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Welcome to Edmonton

Welcome to Edmonton, a city that is live all year. Known as Canada’s Festival City, Edmonton is home to over 30 annual festivals throughout the year celebrating sports, culture, music, visual arts and theatre. Summer sizzles with the internationally renowned folk, fringe and street performers festivals including Edmonton’s Capital EX—the city’s oldest festival featuring midway rides and games to world-class shows, musical entertainment and trade displays. Edmonton offers all of this and more at affordable prices.

From a magnificent ribbon of green to North America’s largest indoor shopping experience, Edmonton is a magical destination. Some call it the world’s best kept secret as this surprising metropolis combines urban excellence with a perfect dose of small-town friendliness. The fun starts with Edmonton’s crown jewel, its river valley park system, an area 22 times larger than New York’s Central Park, offering tons of trails to explore!

Then there’s Canada’s largest living history museum, Fort Edmonton Park, displaying four different eras in time including a historical reproduction of a 1920s midway and exhibition. Old Strathcona, the city’s historical hub, dates back to 1891 and today is a revitalized neighbourhood with unique shops, heritage buildings and a thriving entertainment scene—named one of Canada’s top five shopping districts. West Edmonton Mall, also known as the Greatest Indoor Show on Earth, comes with more than 800 stores and services, an amusement park, a waterpark, and more. 

Edmonton is also proud to host Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, and A River Runs Through It exhibit at Royal Alberta Museum. The city also has a proud professional sports heritage with the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton EskimosEdmonton Rush Lacrosse League as well as our minor league baseball team and the Edmonton Oil Kings WHL hockey team. Want more? There are more than 70 golf courses within an hour of downtown Edmonton—including Northern Bear, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course. 

The Downtown Arts District in the city’s core is Edmonton’s cultural centre. It is bustling with world-class venues such as the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, the Citadel Theatre and a breathtaking new Art Gallery of Alberta, which opened January 31, 2010. As Alberta’s Capital City, the Alberta Legislature building is Alberta’s architectural treasure built from 1907 to 1912, the Province’s foremost historic structure is set amidst beautiful gardens and water displays.

Stroll down 124th Street a tree-lined boulevard in one of Edmonton’s best neighbourhoods offering an eclectic blend of one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries and fine restaurants plus the Gallery Walk—the first of its kind in Canada, with over nine galleries within a 12 block radius.

Where’s the beef? World renowned Alberta Beef can be found in a cross section of Edmonton steak and chop houses but Edmonton’s cuisine scene is much more than great steaks and great steakhouses. Greater Edmonton offers more than 2,000 restaurants, bistros and pubs serving every type of imaginable international flavour and often featuring regional cuisine.

Take a day trip just outside the city limits where there are many exciting and informative attractions such as Elk Island National ParkKalyna Country (Canada’s largest eco-museum), Devonian Botanic GardenUkrainian Cultural Heritage Village and the Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre.

Just a few hours drive from Edmonton are the majestic Canadian Rockies—Jasper offers shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forests surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks! Be sure to visit Maligne Lake, along with pristine natural beauty Spirit Island, is not only the oldest attraction in Jasper National Park but also the largest lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Invite your family and friends to visit Edmonton for a chance to win a $500 West Edmonton Mall shopping spree! Visit www.edmonton.com/invitefamilyandfriends to send an e-card.

Check out our vacation packages page for spectacular winter getaway packages to take this winter's family holiday to a whole new level.