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Edmonton Holidays

Book any of our Edmonton itineraries and you'll be met with an atmosphere that can only be described as eclectic.

Always with its finger on the pulse, Edmonton is the ideal holiday destination for anyone who is young at heart. Eighteen 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.

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. Not to mention that the city is surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, bubbling creeks and the North Saskatchewan River.

Get in touch with our Canada Travel Specialists today and start planning your Alberta adventure. Your holiday will be looked after by a dedicated Travel Consultant who will custom-design your itinerary to fit your requirements, plus our low deposits and fantastic holiday payment plans mean that your dream holiday is more affordable than you thought.

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

There are 172 attractions in Edmonton
Elk Island National Park is home to free roaming plains bison, moose, deer, elk and over 250 species of birds
The city is home to the biggest International Fringe Theatre Festival in North America
The West Edmonton Mall is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America
Telus World of Science is Canada's largest planetarium
Edmonton is one of Canada’s sunniest cities with 325 days of sunshine every year
You can sometimes see the Aurora Borealis
Canada Wildlife Holidays - Edmonton Elk
Edmonton Elk Island | Canada Travel Specialists

Edmonton Travel Guide

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 ambience and unique comfort food. The menu is eclectic and offers many vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, both at very reasonable prices.

6. Situation Brewing 

This is a must for craft-beers aficionados. Not only are all beers they serve brewed on-site, but you can take a look at the brewing room from a massive window outside. Then once you're in, you can relax at one of their long high-tables, comfortable couches in the corner, or at a formal table. You'll find it in the trendy Old Strathcona area. 

7. Uccelliono

Regarded by many to be the best Italian in Edmonton, Uccellino specialises in modern, but simple, Italian food. All ingredients used are either grown locally or imported from Italy - and the wine list of 100% Italian.

8. RGE RD 

If you want a taste of locally grown western Canadain cuisine, then there's nowhere better than RGE RD. All ingredients are sourced from farms and small-scale producers across Western Canada, and their menu reflects the season. Their extensive wine menu is also predominantly Canadian (with only a handful of international additions). 

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!