Edmonton city Tour (Alberta)
August 3, 4 - 2004
Are you looking for info on what to see in Edmonton? This trip review focuses on a two days Edmonton tour, visiting the West Mall (known to be, at this of this travelogue, the biggest mall in Canada) the downtown, the Ukrainian Cultural Center (an interesting live museum) and Elk Island National Park, known to host herds of bison, moose and other typical wildlife of the region.
Getting to Edmonton from Toronto, on an Air Canada's A320. The flight is about 4 hours long. Edmonton is connected with direct flights with major cities in Canada and in the USA.
The first Edmonton excursion is at the Edmonton West Mall, where there are about 800 stores and more than 100 restaurants, in addition to entertaining attractions. This mall is known to be the biggest mall in Canada.
Pictures of Canada biggest mall. Entertaining attractions inside Edmonton West Mall include a large pool with artificial waves and an ice skating rink.
The following day, I take a guided Edmonton day tour, with excursion to the Ukrainian Cultural Village and Elk Island National Park. In the pictures above, Edmonton downtown.
The tour starts with a visit to Edmonton residential area.
The tour in Edmonton continues to downtown, visiting the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
Edmonton is home to the Muttart Conservatory, consisting in four pyramids where different ecosystems are represented through typical (and sometimes, rare) plants and flowers.
The tour continues just outside Edmonton, to Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, where the life of Ukrainian immigrants, from about 1892 to 1930, is represented by players through typical costumes, buildings and tools. A true living museums.
Pictures of Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village near Edmonton, Alberta.
In the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, different types of homes are displayed in real size...
...and, of course, of churches.
An home at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. On the right: a nice composition of icons around a window.
Despite the location, only just few miles from Edmonton city, Elk Island National park has impressive opportunities to observe wildlife, such as bison, elk, moose, beaver and much more.
Pictures of bison hosted in Elk Island National park. Herds of bison, including small calfs, busy in feeding.
Wood piled up by beavers building dams in Elk Island National park.
Trees cut down by beavers.
Picture of a moose with a calf.
More photos of bison taken in Elk Island National park.
Where to stay in Edmonton? During my tour in Edmonton I've chosen to stay at Wee Sleep
, a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Edmonton, close to bus stop and west mall (photo courtesy of the B&B