Edmonton is a historic Canadian city located on the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta. The destination offers something for everyone: Fort Edmonton Park for history buffs, the Art Gallery of Alberta for art lovers, the TELUS World of Science for science fans and Winspear Centre for music enthusiasts. Edmonton is also home to beautiful gardens, neighborhoods and parks which you can explore on your own or with the help of a local tour guide. Here are the best things to do in Edmonton, Canada.

We recommend that you call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.

1.Alberta Legislature Building

Alberta Legislature Building
© Courtesy of Jeff - Fotolia.com

The Alberta Legislature Building is the meeting place of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council of Edmonton. Visitors can enjoy guided tours through this famous building where knowledgeable Heritage Interpreters share the political history and culture of Alberta and the daily routine of the Legislative Assembly.

The tour also takes an in-depth look at the design and architecture of the building and the parliamentary traditions and ceremonies that take place within it. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, can be pre-booked or simply joined, and are conducted free of charge.

10800 97 Ave NW, 780-427-7362

Fun day trip ideas: Getaways in California, East Coast beaches, NC quick trip, Romantic weekend getaways -- You are reading "25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top

2.Muttart Conservatory

Muttart Conservatory
© Courtesy of ronniechua - Fotolia.com

The Muttart Conservatory is a unique and innovative botanical garden set in four glass pyramids, three of which represent different biomes, and the fourth houses creative exhibitions and displays. Leading the way in plant science in Canada, the accredited museum grows and preserves one of Canada’s largest botanical collections and aims to share, inspire, and educate the public about botany and the science of plants.

The Conservatory hosts quite a few events throughout the year, including live music and dance shows, fine art exhibitions, handcrafting and arts and crafts programs, and community outreach workshops and classes. Culina Muttart, the Muttart Conservator’s restaurant, offers an unforgettable dining experience.

9626 - 96A Street, 780-442-5311

You may also like: 23 Best Things to Do in Toronto.

Things to do near me today: Getaways from Seattle, NC day trips, FL, Near Atlanta, AL -- You are reading "25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top

3.Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton Park
© Courtesy of Vibe Images - Fotolia.com

Spanning 64 hectares (158 acres) along Edmonton’s river valley, Fort Edmonton Park is a beautiful wooded parkland named after the first enduring European post in the area. It is also the largest living history museum in the country.

The park is made up of four sections, each representing a different era, namely the fort of 1846, 1885 Street, 1905 Street, and 1920 Street, and visitors are invited to explore the various sections on a fully functional steam train that travels the length of the park.

Visitors to the park can also use horse-drawn carriages, streetcars, and automobiles to get around the park, and during national holidays and long weekends, costumed historical interpreters are on hand to interact with visitors, share the history of the park, and answer any questions.

7000 143 Street, 780-442-5311

You may also like: 8 Must-Try Romantic Restaurants in Edmonton.

What are some popular things to do: CO, From San Diego, VA, OH, WI, MI, IL, IL Places, VA, San Diego, TX -- You are reading "25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top

4.Art Gallery of Alberta

Art Gallery of Alberta
© Art Gallery of Alberta

Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta is the oldest cultural institution in the region and is dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The Gallery boasts a collection of more than 6,000 objects showcased in exhibits and displays that focus on historical contemporary art both locally and from around the world.

The AGA also offers a variety of art education and public programs for adults and children, including talks, films, family activities, Late Night Wednesdays, and Alberta Culture Days.

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223

What are some fun must-see places: NC beaches, Ft Lauderdale, Day trips from NYC, From Chicago, PA, CT, CA, Hilton Head, Castles in Texas, GA beaches -- You are reading "Fun Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada this Weekend with Friends" Back to Top

5.Royal Alberta Museum

Royal Alberta Museum
© Royal Alberta Museum

The Royal Alberta Museum was formerly called the Provincial Museum of Alberta until a visit from Queen Elizabeth in 2005 bestowed royal patronage on the museum, and it was renamed to the Royal Alberta. The museum is dedicated to natural history, and it has an array of exhibits and displays showcasing natural history, wildlife, entomology, and arachnology.

The museum’s current collection, which has over 10,000,000 objects displayed in three permanent galleries, namely the Wild Alberta, Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture, and Natural History. The museum’s current collection has over 10,000,000 objects. The Royal Alberta Museum also features rotating galleries that house traveling exhibits and curated collections; it is only open Friday through Sunday.

9810 103a Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0G2

Expert opinion: Where should I go this weekend for fun? FL, CA, Myrtle Beach, OR, New England weekend, Charlotte, Williamsburg, LA, PA -- You are reading "What to Do in Edmonton, Canada this Weekend" Back to Top

6.TELUS World of Science

TELUS World of Science
© TELUS World of Science

TELUS World of Science is all about science and aims to encourage, inspire, and educate visitors about the world of science and technology and the important roles the play in today’s society. The center is home to two state-of-the-art theaters, one of which is a new IMAX Laser 4K Projector theater, a range of science-related exhibitions and displays, and a modern observatory where visitors can learn about the night sky.

The TELUS World of Science also offers a variety of programs, workshops, and camps, including guide and scout camps, spring break and summer camps, sleepover camps, and adult astronomy classes.

11211 142 Street NW, 780-451-3344

Top Rated: Last minute places for couples: Denver, Boca Raton, Louisville, CA, Virginia Beach, San Antonio, AZ -- You are reading "Top Romantic Tourist Attractions in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top

7.High Level Bridge Streetcar

High Level Bridge Streetcar
© Courtesy of alarico73- Fotolia.com

Run by the Edmonton Radial Railroad Society and steeped in history, the High Level Bridge Streetcar is an important component of the city’s heritage. Streetcars were first introduced to Edmonton in 1908, and the city became famous for its unique streetcar ride over the North Saskatchewan River, one of the highest river crossings by a streetcar in the world.

The streetcar’s rich and colorful history can be explored in the small streetcar museum in the Streetcar Barn at Strathcona, which features old photographs and pictures, uniforms, tickets, and several streetcar models. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the fully restored 1912 Edmonton Streetcar #33 across the High Level Bridge and take in the beautiful views.

Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum, 780-437-7721

Affordable things to see near me, must-visit beaches: Catskills, Pink Sand beaches, Best Places to Visit, Bar Harbor, Destin, Minneapolis, Jacksonville, Key West, Nashville, AZ, From LA -- You are reading "What is There to Do with Kids in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top

8.Winspear Centre

Winspear Centre
© Winspear Centre

Winspear Centre is a world-class performing arts center and home of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Pro Coro Canada. Built in 1997, the center is named after Dr. Francis G. Winspear and features a vast concert hall with a seating capacity of over 3,500.

The Winspear is also home to the magnificent Davis Concert Organ, which is made from wood and metal and features 96 stops, 122 ranks, and 6,551 pipes. The Winspear Centre is located in the heart of Edmonton's vibrant downtown and is within close proximity to a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés.

Box Office #4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Corner of 99th Street and 102 Avenue, 780-428-1414

Our experts' top picks for a long weekend getaway: Berkeley, Tybee Island, Nantucket, NH resorts, MN resorts, Kona, Pasadena, ND, ME, From Boston, Salt Lake City

9.Edmonton Ghost Tours

Edmonton Ghost Tours
© Courtesy of vladthefool - Fotolia.com

Discover the darker side of Edmonton on a fascinating ghost tour with Edmonton Ghost Tours. Dedicated to bringing Edmonton’s ghostly past back to life by exploring off-the-beaten-track parts of the city, these walking tours give an exhilarating insight into Edmonton’s rich history.

Featured tours include A Ghostly Walk through Old Strathcona’, the University of Alberta/Garneau History & Haunted Walk, and Halloween Haunt at the Rutherford House. The walking tours travel along the city streets and last for approximately one and a half hours. Warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Private tours can be arranged on request.

Insider travel recommendations, In-depth reviews of our favorite places: NC, NM, ME, VegasFrom LA, WY, Hot Springs, Midwest , Things to Do in Reno, Ohio castles,, KY, South Padre Island, Dream vacation spots -- "Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada for Locals & Tourists - Restaurants, Hotels" Back to Top

10.River Valley Adventure Co.

River Valley Adventure Co.
© River Valley Adventure Co.

River Valley Adventure Co. offers a range of guided tours throughout Edmonton, and they also provide sports equipment for visitors’ use on self-guided tours. With offices in the Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, River Valley Adventure Company offers guided Segway tours through North America's largest urban parkland, and they also have high-end mountain bikes to explore the city.

The company also offers a variety of sporting equipment such as badminton and volleyball sets, footballs, and croquet and bocce sets to enjoy with friends, as well as a range of fishing equipment to use on the river. Relax at the Urban Green Café over freshly brewed coffee and sustainable snacks after your outdoor adventure.

9735 Grierson Hill NW, 780-995-7347

What to do near my location: Florida Keys, IN, Healdsburg CA, Madison, Best beaches in USA Water parks in Texas, New Braunfels, Long Island, NY, NC, OK, OR, Day Trips in Southern California, Cocoa Beach, CA, Harpers Ferry, Durham

11.The University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden

The University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden
© Courtesy of dashtik - Fotolia.com

The University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden, established in 1959, is home to a variety of cultivated gardens, impressive plant collections, indoor conservatories, and a beautiful nature trail system. Spanning 240-acres southwest of Edmonton, highlights of the Garden include a Tropical Show House with exotic butterflies, an exquisite Kurimoto Japanese Garden, Native Peoples Garden, curated collections of lilacs, lilies, peonies, and roses, herb gardens, alpine forests, and show houses for temperate and arid plants.

The Garden, which attracts thousands of visitors each year, is also home to a modern research center, and offers a few children and adult educational programs, classes, and workshops.

Hwy 60, 5 km north of Devon, 780-987-3054 (website)

Cool places to go near me: MA, FL, Caribbean, All-inclusive Jamaica, AR, CO, ME, KS, CT, Missouri caves, Gadsden, Pismo Beach, Blue Ridge, Best caves in Missouri, Beaches Near Atlanta, NJ, FL caves -- "New cool stuff to do in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top or Romantic Getaways

12.William Hawrelak Park

William Hawrelak Park
© Courtesy of senorgogo - Fotolia.com

William Hawrelak Park is a beautifully maintained public park in Edmonton’s river valley. Named after former mayor William Hawrelak, the park spans 68 hectares and features a tranquil lake and rolling grassy landscapes. The park offers a variety of activities to enjoy from swimming, paddle boating, hiking, and picnicking in the summer to cross-country skiing and ice-skating during the winter months.

The main pavilion in the park houses a few shops and food outlets, and there are also playgrounds for children. The park hosts a number of festivals and performances throughout the year, including the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, the Edmonton Heritage Festival, and the Bright Night’s Festival at Christmas time.

9930 Groat Rd NW, 780-442-5311

Free things to do, beaches near me: Anaheim, Things to Do in Vermont, Hawaii resorts, OH, Northern CA beaches, Holland, MI, Galveston, Ellensburg WA, Encinitas, LA, ME, MD, MI, Canada, ID, DE, MD Islands, FL

13.Old Strathcona

Old Strathcona
© Old Strathcona

Old Strathcona is a charming neighborhood located on Edmonton’s vibrant south side that is home to an eclectic crowd of artisans, performing artists, and other colorful characters. Home to the largest theater district in Edmonton, Old Strathcona is famous for hosting an array of festivals, as well as featuring a rich heritage and history, beautiful architecture, one-of-a-kind antique and vintage stores, animated buskers, and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Resting at the heart of this dynamic village is the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market, which boasts over 130 vendors selling a range of fresh farm produce, fruits and vegetables, home baked goodies and artisanal fare, home décor, jewelry, and arts and crafts.

##402, 10314 Whyte Ave. Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z8, 780-437-4182

Top sights: Avalon, Glendale, Hollister, Silicon Valley, Grass Valley, Lake Elsinore

14.Fringe Theatre Adventures

Fringe Theatre Adventures
© Fringe Theatre Adventures

Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA) is a dynamic performing arts company that presents a range of theater, shows, and festivals throughout the year, including the world-renowned Edmonton International Fringe™ Theatre Festival. The company is dedicated showcasing and honoring a variety of world-class performing arts featuring local, national, and international artists to the public with the aim of celebrating the cultural fabric of the local communities.

In addition to the annual Fringe Festival, the FTA also hosts a number of traveling artists, exhibitions, and shows, and it offers a variety of educational programs for young learners, adult enthusiasts, and theater-lovers.

10330 – 84 Avenue, 780-448-9000

Free points of interest close to me: Indoor amusement parks, Mendocino

15.Mill Creek Ravine Park

Mill Creek Ravine Park
© Courtesy of vadimgouida - Fotolia.com

The Mill Ravine Creek Park is picnic and activity park located in the heart of Edmonton. Named after an 1878 grist mill that was once operated by a local pioneer named William Bird, the park begins on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River and stretches south along a gentle ravine.

The park is home to a network of trails known as the River Valley Trails, and visitors can enjoy walking, hiking, mountain biking rollerblading, swimming, and picnicking in the area. Picnic tables and BBQ pits are available for use, as well as a large swimming pool, a playground for young children, and rolling grass lawns. The Mill Creek Ravine Park is situated near to the Millwoods Golf Course and the Jackie Parker Recreational Area.

8120 93 St NW, 780-442-5311

Near me on a budget: Huntsville AL, New Hampshire getaways, Stowe, Toledo, Places to Visit in Puerto Rico, Deadwood, Dover, La Grange -- You are reading "25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top or Amazing things to do around me

16.Elk Island National Park

Elk Island National Park
© Courtesy of BG Smith - Fotolia.com

Elk Island National Park is an area of natural conservation located east of Edmonton. Spanning 75 square miles (194 square kilometers), the park is the largest fully enclosed park in Canada. It is home to a variety of diverse ecosystems and habitats, including native grasslands, northern prairies, boreal forests, and aspen parklands.

The park is a wildlife haven, and it the best place to see the world’s largest and smallest mammals – the wood bison and the tiny pygmy shrew. Visitors to the park can enjoy an array of activities such as hiking, wildlife watching, camping, kayaking/canoeing, and golfing in the summer, while the winter provides snow thick enough for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Trans-Canada Highway, Fort Saskatchewan, AB, 780-992-2950

Places to visit near me: Underwater Hotels, Things to Do in Encinitas, Mukilteo, Heber City, Pasco

17.Hide 'n' Seek Indoor Playground

Hide 'n' Seek Indoor Playground
© Hide N Seek Indoor Playground

Hide 'n' Seek is a fun-filled indoor playground for children of all ages offering a healthy and safe environment in which to play. Designed to create an interactive and educational experience for children through play, the indoor playground features ball pools, trampolines, rope climbs, zip lines, 3D motion play, block zones, slides, and a car track.

The Market Place provides a quiet place for younger children to read and play while the Games Arcade offers easy-to-win games and tempting prizes. Parents can relax at the Orange Tree Café while their kids are at play and enjoy healthy snacks, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh coffee.

10830 170 Street NW, 780-482-7244

Where to go near me: Santa Barbara Restaurants, Things to Do in Toronto, Columbia Wedding, Things to Do in Norwalk, Things to Do in Cheyenne, Caves in Iowa, Things to Do in Mesa -- You are reading "25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top

18.Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site
© Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

Once the home of Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first Premier of Alberta, Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site has been beautifully restored to its former glory and is now open for the public to explore and enjoy. The exquisite home, which was built in the Edwardian era, is fully furnished with unique antiques and vintage décor.

Costumed interpreters lead visitors on guided tours through its hallowed halls to experience what life was like in the early 1900s. Named after the white lilacs planted in the estate’s magnificent garden, The Lilac Tree Museum gift shop has a lovely selection of gifts, memorabilia, and home décor items to browse and purchase and is open during the same hours at the museum.

11153 Saskatchewan Drive, 780-427-3995 (website)

Romantic weekend getaways near me: Bethlehem, Bradenton, Trips from Anchorage, MA with Kids, Vermont Day Trips, Davenport, Dana Point, Princeton, Kutztown


© Courtesy of Rosario Rizzo - Fotolia.com

Previously known as Fantasyland, Galaxyland is the world's largest indoor amusement park. Located in the West Edmonton Shopping Mall, the park features more than 24 exhilarating rides, games, and themed play areas for children of all ages. The park also has The Mindbender, one of the tallest roller coasters in the world, and a mammoth 12-story indoor tower ride. Other adrenalin-rush-inducing rides include the Rockin’ Rocket, the Sonic Storm, Drop of Doom, and the Lazer Maze.

There are also several tamer rides and games to enjoy, such as harbor cruises, bumper and paddleboats, and balloon rides. The park features a variety of restaurants and cafés serving all types of food and drinks.

1755, 8882 170 Street, 780-444-5321

Quick Weekend Trips: Chula Vista, Escondido, Fort Bragg, Merced, Things to Do in Lincoln, Martinez, Salinas, Richmond, Torrance, Menlo Park, Orange County trails, Laguna Beach Restaurants, Watsonville, Things to do in San Bernardino -- You are reading "25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top

20.Silver Skate Festival

Silver Skate Festival
© Courtesy of Newman Studio - Fotolia.com

Silver Skate Festival is Edmonton’s oldest winter festival, a 10-day long sport, art, culture, and recreation extravaganza for the whole family. For the last 28 years, for 10 days every February the whole town celebrates winter and welcomes visitors from all over North America and beyond. People come to enjoy the sculpture garden, try their hand at jam-can curling, watch the skate racers at the Kortebaan, check out the Capital Classic Hockey Tournament, or wander along the frozen Silver Skate Folk Trails. As the sun goes down, Night Works begins and the musicians and street performers take over the streets.

9930 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T6G 2A8, Canada, 780-488-1960

Romantic places this weekend: California Dude Ranches, San Rafael, Vallejo, Places to visit in California, Los Angeles lunch, Where to stay near Sequoia National Park

21.The Alberta Railway Museum

The Alberta Railway Museum
© The Alberta Railway Museum

The Alberta Railway Museum (ARM) is an interactive museum that aims to preserve the history of the Alberta Railway. Replicating a small terminal with a station, a water tank, and several shops, the museum is an authentic outdoor display of railway equipment and buildings with a collection of cars and locomotives from railways around the country.

Visitors can explore over 75 cars and locomotives at the museum, look at railway maintenance equipment, and learn about the history of the railways in Alberta through exhibitions and galleries. Ride on a vintage train or a speeder for a fun, hands-on experience.

24215 - 34 Street, 780-472–6229

Day trips: San Pedro, Tustin, St. Helena, Sebastopol, Red Bluff, Rancho Palos Verdes, Tracy, Yuba City, Santa Ynez, Santa Maria, Thousand Oaks, Walnut Creek, Pacific Grove, Romantic Weekend Getaways in California, Redondo Beach

22.Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market (SWEFM)

Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market (SWEFM)
© Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market (SWEFM)

The Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market (SWEFM) is a famous farmer’s market that supports local farmers, artisans, and producers and provides fresh, locally grown, and sustainable produce to residents and visitors of Edmonton. The market is home to an incredible spectrum of vendors selling their wares, from artisans and craftspeople to local farmer’s selling fresh fruit and vegetables.

You can also find charcuterie and cheeses, buskers, food trucks, and bakers boasting warm bread and freshly baked pastries. Visitors can enjoy nutrition tours around the market, learning all about the healthiest foods to choose, and a special Sprouts Kid’s Club is designed to introduce children to healthy foods and empower and encourage them to make healthy eating choices and decisions when it comes to food.

c/o Terwillegar Riverbend Advisory Council, #5, 2051 Leger Road NW, 780-868-9210

Romantic resorts & ideas: Orem Carlsbad restaurants, Albany vacation ideas -- You are reading "25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada" Back to Top

23.Old Strathcona Antique Mall

Old Strathcona Antique Mall
© Old Strathcona Antique Mall

The Old Strathcona Antique Mall is the place to go to find both old and new treasures. Owned by the dynamic mother-daughter team of Betty and Bobbi, the market has long been an institution among antique lovers and treasure hunters. It boasts the best collection of antiques, vintage jewelry and clothing, and retro furniture under one roof.

Featuring over 300 booths and over 130 antique dealers selling the finest antiques and collectibles, the market has been running for 16 years, and it continues to be one of the city’s most popular attractions. The market has an old-fashioned café where you can relax over some home-baked goodies, local ice cream, and freshly brewed coffee.

10323 78 Avenue, 780-433-0398

Things to do near me today: Dunedin Beaches, Russian River, Lake Huron

24.World Waterpark

World Waterpark
© Courtesy of tatyana - Fotolia.com

World Waterpark is a family-friendly themed water park located in the West Edmonton Shopping Mall and is the second-largest indoor water park in the world. Home to the largest indoor wave pool, the park also features 83-foot high water slides – the Twister and the Cyclone – as well as a variety of small, intermediate, and advanced slides for all ages.

Other attractions in the park including the Tsunami, a sheet wave surf simulator for flow-boarding and bodyboarding, the world’s largest permanent zip line, and two inviting and relaxing hot tubs. Visitors can enjoy refreshing drinks at one of two bars and light meals and snacks at Coconut Grove and Beachview Snacks.

1755, 8882 170 Street, 780-444-5321

You may also like: 25 Best Things to Do in Ottawa.

Book your trip, what's near me: Finger Lakes, Weston, Bel Air, Banner Elk, Georgetown, Delaware Camping

25.Edmonton Valley Zoo

Edmonton Valley Zoo
© SE Viera Photo/stock.adobe.com

Edmonton Valley Zoo is a small and intimate zoo which offers a more personal animal viewing experience. The zoo is located along the banks of the Saskatchewan River, where it Is home to more than 350 animals from all corners of the world. The animals are cared for by a dedicated team of animal lovers who ensure that all the animals you see receive the best ever nutrition, veterinary care and stimulation to enrich their lives. Just a few of the animals you can expect to see include wolves, owls, red pandas, polar bears, zebra, foxes and many more. Several of the animals regularly leave their enclosures with their career’s to interact with the public.

Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 2RJ, Canada; 780 442 5311

Weekend getaways near me: St Augustine FL, Beaches in Santa Barbara, Wichita restaurants, Hayesville, Midland

25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada

You are reading "25 Best Things to Do in Edmonton, Canada " Back to Top