100 Things to See and Do Around Edmonton
Check out all the great things to do this winter!
Snap out of your hibernation! Edmonton is the best place in the world to celebrate, experience and embrace everything winter! Yes, it may be cold sometimes. Sure, it can be dark too. But that doesn’t stop us from being the most exciting winter paradise you’ll ever experience!
100 Things to See and Do Around Edmonton
1. Apparate to Edmonton’s TELUS World of Science to see Harry Potter™: The Exhibition. This interactive exhibit features hundreds of authentic props and costumes from the Harry Potter films.
2. Enjoy a good laugh with friends at the ATB Financial Edmonton Comedy Festival. Comedians from all over North America converge on Edmonton for this hilarious celebration of comedy, Oct 16 – 20.
3. Get cool with the Silver Skate Festival and its epic ice slide, Feb 14 – 23.
4. Hang with monkeys, chill with snow leopards and kick-it with red pandas at the Edmonton Valley Zoo – open year-round.
5. Experience ice and artistry at the Ice on Whyte Festival, Jan 25 – Feb 2.
6. Come watch Ebs, Nuge and the rest of the young stars at an Edmonton Oilers home game.
7. Chill out with the cultural winter festival, Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, January 2013.
8. Shred some pow’ at one of Edmonton’s terrific ski hills like Rabbit Hill, Snow Valley or the Edmonton Ski Club.
9. Redefine the ski hill with some epic snow tubing at Sunridge Ski Area.
10. Shop until you drop, then get up and do it again. From Nov 15 – Dec 31, Edmonton’s shopping malls and unique shopping districts come together to celebrate winter and shopping in Edmonton.
11. Share your Edmonton travel stories, pictures and videos on the Edmonton Tourism Twitter page using #visityeg.
12. Laugh it up in three-quarter tie with the Edmonton Opera’s sparkling comedy, Die Fledermaus, Feb 1, 4 and 6 at the Jubilee Auditorium.
13. Get on your tippy toes with the Alberta Ballet, and performances like Ailey II, Feb 14 – 15.
14. Bring in the Chinese New Year at the Muttart Conservatory with a unique feature pyramid for the Year of the Horse.
15. Hang on as long as you can… to non-stop, heart-pounding entertainment at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Nov 6 – 10.
16. Plan for a winter picnic by visiting one of Edmonton’s year-round farmers’ markets, Old Strathcona or City Market Downtown.
17. Whoa, whoa, hurry hard! Plan your own bonspiel at an Edmonton curling rink.
18. Fly down a snow-covered hill on your choice of sled at one of the many toboggan hills throughout the city.
19. Don’t miss The History of Rock ‘N Roll presented by the Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Nov 12 – Feb 2.
20. Soak up some sun with Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover at Jubilations Dinner Theatre from Nov 1 – Feb 2.
21. Strap on some snowshoes and explore the extensive trails in the Edmonton River Valley.
22. This ride comes with winter tires. Go for a unique Segway Winter Trekking Tour through Edmonton’s River Valley.
23. Experience 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. Bring your own bookmark!
24. Enjoy true beauty in Hawrelak Park, where you can lace up your skates and glide around the ice ring.
25. Go behind the scenes of Alberta’s agriculture and livestock industry to enjoy a variety of rodeo competitions, demonstrations and entertainment including the Heritage Ranch Rodeo. Farmfair International is Canada’s premier livestock show, Nov 1-10.
26. You’re going to have to shoot your way out of this one. Experience Galaxy Quest’s 7D in West Edmonton Mall as you battle robot cowboys or endure a zombie apocalypse.
27. Itching to test out your slap shot? Edmonton has dozens of skating arenas and rinks that are perfect for a game of shinny.
28. Satisfy your appetite with a scrumptious brunch at the Hotel Macdonald’s beautifully appointed Harvest Room.
29. Take the family to enjoy some great WHL action with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
30. Enjoy winter’s beauty snowshoeing at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre.
31. Get your skis and poles ready for cross country skiing in Edmonton, where dozens of trails are available, and some are even lit for night skiing!
32. Zip down the world’s largest permanent indoor zipline at Linetech Ziplines located in the World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall.
33. Reflect, relax and reconnect at The Enjoy Centre.
34. Explore one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods, 124th Street, showcasing fine dining, boutiques, galleries and much more.
35. Treat yourself to The Marc restaurant's frites with truffled mayo, you’ll love these addictively crispy fries.
36. Have a sweet tooth? Duchess Bake Shop will help you satisfy that pang with some of the best desserts you can imagine, including their divine macarons.
37. Celebrate an 800-year-old historic legend with the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival from Feb 7 – 8.
38. Rethink breakfast with De Dutch and their pannekoek, a delicious rendition of pancakes.
39. Spice it up at Edmonton’s very own Mexican taqueria, Tres Carnales. Don’t miss the fish tacos, you’ll want seconds!
40. Hone your cooking skills with Kitchen by Brad Smoliak. While you’re there, pick up a jar of the bacon jam, mmmmm.
41. Indulge your sophisticated side on 104th Street Promenade and the arts, fine food and urban boutiques it offers.
42. Eat and run with Famoso, the Neopolitan pizza joint that fires your pizza in just 90 seconds in an authentic bell oven.
43. Celebrate the coming of the winter season through light installations, entertainment and fun family programming at All is Bright on 124, Nov 23. This festival is FREE for everyone!
44. Scheme and brood with the Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s Broadway thriller, Deathtrap, Feb 11 – Apr 6.
45. Warm yourself up with a heaping bowl of Nomiya’s egg ramen, I bet you won’t be able to finish it!
46. Take a trip to flavour country by picking up some of Evoolution’s premium olive oils or aged balsamic vinegars.
47. See Edmonton from a panoramic view at La Ronde, the revolving restaurant that offers an unmatched view of Edmonton.
48. Snag your binoculars and head out to Elk Island National Park to try and spot bison, elk, moose and variety of other animals.
49. Prepare for a Rush as Edmonton’s Lacrosse team will have you on the edge of your seat.
50. Grab a fork and spoon for the soulful spaghetti Bolognese at one of Edmonton’s top dining options, Corso 32.
51. Fasten your seatbelt and put the pedal to the metal with Speeders Indoor ProKarts. Their ProKarts can reach speeds of up to 70km/h!
52. Get colourful at Edmonton’s indoor paintball field, Paintball Action Games.
53. Dance your way to Whyte Ave and take in Edmonton’s most popular nightlife destination.
54. Ready for a night out? Head down to Jasper Ave for downtown’s eclectic nightlife scene.
55. Reel in the experience of a lifetime with Get Hooked Fishing Adventures and some ice fishing.
56. Escape to the tropical setting at West Edmonton Mall Waterpark where the temperature is always 30 degrees!
57. Walk down Memory Lane with Luminaria, the beautiful candlelit display in the Devonian Botanic Gardens Kurimoto Japanese Garden.
58. Connect with the visual arts and enjoy a variety of world-class exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
59. Once you’ve been inspired by a tour of the ART Gallery of Alberta, enjoy dinner or lunch or brunch at ZINC. Your taste buds will thank you.
60. Experience science like never before at the TELUS World of Science. With five interactive Exhibit Galleries, each offering a different adventure, there is so much to see, hear, touch and do!
61. Try a twist with The Common’s gluten-free poutine incorporating Korean-style braised pork.
62. Don’t miss a modern take on a classical children’s tale. The Velveteen Rabbit runs at the Capitol Theatre located in Fort Edmonton Park from Dec 6 – 24.
63. Grab a drink, and share some fabulous seasonal dishes with your friends at Tavern 1903 restaurant and mozzarella bar. Be sure to inquire about the buildings proud historic story. Located at 9802 – Jasper Avenue.
64. Soar through Canada’s 3rd largest aviation collection at the Alberta Aviation Museum. The museum is a wonderful attraction for all ages.
65. Gather with your closest friends at the Blue Plate Diner. The restaurant is best known for its warm cozy atmosphere, and true comfort food dishes.
66. Pictographs to petroglyphs to prehistoric planteaters… from Grizzlies and Golden Eagles to Bison and bugs… from Badlands' Rattlers to Black Widow Spiders… from mountains and forests to the windswept prairie. You can see it all and more at the Royal Alberta Museum.
67. Request your favourite song and watch two pianists duel it out at the Red Piano.
68. Show off your poker skills at the River Cree Resort and Casino.
69. Bring your bowling shoes and check out the newly renovated Ed’s Rec Room at West Edmonton Mall.
70. Try something you have never tasted before at the Three Boars. You may be surprised, but not disappointed.
71. Book a tour of the Yellowhead Brewery.
72. Get a wet Kiss from crowd-loving Pablo at Sea Lions’ Rock.
73. Get in the Christmas spirit with The Nutcracker or The Singing Christmas Tree at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
74. Spend a night out enjoying the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
75. Don’t miss a true holiday classic; the Citadel Theatre presents A Christmas Carol, Nov 30 – Dec 23.
76. Take a twirl around City Hall rink with your special someone at the Valentine’s Day Disco Skate, Feb 14.
77. Catch Vigilante at the Catalyst Theatre in Old Strathcona. Edmonton’s arts and culture scene is worth the drive.
78. Get your Edmonton Attractions Pass and save up to 60% on Edmonton’s premier attractions.
79. See the original Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre.
80. Put the snow tires on your bike and enjoy a winter bike ride through Edmonton’s River Valley. The Tour of Alberta will return to Edmonton in September 2014
81. Boo! Get scared with an eerie ghost tour from Oct 14 – 31. Just in time for Halloween!
82. Get a taste of Jolly Ol’ England in downtown Edmonton at Sherlock Homes Pub.
83. Visit Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm or the Haunted Pumpkin Festival, October 2013.
84. Come back to Prairie Gardens for A Prairie Christmas, Dec 14 - 15.
85. Come out to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Sunday, Jan 19 to celebrate the Feast of Jordan.
86. Explore the Alberta Legislature’s 23 hectares of parkland and monuments. The grounds are especially beautiful when the snow is falling!
87. Book a cooking class or culinary tour and explore Edmonton’s regional cuisine.
88. Conquer some new routes at one of Edmonton’s many rock climbing facilities.
89. Check out the great vacation packages offered by our great Edmonton Hotels.
90. Learn how to read animal tracks at the John Janzen Nature Centre.
91. Challenge your friends to a game of laser tag at Laser Quest.
92. Sink into a chair and enjoy alternative film at the Garneau Theatre, which is an official historical landmark.
93. Sit back and enjoy an IMAX® film, re-opening December 26, at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.
94. Gaze up at the sky and look for Northern Lights. Use the Aurora Watch website to increase your chances of a sighting.
95. Monkey around and challenge yourself on a three-level ropes course!
96. Drive, stroll or kick-sled down Candy Cane Lane to see one of Edmonton’s great communities illuminated by gorgeous decorative light displays.
97. Grab the family and enjoy the Festival of Trees, Nov 28 – Dec 1.
98. Grab a latte and walk down trendy Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona – voted one of Canada’s Top 10 coolest neighbourhoods.
99. Buy your tickets to see Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical, which opens at the Citadel Theatre on Mar 15.
100. Rinse and Repeat!
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