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Edmonton Site Seeing

Ontario, Canada
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Edmonton Site Seeing

My wife and two daughters ages 14 and 11 will be visiting Edmonton and was wondering what the best must see activities are. We'll be staying at relatives for a week at the end of July.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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1. Re: Edmonton Site Seeing

Fort Edmonton Park--plan to spend the day at this top-notch living history village

West Edmonton Mall--must be seen to be believed. If weather is poor, take your swimsuits to the amazing water park there.

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2. Re: Edmonton Site Seeing

The weather should be good in July. If your family likes active things you should see if you can rent bikes and spend a day riding through the river valley.

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3. Re: Edmonton Site Seeing

Thanks for the info, was definitely planning on the mall.

Anyone else?

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Here's 3 links that may help your family choose from their interests

www.edmonton.ca under the tab 'Attractions and Recreation'

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g154914-s1/Edmonton:A… various tabs under "Things to Do'

www.edmonton.com/tourism/tourismevents.asp… and enter only the dates you'll be in Alberta's capital

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5. Re: Edmonton Site Seeing

Summer in Edmonton is packed with festivals. In late July you can check out:

* River City Shakespeare Festival (Shakespeare in the park) - June 26- July 22

* A Taste of Edmonton - July 19-28. About 30 Edmonton restaurants offer sample-sized portions of their dishes in Churchill Square downtown.

* Capital Ex - July 19-28. Midway rides and games, concerts and entertainment, exhibits and marketplace, etc.

* Edmonton and Athabaska District Historic Festival - July 20-29. Small events around town exploring Edmonton's history. Probably the most interesting thing for visitors would be the bus tours of historic areas that Edmonton Transit puts on as part of the festival. They're very affordable and informative.

Information on Edmonton festivals and events can be found at www.festivalcity.ca

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I second the recommendation for River City Shakespeare Festival. Even if you're shy of Shakespeare, this highly professional company does outstanding productions every year, and they KNOW how to bring the Bard to life. It's an open air theatre in Hawreluk Park - which is itself a nice place for a picnic before a matinee or evening show. If you're arriving near the end of their run, I'd contact their website and buy advance tix.

Saturday mornings are a great time to visit the Whyte Avenue area. Wander through the Strathcona farmers market (just north of Whyte on 104th St) and take in the trendy shops and inevitable street performers. (But don't hang out there late in the evening - the bar scene takes over and you get drunks on the street. )

If you do get sour weather, your teens (and you) might enjoy the Telus Space and Science Centre. It's reasonably priced, I think and my nephews are regulars there - they love the IMAX movies.

the Mall, of course, should be done once by everyone. Most of us who live in Edmonton don't go again, but it really is spectacular. Plan lots of time to see it - and make note of where you parked and which entrance you came in. Seriously. Drop the kids at the waterpark or Galaxyland while you go shopping or have a cocktail on "Bourbon Street".

Enjoy your visit - Edmonton in the summer is a great city.

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