Trip Plan Details
- Sherlock Holmes Pub (The)10012 Avenue Northwest #101A, Edmonton, Alberta, Canadarecommended Sherlock Holmes Pub (The)Arrived early to a wedding and the staff recommended the Sherlock Holmes Pub for a drink. Great bar atmosphere. Friendly staff. Was a busy afternoon from the parade festivities, but still got decent ... read moreservice. Love the outdoor seating. Food looked decent! Would recommend coming here for a drink!Recommended for:Kelly G.
Great local bar for the local people watching :)
- City Market Downtown (Winter location)99 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB, Canadarecommended City Market Downtown (Winter location)Cute farmers market with a great variety and selection of items. Not sure how the parking situation is because we walked here. Love the alternative meat offerings not usually found in US (bison and ... read moreelk).Recommended for:Kelly G.
Lots of little shops along the way as well! You are bound to find something delicious nearby.
- Alberta Craft Council10186 106 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB, Canadarecommended Alberta Craft CouncilOver the last several years, I have ended up in Edmonton on business on many occasions. And although Downtown Edmonton is still a work in progress, I always make it a point to make the trip in (usally ... read morefrom Sherwood Park) to visit and shop (for mostly gifts) at the gallery at the Alberta Craft Council. I have never been disappointed with this place and I certainly can't blame them for the more recent lousy exchange rates. The space is well designed to showcase various artists and their various media and the staff are very good advocates of who they represent (mostly Prairies and BC artists). I usually linger for at least an hour and have never left without buying something and being impressed on the quality, value, and variety. My friends and family back home have always appreciated these unique gifts.Recommended for:Eric Brink
This is my go to place for gifts
- Elk Island National ParkSite 4 RR 1, Fort Saskatchewan, Edmonton, AB T8L 2N7, Canadarecommended Elk Island National ParkElk Island is a small Canadian National Park a short drive east of Edmonton off the Yellowhead Highway (#16). This park is often overlooked in favour of it's Jasper counterpart further west in the ... read moremountains. Elk Island is one of four national parks that represent the Southern Boreal Plains and Plateau natural region. It protects a portion of the transitional grassland ecosystem, a landscape that once stretched across the central portion of the continent. In addition to wildlife that includes plains and wood bison, elk, moose, deer, coyote, and beaver, park is home to 250 of the 370 known bird species in Alberta. The park is open year-round, although many services are only available in the summer. I was here a few Octobers ago when there was snow on the ground and wood bison to be seen in several places. It was a relaxing and beautiful drive and well worth the visit.Recommended for:Eric Brink
A cool little National Park....
- Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeOld Lodge Road Jasper, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E1E0 , Canadarecommended Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeJasper is the anti-Banff. You get all the beauty and with fewer people and less commercialization as a bonus. You are not going to find a Banff Avenue in Jasper, but there are still plenty of nice ... read moreplaces to eat and stay here during those times that you're not out exploring nature. And in the winter, Marmot Basin is a very good place to ski. It also takes a bit longer to get here. Jasper is about a 4 hour drive from Edmonton (compared to 1+ hours from Calgary to Banff) and a long and glorious drive from Lake Louise via the Icefields Parkway. I have also been privileged to take the train here on my way from Edmonton to Vancouver. Anyway, one of the places I always stop is the Jasper Park Lodge. There is just something about these old Canadian Pacific hotels, that invites you to relax and linger, even if you are not an overnight guest. I particularly enjoy their spacious lobby and relaxing at some spot overlooking the Lake. And like the relative peace and quiet of the Jasper Town site, you almost feel that you have this National Park all to yourself.Recommended for:Eric Brink
It is a 4 hour drive to Jasper from Edmonton, and well worth it.
- The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald10065 100th St, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0N6, Canadarecommended The Fairmont Hotel MacdonaldThe Hotel MacDonald is one classy and architecturally ample lady. Coming from the south, you see it standing high on the bank overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley. It's one of the old ... read moreCanadian Pacific Railroad hotels and has been serving guests in great style since 1915. I have never actually slept here, but have often wandered over from where I was staying at the Westin. In particular, I love wandering around the Lobby and then pretending that I'm on vacation as I relax at their Garden Patio and take in the stunning views. Such elegance can be a little pricey, but it is definitely worth the splurge. And if I ever end up bringing Gayle up to Edmonton, this will be our romantic place to go.Recommended for:Eric Brink
A cool classic railroad hotel and gateway to a nice walk into the river valley below.
recommended West Edmonton MallI have been to both the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall on several occassions. Both were developed by the same family. I prefer West Ed overall because of the water park, ice rink and other ... read moreentertainment options that I think are a bit better than Mall of America. I imagine a Minus 40 weekend in Edmonton and with my son staying at the Fantasyland Hotel and spending the weekend in the water park, dining out in nice places, and wandering the mall. Then again, maybe my son and I would drive to Jasper (~4 hours away). Another point: Edmonton has a lot more going for it than the West Edmonton Mall. The University of Alberta is here as is the stunning Saskatchewan River Valley. There's lots of opportunity for outdoor activities here in addition to various cultural festivals and performances in this very diverse city. The Strathcona District and watching the Edmonton Esks play CFL football are also fun outings.Recommended for:Family TravelersEric Brink
A tourist destination like no other...
commented on this trip
go to west edmonton mall was amazing in 87 must be still as cool now if not better
.i remember having a great meal at a resturant overlooking the river but forget the name but sure you can find it