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The capital of the Province of Alberta, Edmonton is the fifth largest city with a population of 1.4 million, right behind its sister Calgary! Edmonton has an extensive history of immigration, populated over the years by many immigrants from Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe.
Edmonton and Calgary are around 300km apart. You can combine both cities and the Banff National Park area when you travel to Canada and Alberta. You are sure to get a taste of the best of Western Canadian culture and beauty!
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Fun attractions to visit while in Edmonton.
West Edmonton Mall
The WEM is the most visited attraction in Edmonton. Did you know that Canada has the largest mall in North America? Located in Edmonton, Alberta, West Edmonton Mall has over 800 stores and is the size of 93 football fields! The mall is so large that it has upwards of 200,000 visitors in one day, depending on the time of the year. This is the one visit you won’t want to miss when you travel to Canada.
The WEM has received numerous World Records; including, the world’s largest indoor amusement park, indoor roller coaster, indoor lake, indoor waterpark and even a world record for the most considerable parking lot for upwards of 30,000+ cars!
Fort Edmonton Park was once a trading post between 1795 and 1914. Today, it is a cultural center that offers unique experiences and highlights a part of Canadian history. During your visit, learn more about Canadian indigenous culture and the importance of the fort in Canadian history and for Edmonton’s economic development.
Visiting the fort during your travels to Canada is sure to be a cultural and educational experience for the whole family.
Elk Island National Park
If you are looking for a day trip while you travel to Canada and Edmonton, Elk National Park is located about 35 minutes outside of Edmonton. You will witness Elk and Bisons in their natural habitat during your visit.
The Park is a refuge and sanctuary for Bisons, Elks and over 250 bird species. It is a natural wonderland that will please campers, hikers and nature lovers.
Royal Museum of Alberta
The Royal Museum of Alberta recently has undergone renovation and is now welcoming guests in their brand new space. The museum showcases permanent and hosts exhibits all year long. You will learn more about the province’s history and archeology, and other colourful art exhibitions during your visit. This is one of the many beautiful art museums you could experience with your 10 years Canadian visa.
Summer festivals in Edmonton.
During the summer, Edmontonians love to get out and enjoy the many festivals the city offers. There are activities for all tastes and interests. Here is a shortlist of some of the festivals you might want to visit during your travels to Canada.
The Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival is a festival that theatre lovers won’t want to miss. It is held annually in August, and it is the oldest fringe festival in North America.
Taste of Edmonton
The Taste of Edmonton festival is sure to please the foodie in you. Apply for your 10 years Canadian visa and taste cuisines from all over the world. You will also discover local produce and specialties that have shaped Edmonton food culture throughout the years.
K-Days (Klondike Days)
K-Days is an exhibition festival held each summer in Edmonton. If you are travelling to Canada with your family and will stop in Edmonton, this is the place to be. With music entertainment, rides for thrill-seekers and plenty of activities for children.
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