Alberta’s capital has emerged as one of the province’s most popular destinations. Nicknamed the Festival City, there is always something being celebrated in Edmonton, from cultural arts to niche pursuits! Home to the largest mall in the North America, a wealth of cultural attractions and excellent restaurants, there is something for everyone in Edmonton.
Edmonton is served by Edmonton International Airport (YEG) which is situated just 18 miles from the city. On average, a return flight to Edmonton from London will cost you around £550 and there are 8 flights a week. The flight duration from London to Edmonton International Airport is approximately 9 hours if you fly directly. Air Canada has direct flights from London Gatwick to Edmonton International. However, it often works out up to 70% cheaper to opt for a flight with one stop.
What to Do in Edmonton
Edmonton didn’t earn the moniker Festival City for no reason. Indeed, there are around 30 festivals throughout the year celebrating everything from music and heritage through to poetry and wine. In addition, they also have a number of niche festivals such as the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival in August and September’s Edmonton Accordion Festival.
Edmonton’s most notable landmark is the Alberta Legislature Building which is an important political building that dates back more than 100 years. After walking around the edifice’s exterior, you can take a guided tour of the building’s beautiful marble interior.
If you love shopping, the chances are that you already know about West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest shopping mall which is home to more than 800 shops and services. In addition, this overwhelming mall also has its own amusement park, water park, ice palace, music venue and more! It is impossible to fully explore the mall and all its attractions in a day; you are best off making several small trips throughout your stay in Edmonton.
Edmonton has a great selection of galleries and museums such as the Art Gallery of Alberta which showcases both the work of local and international talent and the Royal Alberta Museum which is home to the world’s largest collection of insects and other treasures.
As Edmonton is a popular destination with business travellers and holidaymakers alike, there is an impressive gamut of accommodation options in Edmonton. Downtown Edmonton consists mainly of accommodation options tailored to meet the demands and tastes of business clientele. However, hotels here have the advantage that they are close to major sights and attractions. In downtown you will find a number of international chains as well as locally owned hotels.
The Old Strathcona district has a number of historic hotels and accommodation options which ooze Canadian charm. Here you will find everything from cheap hotels though to luxury hotels. In addition, during the summer months, the local university rents out its halls accommodation to the public for great prices.
Throughout the city there are also a number of bed and breakfasts. Most of these are family-run and offer a very personable service.