As the capital city of Alberta, it's no secret that Edmonton has high standards to uphold.
Anyone who's been to Edmonton will let you know that city does a pretty great job of meeting these standards, as there's no shortage of amazing restaurants, landmarks, and activities to be enjoyed. No matter what time of year, if you can handle the always extreme Alberta weather, you'll be sure to have an amazing time.
If you find yourself looking for something to do in Edmonton, read through this list and pick something new and exciting to explore. Maybe you can even make it your mission to cross all of them off of your bucket list.
32. The Windspear Centre
Why you need to go: Why not take in a little culture while you're in town? The Windspear Centre is home to all kinds of shows, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Buy tickets to a musical performance, concert, or theatre show, and enjoy a night you'll never forget.
31. Royal Alberta Museum
Why you need to go: The Royal Alberta Museum is bigger and better than ever before. It's got an amazing history of Alberta and Canada, but even more impressive are its fossils, and aquariums of native fish and live insects.
30. Elk Island National Park
Why you need to go: Anyone who loves the great outdoors will appreciate a park this beautiful, but on top of all the gorgeous scenery, Elk Island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, elk, deer, and most importantly bison. This park played an important role in the conservation of these massive, gorgeous animals.
29. World Waterpark
Why you need to go: There are a ton of attractions inside the West Edmonton Mall, including World Waterpark. The largest mall in North America houses this indoor waterpark, which has a wave pool, slides, and even indoor wave surfing.
28. Muttart Conservatory
Why you need to go: These gorgeous pyramids are a must-see for any Edmonton local or tourist alike. The insides are filled with beautiful gardens for you to admire, or even take a few photos with, and the outside provides an amazing view of the Downtown Edmonton skyline.
27. Alberta Legislature Building
Why you need to go: Not only is the Legislature Building designed beautifully, it's also a great place to go to learn more about our province. In the winter, it's decorated with an amazing light display, and in the summer, it's the perfect spot to cool off by the fountains.
26. Art Gallery of Alberta
Why you need to go: The outside of the Art Gallery of Alberta is a work of art itself; it's got an interesting, eye-catching shape that will definitely lure you inside to the gorgeous art within. They offer all kinds of fun events, like adult art classes.
25. Fort Edmonton Park
Why you need to go: Slated to reopen in 2021, this historic village is like taking a step back in time. Learn about how settler and First Nations people lived and interacted in the 19th and 20th centuries in Edmonton.
24. Edmonton Valley Zoo
Why you need to go: Who doesn't love a trip to the zoo? Those cute animals will always cheer you up if you're feeling down (the Edmonton Valley Zoo has more than 350), and in the winter, they've got a spectacular light show that makes braving the cold more than worth it.
23. TELUS World of Science
Why you need to go: If you grew up watching Bill Nye, and still have a passion for all things science, live out your childhood dreams at TELUS World of Science. They've always got new and fun exhibits to keep you entertained, as well as occasional Adults Only nights, with booze, live music, and more mature exhibits.
22. University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Why you need to go: These outdoor gardens are some of the most beautiful that the province has to offer. Located just outside of the city, you're sure to have a great time exploring them no matter what time of the year it is. They're particularly beautiful in the spring and summer, but in the winter, you can check out Luminaria; a gorgeous display of lights.
21. Duchess Bake Shop
Why you need to go: This shop is like a little slice of France, located right in Edmonton. If you have a sweet tooth, you will rejoice at our city's own Duchess Bake Shop. With everything from macarons to eclairs, once you have a taste, you'll undoubtedly be back for more.
20. Garneau Theatre
Why you need to go: This old-style cinema is Edmonton's only survivor from the Art Deco era. It has a very vintage feel to it, right down to the seats in the theatre. This is the perfect spot to catch an alternative film with friends while snacking on some popcorn.
19. Junque Cellar
Why you need to go: Hey Edmonton, can we go thrift shopping? If you're one for old, antique, or retro things, let this become your new favourite hangout. Junque Cellar is located in Old Strathcona and has everything from old typewriters and lava lamps to comic books and vintage clothes.
18. 124 Grand Market
Why you need to go: The best of Edmonton located in one area. 124 Grand Market brings Edmonton vendors and shoppers alike together for your convenience. Grab a bite from the city's best food trucks or do some shopping, whether it be for Christmas, a birthday, or simply a treat for yourself.
17. Remedy Cafe
Why you need to go: This Edmonton cafe is the perfect spot to go if you're craving comfort food made healthy. There are seven locations around the city, proving just how delicious and popular this adorable little cafe is. If you haven't checked it out already, you'll want to ASAP.
16. Rogers Place
Why you need to go: Rogers Place is well worth every penny that was spent on its construction. Not only do the infamous Edmonton Oilers now have a new home, but our great city can also welcome a ton of artists looking to tour in Alberta; talk about exciting!
15. Sir Winston Churchill Square
Why you need to go: Sir Winston Churchill is the perfect Edmonton hangout any time of year. In the summer you can relax by the fountain and play giant chess or ping pong. In the winter, the square is beautifully decorated with lights to celebrate the festive season.
14. Whyte Avenue
Why you need to go: Sitting smack dab in the middle of "one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods," it's no surprise that Whyte Avenue has made it on our list. This neighbourhood is full of trendy cafes and restaurants, cute boutiques, and endless sights to be seen.
13. Neon Sign Museum
Why you need to go: Anyone who's as fascinated by neon signs as I am will love this spot. Located on the east wall of the Telus building, this museum is not a "museum" in the typical sense, as you don't have to pay, and it's all outdoors. Check out this amazing collection of signs that tell the story of Edmonton's past.
12. Forest Heights Park
Why you need to go: The view from Forest Heights Park is, admittedly, one of the best and most romantic in the city. It's not uncommon to catch couples here, but it's also a great place to go with friends, family, or pets. Plan a picnic in the summertime, or try snowshoeing in the winter.
11. Snow Valley Edmonton
Why you need to go: Hit the slopes in the heart of the city! Snow Valley is a single-hill ski park, making it the perfect place for beginners and experts alike to spend a few hours.
10. Talus Dome
Why you need to go: The Talus Dome is widely known as one of the city's most expensive, and also most provocative pieces of public art. It's composed of nearly 1,000 handcrafted stainless steel balls, arranged in a unique talus shape. This piece of art is sure to catch your eye and make for some interesting photos.
9. Edmonton Ghost Tours
Why you need to go: A ghost tour is the best way to sightsee in a city while also learning its gruesome history. Edmonton's no different, so if you want to hear some spooky stories while strolling around town, check out the Edmonton Ghost Tours.
8. Keillor Point
Why you need to go: Keillor Point is a great spot for photos, walks, or simply taking in the sights. This once-dangerous lookout was renovated in 2019 so that Edmontonians can enjoy stunning views safely.
7. High Level Bridge Streetcar
Why you need to go: This gorgeous, historical experience will set you back just $7. Hop on the streetcar, and ride from Old Strathcona to Downtown Edmonton. Of course, it's pretty any time of day, but the sunset is when you'll get the best views.
6. Zwick's Pretzels
Why you need to go: Let's be real; who doesn't love a good pretzel? Nobody does pretzels quite like Zwicks! This spot serves up both sweet and savoury treats for you, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. If you're ever in Edmonton, you HAVE to check them out.
5. Ohana Donuterie
Why you need to go: If Edmonton does anything best, it's cooking up sweet treats. These Hawaiian-style donuts are more than delicious, and definitely satisfy any cravings you've been having. They inject the filling and apply the frosting right in front of you upon ordering, so you know you're getting some top quality stuff.
Why you need to go: Easily one of the prettiest cafes you'll visit anywhere, ever. Zocalo is a cafe and plant shop all in one, making it the perfect location for your next Instagram photoshoot.
3. Fort Edmonton Footbridge
Why you need to go: This 250-metre-long bridge began construction in 2008, and cost a total of $28.2 million. It's the perfect scenic spot to take a break during your run or walk, or another great spot to snap some pictures of our beautiful city.
Why you need to go: Would you believe the West Edmonton mall houses both a waterpark and an amusement park? Galaxyland has 27 rides and attractions, including roller coasters, games, and a rock-climbing wall.
1. Bar Clementine
Why you need to go: This French Art Nouveau restaurant located in Oliver was ranked one of the best new restaurants in Canada for 2017 by Air Canada. It's got class, elegance, and above all, great food.
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