Hotels in Edmonton and Central Canada
A popular hub of tourism, Edmonton is set in a beautiful area of Alberta. In Edmonton enjoy some time with the kids at the Valley Zoo and TELUS World of Science. Check out Gallagher Park, or head to the John Janzen Nature Centre.
Visit the Crestwood Curling Club, if that's up your alley, or tour the University of Alb campus. See some amazing works of art at the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Downtown Arts District, and the Douglas Udell Gallery – it's hard to visit Edmonton withouth also visiting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Head over to the Rexall Place, home to the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. Enjoy the excitement of the fast paced, hard hitting action as they shoot and slash their way to the top of the Western Conference.
For others who aren't as thrilled about professional sports, be sure to take the kids over to Galaxyland, an indoor amusement park. Edmonton is a big city with plenty to do, so visit today.
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Agritouring Red Deer & Beyond
Set in central Alberta, Red Deer is the third most-populous city in the province – and full of farms, gardens, orchards, markets, and more.
Your first stop as an agritourist in Red Deer is the Sunnybrook Farm Museum – a living museum focusing on early farming in Alberta. Dubbed Red Deer's oldest farm, Sunnybrook showcases cow milking, farm equipment repairs, bread baking, and much more.
If you’re looking for the real thing, try some pick-your-own farms around Red Deer. Pick apples at Billyco Junction Gardens, lettuce at Buckler's Farm, chokecherries at DNA Gardens, both summer and winter squash at Eagle Creek Farms, or head to Coronado Saskatoon Farm for – you guessed it – saskatoons.
Other U-pick farms in the area include Eastside Farms, Mountain View Berry Farm, Prairie Perfect Orchards, Red Lodge Upick, the Saskatoon Orchard, and Serviceberry Farms. Even more so, you can “pick up” local fruits, vegetables, and more at Red Deer Farmer's Market. Pick raspberries at Staniforth Summerberry Farm in Sylvan Lake, or rhubarb, strawberries, and peas at Saskaberry Ranch in Olds.
Innisfail, set just south of Red Deer, features ever more farms and fun in central Alberta. Check out the annual Asparagus Festival at Edgar Farms, pick saskatoon berries and chokecherries at Pearson's Berry Farm, or visit the massive Jungle Farm.
Sunridge Ski Area
Built on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River, Sunridge Ski Area is a snowy getaway at the northeastern edge of Edmonton, Alberta. Just across the river from Rundle Park, the ski area is accessible from 17th Street, at the entrance of the Strathcona Science Park.
Sunridge Ski Area gives skiers of all skill levels their choice of 12 runs, varying in difficulty from beginner courses to Black Diamond trails – known for steep grades of 40% or more. Less experienced skiers can receive lessons from Sunridge instructors on both skiing and snowboarding, while parents with younger children can hit the powder on snow tubes.
Popular among anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, Blindman River provides plenty of big catches and luscious, northern Alberta scenery. The river forms roughly southwest of Edmonton and flows into the town of Red Deer. Plan your next visit to northern Alberta and check out the fun at Blindman River.
This winding river houses ample amounts of trout, burbot, mountain whitefish, northern pike, and walleye. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the Paskapoo Formation bedrock when Blindman River meets Red Deer River. The open fishing season at Blindman River opens annually on May 15th, and closes on January 31st.
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
An ideal destination for sports fans, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Red Deer. This northern Alberta museum showcases a wonderful collection of sports memorabilia and hands-on exhibits. Stroll through the 7,000 sq. ft. museum to view the Hall of Fame Gallery, or try the multi-sport Virtual Visual System and Treadwall climbing wall.
View the collection of photographs and artifacts in the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ice and Snow Galleries. The golf putting area and the virtual basketball, hockey, soccer and football are fun attractions in the museum. Take a break in the 40-seat theatre to watch a variety of sports highlights and videos of Alberta athletes.
Hockey fans should head to the exciting Alberta city of Edmonton for an exciting game with the NHL Oilers. Northwest Division members of the Western Conference, these Stanley Cup champions delight fan at the Rexall Place – one of the oldest hockey stadiums in the NHL.
Formally known as the Northlands Coliseum, the Rexall Place indoor arena holds 17,000 hockey fans in the heart of the City of Champions.
For a bear of a time in Edmonton, head to the University of Alberta – home to the Alberta Pandas and the Alberta Golden Bears – for hockey and curling at the college level.
U of A’s own female hockey team, the Alberta Pandas, has won several Canada West Conference championships, encouraging Alberta visitors to head to the Clare Drake Arena whenever they’re in Edmonton.
Also at the Clare Drake Arena, the Alberta Golden Bears have had three national appearances for curling and have won 13 national championships for hockey. Catch these grizzly athletes as they hit the ice at the University of Alberta, and you’ll see for yourself why Edmonton is called the City of Champions.
For more hockey in Edmonton, check out the Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. Another beloved team at Rexall Place, the Edmonton Oil Kings is the newest editions to the City of Champions. No matter the team, if you like action on the ice, head to Edmonton.