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Edmonton holidays - Lively, fun and modern
A popular choice for families, this contemporary city is full of fantastic attractions, including one of the largest shopping centres in the world, innovative restaurants, and Edmonton Zoo. Edmonton is perhaps mostly known as a stopover on the way to Jasper, but we feel it really holds its own as a worthy location thanks to its boutique shops and sophisticated dining scene.
A modern city with cultural delights
Edmonton holidays enjoy an exciting contrast to the surrounding province, offering modern shopping opportunities, fine dining, a vibrant nightlife and a wealth of attractions for both families and couples alike.
Packed with things to do, Edmonton makes a great stop-off as part of a multi-centre or self-drive touring holiday. From the Edmonton Valley Zoo to the Fort Edmonton Park, the city is geared-up to offer attractions to suit families and couples alike.
Things to do in Edmonton
The West Edmonton Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the world, in fact it is more like a theme park with an indoor waterpark and some 800 outlets under one roof. It also includes its own cinema, sea life centre, ice rink, distinctly-styled zones and other indoor family attractions. The Francis Winspear Centre for Music is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and is known for its amazing music events that are held regularly throughout the year.
Sitting on a grassy slope, the Heritage Amphitheatre in William Hawrelak Park has room for an audience of 1,100 and is the largest in Western Canada. It hosts many of Edmonton’s festivals including; The Free Will Shakespeare Festival; the Labatt Blues Festival; the Symphony under the Sky Festival and Heritage Days. Sir Winston Churchill Square is a family-friendly plaza that is vibrant and lively, in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown district.
When to go to Edmonton
Edmonton sees average summer temperatures in July of 22.8°C and winter average lows of -16°C. Edmonton hosts a huge number of festivals and events each year, from children’s and cultural events.
- International Children’s Festival
- Edmonton Journal Little Big Run, May
- Family Day at Churchill Square, February
- The Works Art & Design Festival, June/July
- Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, July
- Cariwest Festival, August
- Movies on the Square, August, September, October
- Olde Time Fair on the Square, November
- Edmonton Valley Zoo
- Muttart Conservancy
- Telus World of Science
- Winspear Centre
- Edmonton Symphony
- Alberta Legislature Building
- Art Gallery of Alberta
- William Hawrelak Park
- Citadel Theatre
- Fort Edmonton Park