Edmonton, also known as E-town or the Big E, is one of two major cities in Alberta and is located right between the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the prairies. It is also known as the City of Champions due to the efforts of its citizens to help the city recover from a tornado in 1987. Some also call it The Chuck from having a fairly large base of Ukrainian population.…
Top 10 Things to do in Edmonton, Alberta
Your day begins before sunrise at Banff Park Museum where you meet your guide for a light breakfast and coffee. Hop aboard your ride for the day and set off to your first photo spot. Grab your bag of gear and listen as your guide goes over how to set up your tripod, choose a lens, and pick the correct shutter speed.
The backgrounds you are working with are some of the most beautiful settings in the world. Moraine Lake is a dazzling shade of turquoise blue that almost looks unreal. Lake Louise is complemented by a castle-like hotel which gives it a fairytale appeal, resulting in photos that look like they are torn right out of a storybook.
This chance to learn from the pros shouldn't be missed. At the end of your stress-free picture taking journey, you board the transportation back to where the day began. Read More close
Meet up with your pilot and guide at the Parkland Airport, climb aboard a Robinson R44 helicopter, and buckle up. Without doors to close, you can feel the rush of wind as the rotors rev to life and you lift off the ground. Gain altitude and bank away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, turning toward the expansive forests of the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
Snake along this magnificent coursing waterway as you track each bend and turn the river makes. Savor the adrenaline rush as you pilot flies you just over the treetops, turning the forest floor beneath you into a sea of blurred green. Along the way, talk to your guide via a headset intercom system about the river's ecology and the wildlife that call it home.
Before you head back to the helipad, don't forget to snap a few photos of this amazing natural landscape. Without doors to deal with, there's nothing to block your camera lens from capturing the perfect picture. Read More close
Make your way to Fort Edmonton Park, heading in and stepping back through the ages. Interact with friendly staff in period costume who portray and interpret life during the formative years in Alberta’s history. Visit a reconstruction of the 1846 Hudson Bay Company's Edmonton House, and learn the fascinating history of fur trading in Canada. On 1885 Street, become part of history as you stop in at Jasper House Bakery for a fresh-baked snack, visit the blacksmith and wheelwright, pump water for tea, and see what it was like to be a North West Mounted Policeman.
Want to know what life was like in the early 1900s? On 1905 Street, visit the famous round barn, play around at the Penny Arcade, or get your picture taken in period costume. Then move forward in time to 1920 Street, and experience the excitement of a real 1920s-style Midway: ride the carousel, take a spin on the Ferris wheel, or play games of skill at the arcade. Test your shooting skill and accuracy in the turn-of-the-century shooting gallery before wrapping up this immersive trip through history. Read More close
Meet your guide under the rotors of a modern Robinson 44 helicopter, renowned for its speed and agility ,and climb aboard, buckling up right next to the pilot. After a ground lesson and a safety briefing, learn how to start the rotors and lift off, rising above the helipad and into the sky.
Once you're airborne, watch your instructor demonstrate the copter's forward, vertical, and lateral movements as they adjust the main and tail rotors before handing the controls over to you. Feel the power of this incredible machine as you test out a few basic maneuvers, rotating in the air with ease.
Spend your remaining air time soaring over woodlands and hovering above above scenic landscapes, like the winding waters of the North Saskatchewan River. When your time's nearly up, pilot the whirlybird back toward the helipad and let your instructor execute a graceful landing. Read More close
Stroll across a helipad surrounded by scenic farms and climb aboard your private helicopter as the rotors spin to life. Meet your experienced pilot and buckle into your seat before gently rising and banking toward the winding waters of the Saskatchewan River.
Float over a patchwork of green fields as your pilot tailors the ride to your preferences, making each turn and ascent as calm and peaceful or fast and exciting as you’d like. When you reach the river, hover above a deserted, wooded island and slowly come down to land on a patch of grass, just beside the riverbank.
Jump out and sit down to a tasty picnic lunch, munching on sandwiches, fresh fruit and delicious snacks while the burbling water rushes by. After your meal, take some pictures to remember your experience by before climbing back into the helicopter and flying back to the airport, savoring more bird’s-eye views along the way. Read More close
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Before a flight, after a long journey, or between destinations, there's no better place to rest and refresh than at the Plaza Premium Lounge. Unwind with a drink at the bar, grab a bite to eat, and take a moment to read or watch TV in comfort—the seats here have a little more leg room than the ones in the plane! Plaza Premium Lounge is open to travelers of any ticket class on any airline and has locations in the international and domestic departures and US Transborder areas, so you can rest easy knowing that your gate is just steps away.
Chat with fellow jet-setters, meet up with other travelers in your group, or just enjoy a moment of solitude. Charging stations let you power up your devices, and internet access lets you keep in touch with friends and family back home. Between long flights, there's nothing better than a hot shower in a luxurious, private room and some time to relax your travel anxieties away. Read More close
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Head to a helipad just outside of Edmonton’s bustling streets and meet up with your pilot and guide for the day. Chat about your interests and ask questions about the best places to go on your aerial excursion. With a few ideas in mind, climb aboard and take to the skies.
Nature lovers and wildlife photographers can head to the south and uncover the snaking bends and white-water rapids of the North Saskatchewan River, where you might see a moose grabbing a drink or a gaggle of geese flying by in their characteristic V-formation.
If it’s city sights you’re after, head toward Edmonton for bird’s-eye views of this stunning metropolis’ delightful parks, gleaming glass-and-steel skyscrapers, and centuries-old buildings. Along the way, let your guide point out interesting landmarks and share a little about the city’s history before your high-flying adventure comes to a close. Read More close
Get your start with some in-depth instruction, as certified Segway trainers go over the skills you will need, before heading out on your adventure. Next, set out from downtown Edmonton along the North Saskatchewan River and the spectacular TransCanada Trail, the longest continuous trail in North America.
A smooth ride on the Segway takes you along the beautiful Edmonton River Valley as you effortlessly glide through the park. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you ride through Edmonton's world-famous river valley, and take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
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There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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Dive into the rides and play areas in Galaxyland, the world’s largest indoor amusement park, or splash through the world’s largest indoor wave pool and complex of slides at the World Waterpark.
Alternately, explore the fun and excitement on offer at 2 of the mall’s other attractions. Test your skills in the colorful and cartoonish Professor Wem’s Adventure Golf, an 18-hole miniature course. Go for bowling and billiards at Ed’s Rec Room, or get up close to sea lions, turtles, penguins, and sharks in Sea Life Caverns. At Dragon’s Tale, putt your way through 18 holes by blacklight, or head to the Ice Palace for skating, hockey, and other frozen fun.
Full-day admission to either of the below attractions:
-Galaxyland Amusement Park.
Same-day admission to any 2 of the below attractions:
-Sea Life Caverns & Sea Lion’s Rock
-Professor Wem’s Adventure Mini-Golf
-Dragon’s Tale Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf
-Ed’s Rec Room
In addition to providing entrance to the your selected attractions, your pass also provides a coupon book valid for discounts at West Edmonton Mall retail stores and restaurants. Read More close