- Alberta Legislature Building
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.
- Edmonton’s River Valley
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.
- Fort Edmonton Park
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.
- High Level Bridge Streetcar
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.
- Muttart Conservatory
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.
- Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market
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
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.
- Whyte Avenue
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!
- Jurassic Forest
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.
- Freewill Shakespeare Festival
June 19 – July 15, 2018; Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, Alberta
The Free Will Players, a not-for-profit theatre company, presents professional, modern renditions of Shakespeare’s classic plays at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Edmonton’s beautiful Hawrelak Park from June 29th to July 15th. This year, Comedy of Errors will be playing on odd dates and matinees, while Hamlet will play on even dates, with shows running from Tuesday to Sunday, no matter the weather.
June 13 – 23, 2018; Citadel Theatre, Sir Winston Churchill Sq., Edmonton, Alberta
This 10 day celebration of improv acting, comedy, music, and so much more, is hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre (a non-profit, charitable society) in Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre. Come by and enjoy the talents of some of the best improvisational actors in the world!
- Make Music Edmonton
June 21, 2018; Various locations along 124 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton’s edition of the global live music event, Fête de la Musique, this is a free, family-friendly live music event that showcases musical talent from all over the city. Watch as storefronts all along Edmonton’s 124 Street become sidewalk stages for the city’s remarkably talented amateur and established musicians from diverse genres and backgrounds.
- The Works Art and Design Festival
June 21 – July 3, 2018; Capital Plaza at the Alberta Legislature Grounds
With more than 200 performances and events and over 50 exhibitions at 30 venues, The Works Art and Design Festival is North America’s largest, free outdoor art and design festival. With music, food and art vendors, walking tours, beverage gardens, art demonstrations, free workshops and crafts, and all kinds of entertainment available from noon until the night, this is a perfect opportunity to discover or develop a greater appreciation for the arts.
- Summer Solstice Music Festival
June 18 – 22, 2018; Various Venues, Edmonton, Alberta
Following a week of musical workshops (the Amateur Chamber Music Workshop), three mainstage concerts will be held at Knox Evangelical Free Church, June 18, 20, and 22. Each of these mainstage concerts will be at 7:30 pm, but there are additional shows happening at Yellowhead Brewery on June 19 at 8:00 pm (“String Quartets Rock!”) and at Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta on June 20 at 12:00 pm (Haydn Discovery Program).
- TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival
June 22 – July 1, 2018; Various Venues, Edmonton, Alberta
Jazz music, in all of its flavours, is on display and celebrated throughout the city during this festival. Relax and enjoy the lively yet soothing sounds of live jazz music in locations like Sir Winston Churchill Square (outdoor… and free), the Winspear Centre, the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, numerous more intimate settings (like cafés, jazz clubs, and wine bars around the city), and many more! Featuring artists like Dianne Reeves, Billy Childs Quartet, and the Tierney Sutton Band, this is a festival you don’t want to miss!
- Edmonton Pride Festival
June 8-17, 2018; Old Strathcona and Whyte Avenue (82 Ave), Edmonton, Alberta
Exciting, educational, entertaining, and enriching, Edmonton’s Pride Festival is a spectacular showcase of LGBTQ2S+ culture and pride and one of Western Canada’s largest LGBTQ2S+ festivals. Come down on June 8 to enjoy the fun and energetic atmosphere; watch over 80 colourful floats glide eastward down Whyte Avenue; dance to the live music played by Canadian artists; savour the delectable products of the food vendors and beer gardens; and-most importantly-mingle with the the enthusiastic, accepting, diverse, and family-friendly crowd of people from all walks of life. With over 40 events taking place over the next 9 days, including the Mayor’s Pride Brunch, theatrical productions, an Awards Night, LGBTQ2S+ film and comedy shows, and so much more, this is a terrific opportunity to celebrate and respect gay pride and culture.
June 16 – 17, 2018; Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta
Porkapalooza is Edmonton’s only BBQ festival and competition, showcasing the most talented individuals and teams in Western Canada going head-to-head to win over $16,000 in prizes, as well as the fascinating art and culture of BBQ. Though the competitors will be cooking food for judges, many local food trucks and vendors–specifically those with BBQ-related goods–will be on-site to offer delicious foods to the visitors as well. Not only a food event, there will be a Kidz Zone available for young ones to enjoy, a beer gardens for more mature ones to refresh and relax, and live music and exciting activities for all ages to create the perfect summer-BBQ environment.
- Farmers’ Markets in Edmonton
Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays – Thursdays, throughout the summer; Venues throughout Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton is host to a plethora of diverse, lively Farmers’ Markets which occur in and around all areas of the city on most days of the week throughout the summer. Some of these include City Market on 104th, Callingwood Farmers’ Market, Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market, 124 Grand Market, Beverly Towne Farmers’ Market, and YEG Farmers’ Market. Thank you to the Edmonton Tourism Team at exploreedmonton.com for putting together the terrific blog post (linked to in “More information” and “Farmers’ Markets in Edmonton) about this city’s many superb Farmers’ Markets.