No trip to Alberta is complete without a visit to the West Edmonton Mall. The 5.3 million square foot building is home to over 800 stores, over 70 restaurants, two hotels, a waterpark, North America’s largest indoor amusement park, a casino, and so much more. It's a bucket list item for many Canadians — and for good reason. 

Between the water park's tropical temperatures, endless activities, and the cozy themed hotel rooms, you, your friends, your SO, and your family will never want to leave — especially when you're facing -20°C temperatures outside. This holiday season, make sure you check these iconic activities off your West Edmonton Mall bucket list!

World Waterpark 

Price: $49 General Admission

Why you need to go: The holiday season is cold, so why not warm up at West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark? With tropical temperatures, epic water slides, wave riding, hot tubs, and pools, you won't want to leave this five-acre playland. The price of admission includes unlimited drink refills, free life jackets, and free swim diapers for the little ones. For an additional cost, you can rent a poolside Coastal Cabana, a beachfront patio, a family hammock, or a rooftop pina colada lounge. You'll also have access to the adrenaline-inducing Sky Flyer Zipline.

Skating at the Ice Palace

Price: $12 General Admission

Why you need to go: There’s plenty of holiday magic under the glass dome of the Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace. Take a break from shopping to bust out your best figure-skating moves, play hockey, or join in on a senior skate. Non-ice activities such as concerts and fundraising events also take place here every so often.

Ed’s Bowling

Price: $2 on Tuesdays

Why you need to go: Unleash your competitive spirit with tenpin bowling, billiards, and retro arcade games. Admission is a standard $14, but there are daily deals available every day of the week. 

If you want drink and food deals, come on a Monday, when Ed's Bowling offers $5 poutine, $5 bowling games, and $5 draught beer! Toonie Tuesdays see game rates drop to just $2 per game. On Wednesdays, it's $15 all-you-can-bowl and all-you-can-play billiards, while Throwback Thursdays have pretty much half price everything, with music playing from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. When you're done bowling, keep the fun going with the 300 Club Lounge to try delicious food and refreshing drinks.

Mini-Golf

Price: $14 General Admission

Why you need to go: Who doesn't like mini-golf? Whether you're on a date or out with the family, head to one of West Edmonton Mall's two 18-hole miniature-golf courses for hours of fun. 

At Professor Wem's Adventure Golf, cartoonish caricatures and a colourful atmosphere make this challenging 18-hole miniature-golf course fun for the whole family. Or try their blacklight mini-golf course and find your way through a mirror maze at Dragon's Tale Blacklight Mini-Golf and Crystal Labyrinth Mirror Maze.

Galaxyland 

Price: $49 General Admission

Why you need to go: North America’s largest indoor amusement park features nearly 30 spectacular rides, attractions, and play areas for all ages. Ride the world's largest indoor triple-loop Mindbender roller coaster, suspend yourself three storeys in the air with Ropes Quest, take a dark and twisted journey through the Haunted Castle, or get the biggest rush on the Havoc

Sea Lion Encounter

Price: $14 General Admission

Why you need to go: Pucker up to adorable Californian sea lions or splash around in the water together during West Edmonton Mall's unforgettable Sea Lion Encounter. This experience is both exhilarating and educational, where you'll work with the animals, and learn training techniques from the animal care staff.

When you're done learning about your new sea lion BFF, you can explore more marine life at Sea Life Caverns, an underground aquarium that is home to more than 100 species of fish, sharks, sea turtles, penguins, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.

Alien Outbreak Escape Room

Price: $25 per person

Why you need to go: Escape rooms are all the rage right now. If you haven't tried one yet, what are you waiting for?! Take your place as a part of Team Hermes 7 and investigate what happened to the crew of Moon Colony Persephone. Can you solve the mystery before you run out of oxygen — or worse?

Each 55-minute session can accommodate up to six people, so you may be in the same room with other players, but you can reserve private sessions by booking a Full Room Exclusive Ticket at an extra cost.

Santa Maria Ship

Price: Free to look at and take pictures with, or rent it out for an event for $150

Why you need to go: Let your imagination set sail on the Santa Maria, an exact replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship used to sail to the Americas in 1492. Have a birthday, wedding, or corporate event coming up? The Santa Maria can be rented out for events with up to 40 people for an extra fee.

Incredible Hotel Rooms

Price: From $178 per night

Why you need to go: One of the world's most unique hotels can be found inside of West Edmonton Mall. Grab a friend, your SO, or your family and experience one-of-a-kind themed rooms including Pirate, Space, Polynesian, and more. There's a reason Fantasyland Hotel has been listed as one of the top 10 most unique hotels in the world. 

Don't forget to purchase your multiplay pass, which gives you unlimited access to all of these attractions! To learn more and book tickets, visit the West Edmonton Mall website. You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook.

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