With an indoor water park, a miniature-golf course, live sea lions and a number of other on-site attractions, West Edmonton Mall could easily be mistaken for an amusement park. With a hotel on the grounds, visitors don't even need to set foot outside. Rounding off the experience are the mall's more than 800 shops and restaurants. This 48-block structure is so immense and all-encompassing that it has playfully been referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World.
The Art Gallery of Alberta regularly exhibits stunning art from all over the world. The public gallery showcases some of the 5,000 works from its own collection as well as traveling exhibitions, making each visit a new window into artistic interpretations. In addition, the Art Gallery of Alberta offers art classes for kids.
Symphonic masterpieces are coaxed from instruments at the Winspear Centre in downtown Edmonton. Music from classic composers like Dvorak and Bach are common, but the centre also provides music lovers with the works of contemporary composers throughout its season.
Fort Edmonton Park is a 19th-century Canadian fort now staffed by costumed actors and guides who provide visitors with information on the area's past. The park has been reconstructed to represent various eras in the fort's existence. The living museum's period-accurate and original structures showcase yesteryear's fur trading, settlement, municipal and metropolitan eras.
As Northern Alberta's premier performing arts and community venue, the Jubilee Auditorium is suited for any event. Since 1957 it has touched the lives of countless Albertans through stage performances, concerts, celebrations, community events and educational programs. The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is also home to the Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Ballet who bring year-round enjoyment to many.
The Pawn Shop is home to live music in Edmonton. Renowned for its great atmosphere and unmatched service, the Pawn Shop is the venue of choice for independent music in Edmonton. Whether it's banging your head to some metal or dancing the night away to electro, The Pawn Shop has something for everyone.
Try your luck at one of 650 slot machines or 35 table games including Baccarat, poker, Black Jack, craps, Caribbean poker, three and four card poker, and roulette. Century Casino is also home to great musical acts on a regular basis.
The Starlite Room is the premiere small hall concert venue in Edmonton, located in downtown Edmonton inside a historic brick building, originally constructed in 1925 by the Salvation Army to house its northern Alberta headquarters. Besides the stage for live bands, the complex also houses Brixx Bar & Grill and a nightclub, The Temple.
The Yardbird Suite has been Edmonton's jazz venue since 1957, and home to the Edmonton Jazz Society since 1973. You won't find a hipper space or better venue for live jazz anywhere in town.
Hockey is to Canada what baseball is to the United States, and it only takes one trip to an Oilers game to prove it. Shouts of elation and cheers that shake the rafters are common at Rexall Place - not surprising since the Oilers are among the most storied teams in hockey and continue to challenge the rest of the NHL for another Stanley Cup championship. Hockey season usually runs from October through March or April.
A friendly neighborhood bistro serving contemporary ethnic comfort food. Founded in 2004 by self-taught chef Brad Lazarenko and operated by partner Ed Donszelmann, Culina Mill Creek is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Unheardof has been serving quietly elegant and eclectic cuisine to Edmontonians for nearly 30 years. The menu, which changes regularly, is increasingly local, regional and seasonal - a balance between the familiar and the innovative.
Sabor Divino Restaurant and Lounge, located in the heart of Downtown, is a mix of old and new world. The concept is rich in European tradition (Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian) and graced with modern flare. Authentic European recipes are respected while being contemporized. The cuisine pays homage to rustic village cooking, while elevating it to the finest of dining standards.
The Manor Cafe is located in a beautifully renovated historic home near the west end of Jasper Avenue. The menu at Manor is a veritable kaleidoscope of international cuisine with interesting dishes from around the globe. If you want to take your significant other or a group of friends on a "dining adventure" the Manor Cafe is the place to be.
Packrat Louie, located in the heart of the Old Strathcona district, offers a menu as distinct as its name. European- inspired dishes and a stellar wine list make Packrat an absolute must for casual dining with friends, business lunches, cocktails in the lounge or as a start to a memorable evening. Signature dishes include the rack of lamb, prosciutto-wrapped giant prawns, loin of venison, wood-fired gourmet pizzas and a revolving selection of decadent desserts.
Wildflower features world-class "New Canadian" cuisine within a cutting-edge design. Chef Yoshi Chubachi, winner of 42 International Culinary gold medals, leads an award-wining brigade, showcasing primarily Canadian ingredients. Eye-popping presentations, global influences, a sommelier on staff, seasoned professional service and a warm feeling round out a fantastic dining experience.
Characters Fine Dining offers an elegant dining room with a decor of brick walls, polished hardwood and an open kitchen. Characters features a menu of American standards with a diversity of fresh, seasonal offerings presented with exceptional attentive and accommodating service.
This tiny gem of a restaurant is nestled in one of Edmonton's oldest neighborhoods. The focus is on creative and eclectic cuisine, serving serious food in a casual atmosphere. The wine list continues to grow in order to keep up with daily specials and a finely tuned menu. The Red Ox Inn is the perfect choice for a quiet dinner, a small gathering of friends, or even a private party.
For 18 years now Jacks has set the bar for great contemporary American cuisine. San Francisco trained Chef/Owner Peter Jackson continues to win accolades for his harmonious blend of fine cuisine and seamless attentive service combined with a well chosen wine list that compliments his cooking perfectly.