Edmonton in Northern Alberta is the province capital and although colleagues had told me that there wasn’t much to do in the city, we were travelling north to get to a housesit in Slave Lake, so it seemed stupid not to stop there. After travelling through the Rockies visiting many places that were on my bucket list, we headed to somewhere we hadn’t expected to visit.
In April, most winter activities such as the ice castle, have melted away and the summer events are yet to get underway. We were tourists at an inconvenient time. However, Edmonton had much more to offer than we expected.
Here are four fun things to do on a grey day in Edmonton.
During an Albertan winter the only colours you see for the entire season are white and brown. So, the beautiful vivid colours of the Conservatory were very welcome. For just $12.50 you can stay nice and warm walking around the tropical displays and forget the minus temperatures outside. I was so excited to see that my favourite flowers, daffodils, had an entire display dedicated to them! Spring was on its way!
This was one of our favourites things in Edmonton AND it was completely free! Within the building the Legislative Assembly meet to discuss and make laws (amongst other things I’m sure). Its worth visiting just to walk around the outside of the building as its pretty impressive.
However, you can also take a free guided tour. They conduct tours year-round, every hour on the hour until 4pm each day. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and led us through the building whilst providing us with some great information and stories. To top it all off we were able to sit in on a session! I have no idea what they were debating but it was interesting to see.
After you’ve enjoyed the legislature building, if the weather isn’t too bad, take a stroll by the North Saskatchewan River. It is here where Edmonton merges its industrial city look with nature. Just across from the government site is Victoria. Here you can walk down the steps and across the river to Kinsmen Park. There are trails throughout both which are frequented by walkers and joggers alike. The bridge provided splendid views as the river ice cracked below us.
If you haven’t had enough walking and the weather takes a turn for the worse, then head to West Edmonton Mall. Until 2004 it was the worlds largest mall and is still the second largest mall in North America. If there is something not in this mall then its not worth having. It hosts a ton of attractions such as a cinema, water park, mini golf, ice rink and aquarium in addition to 800 stores. It even has its own pirate ship! You can rack up the miles walking from one end to the other window shopping for the entire day.
Have you ever been to Alberta’s capital? What was your favourite thing to do?
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