Top 10 Things to do in Edmonton, Canada

February 16, 2018 Janean Rudisill

As North America’s northernmost large metropolis, Edmonton is a fascinating study in contrasts — a vibrant urban center in the heart of the wilderness. It’s a city that’s never been afraid to do things a little differently, as visitors discover through close encounters with free-roaming bison, a shopping mall that spans more than 48 city blocks, and a dynamic arts and culture scene that embraces more than 40 annual festivals, including the continent’s biggest and wildest Fringe Theatre Festival.
Restaurants in Edmonton

1. Winspear Centre

#4 Sir Winston Churchill Square | 102 Ave. & 99 St., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada +1 780-428-1414
Excellent
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5 based on 636 reviews

Winspear Centre

The Francis Winspear Centre for Music is located in Edmonton's Arts District and is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Reviewed By musicandart - Toronto

I went to the Winspear Centre, three times for three different Concerts. In order to judge a concert hall properly, a person has to sit in different areas and listen to different types of music. For one show, I sat at the front,for another, in the middle and for another, at the back on the upper balcony. Every show sounded great, the stage was never far away and there were no obstructions to the view. During the break for each show, there was plenty of room to stretch out in the lobby and bathrooms were easy to find. The Winspear has very comfortable Seating and they were easy to locate. Ushers were friendly and helpful. I would recommend the Winspear to anyone that wants good sound, good Seating and roomy lobby space. A great experience at every [email protected]

2. Fort Edmonton Park

On Whitemud Dr, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7, Canada +1 780-496-8787
Excellent
63%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Fort Edmonton Park

Park featuring recreations of Edmonton in different stages of its history.

Reviewed By 740sharlenem - San Diego, United States

Fort Edmonton Park is a wonderful way to spend a day exploring Edmonton's history. Fun activities include vintage carnival, horse drawn carriages and interacting with costumed characters. Food and activities within the park are reasonably priced, or you are welcome to bring in your own...MoreA picnic lunch is a great idea! Thanks so much for this lovely review.

3. Alberta Legislature Building

10800 97 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1E4, Canada +1 780-427-2826
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 638 reviews

Alberta Legislature Building

Reviewed By Jeri G

One weird activity you can try here is something called "Purple City". What you do is go to the big lights, stare at them for a minute then look around. Disclaimer I'm sure its not healthy for you. I've never looked around inside but the outside is fun to see. The building is beauteous and the Fountains fun in the summer. Try the Trolley here.

4. High Level Bridge Streetcar

103rd St & 83rd Ave | (Rear of Old Strathcona Farmer's Market Building), Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5Y1, Canada +1 780-437-7721
Excellent
63%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 434 reviews

High Level Bridge Streetcar

Open May Long weekend to October each year, the streetcar's views of the city and the river are absolutely amazing. This is also the best way to get from the farmer's market to downtown.

Reviewed By skycare - Edmonton, AB

How often to you get to ride in a 105 year old streetcar, over one of the highest river crossings in North America. Edmonton's river valley is the city's crown jewel and the streetcars offer a fantastic view up and down stream. The volunteers of the Edmonton Radial Railway Society do a great job of operating and maintaining their fleet of streetcars, making visitors feel welcome and sharing interesting historical facts along the way. The Motorman and Conductor were both very knowledgeable and made us feel welcome. You can also ride at Fort Edmonton Park, where they operate the majority of their fleet.

5. William Hawrelak Park

9330 Groat Rd, Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3K1, Canada +1 780-496-4000
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 367 reviews

William Hawrelak Park

Reviewed By rebecca k - Edmonton, Canada

What’s more Canadian than skating on an outdoor rink? Not much! Beautiful landscapes to view as you skate across a frozen lake. If you bring your own skates it’s absolutely free. However, rentals are fairly cheap.
Do some laps and grab a hot chocolate and sit by the amazing fire pit. A great activity for families, couples and friends. The ice Castles are just a hop away if you’re looking for more adventure.

6. Mill Creek Ravine Park

95A Street & 83 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5G 1S2, Canada
Excellent
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Mill Creek Ravine Park

Reviewed By Edward W - Toronto, Canada

We were in Edmonton for only half a day on a Sunday morning, and we tried to do the best that the city had to offer by combining breakfast at Muttart, a walk through Mill Creek Ravine and then coffee on Whyte Avenue. This was a highlight of that route, with good views over the city and the changing fall colours.

7. Muttart Conservatory

9626 96a St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4L8, Canada +1 780-496-8755
Excellent
51%
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4.5 based on 639 reviews

Muttart Conservatory

The Muttart Conservatory is unique at first sight. This innovative botanical garden sets the pace for plant science in western Canada and defines Edmonton’s skyline with striking glass pyramids rising from the river valley.

Reviewed By Travellingtheworld1 - Calgary Alberta Canada

The Muttart Conservatory is a fun place for singles, couples , families and groups.
Plant displays are located in unique glass pyramids. There are different climate zones presented e.g. arid, temperate, etcetera, and on the day we visited there was a featured children oriented exhibit.
The interior of the Muttart is extremely easy to navigate with excellent signage for each area and for specific plants in each climate zone.
Take as long as you want in any area - there are well placed benches to rest and take a moment to relax. Bring a camera as there are ample photo opportunities.
We did not take one of the guided tours but they looked informative and fun.
There are food services and a gift shop both offering items for all tastes.
There is ample parking and admission prices are affordable.
I would recommend the Muttart to anyone wanting a different day out experience. The Muttart is suitable for all ages.

8. Elk Island National Park

via Highway 16 East, Edmonton, Alberta T8L 2N7, Canada +1 780-922-5790
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 458 reviews

Elk Island National Park

Reviewed By OC345 - Grand Cayman

Brrrrrrrrrr.... but so much fun! First experience snow shoeing. We took a short drive (30 mins) out of Edmonton to Elk Island. It was -16C!
We walked across Astotin Lake which was frozen solid to the island in the middle. It was about a mile total distance to and from. We quite enjoyed snowshoeing and the different consistencies of the ice/snow.
Fun for the kids as well as we saw some families snowboarding down a small slope. Also had roasted apple for the first time at the grill!
We saw a herd of bison in the distance when we were driving out.

9. Old Strathcona Farmers' Market

10310 83 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5C3, Canada +1 780-439-1844
Excellent
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Old Strathcona Farmers' Market

Edmonton's biggest indoor year round farmers' market. Fresh from the farm to your family!We make it, we bake it, we grow it, we sell it!Over 130 vendors selling only the freshest local food and handmade arts and crafts. Every Saturday year round from 8 am - 3 pm.

Reviewed By Skidoobunny

Not the biggest farmers market I've ever been too but has an excellent selection for its size. It has everything from different cultural foods, flowers, gifts, fruits and veggies and gluten free selections. If your gluten free, check out the chickie dough, Lizzys gluten free and moonshine donuts. If you are in the area on a Saturday, be sure to check it out!

10. West Edmonton Mall

8882 170th St, Edmonton, Alberta T5T 4M2, Canada +1 780-444-5200
Excellent
47%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 3 reviews

West Edmonton Mall

The world's largest shopping and entertainment complex, with a roller coaster, tropical rainforest and an indoor bungee jump, in addition to the over 800 stores and 20 restaurants.

Reviewed By C_and_B_Dayton - Dayton, OH

We were in town to watch a hockey game and had some time during the day, so we went to the West Edmonton Mall. While there are tons of stores for everything you might need, the mall itself is a destination. We really enjoyed just...MoreHello, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Did you know that we have over 800 stores and services, including 10 world-class attractions? We hope that you'll be back soon!

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