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If you’re heading to Western Canada, consider taking a trip to Edmonton. Perched on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, this picturesque city is the provincial capital of Alberta. It’s in a great location, too, lying about 180 miles north of Calgary and 220 miles east of Jasper National Park. So it’s incredibly easy to discover more of Canada and the Rockies as part of your Edmonton holiday.

 

You’ll find plenty of things to do in Edmonton. Culture-seekers can check out the city’s fascinating galleries, museums and First Nations sites. Nature-lovers will enjoy exploring the many lakes and parks in the North Saskatchewan River Valley, where you’ll find all sorts of wildlife. Foodies can look forward to award-winning restaurants and independent breweries. And families will be kept busy by a variety of activities, including ice-skating, bowling and seeing the animals of Edmonton Valley Zoo.

 

Most impressive of all, though, is Edmonton’s jam-packed calendar. There’s always something exciting going on here, from festivals celebrating art, music and theatre, to events which showcase the city’s culture and heritage. Whether you book your Edmonton holiday for the height of summer or the depths of winter, you’re sure to find something exciting to get involved with.

 

However you want to spend your time in Edmonton, our Travel Specialists will help you plan the ideal trip. You could stay at a plush hotel like Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, and enjoy lots of thrilling daytrips. Or why not hire a car and see more of Alberta? You could drive on to Jasper, Banff and Calgary, or even head west through the Rockies towards Whistler and Vancouver. Speak to our team to find out more.

 

Things to do

Dining scene

Festivals

Best time to go

Things to do in Edmonton

The capital of Alberta, Edmonton serves up a variety of things to do. If you’re looking for some culture, head to Art Gallery of Alberta. Designed to resemble the Northern Lights, this striking building houses more than 6,000 pieces, spanning across historical and contemporary exhibitions. Elsewhere, shopaholics will love West Edmonton Mall – it’s the biggest in North America and has a whopping 800 shops, as well as an ice rink, waterpark, bowling alley and cinema.

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Prefer to be outdoors? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that Edmonton boasts North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland. The River Valley Parks are collectively 22 times bigger than NYC’s Central Park, and features lakes, wilderness areas and golf courses. There’s also 160 kilometres’ worth of trails, where you can walk or cycle through the greenery and admire the cityscape. And, if you’re taking the kids on holiday, make sure you check out Edmonton Valley Zoo. This conservation-focused zoo has more than 350 animals, including reindeer, red pandas and elephants.

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Edmonton’s dining scene

Edmonton is something of a foodie hub – and arguably the culinary capital of Canada. The city’s chefs really value local and seasonal produce, and often source ingredients from the surrounding farms and ranches. There’s something for every taste and budget here, from upscale restaurants to casual tap rooms and indie bakeries.
You’ll find most of Edmonton’s best restaurants in the northwest area of town, or dotted along Jasper Avenue in the city centre. You can tuck into award-winning Italian dishes at Corso 32, and feast on classic French fare at The Marc. And make sure you enjoy authentic Canadian treats at The Harvest Room – a beautiful spot inside Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

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Fancy yourself as a craft beer connoisseur? Head south of the river to discover Edmonton’s eclectic breweries and taprooms. You can order tasting flights at Longroof Brewing Co., sip hoppy ales at Alley Kat Brewing Company – the city’s first craft brewery – or enjoy music, art and seasonal brews at Sea Change Brewery Co.

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Edmonton festivals

Edmonton’s calendar is chock-a-block, with more than 50 annual festivals. So, whenever you plan your Edmonton holiday, there’s bound to be something going on. In February, for instance, you can look forward to the Silver Skate Festival, which showcases all sorts of arts, culture, cuisine and sports. You can see art installations, learn about Alberta’s indigenous history, and explore the River Valley.

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Or, if you visit in July, you can treat your taste buds at Western Canada’s biggest food festival, Taste of Edmonton. A 10-day extravaganza in Churchill Square, this event allows you to nibble on savoury dishes and delicious desserts from more than 50 local restaurants and food trucks. There’ll be lots of beers, wines and cocktails to try, too, along with live jazz and folk music. If theatre’s more your thing, time your Edmonton trip to coincide with Edmonton Fringe Festival™. North America’s largest and oldest fringe festival sees nearly 1,600 local and international artists performing comedy acts, dramatic shows and everything in-between.

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Best time to visit Edmonton

Holidays to Edmonton can be enjoyed all year round but, depending on how you want to spend your time, some seasons are better than others. Summer is generally the best time to go, as temperatures hover in the low twenties – although it can get as warm as 30°C – and this is when most of Edmonton’s festivals take place. Plus, between June and August, there’ll be about 17 hours of daylight, giving you lots of time to explore.

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Spring and autumn are cooler, with temperatures averaging 16°C. It’s a lovely time of year for outdoor activities, as you’ll be able to admire the spring blossoms or fiery autumnal foliage. And, in May and September, it will be warm enough to relax on a sunny terrace.

Edmonton’s winters, as you’d expect, are very cold. Temperatures stay below freezing for months and there’s usually heavy snow between December and February. But, if you’re prepared to wrap up warm, you can discover a picturesque winter wonderland. You’re likely to see the Northern Lights, too.

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Things to do

Things to do in Edmonton

The capital of Alberta, Edmonton serves up a variety of things to do. If you’re looking for some culture, head to Art Gallery of Alberta. Designed to resemble the Northern Lights, this striking building houses more than 6,000 pieces, spanning across historical and contemporary exhibitions. Elsewhere, shopaholics will love West Edmonton Mall – it’s the biggest in North America and has a whopping 800 shops, as well as an ice rink, waterpark, bowling alley and cinema.

Show More
Show Less

Prefer to be outdoors? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that Edmonton boasts North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland. The River Valley Parks are collectively 22 times bigger than NYC’s Central Park, and features lakes, wilderness areas and golf courses. There’s also 160 kilometres’ worth of trails, where you can walk or cycle through the greenery and admire the cityscape. And, if you’re taking the kids on holiday, make sure you check out Edmonton Valley Zoo. This conservation-focused zoo has more than 350 animals, including reindeer, red pandas and elephants.

Show More
Show Less

Dining scene

Edmonton’s dining scene

Edmonton is something of a foodie hub – and arguably the culinary capital of Canada. The city’s chefs really value local and seasonal produce, and often source ingredients from the surrounding farms and ranches. There’s something for every taste and budget here, from upscale restaurants to casual tap rooms and indie bakeries.
You’ll find most of Edmonton’s best restaurants in the northwest area of town, or dotted along Jasper Avenue in the city centre. You can tuck into award-winning Italian dishes at Corso 32, and feast on classic French fare at The Marc. And make sure you enjoy authentic Canadian treats at The Harvest Room – a beautiful spot inside Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

Show More
Show Less

Fancy yourself as a craft beer connoisseur? Head south of the river to discover Edmonton’s eclectic breweries and taprooms. You can order tasting flights at Longroof Brewing Co., sip hoppy ales at Alley Kat Brewing Company – the city’s first craft brewery – or enjoy music, art and seasonal brews at Sea Change Brewery Co.

Show More
Show Less

Festivals

Edmonton festivals

Edmonton’s calendar is chock-a-block, with more than 50 annual festivals. So, whenever you plan your Edmonton holiday, there’s bound to be something going on. In February, for instance, you can look forward to the Silver Skate Festival, which showcases all sorts of arts, culture, cuisine and sports. You can see art installations, learn about Alberta’s indigenous history, and explore the River Valley.

Show More
Show Less

Or, if you visit in July, you can treat your taste buds at Western Canada’s biggest food festival, Taste of Edmonton. A 10-day extravaganza in Churchill Square, this event allows you to nibble on savoury dishes and delicious desserts from more than 50 local restaurants and food trucks. There’ll be lots of beers, wines and cocktails to try, too, along with live jazz and folk music. If theatre’s more your thing, time your Edmonton trip to coincide with Edmonton Fringe Festival™. North America’s largest and oldest fringe festival sees nearly 1,600 local and international artists performing comedy acts, dramatic shows and everything in-between.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Edmonton

Holidays to Edmonton can be enjoyed all year round but, depending on how you want to spend your time, some seasons are better than others. Summer is generally the best time to go, as temperatures hover in the low twenties – although it can get as warm as 30°C – and this is when most of Edmonton’s festivals take place. Plus, between June and August, there’ll be about 17 hours of daylight, giving you lots of time to explore.

Show More
Show Less

Spring and autumn are cooler, with temperatures averaging 16°C. It’s a lovely time of year for outdoor activities, as you’ll be able to admire the spring blossoms or fiery autumnal foliage. And, in May and September, it will be warm enough to relax on a sunny terrace.

Edmonton’s winters, as you’d expect, are very cold. Temperatures stay below freezing for months and there’s usually heavy snow between December and February. But, if you’re prepared to wrap up warm, you can discover a picturesque winter wonderland. You’re likely to see the Northern Lights, too.

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