Top 6 Attractions to hit up in EdmontonTagged: Arts,Sports,Entertainment,shopping,Nature,Outdoors Posted on: 03 October 2016
Mix one group of glass pyramids with a gigantic mall, pour in some history, art, politics, and hockey, and inject it with a natural wonder carving through it, and you’ve got the best attractions to pack into your Edmonton experience. For a city that some call Deadmonton (Taylor Swift is right. Haters gonna hate…hate…hate… hate….), the reality is that this unassuming city packs a whole lot of punch within its borders. There’s a ton to choose from to compliment every style of vacation. So we boiled it down to the top 6 attractions that you need to check out on your next visit.
Nestled along the south side of the river valley, the stunning architecture of glass pyramids rise amongst the surrounding greenery. Visible from many different vantage points, including numerous downtown skyscrapers, the Muttart Conservatory is a visual masterpiece. Yet, what’s inside is also quite beautiful. The cutting-edge botanical gardens are a scientific symphony with three biomes displaying numerous species year-round. The fourth pyramid plays host to ever-changing creative displays throughout the year to add a bit of artistic flare to this place full of nature. Wander around, take in the beauty, and learn a ton about the natural wonders inside. Afterwards, hit up Culina Muttart for a bite to round out the experience.
One of the premiere spots to hit up in the Arts District, The Art Gallery of Alberta is a stunning architectural piece on its own. Yet within its walls, you’ll find more than 6,000 pieces of art, making it a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada. From local exhibits to pieces from around the country and even imported throughout the world, the AGA is a great introduction to the many artistic stops to make in downtown. Plus, you can enjoy a bite to eat and peruse some unique items at the gift shop. Go ahead and get your art on.
The River Valley
A river carving through the landscape in the middle of the city is quite possibly the best feature of Edmonton. The mighty North Saskatchewan River has created the largest urban park in Canada by scraping its way deep within a gorgeous valley. The result is over 160 kilometres of maintained pathways and 20 major parks within this natural wonder. Get outside, no matter what the season, and enjoy this peaceful piece of nature within the heart of the city. Or simply marvel at the views of many perches along the way while listening to nature all around you. There are plenty of ways to experience the River Valley.
From natural wonder, to a man-made behemoth, you can’t visit this city without going to West Edmonton Mall. The retailing giant spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks and was the world’s largest mall until 2004. It still ranks as the biggest in North America though and within is home to North America’s largest mall – the West Edmonton Mall, spanning the equivalent of 48 city blocks. It was the world’s largest mall until 2004. With more shops than you can throw a credit card at, you can also experience the many different attractions that set this place apart like the amusement park, waterpark, aquarium and more.
Head back to where it all began, when E-town was nothing but a fur trading post along the river banks. The actual Fort Edmonton had five different iterations throughout its history and this park showcases various historical buildings that take you through four of the distinct eras as the city developed. You’ll get to experience the tough life when Edmonton was being settled along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. And if you’re around from May until September, you will find costumed actors playing out how life was at the fur trade posts back in the good old days. If you’re lucky, you may even see Leo DiCaprio fight a grizzly bear.
An architectural gem, the ‘Ledge’ houses the Alberta provincial government. So if you’re in for watching grown men and women squabbling like petulant children, then check out question period between our elected officials. But there’s much more to this building than that poorly acted theatre – though it actually is quite something to witness. A tour of this great hall, open 362 days a year, will give you an insight to the inner workings of the government and politics from the start of the province up until modern day. Learn about traditions and ceremonies and gain appreciation for the democratic proceedings. Fun fact: the Legislature Building is situated where Fort Edmonton’s Mark V was located from 1830-1915.