Things to Do in Edmonton
For the outdoor enthusiast, Edmonton offers more than 60 miles of hiking and cycling trails, as well as opportunities to view wildlife and the famous Northern Lights. From September to March, your best chance to view the light is just north of the city or at Elk Island National Park. Even if you’re not there to see the Northern Lights, the park has much to offer with large populations of hoofed mammals like bison, elk and moose and over 250 species of birds.
Elk Island National Park also offers an array of outdoor sports like hiking, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, skiing, golfing and more. Another popular outdoor activity is trekking in the North Saskatchewan River Valley park system.
This may be the one place on earth where it’s possible to shop ‘til you drop. That’s because the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada is the largest shopping complex of its kind in North America. With hundreds of stores spread over multiple levels, it’s possible to find deeply discounted bargains and luxury brand-name goods all under one roof.
But fashionistas aren’t the only ones will who enjoy a day at West Edmonton Mall. Dozens of family-friendly attractions like a movie theater, indoor water park, ice skating rink and Snoopyland are perfect for kids (as well as the young at heart!). And world class restaurants serving up international fare and craft cocktails—or just beer and wings—make for the perfect place for adults to refuel and relax after a day combing through the racks.