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Edmonton
Travel Guide

Canada’s Festival City along the North Saskatchewan River is famous for its huge entertainment mall, spacious parklands and thriving arts scene.

Edmonton in Alberta has a diverse range of activities and attractions to suit visitors looking for entertainment and outdoor adventure. The North American city hosts more than 30 festivals throughout the year, including the renowned 10-day International Fringe Theater Festival in the historic district of Old Strathcona.

Family-friendly Edmonton is a provincial center for culture, government and education. Visit the Alberta Legislature Building to see one of Edmonton’s most iconic buildings and enjoy its well-kept public parklands with flowerbeds and reflecting pools.

Driving is the easiest way to get around, but buses and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) are good options too. Most major attractions are in or close to downtown, north of the North Saskatchewan River. From here you can hike, cycle or drive to the Edmonton River Valley, the largest stretch of urban parklands in North America.

Edmonton has hot and often humid summers and very cold, snowy winters. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can ski and ice skate, walk, mountain bike, have a picnic, play golf and canoe along its winding river.

The city is known for its arts culture, with more than 20 theater companies and over 60 visual art galleries and exhibitions. Visit the Winspear Centre or the Art Gallery of Alberta to see some of the best displays and performances.

Experience what it was like to be a pioneer more than 100 years ago by paying a visit to Fort Edmonton Park and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Step even further back in time in the Jurassic Forest, with a nature walk past mock-ups of huge dinosaurs.

Don’t miss the chance to visit North America’s largest shopping center, the West Edmonton Mall. It has over 800 shops and encompasses a theme park and water park. For a more traditional shopping scene, head to Old Strathcona to browse quirky shops selling one-of-a-kind clothes and crafts.

Where to stay in Edmonton

Top hotels in Edmonton

Fantasyland Hotel
Fantasyland Hotel
3.5 out of 5
17700 87 Ave Nw, Edmonton, AB
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £122 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

This family-friendly Edmonton hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of West Edmonton Mall, World Waterpark and Galaxyland. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)

"always a pleasant stay and convenient will stay again"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

Fantasyland Hotel
Wingate by Wyndham Edmonton Airport & Conference Center
Wingate by Wyndham Edmonton Airport & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
7120 Sparrow Drive, Leduc, AB
The price is £39 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Situated on the Strip, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Doctor Woods House Museum and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Premium Outlet Collection: Edmonton ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,530 reviews)

"Very friendly and accommodating. The rooms are very spacious with nice furnishings. I will definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Wingate by Wyndham Edmonton Airport & Conference Center
Sandman Signature Edmonton South Hotel
Sandman Signature Edmonton South Hotel
4 out of 5
10111 Ellerslie Road South West, Edmonton, AB
The price is £55 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in Southeast Edmonton, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from South Edmonton Common and within 6 miles (10 km) of Monster Mini Golf and Alley Kat Brewery. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"Good location by the highway and ring-road to get around the area. Hotel restaurants were great and it was nice to not have to go outside in the cold for meals. Great hotel and great staff."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Sandman Signature Edmonton South Hotel
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Top Holiday Rentals in Edmonton

Staybridge Suites West Edmonton
Staybridge Suites West Edmonton
3 out of 5
16929 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
The price is £61 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Located in West Edmonton, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Oasis Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of TELUS World of Science-Edmonton and Yellowhead Casino. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,173 reviews)

"The suites are clean and fully equipped with dishes, utensils, coffee maker, microwave and toaster. The staff are very professional and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Staybridge Suites West Edmonton
NEW LUXURY TOWNHOME 23
NEW LUXURY TOWNHOME 23
4 out of 5
13923 102 Ave, Edmonton, AB
The price is £240 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Located in West Edmonton, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of TELUS World of Science-Edmonton, Rogers Place and University of Alberta. William Hawrelak ...

NEW LUXURY TOWNHOME 23
LUXURY CENTRAL LOCATION
LUXURY CENTRAL LOCATION
3.5 out of 5
11823 126 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Located in Northwest Edmonton, this townhouse accommodation is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Alberta Aviation Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kingsway Mall and Rogers ...

4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019

LUXURY CENTRAL LOCATION
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Edmonton

Top things to do in Edmonton

Reviews of Edmonton

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

we were only thee for 2 nights but first impressions were very good, we had friends we visited just outside the center of Edmonton and the countryside was beautiful. the people were very friendly. we loved our short stay but would recommend it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Sep 2019

Lovely city with connected walkways. Disappointed that the Fort was closed during our visit and that the historic tram only ran Friday to Sunday in September. Riverside walks from funicular worth visiting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Jun 2019

Taxi from airport expensive. Cost 74CDN in one direction and 60 in the other.

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