As the capital city of Alberta, it's no secret that Edmonton has high standards to uphold. But the city does a great job of meeting them with activities to be enjoyed. If you can handle the always extreme Alberta weather, you'll have an amazing time.MoreLess
Why you need to go: Why not take in a little culture while you're in town? The Windspear Centre is home to all kinds of shows, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Buy tickets to a musical performance, concert, or theatre show, and enjoy a night you'll never forget.
Why you need to go: The Royal Alberta Museum is bigger and better than ever before. It's got an amazing history of Alberta and Canada, but even more impressive are its fossils, and aquariums of native fish and live insects.
Why you need to go: Anyone who loves the great outdoors will appreciate a park this beautiful, but on top of all the gorgeous scenery, Elk Island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, elk, deer, and most importantly bison. This park played an important role in the conservation of these massive, gorgeous animals.
Why you need to go: Hey Edmonton, can we go thrift shopping? If you're one for old, antique, or retro things, let this become your new favourite hangout. Junque Cellar is located in Old Strathcona and has everything from old typewriters and lava lamps to comic books and vintage clothes.
Why you need to go: There are a ton of attractions inside the West Edmonton Mall, including World Waterpark. The largest mall in North America houses this indoor waterpark, which has a wave pool, slides, and even indoor wave surfing.
Why you need to go: Not only is the Legislature Building designed beautifully, it's also a great place to go to learn more about our province. In the winter, it's decorated with an amazing light display, and in the summer, it's the perfect spot to cool off by the fountains.
Why you need to go: The outside of the Art Gallery of Alberta is a work of art itself; it's got an interesting, eye-catching shape that will definitely lure you inside to the gorgeous art within. They offer all kinds of fun events, like adult art classes.
Why you need to go: Who doesn't love a trip to the zoo? Those cute animals will always cheer you up if you're feeling down (the Edmonton Valley Zoo has more than 350), and in the winter, they've got a spectacular light show that makes braving the cold more than worth it.
Why you need to go: If you grew up watching Bill Nye, and still have a passion for all things science, live out your childhood dreams at TELUS World of Science. They've always got new and fun exhibits to keep you entertained, as well as occasional Adults Only nights, with booze, live music, and more mature exhibits.
Why you need to go: This shop is like a little slice of France, located right in Edmonton. If you have a sweet tooth, you will rejoice at our city's own Duchess Bake Shop. With everything from macarons to eclairs, once you have a taste, you'll undoubtedly be back for more.
Why you need to go: Easily one of the prettiest cafes you'll visit anywhere, ever. Zocalo is a cafe and plant shop all in one, making it the perfect location for your next Instagram photoshoot.
Why you need to go: This old-style cinema is Edmonton's only survivor from the Art Deco era. It has a very vintage feel to it, right down to the seats in the theatre. This is the perfect spot to catch an alternative film with friends while snacking on some popcorn.
Why you need to go: This Edmonton cafe is the perfect spot to go if you're craving comfort food made healthy. There are seven locations around the city, proving just how delicious and popular this adorable little cafe is. If you haven't checked it out already, you'll want to ASAP.
Why you need to go: Sir Winston Churchill is the perfect Edmonton hangout any time of year. In the summer you can relax by the fountain and play giant chess or ping pong. In the winter, the square is beautifully decorated with lights to celebrate the festive season.
Why you need to go: Rogers Place is well worth every penny that was spent on its construction. Not only do the infamous Edmonton Oilers now have a new home, but our great city can also welcome a ton of artists looking to tour in Alberta; talk about exciting!
Why you need to go: Sitting smack dab in the middle of "one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods," it's no surprise that Whyte Avenue has made it on our list. This neighbourhood is full of trendy cafes and restaurants, cute boutiques, and endless sights to be seen.
Why you need to go: Anyone who's as fascinated by neon signs as I am will love this spot. Located on the east wall of the Telus building, this museum is not a "museum" in the typical sense, as you don't have to pay, and it's all outdoors. Check out this amazing collection of signs that tell the story of Edmonton's past.
Why you need to go: The view from Forest Heights Park is, admittedly, one of the best and most romantic in the city. It's not uncommon to catch couples here, but it's also a great place to go with friends, family, or pets. Plan a picnic in the summertime, or try snowshoeing in the winter.
Why you need to go: Hit the slopes in the heart of the city! Snow Valley is a single-hill ski park, making it the perfect place for beginners and experts alike to spend a few hours.
Why you need to go: The Talus Dome is widely known as one of the city's most expensive, and also most provocative pieces of public art. It's composed of nearly 1,000 handcrafted stainless steel balls, arranged in a unique talus shape. This piece of art is sure to catch your eye and make for some interesting photos.