Holidays to Edmonton
Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta in Canada. It is a frontier town, with very little civilisation in the wilds of Canada to the north. The scenery and wilderness around Edmonton is ideal to explore by bike or on foot, and the city is a great base from which to do so. While on holiday in Edmonton, there is plenty in the town itself to keep you entertained. The International Fringe Theatre festival in June is the second largest in the world, and the dazzling West Edmonton Mall is the largest shopping centre in North America.
The most eye-catching building in downtown Edmonton is the Art Gallery of Alberta, which is a vast structure of glass and metal which dominates the skyline. Inside, 6,000 pieces of contemporary and historical art are displayed, and there is also a small theatre and a restaurant. The Royal Alberta Museum is also worth a visit to learn about Alberta’s little-known aboriginal culture and the geography of Alberta today. Another of Edmonton’s claims to fame is that it has the largest area of urban parks in North America. The riverside valley that runs through the city features lakes, golf courses and over a hundred miles of walking and cycling trails that are easy to reach from the city centre.
The spectacular West Edmonton Mall is home to over 800 shops, offering a shopping experience that is unparalleled anywhere in North America. A day out at the mall is a complete Edmonton holiday experience in itself. There is an indoor wave pool with the world’s largest waterslides, a full-size amusement park, a skating rink, a reef with real seals, a petting zoo, two mini golf courses and a skating rink.
Edmonton is known as Canada’s festival city, and your holiday in Edmonton is sure to coincide with at least one event. The fringe theatre festival that takes place in Edmonton every August is the second largest of its kind in the world. The scale and diversity of the festival ensures that there is entertainment for everyone, from comedy to cabaret. The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival was founded in 1980 and has grown bigger and more popular every year. This is just one of over 30 annual festivals, which include the Works Art and Design Festival, Symphony Under the Sky and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
The state of Alberta is filled with beautiful landscapes of lakes and mountains. Edmonton is the ideal base for taking day trips into the surrounding countryside, either by car or via a scenic flight in a plane or helicopter. There are various tour operators who organise day trips and overnight stays to the most spectacular spots, such as Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefield.