Are you planning on traveling to Edmonton AB anytime soon? If so, you will want to make sure that you find all of the top things to see in the city. After all, Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. Therefore, there are tons of different things to do and see in the city. It is actually located on the North Saskatchewan River and it is the centre of the entire region.
Here is our list of top things to see in Edmonton
- West Edmonton Mall
With 100 dining spots and 800 shopping establishments, the mall is the largest in North America, attracting over 30 million visitors annually. The mall is 5.3 square feet and also has a zoo, an indoor lake, a skating rink, a bungee tower, an amusement park (the largest in the world), over 17 water slides, a huge aquarium and many more attractions. Due to its gigantic size, it is commonly referred to as a small city.
If you like to shop, the stores stock anything from mink coats to diamonds, to anything you might desire. There is no shortage of activities to do when in the mall. Tourists can play mini golf, shop, learn how to skate, go to the spa, have a thrill at the amusement park or enjoy fine dining.
- The River Valley
Also referred as the Ribbon of Green, the North Saskatchewan River valley is the largest in North America. The Urban Parkland is at 7,400 ha and consists of more than 20 parks, lakes, ravines and walking trails. Common activities here include nature walks, golfing, camping, skiing, picnics and bike rides.
- Fort Edmonton Park
At 158 acres, the park is a living museum that consists of both original and refurbished structures. After the government demolished the old fort in 1915, the citizens requested that the old structure is moved to a new location leading to the park’s construction in 1969. The museum represents Edmonton’s history and has staff that reenacts the past every summer.
- Alberta Legislature
The Alberta Legislature is a common attraction site for students. Educational tours can be tailor made for students of all ages, depending on the education level. Students can expect to be provided with an overview of the history as well as information on the legislative process in the province.
- The Royal Alberta Museum
The Royal Alberta Museum is located in downtown Edmonton. Visitors previously referred to the museum as the Provincial Museum of Alberta until Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 2005; that saw it change to the current name. The museum is composed of a wildlife exhibit, a natural history exhibit, a native culture exhibit. The museum also has both an arachnology and entomology collection.
- Telus World of Science.
The science centre was opened in 1984, and is operated by the Edmonton Space and Science Foundation. The centre attracts tourists from all over the world with its environment gallery, space gallery, kinetic hall, health gallery and discovery land. The science centre also has facilities such as an observatory, an IMAX theatre, computer lab and a gift shop.