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Alberta Legislature Building

Visit the city’s iconic beaux arts-style political building to see important relics and portraits, and let the kids wade in or skate on its parkland pools.

The iconic Alberta Legislature Building is a large granite, sandstone, steel and glass structure with a massive dome. It’s surrounded by 57 acres (23 hectares) of immaculate parklands. Join a free tour to see its marble and carved wood interiors and painted portraits. After learning about Alberta’s political history, take the children outside to spot squirrels and rabbits. The whole family can wade in the reflecting pool in summer and skate on the ice in winter.

The classic Alberta Legislature Building was built between 1907 and 1912, after Alberta became a Canadian province in 1905. To fully appreciate its interior, start at the rotunda on the second floor of the building. Admire the large solid Canadian marble pillars, which weigh 16 tons (14.5 tonnes) each.

Listen to the echoing fountain in the center of the rotunda. It was built to commemorate the first official visit of Queen Elizabeth II, as the Head of the Commonwealth. The Regimental Colours circling the rotunda represent Alberta’s military units.

Read the memorial plaques for lost soldiers and see portraits of historically significant local leaders. Don’t miss the statue of the province’s namesake, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, and the one of Chief Crowfoot, an important Native American leader.

Make your way up the Grand Staircase to the Legislature Library. It’s still in use by the Members of Assembly, but remains open to the public and displays interesting relics, including a preserved hamburger from 1969. Stop by the door to the Legislative Assembly Chamber to see the intricate carving of the Alberta Coat of Arms.

Some people come to the stately Legislature Building just to enjoy the surrounding parklands. Relax around the reflecting pools, see if you can spot the local wildlife and take photos of the colorful natural displays.

The Legislature Building near Victoria Park is a five-minute drive from downtown, or 10-15 minutes by public transport. It’s open daily, except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Entry is free and complimentary English and French tours run throughout the day, lasting about 45 minutes.


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Lodging Near Alberta Legislature Building

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Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA $86
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA

Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA

10155 105th Street, Edmonton
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 1,505 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    In the heart of Edmonton's business and government districts, the hotel is surrounded by shopping and restaurants; the world's largest shopping center, the West Edmonton Mall is 12 km (7 mi) away.

    Matrix Hotel $109
    Matrix Hotel

    Matrix Hotel

    10640 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 1,946 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      This hotel is centrally located in Downtown Edmonton. It is 2 blocks from the Legislative Assembly, 6 blocks from the Art Gallery of Alberta, and 1.5 km from the Shaw Conference Centre. Matrix is 1.3 km from Rogers Place.

      Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown $99
      Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown

      Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown

      One Thornton Court, Edmonton
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 1,143 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Downtown Edmonton, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Shaw Conference Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Commonwealth Stadium and University of Alberta. Rexall Place is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

        Chateau Lacombe Hotel $91
        Chateau Lacombe Hotel

        Chateau Lacombe Hotel

        10111 Bellamy Hill Nw, Edmonton
           
          3.6
          of 5, from 1,925 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Downtown Edmonton, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Art Gallery of Alberta, Shaw Conference Centre, and Citadel Theatre. Winspear Centre is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

          Days Inn Edmonton Downtown $73
          Days Inn Edmonton Downtown

          Days Inn Edmonton Downtown

          10041-106 street, Edmonton
             
            3.5
            of 5, from 1,244 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Downtown Edmonton, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Art Gallery of Alberta, Alberta Legislature Building, and Telus Field. Edmonton City Centre and Shaw Conference Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Edmonton $72
            Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Edmonton

            Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Edmonton

            10425 100 Ave Nw, Edmonton
               
              3.5
              of 5, from 1,141 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Downtown Edmonton, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Art Gallery of Alberta and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Alberta and Commonwealth Stadium. Telus Field and Alberta Legislature Building are also within 15 minutes.

              Varscona Hotel on Whyte $103
              Varscona Hotel on Whyte

              Varscona Hotel on Whyte

              8208 106 St Nw, Edmonton
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 847 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                This lifestyle focused hotel is in Edmonton's popular Old Strathcona district, a hub for shopping, dining, theatre, and nightlife. The University of Alberta is 1.5 km (0.9 mi) away.

                Hyatt Place Edmonton / Downtown $93
                Hyatt Place Edmonton / Downtown

                Hyatt Place Edmonton / Downtown

                9576 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 475 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Edmonton, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Shaw Conference Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Commonwealth Stadium and Rexall Place. University of Alberta is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.