Things to do in Edmonton

Why is Edmonton different?

There are theories. Maybe it’s our northern home, where for years we’ve learned to make our own fun. Perhaps it’s our legacy of entrepreneurs dreaming up oddities: the continent’s first, biggest and wildest Fringe theatre festival and a shopping mall that at one time had more submarines than the Canadian navy. Edmontonians have always been unusually keen to try, and build, something new.

We’re a big city with small town values; a vibrant urban centre in the heart of wilderness. From close encounters with free roaming bison to surfing indoors to taking your taste buds on a journey to some of the hottest craft beer taprooms, hyper-local bistros and indie bakeries in Canada, you’ll find there’s a uniqueness to how Edmontonians do ordinary things. And we want you to be a part of it.

One thing’s for sure – if you’re looking for an unforgettable, original experience, you’ll find it here. Peruse our list of activities and poke around for all the proof you need.

Click to explore Edmonton and plan your stay in the city!

If you are planning on arriving early or staying on longer in Edmonton, we encourage you to explore our great city. Below we have offered some suggestion on things to do and see and how to get around Edmonton.

And don’t forget to participate in our Photo Scavenger Hunt on Friday the 17th of February for your chance to win some awesome prizes!

Let Your Taste Buds Guide the Way

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Edmonton has a vibrant foodie and cafe culture. From farmer’s markets to food trucks, farm-to-table fare to exotic cocktails, from pubs to cafes, and more, Edmonton has it all.

Why not indulge your sweet tooth with a tour of some of our beautiful bakeries and award-winning chocolate-makers?

Prefer savoury foods? You have to check out the Tres Carnales, not far from the hotel. And if you’re out exploring Whyte, don’t forget about our other mind-blowing Mexican place, El Cortez! Or travel a bit farther to sample authentic Japanese Izakaya at Ikki.  For Torontonians craving a taste of home, we have an outpost of Burger’s Priest on 109th Street. Other notable downtown mentions include Credo, Coffee Bureau, Hoang Long Fresh MarketSofra, The Blue Plate Diner, Bodega, and Love Pizza.


Or take a short LRT ride to University Station and walk to Whyte Ave (82nd Ave) to sample vegetarian/vegan fare at Cafe Mosaics, amazing Cajun cuisine at DaDeO’s,  or homemade chai and Indian dishes at Remedy. Travel a bit further down Whyte for Ethiopian at Lagano Skies, or sushi at Maki Maki, or pub fare at the Empress Ale House.


Beer lover? Check out the Yellowhead Brewery in the heart of Downtown, or Situation Brewing just off Whyte Ave.

Are fancy cocktails more your thing? Look no further than Woodwork or the Confederation Lounge at the Hotel MacDonald, both just around the corner from The Westin.


Awaken Your Soul With Art

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The Westin and the Marriott are both just a short walk from the Art Gallery of Alberta. This innovative, modern structure is just as beautiful as the art housed within it, and the lobby gift shop is a great place to pick out a unique souvenir for friends and family back home.

The 104th Street Promenade and The Alberta Craft Council are also great places to pick up unique artisan souvenirs.  Or you could venture over to 124th Street to explore a number of independent art galleries.

Music lover? Check out a live show at the Needle Vinyl Tavern.

Or how about some improv comedy with Rapid Fire Theatre?

Nerd Out

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Get in on the escape room craze at SideQuests or LogicLock, two very popular escape rooms located near the hotel.

There’s also the nearby Hexagon Board Game Cafe.

Or play retro arcade games at Denizen Hall or Beercade.

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