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What to Do in Edmonton: Must See Attractions

Edmonton Attractions

Edmonton, also known as E-town or the Big E, is one of two major cities in Alberta and is located right between the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the prairies. It is also known as the City of Champions due to the efforts of its citizens to help the city recover from a tornado in 1987. Some also call it The Chuck from having a fairly large base of Ukrainian population.

Edmonton is home to some professional sports teams including the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL, and the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL, so if you love spectator sports you will love Edmonton. But there are many other things to do in Edmonton if you enjoy hands-on activities or visiting historic places, so if you're in the neighborhood, here's a few of the top attractions in Edmonton you can see.

One of the best Edmonton excursions to take is one to the Fringe Theatre Adventures, a local theatrical arts festival full of shows created by some of the finest artists from just about any kind of artistic venue. Many of these shows will engage the audience and even give them opportunities to participate in the shows, so if you are looking for a thrill, this is a must-see place on the map.

Other Edmonton tourist hot spots include the Telus World of Science, an interactive science exhibition, and Jurassic Forest, a virtual dinosaur park where you will get to see the prehistoric creatures in action. These Edmonton activities provide both a learning experience and complete fun for everyone, so plan on stopping by for a breath-taking experience when you visit.

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Things to Do in Edmonton with Kids

Edmonton boasts loads of close by fun activities for you and your kids. Our family friendly experiences will keep the gang entertained for hours.

Free Things to Do in Edmonton

A visit to Edmonton doesn't have to break the bank. You won't even need your wallet if you check out:

Museum of Zoology - Check if there are any special exhibits or guided tours on at this interesting museum.

River Valley Funicular - Loosen up and add a bit of excitement to your vacation here.

University of Alberta - Detour to this historic landmark and learn a few things about the cultural heritage of the region.

Sir Winston Churchill Square - Saunter down the streets and take in the atmosphere of this bustling local haunt.

Stanley A. Milner Library - Allow some time to look at this place of local importance.

ISKCON Edmonton - Take a moment for some prayer or meditation at this revered place of worship.

Crypt Lake Trail - You're bound to feel connected with Mother Earth at this stunning attraction.

Mill Creek Ravine Park - No matter if you know your cacti from carnations, it's not hard to find beauty in this stunning display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Edmonton

Downtown Edmonton

Rogers Place and Edmonton City Centre are top sights in Downtown Edmonton, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Bay-Enterprise Square Station or Central Station to see more sights in the area.


West Edmonton

West Edmonton is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like West Edmonton Mall and World Waterpark.

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Southside is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Monster Mini Golf and Alley Kat Brewery while in the area.

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Northwest Edmonton

Northwest Edmonton is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Yellowhead Casino and TELUS World of Science-Edmonton while in the area.

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Whyte ave

Whyte ave is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Magic Lantern Princess Theatre and Varscona Theatre while in the area.

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Northeast Edmonton

Travelers choose Northeast Edmonton for its great live music. Hop aboard the metro at Clareview Station or Belvedere Station and check out top sights like Century Casino.

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8 Things to Do in the Canadian Prairies this Winter

While winter in the prairies can be fierce, with cold temperatures and frequent snow; these 8 activities show that winter doesn’t have to ruin your trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Edmonton famous for?

West Edmonton Mall lives up to its reputation as an icon you just can't miss.

What should I not miss in Edmonton?

Put these attractions high on your to-do list to make the most of your visit:

  • University of Alberta
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Fort Edmonton Park
  • Snow Valley Ski Club

What can you do in Edmonton for free?

You'll barely have time to dig your wallet out of your pocket with so many free attractions:

  • West Edmonton Mall
  • University of Alberta
  • South Edmonton Common
  • Edmonton City Centre