Edmonton is charactarized by a four-part downtown north of the river, a parkland river valley with several unque bridges, and south of the river is the U of A and Old Strathcona, and to the west 9way west) is the West Edmonton Mall.
Here are suggestions for your first day in Edmonton, to capture the essence of this city:
Start at the Alberta Legislature on 109th Street south of Jasper, with its reflecting pool in front. have a look inside or take a tour.
Head east along Jasper to see Edmonton's business downtown where there are lots of restaurants and pubs, and wander past the Rogers "Ice Palace" (at 104th & 104th), where the Edmonton Oilers hockey team plays.
There is the Grande Villa Casino just to the east of the arena.
If you want to shop or eat, there are options in Edmonton Centre, Manulife Place and outside along Rice Howard Way.
Keep heading east, past the Westin Hotel to MacAuley Park, around which all the municipal and art buildings are clustered. Visit the City Hall (with its fountains), the Provincial Museum, the Art Gallery of Alberta to discover secrets of the past.
To the east of the Hotel Macdonald (named for Canada's first Prime Minister) and Shaw Convention Centre which overlook the river valley, is the red-glass Canada Place (Federal) building, and along 102 Ave you pass thorugh a gate into Edmonton's Chinatown.
Here are suggestions for a second day in Edmonton:
Start ou) in the River Valley, across from Downtown, with the new (arched span Walterdale Bridge (and at might, its lit) where you have a panoramic view of downtown to the north and the High Level Bridgewest.
The North Saskatchewan River Valley is the longest expanse of urban parkland in North America. You can head east to the Muttart Conservatory, with its glass pyramid structures in the river valley. During a visit you'll explore a jungle, desert, forest and flower paradise.
Head up the hill to the south, and check out Whyte Avenue (82nd Avenue), which is a great place to spend the day. There are lots of gift and antique shops along the avenue as well as cozy little cafes. The Strathcona Farmer's Market always has fresh produce and all kinds of little arts and crafts made by Edmonton homemakers.
To the west end of Whyte (82nd) Ave is the sprawling University of Alberta campus, the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, and just a little to south of the campus is the northern end of the University of Alberta Experimental Farm, bringing countryside into the middle of Edmomton
Join the hundreds of thousands of Edmontonians who love to take in festivals. Edmonton is considered Canada's city of festivals. Most are hosted around the function of Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard South (previously called, Calgary Trail)
To the west of downtown is Fort Edmonton, a historical park on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River (Whitemud at Fox Drive), which covers Edmonton area history from earliest explorers and fur traders up to the start of Wold War One.
On the north bank of the river is the Edmonton Zoo. If you have children with you, visit the Valley Zoo to see more than 300 species of animals.
Head northwest to 87Ave and 170th Street to West Edmonton Mall, Canada's largest (and with no provincial sales tax in Alberta, a great place to shop!). Spend a day at West Edmonton Mall. There mall has lots of shopping, waterslides, an ice skating rink, an amusement park and several movie theatres. You can make West Edmonton Mall last an etire day, if you want!
If you are spending more time, explore the Travel part of our web sit for more information about the city's attractions!