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Edmonton Attractions

Updated on May 22, 2011

Edmonton - My Favorite Canadian City So Far

I've traveled extensively throughout Canada - visiting multiple provinces as the mood struck. For many years, I had family living in Alberta and Newfoundland so it provided great opportunities to see what lay between these two parts of the country.

Not one to be traveling extensively by plane - preferring to see the beauty of God's creation - driving was my mode of transportation. As I crossed with my family from one provincial border into another, I felt I had added another notch to my proverbial traveling belt - and it felt great!

Needless to say, I had to venture into B.C., after being so close to the Alberta - B.C. border when visiting Banff National Park. I was pleasantly surprised when visiting Penticton - a family paradise which I would highly recommend to families everywhere.

Throughout these road trips, I had the opportunity to visit lots of places and enjoy numerous attractions. I've driven in numerous cities - from west to east - such as:

~ Chilliwack, Penticton and Kelowna in B.C. ~

~ Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta ~

~ Saskatoon, Yorkton and Regina in Saskatchewan~

~ Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba ~

~ Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Niagara Falls and Ottawa in Ontario ~

~ Montreal, Quebec City and Riviere-du-Loup in Quebec ~

~ Frederickton and Moncton in New Brunswick ~

~ Summerland and Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island ~

~ Halifax - Dartmouth and Sydney in Nova Scotia ~

~ Corner Brook and St. Johns in Newfoundland ~

Of course, I've visited other cities but these are the most prominent cities whose names most people would recognize. Despite it all, however, Edmonton rises to the top; it surely is one of my favorite Canadian cities to visit.

Would you care to follow along and learn what it is I enjoy so much about the city of Edmonton?

Photo credit: Destination 360

My son - enjoying the wave pool at the World's Largest Indoor Waterpark

My son - enjoying the wave pool at the World's Largest Indoor Waterpark
My son - enjoying the wave pool at the World's Largest Indoor Waterpark

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Beginnings

Though my partner and I did not meet in Edmonton, he spent many years of his adult life living there. In fact, he is the one who taught me to appreciate Edmonton as I do today.

I used to go to Edmonton to visit West Edmonton Mall. Though I still make at least one trip to the mall - and like to stay at the Fantasyland Hotel for one night - I've learned about other attractions the city had to offer, first hand. My partner and I took my girls to see Valley Zoo. He also introduced us to both the Rundle and Hermitage Park.

Furthermore, though he was unable to make it to the Muttart Conservatory with us, he highly recommended we visit the attraction, mentioning how he used to enjoy the wonderful displays of plant life.

During those trips when he was able to accompany us to Edmonton, he would drive us around the city - telling us about how much things had changed and developed from the time he had first moved there. He showed us some of the areas in which he used to go biking with one of his best friends. In fact, he shared so much with me that there was no way I could retain it all.

Furthermore, some of his closest friends live in Edmonton - and the kids and I had the opportunity to meet them. It was nice to put names to faces and see the homes in which these friends lived. It helps when trying to imagine scenarios my partner shares with me - stories from the past. With a face, voice and physical setting, I can more easily imagine what he is telling me.

Guaranteed, Edmonton will always be special to me because of the way it was introduced to me - by a man who was, and is, thoroughly in awe of the city. However, I've learned to appreciate it more each time I visit. There is always something new to discover and the picture it paints as parks wind themselves around the river valley is a breath-taking aspect, in and of itself.

These are some of the attractions

my family and I have enjoyed while

visiting Edmonton:


  1. Rundle Park

  2. Hermitage Park

  3. Muttart Conservatory

  4. Valley Zoo

  5. West Edmonton Mall

Learn More About Edmonton Attractions

If you would like to learn more about the above noted attractions in Edmonton, click on the links below. It will take you to some impressive sites and you'll want to visit Edmonton, too.

Photo Gallery

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My son enjoying the wave pool at West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark...Ending the day by enjoying a meal at Jungle Jim's, located on West Edmonton Mall's, Bourbon Street. This is only one of many restaurants which can be enjoyed.My nephew enjoying the opportunity to watch the Sea Lions at West Edmonton Mall...My nephew and one of my nieces enjoying a moment with their dad...My youngest two children posing with Kwaku, Kwame and Laina (Kwame's girlfriend.) These two guys are two of the three brothers my son has.My sister posing with my youngest daughter, and son.Enjoying the kiddie pool at World Waterpark...Taking a few moments to absorb everything...We soon discovered we needed wheels at West Edmonton Mall.Dancing or splashing; who knows?
My son enjoying the wave pool at West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark...
My son enjoying the wave pool at West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark...
Ending the day by enjoying a meal at Jungle Jim's, located on West Edmonton Mall's, Bourbon Street. This is only one of many restaurants which can be enjoyed.
Ending the day by enjoying a meal at Jungle Jim's, located on West Edmonton Mall's, Bourbon Street. This is only one of many restaurants which can be enjoyed.
My nephew enjoying the opportunity to watch the Sea Lions at West Edmonton Mall...
My nephew enjoying the opportunity to watch the Sea Lions at West Edmonton Mall...
My nephew and one of my nieces enjoying a moment with their dad...
My nephew and one of my nieces enjoying a moment with their dad...
My youngest two children posing with Kwaku, Kwame and Laina (Kwame's girlfriend.) These two guys are two of the three brothers my son has.
My youngest two children posing with Kwaku, Kwame and Laina (Kwame's girlfriend.) These two guys are two of the three brothers my son has.
My sister posing with my youngest daughter, and son.
My sister posing with my youngest daughter, and son.
Enjoying the kiddie pool at World Waterpark...
Enjoying the kiddie pool at World Waterpark...
Taking a few moments to absorb everything...
Taking a few moments to absorb everything...
We soon discovered we needed wheels at West Edmonton Mall.
We soon discovered we needed wheels at West Edmonton Mall.
Dancing or splashing; who knows?
Dancing or splashing; who knows?

Edmonton

~ a city which allows you to feel that the city is a distance away - a city which embraces you as you want to feel one with the traffic. Regardless of your mood, Edmonton has something to offer you ~

Edmonton's River Valley

Edmonton's River Valley
Edmonton's River Valley

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Edmonton at dawn from Muttart Conservatory





Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, Alberta





Via Rail Snow Train Between Edmonton & Jasper

Accommodations

We enjoy our space when traveling - just as we enjoy our personal space at home. Though it feels wonderful to visit family and friends, it's nice to have our own place to go back to - to unwind and relax at the end of the day.

Though we enjoy staying at the Fantasyland Hotel, it's only reasonable to expect that most families would not stay there for a week - especially with so much to see and do outside of West Edmonton Mall.

That being said, we've stayed in a few hotels in Edmonton and they are, generally, in the Best Western family of hotels. One of my most recent stays was at the south end of the city - about 17 kilometers from the airport, heading towards Edmonton. This hotel is spacious, has laundry facilities and a pool with both a water slide and hot tub.

There are several restaurants which will deliver food to your hotel room. There is also a continental breakfast area for guests to enjoy before starting their day.

If you enjoy a fitness facility and high speed Internet privileges, you'll find that at Best Western South Edmonton Inn and Suites as well.

In relation to the major attractions we've enjoyed in Edmonton, Best Western South Edmonton Inn and Suites is:

~ 10 kilometers from the Valley Zoo ~

~ 14 kilometers from the Muttart Conservatory ~

~ 19 kilometers from West Edmonton Mall ~

~ approximately 15 - 20 kilometers from both Rundle and Hermitage Parks ~

The photo shown here is of a room located within this hotel. Our room was laid out differently with two queen beds and a sitting area; it was able to accommodate six people. Admittedly, my two younger children, my youngest niece, nephew and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We swam, laughed, ate, laughed some more and, finally, had no choice but to collapse.

The next day we were off to West Edmonton Mall to meet up with the rest of the group. Where were they the night before? They were enjoying a Kid Rock and Bon Jovi concert. They had fun and so did we; in the end, that's all that matters.

a Matt Stambaugh photo

a Matt Stambaugh photo
a Matt Stambaugh photo

When in Edmonton - Your favorite thing to do

I am really interested in hearing what people who have visited Edmonton have to say about this beautiful city. However, for the purpose of this debate, I would like to pose one simple question:

When in Edmonton, what would you rather do?

Graphic by Norma Budden.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      A very happy Canadian Thanksgiving wish for you. I hope your Thanksgiving weekend is filled with blessings of warmth, happiness, and love.

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      jackelinporter132 5 years ago

      Edmonton is really a breath taking place. Nowhere else could you get such beauty and I also love spending my time at west edmonton mall

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Great lens! Been to Edmonton several times, and I especially enjoy the shopping there!

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Amazing lens. I have only been to Edmonton once and that was for a conference. Sadly I didn't get to visit the West Edmonton Mall. Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens, I've been to Edmonton a couple of times. We took our boys when they were younger to the West Edmonton Mall. They loved the rollercoaster and wave pool!

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on your purple star! I've never been to Edmonton, but it looks like a beautiful city. Someday I'd like to travel all across each of the Provinces. Well done!

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star - such a lovely lens and well deserved

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Edmonton is my hometown, but I must admit that I don't like it very much! It's too cold in winter :(

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      Looks a great place :) Like the family photos.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I really don't remember much, other than stopping at the mall. I'll have to dig out my pictures! LOL

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I enjoyed this lens, because I love to travel. Due to health conditions, I must travel by car, and I've found I enjoy the sightseeing much more this way. Edmonton sounds like a place I'd love to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed learning more about the beautiful city of Edmonton through this lens. Hope to visit there some day! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ~ Blessed by a Squidoo Angel of the Travel Canada neighbourhood ~

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Looks like a great place to visit.

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      Edmonton looks stunning. Although I have never been to Canada I would like to someday.Very nice lens!!