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Take any of our Edmonton holidays and you'll discover the atmosphere that greets you as electric. This city is the perfect combination of lively metropolis and charming natural surroundings.

Always with its finger on the pulse, Edmonton is the ideal holiday destination for those young at heart. 18 hours of daylight in the summer provides the perfect backdrop to countless events – Edmonton is known, after all, as the City of Festivals. Visit in the warmer months and attend North America’s oldest and largest Fringe Festival; or attend the Edmonton Folk Festival, recognised as one of the best in the world.

Rich in culture and history, Edmonton is also an ideal starting point to learn all about Alberta’s fascinating past. Take a free tour of the Alberta legislative building, visit the scores of museums and galleries or allow yourself to be entranced by the world-class symphony orchestra.

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Things to do in Edmonton

1. Telus World of Science

A perfect day out for all the family, the Telus World of Science is your way to experience science like never before! Here you can mix education with entertainment through the variety of themed, interactive galleries, live demonstrations and a 5D Imax Cinema. No matter what your age, you will feel like a kid again!

2. Fort Edmonton Park

This living history site will transport you back in time to experience life in Edmonton’s humble early years. Nestled in lush parkland along the banks of Edmonton’s river, you can enjoy a guided tour from a costumed character, barter for a bargain at the trade store, visit animals on the farm or take a ride on a street car. Make sure you try the ice cream!

3. Elk Island National park

Located around 30 miles outside the city limits, Elk Island National Park is a pristine natural paradise and is an important site for the conservation of bison, moose and deer. Lovers of the great outdoors rejoice – the fully equipped campsites will allow you to become one with nature without needing your own equipment. Other activities include cook outs and canoeing, plus there is a golf course and restaurant on-site.

4. Citadel Theatre

As the third largest regional theatre in Canada, the Citadel theatre is one of Edmonton’s major performance spaces. A complex of five stages in downtown Edmonton, this is one of North America’s largest not-for-profit theatres, who want to keep arts and culture thriving in the city and beyond. Make sure you catch a show during your stay – not only is this home to a stellar company of local talent, but Citadel is also known for staging pre-Broadway shows.

5. West Edmonton Mall

The largest shopping mall in North America, this is the place to be to shop ‘til you drop. It is home to over 800 stores – you could easily spend your entire trip browsing the goods on offer! Other activities include a cinema, mini-golf, plus an indoor water park and an amusement park – there is something for everyone in this action-packed complex.

Places to eat in Edmonton

1. Route 99 Diner

Route 99 has a nostalgic air about it, with kitschy décor of street signs, license plates and albums covers from stars from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones. The menu offers something for everyone, specialising in large portions of your favourite comfort food at reasonable prices. Make sure you leave room for one of their classic milkshakes!

2. Tzin Wine and Tapas

Easily one of Edmonton’s most beloved restaurants, Tzin offers an intimate dining experience in a chic wine bar. The tapas menu is every changing and original, and the welcoming atmosphere only encourages sharing. We suggest you try the mushroom tart, chicken and grits and the delicious paella on offer.

3. Sorrentinos

Sorrentinos is a well-known group of restaurants scatted throughout Edmonton, known for serving delicious Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Choose any of the eateries to enjoy the finest dining in the city – you can even participate in a cooking class so you can take your favourite dish home with you.

4. Meat

One of the most popular restaurants in Edmonton, Meat is your one-stop for an authentic BBQ experience. A locally owned smokehouse, the restaurant specialises in ribs, pulled pork, steak and much more. The communal table style encourages you to get to know your neighbour- go for brunch and enjoy sharing plates and boozy coffee.

5. Blue Plate Diner

Situated in the heart of downtown Edmonton, Blue Diner is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its welcoming, colourful ambiance and unique comfort food. The menu is eclectic and offers many vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, both at very reasonable prices.

Top tips for visiting Edmonton

1. Sit Outside in Winter

While the weather may be colder, Edmonton is home to countless patios which are open in the winter. The perfect way to end a long day exploring, these patios come with heaters, blankets and even firepits, making them an ideal location to watch the sun set over the city.

2. Attend a Festival

Home to 54 festivals and events, Edmonton has an electric atmosphere all-year round. We suggest plan your vacation around a festival that interests you – don’t forget to book your accommodation early as prices can be higher and rooms will sell out fast.

3. Visit Strathcona

Strathcona is by far one of Edmonton’s coolest neighbourhoods.                 Steeped in rich history, the atmosphere is always buzzing. Visit any of the unique shops, foodie hotspots, local theatres or beautiful galleries and discover the appeal of Edmonton’s premier shopping and entertainment district.

4. Sample Craft Beer

The craft brewery scene in Edmonton is continuously on the rise and there is plenty for beer enthusiasts to discover on their trip. Take a tour of one of the many facilities, get comfortable in a local pub, or even spend an evening in the Craft Beer Market (home to Canada’s largest selection of draft beers with over 100 on tap).

5. Ride the High Level Bridge Streetcar

One of Edmonton’s most popular attractions, this historic street car is your gateway to the most amazing views of the valley and the city. Make sure you have your camera at the ready!

Looking for somewhere to spend your hard-earned cash? The West Edmonton Mall is the largest in North America and provides countless shopping options no matter what your taste. The Old Strathcona Farmers market is also famous for the unique artisan wares on offer. Visit the Muttart Conservatory and gaze in wonder at the striking glass pyramids that define Edmonton’s skyline.

If you want to venture beyond the big city lights, Edmonton is known as the ‘Gateway to the North’ for a reason. The city is your perfect jumping point to discover the Gold Rush Trail or to Segway part of the Trans-Canada Highway and is surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, bubbling creeks and the North Saskatchewan River.

Although the warmer weather is appealing, Edmonton is a first-class destination that also truly embraces winter. Skate around the iced pathways and enjoy snowboarding and other adrenaline-fuelled spots. Get friendly with the locals and you may be lucky enough to experience skijoring – where people train their pet dogs to pull them around on skis. Unique experiences are always waiting in Edmonton.

Is it time for you to enter the gateway into Alberta? Get in touch with our Canada Travel Specialists today to book your holiday to Edmonton. We can provide a personal advisor who will custom-design your itinerary to fit your requirements, plus our low deposits and fantastic holiday payment plans mean that your dream holiday can be just around the corner.

So what's keeping you? Call us today and book your holiday to Edmonton today.