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Edmonton Holidays Guide

Edmonton, Canada's Festival City, is the capital city of Alberta and home to over 1 million people. Officially founded in 1892, it was inhabited by a native population for thousands of years before the arrival of settlers and was developed around the fur trade during the 1700's.

Population rose during the early 1900's when the city experienced an economic and agricultural boom and as a result of the Canadian governments successful immigration campaign. With the discovery of oil in 1947, Edmonton further developed rapidly and today it is renowned for its high technology industry and excellent research programmes at the University of Alberta.

Edmonton's climate allows for a wide range of activities in all four seasons. It is known as one of Canada's sunniest city and many outdoor festivals, concerts and entertainment are on offer in the summer. Edmonton hotels and accommodation is always available with choices to suit all budgets.


The North Saskatchewan River Valley with its extensive relaxation and recreational facilities is one of the city's major attractions. In addition, the city boasts the largest shopping mall in North America, Edmonton Mall. There is a vast array of entertainment on offer throughout the year in the form of annual festivals, live theatres, amusement parks, museums and art galleries. The city has an excellent transportation system that makes getting around extremely easy. In the winter, although long and cold, outdoor sports are extremely popular.

The province's most historic structure is the Alberta Legislature building which overlooks the Edmonton's River Valley. As a young and fairly new city, buildings have followed the popular and varied European and international trends of the 20th century. However, with the creating of the Historic Resources Inventory. there are buildings and structures today which are protected from demolition, inappropriate changes and alterations. This Inventory will preserve the architectural heritage of the city for future generations.

Edmonton Highlights

Edmonton Festival Calendar:  A complete list of all the scheduled Edmonton festivals

Alberta Legislature: A stately historical building built between 1907 and 1913 and overlooking the Edmonton River. Tours are available with knowledgeable tour guides providing a wealth of information. The surrounding parks are a great place to visit any time of the year. The fountains and wading pools are fun for the children in summer and in winter the sculptures, ice rink and Christmas lights attract many visitors.

Royal Alberta Museum: Located west of downtown, the museum has a large collection of early fur trade artifacts dating back from 1790, the largest collection of mounted birds in Canada and a highly acclaimed live invertebrate gallery in the Bug Room. There are many more exhibits to explore in this large museum.

Art Gallery of Alberta: Housing a collection of well over 6,000 pieces of Canadian and International art, the gallery also hosts visiting exhibitions and offers public education programmes.

Muttart Conservatory: An horticultural delight. The four glass pyramid like structures are located across from downtown Edmonton. There is a amazing variety of plants from around the world on display in the controlled temperatures of three of the pyramids of Tropical, Temperate and Arid climates. The fourth pyramid is known as the Feature Pyramid and has a seasonal th

Elk Island National Park of Canada: Comprising an area of 194 kms and located in the Beaverhills area 35 km east of Edmonton, this park is home to over 250 bird species, a variety of wildlife and over 40 different species of hoofed mammals. There are many outdoor activities to be enjoyed in both winter and summer. In addition, there is the Art Wall for artists to display their works.

TELUS World of Science: Located at Woodcroft, the centre opened in 1984. Attracting over half a million visitors each year, it boasts Canada's largest planetarium, numerous galleries and facilities and a 275 seat IMAX dome theatre.

Fort Edmonton Park: Go back in time and enjoy the history on offer at Canada's largest living history museum. Located in the Edmonton River Valley, the park features four time periods from the early days as a fur trade post up to the city of today. Costumed historical interpreters make your visit an educational and enjoyable experience. The park is regarded as one of Edmonton's premier attractions.

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village: This open-air museum and historic site is located about 30 kms east of Edmonton. It showcases buildings and churches and uses costumed interpreters/actors to portray the Ukranian pioneers who settled in the area between 1892 to 1930. Enjoy listening to the Ukranian folk musicians, try their delicious traditional foods, visit the gift shop at this family friendly attraction.

West Edmonton Mall: The largest shopping complex in North America with over 800 stores and services, restaurants and food courts to tempt every palate. Plenty of entertainment which includes a casino, movie theatres, an amusement park, a mini golf course plus the world's largest indoor water park. Definitely a must see on your itinerary.

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