TOP THINGS TO DO IN EDMONTON – FALL & WINTER
•Stay in and play! Where else can you experience the thrills of an amusement park, explore the depths of the sea, make a splash in a giant wave pool, glide on an NHL-sized skating rink, play a round of golf, and shop till you drop ... all under one roof? Enjoy more than 800 stores and restaurants at North America’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and Alberta’s #1 tourist attraction – West Edmonton Mall!
•Ski the Birkie – Canada’s premiere Cross Country Ski Festival and the largest Classical Cross Country Ski Festival in North America. The Canadian Birkebeiner is currently held at one of Canada's largest cross country ski trail systems at Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, 35 kilometres east of Edmonton.
•Explore Old Strathcona Historic Area, voted one of the Top 10 Coolest Neighbourhoods in Canada and also recently named a Provincial Historic Area. Amid many historic buildings, businesses are 90% owner-operated, offering art and antiques, sports and wellness, bold and daring fashions, music supplies, home accessories, fair trade and organic products and more.
•Visit the Royal Alberta Museum, one of Canada's most popular museums. The Royal Alberta Museum offers a range of exhibitions and activities for every age level and interest. Behind the scenes, 13 curatorial programs are responsible for building and making accessible some of the finest cultural and natural history collections in the country.
•Eat out. Greater Edmonton is home to a wide dining selection with more than 3,500 eating establishments. Many of these restaurants mirror the diversity of more than 50 ethnic groups and feature regionally inspired menus while Alberta’s world famous beef is a star attraction for restaurant-goers.
•See the herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk at Elk Island National Park. With the exception of the Serengeti Plains of Africa, Elk Island National Park has higher densities of hoofed mammals per square kilometer than any other wild area in the world! Also boasting over 250 species of birds, the park is a bird watcher's paradise.