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Welcome to Edmonton, where the locals camp with bison, party under the aurora and surf on the prairies. From the continent’s first, biggest and wildest Fringe Theatre Festival to a shopping mall that at one time had more submarines than the Canadian navy, Edmontonians have never been afraid to do things a little differently.
Why is Edmonton different? There are theories. Maybe it’s the northern location, where for years the locals have learned to make their own fun. Perhaps it’s the legacy of entrepreneurs dreaming up oddities: deep freezer races, winter patios and surfing indoors. Take your taste buds on a journey through one of the hottest culinary scenes in Canada, experience the glory of the northern lights from a dark sky preserve or cruise through the continent’s largest stretch of urban parkland. There’s a uniqueness to how Edmontonians do ordinary things, and just by visiting, you become a part of it.
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Arts & Culture
Whether you're taking a tour through a living history museum or checking out the biggest musical acts in the world in a state-of-the-art arena, there's no shortage of things to do in Edmonton that will make your inner arts and culture lover jump for joy. Live theater, art galleries, and countless festivals are just the beginning. Visit the Royal Alberta Museum and Art Gallery of Alberta to get started.
From whirling around in a roller coaster at the world’s largest indoor amusement park to exploring the limits of outer space at the Telus World of Science, your family will love all the awesome that Edmonton has to offer.
If you ask any local, they’ll tell you that the heartbeat of Edmonton is the glorious river valley. Stretching right through downtown, this expanse of urban parkland is the largest in North America; and that’s just the beginning. Explore Elk Island National Park and the North Saskatchewan River Valley with Edmonton Regional Helicopter Tours and the River Valley Adventure Segway.
You’ll find everything from big-name retailers to local boutiques in Edmonton – not to mention North America's largest shopping and entertainment center, West Edmonton Mall. Go on, give your wallet a run for its money at any of the following locations: West Edmonton Mall, 124th Street, 4th Street Promenade, Premium Outlet Collection EIA, Old Strathcona & Whyte Avenue.
Edmonton embraces new flavors and ideas, allowing big-thinking chefs to thrive. Go on a journey through some of the hottest craft beer taprooms, hyper-local bistros and indie bakeries in Canada with Alberta Food Tours, Alberta Craft Tours, Get Cooking or Urban Pedal Tours. Your tastebuds will thank you.
In Edmonton, every season is festival season. Shakespeare under an open sky? You got it. A winter festival with sculptures made of ice and… fire? Done and done. If you’re in Edmonton, there’s a festival going on. Over 50 festivals annually means there’s no shortage of excitement to fill your stay - whether it’s 30 degrees above or below.
Boisterous crowds and die-hard fans— Edmonton’s sports scene is tough to beat. Once you’ve been to a hockey, football, or even a Red Bull Crashed Ice event, you’ll see what we mean. Keep an eye on Rogers Place, the Edmonton Eskimos, FC Edmonton and Stingers Basketball.
The city has milder winters than either Regina or Winnipeg, both further south of Edmonton in latitude.
Typically, summer lasts from late June until early September, and the humidity is seldom uncomfortably high.
Winter lasts from November to March, and varies greatly in length and severity. Spring and autumn are both short and highly variable.