Pack up your hiking boots or snowboard and get ready to touch down in Alberta, Canada's capital city. Though the city is largely known as a business centre, Edmonton holidays offer unexpected charms. Explore the largest mall in North America, one of the longest urban parks, and more with Edmonton packages.
Channel your inner historian at Edmonton's colonial-style legislature building, which offers free tours. Outside you'll find wading pools in the summer and skating rinks during the holiday season. Just a short walk south of the legislature building is the North Saskatchewan River. The river valley parks system encompasses 22 major parks and a vast network of trails for walking, cross-country skiing and cycling—many of which can be found right in Edmonton. When walking along the river, don't miss the “panda-monium” over the red pandas at Edmonton Valley Zoo and also check out the Muttart Conservatory, whose four glass pyramids house hundreds of plant varieties.
Edmonton holiday packages offer plenty of fun for true lovers of the outdoors too. Explorers will want to add on one of Wotif’s Edmonton car hire deals and head out into the province's unscathed natural beauty. Jasper National Park and Elk Island National Park are popular expeditions for a longer day trip or an overnight extension, book Banff package deals and see the beautiful Canadian Rockies.
For many, an Edmonton holiday is all about the shopping, with the West Edmonton Mall a veritable retail therapy destination. You could spend days getting lost in this sprawling shopper's wonderland, which takes dining and shopping to a whole new level (or three levels, to be exact). Beyond its over 800 shops and plethora of eateries, the mall is also home to an amusement park, an artificial beach, an indoor lake, movie theatres, a casino and a hotel. For more quirky, alternative shopping, browse the indie book shops, funky boutiques and hip gift shops of Whyte Avenue.
When all the hipness of Whyte Avenue shopping has you hungry, grab a bite at one of its many restaurants. This strip offers a diverse range to satisfy your cravings, including high-quality Italian choices. If you have your sights set on Italian, Edmonton's Little Italy has cosy trattorias, or you can get your Chinese food fix in Chinatown. In the non-snowy seasons, food trucks offer all kinds of delights street-side, with regular events organised by the cleverly named “What the Truck?” organization.
For those looking to dance the night away, the dance clubs downtown won't disappoint. The university bars of Whyte Avenue offer a more indie, quirky vibe for a laid-back night out. A different, but equally memorable evening awaits outside the city bustle, where the Aurora Borealis is frequently seen from December to late February.
For those looking to uncover all that Alberta's capital has to offer, Wotif has Edmonton holiday deals to get you there and beyond. Just bundle your ideal flight and accommodation, and you’ll be enjoying the great Canadian outdoors in no time.
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Whether you're a regular traveller to Edmonton or it's your first time, there'll be no shortage of things to see and do. Here's a list of our top recommendations: