For many in the United States, they often forget that they can look to the north for amazing vacations and adventures. Canada boasts some of the most gorgeous and culturally rich terrain and cities on the North American continent, and shouldn’t be overlooked when you start planning your next trip.
Edmonton, the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta, should definitely be on the top of your list of destinations to consider. Here are at least 4 reasons why we at Edmonton Towing believe you should want to visit and explore Edmonton, AB:
1) Its Natural Beauty:
The city of Edmonton is in the North Saskatchewan River Valley and is in and surrounded by rich, beautiful terrain. The land in and around the city is composed of gently rolling hills and deep river valleys. There are hundreds of breeds of tree, many of which have nearly or completely died out in the U.S.
Furthermore, the city has maintained beautiful parkland along the river valley, and actually has the highest amount of parkland per capita of any other Canadian city and represents the largest connected urban parkland in all of North America.
Havens of a more rugged nature, such as Elk Island National Park, a major player in protecting the American bison population, is within easy driving distance of the city, and the Canadian Rockies are not outside of your reach either.
Whether you like prairie land, gentle rolling hills, thick forests, or majestic mountains, lakes or rivers, all are within reach of Edmonton.
2) Its Culturally Rich Opportunities:
Many do not realize how culturally rich and diverse major Canadian cities can be. Edmonton is definitely no exception. When it comes to culture and the arts, the city has endless attractions. It is home to:
• Francis Winspear Centre for Music, home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the largest organ in Canada, and thought to be one of the best music halls acoustically in the country
• Citadel Theatre with over five halls each designed/specialized for different types of productions
• Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, the main base for the city’s opera house
• Over 40 annual festivals including: The Works Art & Design Festival, an International Street Performer’s Festival, Canadian Finals Rodeo, Folk Music Festival, Edmonton Heritage Festival, and many more
• The University of Alberta and MacEwan University’s music school and jazz programs that help make the city a musical hub for classical, operatic, and contemporary music and pop
• Museums and galleries such as the Royal Alberta Museum, Telus World of Science, Alberta Aviation Museum, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and many more
3) A Winter Playground:
During the winter season, Edmonton turns into a well maintained winter playground. Many of the parks and golf courses are turned into maintained cross country skiing tracks, outdoor ice skating rinks, toboggan hills, snowshoeing trails, and downhill skiing trails.
Whether you are a rugged thrill seeker wanting to hit the ski trails, or you just enjoy getting into the season with a casual skate on an ice rink, or want to have fun with the kids tobogganing down a hill, there are winter wonders for everyone to enjoy.
4) Something for Everyone:
As may be apparent by now, a trip to Edmonton, AB means that there is something for everyone.
If you enjoy the rugged outdoors, there are gorgeous national and local parks with hiking and camping in plenty. If you enjoy the outdoors, but want a less rugged variety, there are many urban parks where you can enjoy a beautiful picnic by the river and even take a canoe or kayak out.
If more refined entertainment is to your taste, the music, arts, and festivals that thrive in this city will keep you more than busy. Or if you are a history buff, the numerous historical sites and museums which explore the area’s rich and ancient aboriginal to present story will give you plenty of food for thought.
Finally, if you are into more adult types of entertainment, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife, go to a hockey game or even have a bit of fun at the Grand Villa Casino.
Regardless of the time of year or whether you are an indoor or outdoor person, traveling alone, with a significant other, or a family, there is something for everyone here.