Known as the “the Ledge”, the Alberta Legislature Building is the meeting place of the Legislative Assembly and the Executive Council. Built between 1907 and 1913, the building overlooks the scenic North Saskatchewan River. Its Greek, Roman, and Egyptian architectural influences suggest power, permanence, and tradition. Free tours by knowledgeable guides are available 362 days a year.
Take a stroll or rent a bike to explore the gorgeous, expansive River Valley in the summer breeze. With 20 major parks, 11 lakes, 22 ravines, and over 160 maintained pathways, the River Valley is the largest urban park in Canada, a unique urban escape to nature.
The largest living history museum in Canada, Fort Edmonton Park houses both original and rebuilt structures that showcase the history of Edmonton with the help of on-site reenactments by costumed historical interpreters. You can also enjoy the park from streetcars, horse-drawn carriages, and the 1919 Baldwin Steam Train, which takes you from the 1846 Hudson’s Bay fort through to the streets of 1920.
Ride into history along the former Canadian Pacific Railway track, departing from the historic Old Strathcona, traveling across the High Level Bridge, and arriving at the heart of Edmonton Downtown! Take in the gorgeous summer view of the river valley while learning about the history of Edmonton’s streetcars on this leisurely trip. This tram ride is one of Edmonton’s top attractions.
The unique Muttart Conservatory is to be appreciated from both the outside and inside. With its glamorous glass pyramids rising from the river valley, the Muttart Conservatory shines through Edmonton’s skyline. Inside the pyramids this innovative botanical garden is a leader of plant science in western Canada. If you get hungry after walking around and admiring the plants and the architecture, make sure to stop by at the Culina Cafe at the Muttart.
This year-round, indoor farmers’ market hosts over 130 vendors every Saturday with an impressive assortment of hand-made goods – locally grown produce, specialty foods, jewelry, decor, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, pottery and so much more! All items are made personally by the vendors. You are sure to find something to your liking!
West Edmonton Mall is the largest shopping mall in North America with more than 800 stores and services in the complex. But it has a lot more to offer than shopping. Besides the daily sea lion performance and the full-sized Ice Palace skating rink, West Edmonton Mall is the home of Galaxyland, the second largest indoor amusement park in the world with 24 rides and attractions, and the World Waterpark, the world’s largest indoor wave pool.
Bordering the University of Alberta campus, Whyte Avenue is a vibrant and charming strip filled with unique and lively shops and restaurants. It houses establishments which cater to people of all ages, and is the perfect place for students to grab a drink and relax after a hard day’s study!
Set in an old-growth forest, Jurassic Forest utilizes the natural setting to enhance its exhibition of realistic animatronic dinosaurs and lets visitors learn about the flora and fauna indigenous to Edmonton. Enjoy activities such as dinosaur discovery, paleontological site, flora and fauna expedition, and scavenger hunts!
Three and a half hours away by car, Drumheller is located to the southeast of Edmonton, within the Red Deer River valley. Known as Dinosaur Valley, Drumheller hosts the Royal Tyrrell Museum, home of Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils. Hoodoos are another famous attraction of Drumheller. The unique mushroom-like rock formations were comprised by clay and sand sediments over 70 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, and it is located just a few hours west of Edmonton. The park has the breathtaking Columbia Icefield glaciers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. Summer also brings the opportunity to observe many wildlife in the park, from elk, caribou, moose, to lynx, beaver, mountain goat, to black bear.
Connected with Jasper National Park by the scenic Icefield Parkway, Banff National Park is also a member of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Established in 1885, Banff is the oldest national park in Canada. It is one of the most popular summer camping sites in western Canada, and is only a half-hour drive away from the serene Lake Louise.