The city hosts dozens of sports, music and arts festivals, as well as celebrations of food and culture from around the world. Edmonton’s summer festivals include the International Fringe Theatre Festival, the largest and longest-running Fringe in North America, and the Servus Heritage Festival, the largest multicultural celebration of its kind. Winter festivals include the Ice on Whyte Festival and the Silver Skate Festival.
Old Strathcona and Whyte Avenue were named one of Canada’s five best shopping neighbourhoods. The funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue and the historic buildings blend with youthful exuberance to make Old Strathcona one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The city's celebrated theatre, arts and cultural community makes its home here, as do many unique local boutiques, one-of-a-kind art galleries, music shops, restaurants and cafés.
West Edmonton Mall has over 800 stores and services, a waterpark, skating rink, marine park, hotel and the world’s biggest indoor amusement park.
Fort Edmonton Park is nestled on 64 hectares (158 acres) of wooded parkland along Edmonton’s river valley. Tour a fort from the 19th-century fur-trading years and wander through replicas of streets from 1885 (the frontier era), 1905 (the year Edmonton became Alberta's capital), and 1920 (a time of rapid growth). Transportation appropriate to each era (ponies, wagons, streetcars, trains) allows guests to ride in the style of the day, while games and shops offer activities for kids and adults alike.
The Muttart Conservatory is an innovative botanical garden that sets the pace for plant science in western Canada. It defines Edmonton’s skyline with striking glass pyramids rising from the river valley. The Muttart Conservatory preserves and grows one of Canada’s largest botanical collections, and shares knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors. Inside the Conservatory, three biomes offer year-round displays. A fourth pyramid houses creative feature shows, changing up to eight times a year.
In downtown Edmonton we find Sir Winston Churchill Square where the eight-story crystal pyramid of City Hall lights up the Downtown Arts District. Swim in a free outdoor pool, surf free internet, and play on a giant chess board while the cheerful chimes of a 23-bell carillon ring out. In winter, lace up your skates and twirl around City Hall’s bustling ice rink, warming up and socializing around public fire pits. The Winspear Centre, Citadel Theatre and Art Gallery of Alberta border the east side of the Square, offering nationally and internationally recognized live music, theatre and art. The stunning Rogers Place - recently opened - is home to Ford Hall and the famed 45-foot diameter Janvier tile mosaic.
104th Street Promenade is a bustling downtown street home to a variety of restaurants, cafes and unique, locally-owned stores for shopping. The 104th Street City Market is also located here, which runs Saturdays from May through October and offers fresh produce, baked goods, meats and ethnic foods as well as a variety of arts and crafts. The 124th Street area is located in the District of Old Glenora. This historic strip runs from Jasper Avenue north to 111 Avenue. Cobbled sidewalks and decorative street-lights add to the charm of this popular street which offers art galleries, unique stores, cafes and restaurants.
Edmonton's river valley and park systems have 150 kilometres of trails scattered throughout the city. These trails offer year-round activities for runners, cyclists and nature enthusiasts. Explore by Segway, canoe, cross country ski or snowshoe and find yourself surrounded by wildlife as you take in the beautiful views of the cityscape. Edmonton also boasts two downhill ski hills within city limits.
Points of Interest outside of Edmonton include Calgary, Jasper, Banff, Red Deer, Alberta Beach and Jurassic Forest.
Edmonton has several local mountains for skiing and hiking, notably Rabbit Hill, Sunridge, Mill Creek Ravine Park, Snow Valley, Marmot Basin, Elk Island National Park, Sunshine Village, Norquay, Whitemud Park Lake Louise and Big White. There are many lakes and beaches around Edmonton, including Pidgeon Lake, Alberta Beach, Miquelon Lake, Wabamun Lake, and Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park.