamuseum.ca

TELUS World of Science

Not only is the TELUS World of Science— Edmonton a cool place to learn and play, it’s also a great spot to shop for original gift ideas. Browse through selections of fun gadgets, books, telescopes, stuffed animals, and even Astronaut Freeze Dried Ice Cream! Staff favourites also include the Fisher Chrome Bullet Space Pen, which has a special pressurized ink cartridge that allows the pen to write even when upside down, underwater, and in extreme temperature conditions. || TELUS World of Science, 11211- 142 St. telusworldofscience.ca

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Treasure Troves TIX on the Square

Shop locally made photography, clothing, books, art, jewellery, pottery, and more at TIX on the Square. Popular items include pins from Alberta Pin Co., artworks from local artists on Edmontonia Trading Cards, and quality clothing from Flannel Foxes. You can also grab tickets or gift certificates to local arts events and festivals. || TIX on the Square Box Office, 9930-102 Ave. tixonthesquare.ca

Old Strathcona Antique Mall

Alberta’s largest antique mall features finds from more than 200 antique and collectible dealers, including a wide variety of antique and vintage fine china, porcelain, silver, pewter, art, and furnishings for the home and garden. Thousands of new items arrive weekly, and there is always something new to discover. || 10323-78 Ave. oldstrathconamall.com

The Makers’ Keep

PHOTOS: ASHLEE GANTON; OLD STRATHCONA ANTIQUE MALL; MAKER'S KEEP; BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC.

With three convenient locations and hundreds of vendors, The Makers’ Keep is a great place to do some all-occasion shopping. Aside from amazing brands and products—like Bang Bang Bijoux, 35 LTD, and Earth Rebel—you can also enjoy the feel of a marketplace with a cozy sense of community. || Shops located in Kingsway Mall (109 St. & Princess Elizabeth Ave.), Enjoy Centre (101 Riel Dr., St. Albert), and The Grand on 124th (10806-124 St.). themakerskeep.com

Gifts for Kids Alligator Pie

This store is a great stop when shopping for clothes that both the kids and your wallet will love. From tots to teens, Alligator Pie carries a variety of big-name brands such as Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, and Canada Goose, for reasonable prices. In addition to clothes, you can also find shoes, accessories, jewellery, and even skincare products—making this a potential one-stop shop! || Alligator Pie, 10180-101 St. alligatorpiekidswear.com

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Give the gift of a cuddly new friend. Visitors create their very own stuffed animals at the Build-a-Bear Workshop in West Edmonton Mall. Personalize your animal of choice by giving it a cute outfit or adding accessories! Favourites include Sporty Bear, Disney The Lion King’s Young Simba, and Elsa Bear. || West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St. buildabear.com

Cloud 9 Pajamas

Ensure your loved ones are cozy and comfortable all year long at Cloud 9 Pajamas. You can shop fantastic brands of quality sleepwear—such as Munki Munki perfect pajamas and Snug as a Bug. Options include flannel and moisture-wicking sets, robes, and more. || There are four convenient Edmonton and area locations: High Street (12511-102 Ave.), Windermere (5168 Windermere Blvd.), St. Albert (#6, 44 St. Thomas Street), and at the Premium Outlet Collection near the Edmonton International Airport (#224, 1 Outlet Collection Way). cloudninepajamas.com

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Edmonton City Centre Located in the centre of downtown, Edmonton City Centre is the home of CBC radio, cutting-edge fashion, unique dining options, and Landmark Cinemas. Stores include Le Chateau, Club Monaco, SportChek, The Body Shop, Winners, Cookies by George, and Purdy’s Chocolatiers. || 102 Ave. & 102 St., 780- 426-8444. edmontoncitycentre.com Kingsway Mall Featuring more than 200 shops and services, this two-level mall is a short drive from the downtown core. Stores include Hillberg & Berk, MAC, Victoria’s Secret, Roots Canada, Addition Elle, Bikini Village, EB Games, and Lululemon. || 109 St. & Princess Elizabeth Ave., 780-477-5756. kingswaymall.com Londonderry Mall This mall features a mix of more than 140 fashion-forward shops and services as well as a recently upgraded food court. Stores include Simons, Hudson’s Bay, Kiddie Corner, Oomomo, Sunrise Records, Treehouse Toys, and Champs Sports. || 137 Ave. & 66 St., 780-475-9266. londonderrymall.com Manning Town Centre This shopping destination in northeast Edmonton includes landscaped walkways, big-box-store retailers, as well as numerous restaurants, Cineplex Cinemas, and plenty of parking. Stores include HomeSense, SportChek, Cabela’s, Petland, and Canadian Tire. || 37 St. & 153 Ave. manningtowncentre.com

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Manulife Place Manulife is home to exclusive shops and services, connects to Edmonton City Centre via pedway, and offers heated, underground parking. Stores include Night Owl Designer Lingerie, Alligator Pie Kidswear, Henry Singer,

Blu’s, and Vandenburgs Jewellers. || 10180-101 St., 780-420- 6236. shopmanulifeplace.com Mayfield Common A short trip from West Edmonton Mall, this one-stop shopping centre contains popular shops, restaurants, and a Save-On-Foods. Stores include Pro Hockey Life, Urban Barn, JYSK, Sally Beauty, NYGÅRD, and Structube. || 170 St. & Stony Plain Rd. Premium Outlet Collection EIA Located next to the Edmonton International Airport, this shopping destination is home to more than 100 retail stores—many of which carry brands that have never been available in Alberta. Guest services include airport shuttle stops, flight status screens, parcel shipping services, luggage storage, cellphone charging stations, and much more. Stores include Polo Ralph Lauren, Designer Shoe Warehouse, Michael Hill, Jack Georges Fine Leather Goods, LINDT Chocolate, and Marshalls. || 1 Outlet Collection Way, Edmonton International Airport, 780-670-9888. premiumoutletcollectioneia.com Skyview Power Centre This small-but-mighty shopping centre boasts big-box stores, as well as popular restaurants and coffee shops like Thai Express, Starbucks, and Tim Hortons. Stores include Structube, HomeSense, RW&Co., Tommy Hilfiger, Golf Town, and Saks OFF 5TH. || 13304-137 Ave. South Edmonton Common This massive complex is home to fantastic outlet stores, trendy restaurants, Canada’s first Rec Room, and the city’s only IKEA. Stores include Nordstrom Rack, Calvin Klein, David’s Bridal, Mastermind Toys, MEC, Running Room, and Sephora. || 19 Ave. & 99 St. southedmontoncommon.com

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Southgate Centre This sleek mall boasts more than 160 stores, services, and eateries, including Edmonton’s only Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware. Other stores include Bellissama Fashions, Eddie Bauer, Poppy Barley, LEGO Store, Evoolution, and OAK + FORT. || 5015-111 St., 780-435-3721. southgatecentre.com

West Edmonton Mall At 5.3 million sq. ft., this megamall features more than 800 stores and services, over 100 restaurants, the world’s largest indoor amusement park, and multiple world-class attractions. Stores include Canada Goose, West Edmonton Coin & Stamp, UNIQLO, Tiffany & Co., Aurora, Lush, and Louis Vuitton. || 8882-170 St., 780-444-5321. wem.ca

Literary Communities Works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, local authors, Canadian content, international bestsellers—find and experience what you love at a local shop. With a fantastic selection of new and interesting titles for children, adults, and young adults, the independent and locally owned Audreys Books hosts regular book launches, author readings, and events. They will also special-order hard-to-find titles. || 10702 Jasper Ave., 780423-4487. audreys.ca

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The new Glass Bookshop focuses on Canadian writing, with special attention paid to BIPOC and LGBTQ2SIA writers, as well as the Canadian publishers who produce their work. They celebrate Edmonton’s book lovers, bringing them together through readings, lectures, launches, and meetand-greets. Watch for their new storefront. || glassbookshop.ca Brimming with comics, graphic novels, and collectibles, Variant Edition curates a diverse line of works and fosters an inclusive community. Regular events have included introvert reading nights, clothing swaps, and book launches. || 10132-151 St., 780-452-9886. variantedmonton.com

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Farmers’ Markets

Discover Edmonton’s diverse flavours from local farmers, bakers, crafters, and more.

Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market Year-round, Sat 9 am–3 pm & Sun 11 am–3 pm The new indoor location of this long-standing market includes everything to love about local markets, including gourmet food, clothing, beauty products, and artwork. An outdoor portion of the market is available in the summer months. Free parking available. || 10305-97 St. yegdtmarket.com Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market Year-round, Sat 8 am–3 pm Though this market is very popular, you never have to wait to buy your fresh vegetables or handmade crafts. You’ll discover food from a broad range of cultures, including treats such as cheesy Ukrainian perogies, spicy Korean kimchi, fresh Greek tzatziki, and yummy Chinese dumplings. || 10310-83 Ave., 780-439-1844. osfm.ca

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124 Grand Market May–Oct: 108 Ave. & 124 St., Thu 4–8 pm Jun–Sep: 102 Ave. & 124 St., Sun 11 am–3 pm Visit the abundant vegan vendors, enjoy the local music, and munch on some tasty eats from the city’s hottest food trucks. You’ll appreciate the quiet atmosphere as you peruse the eclectic local goods. || 124grandmarket.com South Common Market May–Oct: Sat & Sun 10 am–4 pm. This two-day outdoor market includes 500 vendors and 1500 free parking stalls, making it easy to get your farm-fresh meat, veggies, fruit, and more. || 1903 Parsons Rd., 780-686-5882. southcommonmarket.ca

Beyond Edmonton

Leduc Farmers’ Market May–Sep: Thu & Sat 10 am–1:30 pm Farmers have been selling their fresh produce at this quaint market since 1975. You’ll find locally baked breads and treats, fresh fruit, ecofriendly soaps, and more. || Leduc Recreation Centre parking lot, 4330 Black Gold Dr., Leduc. leducfarmersmarket.ca

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Bountiful Market Year-round, Fri & Sun 10 am–4 pm, Sat 9 am–5 pm Get fresh local vegetables, local organic meat, and Alberta wine and beer, plus enjoy community performances, cultural celebrations, master classes, and more. || 3696-97 St., 780-818-3878. bountifulmarkets.com


Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market Year-round, Wed 4–8 pm Browse a plethora of fresh local produce, meats, and baking among artisan-made crafts at this weekly farmers’ market, indoors in winter (3000 Emerald Dr.) and outdoors in summer (401 Festival Lane). || sherwoodparkfarmersmarket.ca Spruce Grove Farmers’ Market Apr–Dec: Sat 9:30 am–1:30 pm Enjoy the festive atmosphere as you shop a variety of freshly baked goods, homegrown produce, and handcrafted items that will make great gifts. || 120 Railway Ave, Spruce Grove, 780-240-5821. sprucegrovefarmersmarket.weebly.com St. Albert Outdoor Farmers’ Market Jun–Oct: Sat 10 am–3 pm At Western Canada’s largest outdoor farmers’ market, you’ll find fresh produce, homemade baking, preserves, woodwork, fruit, pottery, food trucks, live music, and much more! || Servus Credit Union Place, 400 Campbell Rd., St. Albert, 780-458-2833. stalbertfarmersmarket.com Stony Plain Farmers’ Market Apr–Dec: Sat 9 am–1 pm Over 70 vendors sell their wares at this local market that fills two floors of the community centre. Pick up some locally grown vegetables or a bright bouquet of flowers, and visit the canteen for food and drinks to enjoy while you browse. || Stony Plain Community Centre, 5008-51 Ave., Stony Plain, 780-962-3993. stonyplainfarmersmarket.ca

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St. Albert

One of Alberta’s oldest communities, St. Albert was established in 1861 and named after Father Albert Lacombe. Just minutes north of Edmonton, it’s known as the “Botanical Arts City” in acknowledgement of all it values, enjoys, and celebrates. Stroll the banks of the Sturgeon River or try your luck during fishing season, and visit spots like the Arden Theatre, City Hall, St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, and the Musée Héritage gallery and museum.

Tandem Skydiving Skydive Eden North, located about 21 km NW of Stony Plain, is Western Canada’s longest-running drop zone! edennorth.com

Stony Plain & Spruce Grove

Our neighbours to the west are rich in history, parks, and cultural centres. The ninth largest city in Alberta, Spruce Grove is home to the Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, the popular TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, and great shopping. Stony Plain boasts a charming main street and is alive with public art, including outdoor pianos, more than 30 life-sized murals painted by Albertan artists, and a public art gallery.

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Five gorgeous acres and a gardeninspired gift shop await at the St. Albert Botanic Park. stalbertbotanicpark.com ( Part greenhouse, spa, restaurant, café, bakery, and shopping centre, the Enjoy Centre (101 Riel Dr.) has it all! enjoycentre.ca ( Discover your next favourite artwork at the renovated Art Gallery of St. Albert (19 Perron St.), located in the historic Banque d’ Hochelaga building. artgalleryofstalbert.ca ( Step into Bodega (1 Hebert Rd.) and treat yourself to wine and tapas like they do in Spain. bodegayeg.ca

( The Spruce Grove Grain Elevator Museum (120 Railway Ave., Spruce Grove) offers tours and honours a unique part of the history and culture of the Canadian Prairies. sprucegroveagsociety.com ( For contemporary Greek delights like Souvlaki, hand-battered calamari, and Melitzanasalata (made with roasted eggplant), head to Something Else Restaurant (215 Mcleod Ave., Spruce Grove). somethingelserestaurant.com ( Be sure to visit the Multicultural Heritage Centre (5411-51 St., Stony Plain), which features a settler’s cabin, restaurant, art gallery, collectables, and more. multicentre.org ( The Pioneer Museum (5411-51 St., Stony Plain) preserves and presents the history of the community’s pioneers. Check out historical buildings and artifacts, join in an event, and lunch at the seasonal tea house. pioneermuseum.ca

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( Stop by Blake’s Bakery (#106, 3805-49 Ave., Stony Plain) for everything from soups and bread to cheesecake and pie. They’re particularly well-known for their cinnamon buns. facebook.com/blakery2017

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( The seasonal St. Albert Farmers’ Market (400 Campbell Rd.) is the largest outdoor market in western Canada! Stop by for baked goods, artisanal crafts, street performances, and more. stalbertfarmersmarket.com

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( Lois Hole Provincial Centennial Park is a hidden gem, only minutes away from downtown St. Albert. The 1800-hectare park preserves Big Lake, one of Alberta’s most important bird habitats. Ducks Unlimited Canada has even constructed interpretive boardwalks on the eastern shore. albertaparks.ca


BEYOND EDMONTON

Leduc, Beaumont & Devon As Edmonton’s footprint gets bigger, Beaumont, Leduc, and Devon get closer, and that means more shopping, dining, and adventures. Beaumont’s French roots can be seen everywhere in the city’s architecture and award-winning cuisine—and getting there from Edmonton’s southern outskirts takes fewer than 10 minutes. Leduc and Devon both started out as oil towns and, today, are home to extensive networks of parks and nature areas, as well as the Century Mile Racetrack & Casino and the Premium Outlet Collection shopping centre.

Greenland Garden Centre

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Leduc’s first craft brewery, Rural Routes Brewing Company, serves local craft stout, IPA, and Czech Pilsner. ruralroutesbrewing.ca

( Discover the history of Alberta oil and alternate energies at the Canadian Energy Museum (#6, 20 Haven Ave., Devon). canadianenergymuseum.ca ( Serving elevated takes on Quebecois favourites, Chartier (5012-50 St., Beaumont) is known for its smoked meat sandwich, sourdough bread, and award-winning cuisine. For a grab-and-go treat, pick up some amazing baked goods from their Bread Window. dinechartier.com ( Escape the city to the tranquil oasis of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden—a 97-hectare property with cultivated gardens, waterfalls, a butterfly showhouse, Kurimoto Japanese Garden, and the Aga Khan Garden, the northernmost Islamic garden in the world. (5 km north of Devon on Hwy 60). botanicgarden.ualberta.ca ( After an afternoon of exploring the botanic gardens, stop by Frickin’ Delights Donuts (102-3 Superior St., Devon) for handmade vegan donuts, freshly baked every day. frickindelights.com

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Sherwood Park, Strathcona County & Fort Saskatchewan The specialized municipality of Strathcona County stretches between Edmonton and Elk Island National Park. Sherwood Park, located to Edmonton’s eastern boundary, is best known for its small-town vibe and community spirit, despite being one of the fastest-growing cities in Alberta. It’s home to numerous restaurants and cafés, recreation centres and event venues, an art gallery, and more. Their northern neighbour, Fort Photo Op Saskatchewan, offers great parks Take a photo with the 11-foot and outdoor attractions and sits tall Dalmatian statue in front of in an area that used to be home Sherwood Park’s Fire Station #6! (915 Bison Way) to a North West Mounted Police fort in 1875.

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( The state-of-the-art Millennium Place (2000 Premier Way, Sherwood Park) includes fitness and aquatic centres, a three-lane indoor track, children’s playground, climbing wall, and guest childminding services. strathcona.ca ( For the best in jazz, Celtic, blues, pop, classical, and more, check out the performing arts at Festival Place (100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park). festivalplace.ab.ca ( Escape to the indoor tropical garden of the gorgeous Greenland Garden Centre, then treat yourself to a wood-fired pizza or a short rib sandwich at their delicious restaurant, Branches. greenlandgarden.com ( Explore the Fort Heritage Precinct (10006-100 Ave., Fort Saskatchewan) for more than 140 years of Fort Saskatchewan history! historycentre.ca ( Twenty minutes east of Fort Saskatchewan is Elk Island National Park, Canada’s first federal wildlife sanctuary. It’s home to elk, bison, moose, deer, and more than 250 species of birds! Though many visitors come to hike, canoe, and camp, others come specifically to learn about the park’s conservation efforts. pc.gc.ca 2020/21 InfoEdmonton.com

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Great Lake

Getaways For beaches, trails & campgrounds

Astotin Lake

In the heart of Elk Island National Park is the picturesque Astotin Lake and its accompanying recreation area, which includes a campground, beach, soccer field, playground, and golf course. Don’t have your own gear? You can rent an Equipped Campsite (complete with tent, sleeping pads, and propane stove) or the more glamourous oTENTik (an A-frame canvas tent with rustic beds and furniture on a raised floor). pg.gc.ca

Gull Lake

Sometimes you need to get out of the city and into the wild. Whether it’s for swimming, fishing, or camping—or just relaxing in the fresh air—you can escape to one of Edmonton’s nearby lakes for some weekend fun, no matter the time of year.

From Edmonton, head 120 km south on Highway 2 and then 13 km west on Highway 12. You can enjoy a variety of summer activities, including swimming, baseball, and hiking on over 4 km of ungroomed trails. Aspen Beach has a picnic area and volleyball court, as well as a boat launch available nearby so you can fish or waterski. In the winter, the area is great for snowshoeing and has approximately 7 km of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, with a warm-up shelter available near Aspen Beach. Ice fishing here is also popular.

Hubbles Lake

This small, peaceful lake is the city’s closest, located approximately 40 km west on Highway 16. Popular summer activities include camping, swimming, and canoeing, and it’s a popular spot for scuba diving due to its clear waters and depth (30 m). The lake is stocked with yellow perch and northern pike for fishing, and the area is also home to many species of birds, such as loons, Canada geese, and owls.

Glamping or comfort camping more your style? Some campsites have rentable units—like this yurt at Pigeon Lake!

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Miquelon Lake

Located 65 km southeast of Edmonton (south along Highway 21 and then east along Highway 623), this lake boasts sandy beaches, forested picnic spots, and non-motorized aquatic activities like kayaking and canoeing. Visit the Miquelon Park Centre to rent a Discovery Pack and learn about the surrounding nature, or pick up a geocaching kit and find hidden caches. During winter months, cross-country ski along the lake’s shoreline or through the 20 km of backcountry trails. Skijoring (cross-country skiing with dogs!) is also permitted along certain trails, and snowshoe rentals are available through the Park Centre during the week.

Pigeon Lake

Located 60 km south of Edmonton on Highway 2, and 23 km west on Highway 13, this lake is well loved for its plentiful white sand and relaxing picnic areas at Ma-Me-Mo Beach. The spacious campground includes both unserviced and powered lots, as well as eight rentable yurts—insulated, weatherproof tenting structures with beds, fridge, and a wooden deck. Nearby amenities, such as great restaurants and a convenient grocery store, make it the ideal destination for a spur-of-the-moment road trip. During winter months, the area hosts an ice golf tournament and has several groomed cross-country ski trails, as well as options for ice fishing and winter camping.

Sylvan Lake

This well-loved lake lies 140 km south of Edmonton on Highway 2, and 15 km west on Highway 11A. During the summer, lounge around on the sandy beach or get active at one of the beach volleyball tournaments. This lake also has outdoor waterslides and hosts engaging activities such as canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, and water skiing! During the winter, try your hand at ice fishing and skiing. Snowmobiling is also permitted when the weather is right.

Wabamun Lake

One of the most popular lakes in Alberta, Wabamun lies 65 km west of Edmonton on the Yellowhead Highway. Known for its large northern pike, this lake is the ideal spot to catch whitefish in the Edmonton area. If birdwatching makes you smile, you’re in luck: the area is home to a diverse range of species, including hooded mergansers, bald eagles, and various moulting birds. ( Did you know that MEC offers free classes? Learn new skills like winter camping and bike maintenance! events.mec.ca

Gull Lake

Gone Fishin’ Check out these great online resources to learn about fishing licences, park info, and more. albertaparks.ca for lakes & trails info albertaregulations.ca to learn about Alberta’s fishing laws

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albertarelm.com to register online for a fishing licence aheia.com for tips on responsible fishing & wildlife conservation

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Accommodations City Centre

Best Western Plus City Centre Inn | 11310‑109 St. | 780‑479‑2042 Canterra Suites | 11010 Jasper Ave. | 780‑421‑1212 Chateau Lacombe | 10111 Bellamy Hill | 780‑428‑6611 Chateau Louis Hotel | 11727 Kingsway | 780‑452‑7770 Chateau Nova Kingsway | 159 Airport Rd. | 780‑424‑6682 Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel | 10155‑105 St. | 780‑423‑4811 Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown | 10425‑100 Ave. | 780‑423‑5611 Courtyard by Marriott | 1 Thornton Court, 99 St. & Jasper Ave. | 780‑423‑9999 Days Inn Downtown Edmonton | 10041‑106 St. | 780‑423‑1925 Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel | 10222‑102 St. | 780‑429‑3900 DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton Downtown | 9576 Jasper Ave. | 587‑525‑1234 Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre | 11834 Kingsway | 780‑454‑5454 Fairmont Hotel Macdonald | 10065‑100 St. | 780‑424‑5181 Holiday Inn Express Downtown | 10010‑104 St. | 780‑423‑2450 JW Marriott Edmonton Ice District | 10344-102 St. | 780-784-7950 Matrix Hotel | 10640‑100 Ave. | 780‑429‑2861 Sutton Place Hotel | 10235‑101 St. | 780‑428‑7111 Union Bank Inn | 10053 Jasper Ave. | 780‑423‑3600 | unionbankinn.com Westin Edmonton | 10135‑100 St. | 780‑426‑3636

South

Argyll Plaza Hotel | 9933‑63 Ave. | 780‑438‑5876 Best Western Cedar Park Inn | 5116 Gateway Blvd. | 780‑434‑7411 Best Western Plus South Edmonton Inn & Suites | 1204‑101 St. SW | 780‑801‑3580 Campus Tower Suite Hotel | 11145‑87 Ave. | 780‑439‑6060 Days Inn Edmonton South | 10333 University Ave. | 780‑430‑0011 Delta Edmonton South Hotel | 4404 Gateway Blvd. | 780‑434‑6415 56

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Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton Gateway | 10010‑12 Ave. SW | 780-801-4000

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton | 16615‑109 Ave. | 780‑484‑0821

Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South | 7230 Argyll Rd. | 780‑465‑7931

Element Edmonton West | 18540100 Ave. | 780‑250-5566

Hampton Inn by Hilton Edmonton South | 10020‑12 Ave. SW | 780‑801‑2600 Holiday Inn & Conference Centre Edmonton South | 4485 Gateway Blvd. | 780‑431‑1100 Holiday Inn Edmonton South Ellerslie Road | 950 Parsons Rd. SW | 780‑784-8500 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Edmonton South | 2440 Calgary Tr. | 780‑440‑5000 Home 2 Suites by Hilton Edmonton South | 114-103A Street SW | 780‑250-3000 Metterra Hotel on Whyte | 10454 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780‑465‑8150 Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre | 4520‑76 Ave. | 780‑468‑5400 Ramada Edmonton South | 5359 Calgary Tr. | 780‑434‑3431 Sandman Signature Edmonton South | 10111 Ellerslie Rd. | 780‑430‑7263 Sawridge Inn Edmonton South | 4235 Gateway Blvd. | 780‑438‑1222 Super 8 Edmonton South | 3610 Gateway Blvd. | 780‑433‑8688 TownePlace Suites Edmonton South | 1115-103A St. SW | 780-540-5110 Travelodge Edmonton South | 10320‑45 Ave. | 780‑436‑9770 | travelodge.ca Varscona Hotel on Whyte | 8208‑106 St. | 780‑434‑6111

West

Coast West Edmonton Hotel & Conference Centre | 18035 Stony Plain Rd. | 780‑483‑7770 Candlewood Suites West Edmonton | 18520‑100 Ave. | 780‑756‑6944 Comfort Inn West Edmonton | 17610‑100 Ave. | 780‑484‑4415 | edmontoncomfortinn.com Continental Inn & Suites | 16625 Stony Plain Rd. | 780‑484‑7751 Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton West | 10011‑184 St. | 780‑638‑6070 Days Inn & Suites West Edmonton | 10010‑179A St. | 780‑444‑4440

Fantasyland Hotel | 17700‑87 Ave. | 780‑444‑3000 | flh.ca Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton West | 18540-100 Ave. | 780‑244-8355 Hampton Inn & Suites Edmonton West | 18304‑100 Ave. | 780‑484‑7280 Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton | 17610 Stony Plain Rd. | 780‑443‑2233 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites West Edmonton | 11330-170 St. | 780‑444‑3110 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites West | 18520‑100 Ave. | 780‑756‑2134 Home2 Suites | 16675‑109 Ave. | 780‑509-1230 Hyatt Place Edmonton West | 18004-100 Ave. | 780-244-4900 Quality Inn West Edmonton | 17803 Stony Plain Rd. | 780‑484‑8000 Ramada Edmonton West | 10017‑179A St. | 780‑483‑4000 River Cree Resort Casino | 300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch | 780‑484‑2121 Royal Hotel West Edmonton | 10010‑178 St. | 780‑484‑6000 Sandman Hotel Edmonton West | 17635 Stony Plain Rd. | 780‑483‑1385 Staybridge Suites | 16929‑109 Ave. | 780‑484‑6223 Super 8 Edmonton West | 16818‑118 Ave. | 780‑455‑1111 Travelodge Edmonton West | 18320 Stony Plain Rd. | 780‑483‑6031 | travelodge.ca West Edmonton Mall Inn | 17504‑90 Ave. | 780‑444‑9378 | weminn.com Wingate by Wyndham Edmonton West | 18220‑100 Ave. | 780‑443‑1000 | wingatebywyndhamedmonton.com

North Century Casino Hotel | 13103 Fort Rd. | 780‑643‑4000 | cnty.com/edmonton Chateau Nova Yellowhead | 13920 Yellowhead Tr. | 780‑454‑4348

Rosslyn Inn & Suites | 13620‑97 St. | 780‑476‑6241 | rosslyninnandsuites.com Sands Inn & Suites | 12340 Fort Rd. | 780‑474‑5476

Edmonton Airport Region

Best Western Plus Denham Inn & Suites | 5207‑50 Ave., Leduc | 780‑986‑2241 Coast Nisku Inn & Conference Centre | 1101‑4 St. | 780‑955‑7744 Days Inn Edmonton Airport | 5705‑50 St., Leduc | 780‑986‑6550 Royal Hotel Edmonton Airport | 8450 Sparrow Cres., Leduc | 780‑986‑1840 Quality Inn & Suites Edmonton Airport | 501‑11 Ave., Nisku | 780‑955‑3001 Travelodge Edmonton Airport | 5704‑50 St., Leduc | 780‑986‑2264 | travelodge.ca Western Budget Motel | 8120 Sparrow Cres., Leduc | 780‑986‑1920 Wingate by Wyndham Edmonton Airport | 7120 Sparrow Dr., Leduc | 780‑769‑0079

Capital Region

Best Western Plus the Inn at St. Albert | 460 St. Albert Tr., St. Albert | 780‑470‑3800 Best Western Plus Sherwood Park Inn & Suites | 300 Lakeland Dr., Edmonton | 780‑416-7800 Days Inn & Suites Sherwood Park | 201 Palisades Way, Sherwood Park | 780‑570‑8080 Park Centre & Hotel | 2016 Sherwood Dr., Sherwood Park | 780‑467‑1234 Ramada Limited Sherwood Park | 30 Broadway Blvd., Sherwood Park | 780‑467‑6727 St. Albert Inn & Suites | 156 St. Albert Tr., St Albert | 780‑459‑5551 Super 8 Sherwood Park | 26 Strathmoor Dr., Sherwood Park | 780‑464‑1000 Travelodge Inn & Suites Spruce Grove | 20 Westgrove Dr., Spruce Grove | 780‑962‑6050 | travelodge.ca Travelodge Stony Plain | 74 Boulder Blvd., Stony Plain | 780‑963‑1161 | travelodge.ca


Ask the Expert

Les Clefs d’Or Corner The concierge is one of the most valuable travel resources. They are the ultimate insiders to the city—and their expertise is available absolutely free. Throughout the year, we ask Les Clefs d’Or Nella Mirante at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for her advice. Here are some of our favourite answers.

What is a must-see attraction in Edmonton? Our Royal Alberta Museum! It’s a great new building, and tours are offered daily. Where should guests go for baked goods and other treats? I love to send my guests to Duchess Bakeshop. They have the most decadent French pastries, and the eclairs and house-made marshmallows are a must-try. What summertime activity in Edmonton makes you feel like a kid again? Bike riding in the river valley and then stopping on the side of the road near Victoria Golf Course to buy some BC cherries and peaches!

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What are some fun outdoor winter activities to try? If you visit River Valley Adventure, you can rent snowshoes or take a guided Segway tour. For someone looking to rent something luxurious, what would you recommend? I highly recommend a helicopter tour over our fabulous city with Edmonton Helicopters. During the 30-minute ride, you’ll get breathtaking views soaring over the river valley, Elk Island National Park, and Edmonton International Raceway, just to name a few. Where is the best place to watch an Oilers’ game (other than the arena)? I like to send guests to watch the Oilers’ game at 1ST RND. Build your own burger, and taste one of the

largest diverse beer lists in Canada with over 75 brands to choose from! What’s the perfect way to commemorate a special occasion? If you are celebrating something special like an anniversary, I would create a special Parisian picnic with wine, cheese, and artisanal breads in the gardens at the Fairmont Macdonald where you can enjoy the views, serenity, and that feeling that you have escaped far away. What do you recommend for the perfect staycation? Getting a different view of Edmonton. You can take an old streetcar across the bridge from downtown to Old Strathcona with Edmonton Radial Railway, or zip through the river valley via Segway with River Valley Adventures, or taste a great local experience with Alberta Food Tours. What are some of your favourite kid-friendly spots? Jurassic Forest, where kids can hone their dino-finding skills on a scavenger hunt. And definitely the live bug exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum. What do you recommend for a day trip? Head to Elk Island National Park. Spend the day biking, hiking, and seeing wildlife, and then enjoy a late-night picnic and watch the starry skies—maybe get a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

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Visitor Resources Everything you need to know to navigate the city

Arriving by Plane The Edmonton International Airport (code YEG, flyeia.com) serves international, national, and regional airlines. It is located about 30 km (19 miles), or 30-40 minutes, from downtown. There are a few options to get to and from the airport: Hire a taxi. Fare from the airport to the city centre is about $55. Fares to other locations are charged by a zone (not metered) rate. Ride the Sky Shuttle. This service is available to or from various locations all over the city, but must be booked in advance by visiting edmontonskyshuttle.com or calling 780-4658515. A one-way trip is $18. Jump on public transit. Local bus 747 is $5 and runs to and from the Century Park LRT Station daily from 4:10 am–12:30 am. takeets.com

Arriving by Train The VIA Rail (viarail.ca) station is located at 12360-121 St. and is where you can catch The Canadian® east to Saskatoon, Winnipeg, or Toronto, and west to Jasper, Kamloops, and Vancouver.

Arriving by Bus The Red Arrow Terminal (redarrow.ca) is located downtown at 10014-104 St. and 5116 Gateway Blvd. The EBus (myebus.ca)—with service to Red Deer, Calgary, Fort McMurray, and Anzac— also stops in multiple locations throughout the city, as does Leduc’s C-Line Transit (c-linetransit.com).

Arriving by Car Edmonton is located on the QE2 running north to south, and the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway running east to west.

Navigating the City By Light Rail Transit (LRT). The LRT has stations throughout the north, central, and south areas of the city, giving you easy access to venues like Rogers Place, Edmonton EXPO Centre, and the Jubilee Auditorium. Fares are $3.50 and are good for 90 minutes after time of purchase. takeets.com By bus. There are multiple buses travelling all over the city. Fares are $3.50 and are good for 90 minutes after time of purchase. takeets.com By taxi. Taxis are usually available at hotels, shopping centres, and major event venues. In other locations, it is usually quicker to call for service. edmtaxi.com Yellow Cab Barrel Taxi Prestige Cab Prestige Limousine

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By car. Edmonton’s roadways are numbered in a grid pattern. The first numbers of an address indicate the nearest cross street. Avenues run east to west, and streets from north to south. Odd-numbered buildings are on the east side of the street and the south side of the avenue. By bike. Bike rentals are available at River Valley Adventure Co. (9735 Grierson Hill;

rivervalleyadventure.com) and Shift Happens Bicycle Repair (#104, 3 Superior St., Devon; shbr.ca), and are the perfect way to explore the city centre and surrounding trail systems. The Downtown Bike Network is a series of protected bike lanes through the downtown core. Bike route maps for Downtown, Southside, West Central, and the river valley are available at edmonton.ca/transportation.aspx By e-scooter. Electric scooters are available via sharing app, meaning you can locate a nearby scooter on a map and rent it easily to zip around as needed. Two city-approved scooter companies are Lime Technology Inc. (li.me) and Bird Canada Inc. (bird.co). Traffic rules, parking restrictions, and safe travel tips are available on the City of Edmonton website. edmonton.ca

Things to Know The legal drinking age in Alberta is 18. The legal age to smoke/consume cannabis in Alberta is 18. Edmonton is in the Mountain Time Zone. For City of Edmonton services, dial 311. For Alberta Health Services 24/7, dial 811. For Emergency services, dial 911.

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Rent a car. The following major car rental companies are located on Level P1 of the airport parkade. Alamo 1-800-992-9823 Avis 1-800-879-2847 Budget 1-800-661-7027 Enterprise 1-800-261-7331 Hertz 1-800-263-0600 National 1-800-327-2501


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Edmonton at your Fingertips

Equipment Rentals You can rent everything from summer and winter sports equipment to baby gear. MEC EDMONTON Get your gear for outdoor adventures, including travel gear, camping equipment, and yoga gear. Affordable equipment rentals are available for snow sports like mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Ski repairs and maintenance can be done on site. Downtown: 11904104 Ave., 780-488-6614. South: 1624-99 St., 1-888-847-0770. mec.ca ONE TINY SUITCASE Specializing in baby equipment rentals so those travelling with small children can leave large luggage at home. Car seats, cribs, strollers, high chairs, and other baby supplies are available to rent and can be delivered right to your hotel. Visit their website for a full list of products and services. 587-784-0212. onetinysuitcase.ca PACESETTER SKI & SNOWBOARD Make the most of your winter! Pacesetter provides all you need to hit the slopes, from skis and snowboards to all the necessary accessories and apparel. Rentals also available. 10054- 167 St., 780-4832005. pacesettersb.com

RIVER VALLEY ADVENTURE CO. Rentals available for snowshoes, stand-up paddleboards, bikes, Segways, and other sports equipment. 9735 Grierson Hill, Louise McKinney Park, 780-995- 7347. rivervalleyadventure.com RUBBER BABY BUGGY BUMPERS Rent top-of-the-line baby equipment so you can pack light or save on purchasing. Car seats, cribs, strollers, high chairs, and other baby supplies are available to rent and can be delivered right to your hotel or residence. 780-918-2229. rbabyrentals.com TOTEM OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS This local sporting goods store is a great place to find clothing and gear for all outdoor adventures—including hiking, skating, skiing—as well as summer and winter equipment rentals, skate sharpening, and equipment repairs. 7430-99 St., 780-432-1223. totemoutfitters.ca

Foreign Currency Exchange WESTERN UNION CURRENCY EXCHANGE Multiple locations, 1-800-235-0000 westernunioncanada.ca CALFOREX CURRENCY SERVICES Southgate Mall, #45, 5015-111 St., 780-484-4666 West Edmonton Mall, #1762, 8882-170 St., 780-484-3868 calforex.com

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INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY EXCHANGE Call toll-free at 1-855-423-2274 Edmonton International Airport, 1000 Airport Rd., 780-669-9439 Edmonton City Centre, C227, 10200-102 Ave., 780-425-5426 ice-canada.ca

Edmonton Airport Information Booth The bilingual customer service representatives are available to answer any questions about the airport or the city. Edmonton International Airport, Level 1 Arrivals across from Door 7, 1-800-268-7134. flyeia.com

Navigate the streets and eats of Edmonton with the help of your smartphone and these handy apps. These are all free to download and available for both Android and Apple devices. Greater Edmonton Yellow Cab Order a cab in seconds from one of the largest taxi companies in the city. Select your pick-up location, get a flat rate, and even track the vehicle location.

My EPark If you’re travelling by car, chances are you’ll need to park eventually. Use the Quick Park feature to pay for on-street parking from the comfort of your vehicle. Frequent parkers can even create an account. hangTag This new Park & Go app locates the nearest parking lots and compares rates. Pay conveniently from anywhere and even extend your parking sessions. Edmonton Transit ETS Bus & Train Times Taking public transit? Plan the best route with this Transit Now app, and get real-time updates on ETS bus and LRT times.

Street Food Edmonton Find the location of your favourite food trucks, or check the map to see what’s available nearby.

AllTrails Discover the best hiking, running, and biking trails! Sort by difficulty, activity, and suitability for dogs and strollers.

Lime Use the app’s map to find a nearby Lime-S (electric scooter)—or just look for the distinctive lime green colouring.

Bird Rides This e-scooter sharing app includes a Quick Start account feature, as well as a Warm-Up mode with gentle acceleration for new scooter riders.

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RIVER CREE RESORT AND CASINO

62 AVE

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107 AVE

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118A AVE

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100 AVE

KIRK LAKE

189 ST

188 ST

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199 ST

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178 ST

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170 ST

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171 AVE

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172 VE A

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145 AVE

162 AVE

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167 AVE

195 AVE

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155 AVE

EDMONTON GARRISON

179 AVE

157 AVE

150 AVE

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180 AVE

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118 AVE

122 AVE

127 AVE

NORTHGATE MALL

127 AVE

132 AVE

137 AVE

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NORTHTOWN CENTRE MALL

144 AVE

149A AVE

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167 AVE

195 AVE

EDMONTON GARRISON MEMORIAL GOLF & CURLING CLUB

162 AVE

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118 118AVE AVE

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129 AVE

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153 AVE AVE 149

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153 AVE

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132 AVE

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18 ST

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130 AVE

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167 AVE

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195 AVE

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76 AVE

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40 AVE

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61 AVE

82 AVE

51 AVE SOUTHGATE MALL

76 AVE

63 AVE

58 AVE

39 AVE

DR MUD WHITE

51 AVE

82 AVE

D SR VIE DA

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RD ROPER

68 AVE

40 AVE

MILLWOODS GOLF COURSE

51 AVE

RD LL GY AR

44 AVE

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WHITEMUD DR

76 AVE

43 AVE

51 AVE

64 AVE

70 AVE

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107 AVE

107 AVE

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155 AVE

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156 ST

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156 ST

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149 ST

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87 ST

64 ST

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178 ST

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76 AVE

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26 AVE

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23 AVE

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39 AVE

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51 AVE

82 AVE

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23 AVE

Golf Course Park

17 ST DR

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43 AVE

51 AVE

64 AVE

70 AVE

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61 AVE

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103 ST 101 ST

GUA

62 AVE

35 AVE

45 AVE

207 ST SW

122 ST

99 ST

WINTE

(215 ST)

WINTERBURN RD

199 ST

199 ST

WA GN ER

83 ST

86 ST

RIVER CREE RESORT AND CASINO

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75 ST

97 ST 97 ST

184 ST

184 ST

RD

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50 ST

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170 ST

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170 ST

170 ST

143 ST 142 ST 142 ST

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109 ST 111 ST 108 ST

115 ST

114 ST 113 ST

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111 ST

106 ST 106 ST 105 ST

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119 ST

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76 ST

17 ST

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Fort Edmonton Park Reopening

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The four glass pyramids in Edmonton’s river valley house a spectacular display of flowers and vegetation, including one of North America’s largest collections of orchid species. Built in 1976, the Muttart Conservatory is currently closed to the public for rehabilitation and maintenance of its mechanical, electrical, and structural systems. It’s scheduled to reopen in early 2021.

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