What to do in Edmonton

Activities, attractions and tours
Old Strathcona which includes a sunset, night scenes and heritage architecture

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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What to do in Edmonton

Free Things to Do in Edmonton

Traveling on a tight budget in Edmonton? Spend time, not your paycheck, on terrific experiences.

Museum of Zoology - Take the whole family and set out on an intriguing adventure through history together.

River Valley Funicular - Let the kids play or unleash your own inner child — this place simply screams fun.

University of Alberta - If you plan to explore the region's history through its landmarks, pencil this one in your to-do list.

Sir Winston Churchill Square - Discover for yourself why locals and visitors alike are drawn to the atmosphere of this place.

Stanley A. Milner Library - Pay a visit and find out the significance of this place to the locals.

ISKCON Edmonton - Take a few moments for some meditation or prayer at this holy site.

Crypt Lake Trail - Contemplate the contrast between the urban jungle and nature's beauty at this special location.

Mill Creek Ravine Park - Grab your blanket, pack some snacks and find a cozy spot to be at one with nature.

Things to Do in Edmonton with Kids

You'll find loads of fun things to do with the kids in and around Edmonton. Keep everyone happy with our family friendly experiences.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Edmonton on a sunny day?
A Pals and Pints Tour - Old Strathcona - Edmonton is an awesome way to explore the area and enjoy the weather.
What is Edmonton famous for?
Grab a happy snap at West Edmonton Mall — it’s a big-name attraction.
What should I not miss in Edmonton?
You’ll want to put these things at the top of your must-see list to make the most of your visit:

  • University of Alberta
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Fort Edmonton Park
  • Rexall Place

Are there cheap things to do in Edmonton?
What can you do in Edmonton for free?
You’ll hardly have time to fetch your wallet out of your pocket with so many wonderful free attractions:

  • West Edmonton Mall
  • University of Alberta
  • South Edmonton Common
  • Kingsway Mall

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