Have you ever visited a city and immediately felt at home? Edmonton has quickly become one of our favourite cities ever massive thank you to @exploreedmonton for everything - we're so sad to be leaving 😭😭😭 but we're really excited for our next destination - any guesses as to where we're going? @erhelicopters #exploreedmonton #yeg #yeglocal #edmonton #ocanada
Edmonton is the fifth largest city in Canada and it's located here:
What would be your perfect day? We had ours yesterday in #edmonton Canada: first we had the perfect breakfast at @districtcafeyeg then we went fat biking with @revcycleyeg and fitness expert @christse_ - we fat biked all over the city before ending up at the amazing @icecastles_ #icecastles !⛄☃❄🏰 With @exploreedmonton #exploreedmonton #iceicebaby #winterwonderland #narnia
Imagine for a moment, a place of true beauty: icicles upon icicles glitter in the sun, each perfectly crafted not just in a feat of engineering, but as a pure celebration of the beauty of winter that only Canada can show us.
No we're not talking about Narnia (though you will definitely think you've stumbled upon it) - we're talking about the Ice Castles in Edmonton!
Canada is the first country we've ever been to which actually embraces and celebrates the cold weather! And nothing says celebration like an ice castle.
Everyday, around 10,000 icicles are grown and placed throughout the ice castles - water is then sprayed on them (and subsequently freezes) which is how the ice castles are formed!
Frankly, we don't think you've been to Canada until you've been named King or Queen of an ice castle.
|King and Queen of the Weasels|
[Incidentally, we absolutely were safe, but before you go to Canada definitely grab some Travel Insurance, better safe than sorry!]
Our fat biking experience was made 100% cooler with the addition of Chris Tse - fitness expert. He put us through our paces alright, but was also so much fun to hang out with: he told us some hilarious stories, did some cool fat-bike stunts and was kind enough to take billions of photos for us <3
Edmonton has a great hipster/entrepreneurial feel to it - there are loads of cool cafes with innovative ideas and creative menus. Edmonton is also super vegan friendly!
Heading to a cafe for breakfast, brunch, lunch or just a coffee is an absolute must when you go to Edmonton - it's such an important part of their culture. Here are some of our favourite places:
One of our absolute favourite meals in #canada was breakfast from @cafemosaics OMG!!! I had a tofu scramble with the best hash-browns in the world and my fiance had sweet and savoury pancakes - breakfast is the most important meal of the day - don't you think? 🌱🍇🍒 #exploreedmonton #whyleave #cafemosaics @exploreedmonton
We had one of the best meals of our lives at Cafe Mosaics: I had the Scramble: tofu crumble, hash browns, sausage, pepper and Tanbay had the Pancake experiment: massive pancakes with both sweet and savoury toppings.
My God it was all so delicious and the portions were gigantic - we actually took most of ours home.
Da Capo is perfectly located for catching a bite and a coffee after a morning of yoga. Da Capo is located in a building where all the businesses are cool: a yoga studio, an organic grocery store, an organic restaurant.
We went on a Sunday morning and it was very busy - but this gave it a lovely, friendly atmosphere as opposed to a chaotic one - mainly because the staff are so chill and lovely!
Farrow is like central perk meets hipster: super cool, super tasty and the staff are super friendly!!
We had two vegans sandwiches and coffee from here and my God! They may just well be the best sandwiches we've ever had.
Perhaps it's because they source all their food locally, perhaps it's because of the vegan mayo - who knows.
The great thing about flying in from the airport, is that you can see the miles and miles of countryside around Edmonton, before seeing the actual city itself.
It was SO COOL to see Edmonton from the air - especially getting to peek into their resident billionaire's house!
Jasper is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and at only a four hour drive away from Edmonton, it would be rude not to visit!
For those that don't drive, there's also a convenient bus that goes from Edmonton to Jasper and back again (and if you ask nicely they'll drop you off at your hotel).
The Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar @elcortezyeg in #edmonton #canada aren't exclusively vegan but boy oh boy do they know how to cater for vegans: we had the best guacamole there followed by vegan tacos. And then for dessert, as they didn't have a vegan dessert on their menu, their chef made one up specially for us!!!! It was delicious! Plus they have the best margaritas in town - of course! @exploreedmonton #exploreedmonton #yeg #yegeats #yegfoodie #oldstrath
For those that love to shop, Edmonton is the city: they've got it all, from organic produce and locally made gifts at Old Strathcona Farmer's Market; to unique boutiques on 4th Street Promenade; to funky, bohemian steals at Whyte Street.
Oh yea, and they have one of the biggest malls in North America: West Edmonton Mall.
Complete with rollercoasters, an ice skating rink and an actual water park (not to mention hundreds of shops), this place is crazy!
Although we don't agree with the fact that you can also see sea lions at their sea life exhibit, this mall is humungous!
This is where Edmonton really shines: with its lovely people. We've never met a group of cooler, nicer people. Everyone in Edmonton seems to have some kind of hip, entreueneoural business: from breweries to kids' books.
But it's not just their business prowess that makes us want to become Edmontonians - they are so nice!!! And chill.
So there you have it - 17 reasons to visit our new favourite city: Edmonton. Edmonton surprised us with its delicious food, kind people and with so many things to do there, you could never get bored!
So when will you be booking your flight?
We're Laura and Tanbay, a British/German couple who have successfully weaselled our way out of the rat-race and want you to do the same! We also want to make it clear that we sometimes use “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.