Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton offers a vibrant arts and culture scene, a variety of festivals, a stunning river valley, and new ways to embrace winter. Not-to-miss summer festivals include the Folk Music Festival and International Fringe Theatre Festival. In the winter, the Deep Freeze Festival, Flying Canoë Volant, and Silver Skate Festival offer fun opportunities for experiencing the coldest and darkest season in a different way. A trip to Edmonton isn’t complete without a visit to North America’s largest shopping complex, West Edmonton Mall, with more than 800 stores as well as a water park, amusement park, and skating rink. Shoppers will also enjoy strolling 124th Street and the Old Strathcona district, anchored by the funky Whyte Avenue.
Head downtown for other attractions, including the new Royal Alberta Museum, western Canada’s largest museum, and the Art Gallery of Alberta, an astounding building and the province’s premier art museum. The nearby new ICE District is a large sports and entertainment area, best known for Rogers Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers. Be sure to get outside and explore the North Saskatchewan River Valley, the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America. The plentiful trails will delight joggers, cyclists, walkers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers, and they can also be explored on a Segway tour.