52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

Edmonton’s one of those destinations that sort of sneaks up on you.

As soon as we arrived, and crossed over the North Saskatchewan River, we were struck by our first glimpse of the city. It’s surrounded by parklands and greenery, so it’s got a lot of natural beauty to offer, but there’s so much more to it than that.

It’s a city that guarantees memorable experiences – from amazing food and shopping to unbelievably beautiful landscapes just a short drive away. The more you get to know Edmonton, the more you realise how much there is to see, do, eat and drink in this Canadian destination.

Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, here are our 52 essential Edmonton experiences you need to try while you’re there:

EAT

1. Try a local specialty: the green onion cake

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
2. Make the most of the sunshine by finding an outdoor terrace
3. Eat a dinner you’ll never forget at the

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
4. Enjoy a peaceful brunch at

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
5. Try bison

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
6. Get your taco fix at

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
7. Take a trip to the Deep South at
8. Savour a fancy Italian meal at
9. Meet some of the local chefs, who are passionate about bringing fresh, local ingredients to Edmonton’s restaurants

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

DRINK

10. Choose from over 100 beers on tap at
11. Start your morning with a proper caffeine fix at

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

SHOP

12. Pop into trendy boutiques in Old Strathcona

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
13. Hunt for treasures in the
14. Get lost in West Edmonton Mall
15. Go ice skating inside a mall
16. Ride a wave at the West Edmonton Mall water park

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
17. Treat your feet at

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

VIEWS

18. Cross the bridge and enjoy the view over Edmonton from the other side of the River Valley

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
19. Have a drink overlooking Muttart Conservatory from the terrace at the

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
20. Enjoy an unusual view from Muttart Conservatory

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
21. Take a for a bird’s eye view

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

SEE AND DO

22. Discover exotic plants and flowers in Muttart Conservatory

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
23. Paddle in the shallow pool in the middle of the city
24. Check out all of Edmonton’s pyramids
25. See the city a different way by taking a
26. Get your walking shoes on – Edmonton is a very walkable city
27. Chill in the same airport terminal that Beyoncé did when she arrived in Edmonton
28. Check out the neon museum

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
29. Catch an ice hockey game at Rogers Place

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
30. Smile at the inspirational street art

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
31. Browse the creative space at the Mercer Warehouse
32. Look out for historic buildings in Old Strathcona

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
33. Go Instagram crazy for buildings like this one

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
34. Cross the road with pride

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
35. Ride the High Level Bridge Streetcar

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
36. Go for a run in the scenic River Valley

 

GET OUT

37. Drive just three hours to Banff (and a little bit further to Lake Louise)

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
38. Drive just three hours in the other direction to Jasper
39. Head less than an hour out of the city to reach

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
40. Go canoeing in the wild

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
41. Get a farm fix at the Prairie Gardens

 

FIND THE GREAT OUTDOORS

42. Watch the sun set

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
43. Watch the sun rise
44. Look out for rainbows

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
45. Be calmed by the flowing Saskachewan River
46. Go wildlife spotting

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

CELEBRATE

47. Eat all of the food at

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
48. Enjoy world-class music at

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try
49. Get cultured at the , the largest in North America
50. Check out one of Edmonton’s other amazing festivals

 

JUST BECAUSE

51. Smile all day because the locals are so helpful and friendly
52. Realise you need to come back ASAP!

What have we missed? What other essential Edmonton experiences would you recommend?

Thanks to for hosting our spectacular trip!

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52 Essential Edmonton Experiences you Need to Try

Elle Croft

Elle Croft is a London-based travel blogger who is equally happy exploring the city she lives in as venturing to far-flung destinations.She's a firm believer in stylish travel, and will always look for a twist on the traditional. Luckily for her, London offers unusual experiences in abundance. When Elle's not travelling or blogging over at A Bird in the Hand you can usually find her, coffee in one hand and camera in another, strolling the beautiful streets of the city she calls home.



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  1. Looks incredible! I’ve been to the bigger Canadian destinations – Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec, but Edmonton has never been on my list. Safe to say it is now!

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