Edmonton and Surrounding Areas

Edmonton is Alberta’s Capital City and is the second largest in the province with a population of 753, 412 (2008).   It is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects in Northern Alberta.  Edmonton is a cultural, government and educational centre and is home to a year-round slate of world-class festivals, giving Edmonton the nickname "The Festival City".  Below we have listed some of the great attractions and events that Edmonton has to offer.


International Street Performers Festival
This festival takes place in Edmonton’s Downtown and goes for 10 full days.  The festival hosts internationally known Street Performers including acts by magicians, clowns, mime artists, musicians and comedians.

A Taste of Edmonton
This is a tasteful event that takes place at Sir Winston Churchill Square in Edmonton’s downtown core.  A wide variety (up to 40!) of restaurants stake part in this event offering a savoury dish and a sweet dish from their menu.  There is a large stage on the square where more than fifty different acts take place.  There is a smaller stage that offers musical performances and food preperation demonstrations.

Capital Ex
This is the biggest event that hits Edmonton each year, and continues to be one of Canada’s largest exhibitions where more than 810, 000 guests attend each July.  Capital Ex brings you a week full of fun with your friends and family! With an extensive library of rides and live entertainment there is something for everyone.

Rexall Edmonton Indy
Auto Racing Fans Unite! The Rexall Edmonton Indy is one of the largest events to come to Edmonton, this three day event promises to bring the biggest names in racing and big fun.

International Fringe Theatre Festival
This festival runs from noon to midnight for 11 fun-filled days in August.  This is the largest fringe festival on the continent and will feature over 130 uncensored shows from around the world, mupltiple food vendors and more than 1000 performances on the indoor and outdoor stages.

Festival of Trees
This fun festival takes place near the end of November.  Hundreds of trees and decorations enchant all visitors, no matter your age! Amongst the large displays are live entertainment, childrens activities and special holiday shops.

For a complete list of all Edmonton Festivals click here.


West Edmonton Mall
WEM is the largest mall in North America today, and is one of the largest in the world.  With over 800 stores and services, this mall is the one stop shop for everything you need, and more! It is home to Galaxyland, the largest indoor amusement park in the world with over 24 rides and attractions.  It also hosts the World Waterpark, which is North America’s largest indoor waterpark with over 24 different water activities. Bourbon Street is another main attraction in WEM, it’s a themed street that features 13 different restaurants.

Southgate Centre
Southgate mall is home to over 130 stores and is currently undergoing a major expansion.  The expansion is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2009.  This expansion brings forty new stores under a new two-level parking deck. Southgate tends to be a more up-scale mall than others.

Edmonton City Centre
This mall is situated in Edmonton’s downtown core across from Churchill Square.  It has over 160 stores and services, a movie theatre and a pedway that connects to Manulife Place and the LRT.

For more shopping centres in Edmonton click here.


Century Grill
This restaurant offers contemporary North American dishes with inspiration coming from all around the globe.  Considered to be "upper casual" Century Grill brings you a relaxed, comfortable dining experience along with reasonable prices.

The first Earls in Edmonton opened in 1982 and is a very popular place to go for a casual dinner with family and/or friends.  They have a wide variety of items on their menu and have knowledgeable staff to add to your pleasant experience.

Moxies Classic Grill
Moxies is a premium casual restaurant that tends to be more upscale than most.  They specialize in providing excellent service, premium quality dishes and reasonable prices.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
A great place to sit down and relax in a casual atmosphere, with attentive and friendly staff to serve you.  Famous for its delicious steaks, however there are plenty of menu items to choose from.

For a list of all Edmonton restaurants including reviews click here.


Edmonton is home to two major sports teams,  The Edmonton Eskimo’s of the CFL and the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL.  The Eskimo’s have won the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup a total of 13 times. They had 5 consecutive wins from 1978-1982 and they most recently won the Cup in 2005. The city of Edmonton has been nicknamed "Oil Country" because of its love for the game and the Oilers.  The 1980’s marks a "dynasty" era for the Oilers, they brought home the Stanley Cup in 1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1989-90.