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17 Things To Do In Edmonton

things to do in edmonton

Visiting Edmonton Canada is an absolute must: breathtaking nature, adventure activities and some of the nicest (and politest) people in the world. 

But where is Edmonton? 

Edmonton is the fifth largest city in Canada and it's located here:

It's the capital of Canada's Alberta province and we absolutely LOVE it! We think you will too, so here are 17 things to do in Edmonton:

Fun things to do in Edmonton

1. Fat Biking Edmonton

A fat bike is exactly the same as a normal bike, but with super wide (fat) tires - around 5 inches! This means that you can safely cycle on snow and ice without slipping - the perfect fun thing to do in Edmonton in winter. 

Fat biking is all the rage in Edmonton and with bike friendly roads and the woods being just a stone's throw away, it's easy to see why: it's the perfect city to bike in, so why stop just because it's snowing? With fat biking, cycling can be enjoyed year round!

We went fat biking in the snow thanks to Revolution Cycle and loved it - ostensibly it seems hardcore and dangerous, but it felt very safe: I'm a big advocate of sports that look cool but actually have little-to-no risk so it was perfect for me.  

We even cycled on the frozen river - this felt super strange (all my safety instincts were saying that it was wrong), but it was super safe and made a great photo! 

fun things to do in edmonton

[Incidentally, we absolutely were safe, but before you go to Canada definitely grab some Travel Insurance, better safe than sorry! Still not convinced? Read our blog post about travel insurance and being injured abroad]

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

Incidentally, this is also one of the best things to do in Edmonton in winter. 

2. Take a fun Helicopter tour of Edmonton

Edmonton is absolutely beautiful, but it can't truly be appreciated until you've seen it by air. We went up with Edmonton Regional Helicopters - conveniently located by the airport.   

fun things to do edmonton

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 much fun and SO COOL to see Edmonton from the air - especially getting to peek into their resident billionaire's house!

This was our favourite fun thing to do in Edmonton, but I also think it's a really romantic thing to do in Edmonton - imagine if that was your first date together! 

3. Visit Situation Brewing

Situation Brewing is a pub with a very unique set up - on one side is a hip pub with delicious beers and incredible burgers, but just through a door is the brewery!! Talk about zero food miles! 

The guys showed us around and it was clear how much they care about their craft.   We had a vegan burger there too and it was tip-top!

4. Do Yoga at Sattva School of Yoga Edmonton

Like lots of cool, zen things yoga is very loved in Canada. We went along to the Sattva School of Yoga one morning and had the most incredible time. Our teacher was such a pro and everyone in the class was lovely and welcoming. It was so much fun, but also one of the most relaxing things we did in Edmonton. 

5. Go to Elk Island National Park

For those that get a bit tired of the quick city life, Edmonton can cater to you too: less than an hour's drive away is one of the most beautiful national parks ever: Elk Island National Park.

Here you can spot bison, or even try your hand (foot) at snowshoeing! Fun for the whole family!

Read all about the eTA Canada here

Things to do in Edmonton at night

6. Go out for dinner in Edmonton

Delectable food in quirky, cool settings doesn't just stop at lunch and breakfast - Edmonton also has some incredibly wonderful places to go out for dinner. These were our favourites:

El Cortez 

El Cortez serves the best guacamole and margaritas we've ever had! The secret to their cocktails lies in their tequila - they are absolute pros and know everything there is to know about this spirit.

things to do in edmonton at night

They taught us that the reason most people have horrible tequila hangover headaches is because sugar is almost always added to tequila. Not at El Cortez though, they do things right (and we can confirm we definitely did not have a headache the next day). 

The food is absolutely incredible as well! And they are so accommodating to vegans - they didn't have anything suitable on their dessert menu, so the chef decided to make up a dish for us!! And it was delicious!

The food and drinks are so great at El Cortez, it doesn't matter what kind of dive you're dining in - but, El Cortez goes the extra mile with its location and decor! There are cool projectors, cool artworks and just a general quirky cool feel to the place - we loved it!


Rostizado is a delicious, modern place with a classy vibe - they also serve Mexican food! 

We both had a roasted pineapple salad with a side of 'vegetales rostizados'. The salsa on the pineapple was the most delicious sauce I've ever tasted - I couldn't get enough of it! 

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We also loved that you could watch the cooks making your food - this is always entertaining (and you know nothing's been dropped on the floor! )

The Common 

At The Common we had Sweet Potato Hummus & Grill Bread - served with warm Mona mushrooms and beetroot and a Green & Grains salad - Quinoa, kale, leeks & spinach. And it was all incredible!! We had it with a Canadian beer for Tanbay and a virgin Margarita for me (I was driving). 

things to do in edmonton at night

7. Ice Hockey Edmonton

Chances are one of the first things you'll think of when I say Canada, is ice hockey. 

Edmonton is home to the Edmonton Oilers: a team so awesome that they have been given dynasty status by the hockey wall of fame.

Unfortunately, they weren't playing when we went to Edmonton, but we did get to see the Oil Kings play at Rogers - Edmonton Oilers' home. 

Rogers itself is a sight to be seen - it's MASSIVE! 

Admittedly, our favourite part about hockey is where the players slam into the walls, but the atmosphere is undeniably electric - you've got to see an ice hockey match when you go to Edmonton! Definitely one of the best things to do in Edmonton at night. 

Things to do in Edmonton in Winter

8. Visit Edmonton Ice Castles 

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

things to do in edmonton in winter

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. 

Every day, 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 Edmonton until you've been named King or Queen of an ice castle:

things to do in edmonton in winter

If you're looking for fun things to do in Edmonton in winter, this should be top of your list. 

9. Ice on Whyte Festival Edmonton

Another thing Edmonton is great at is festivals - they have lots all year round, with a particular emphasis on winter festivals to (in Edmonton Tourism's own words:) "force people to come out of the house and have fun".

things to do in edmonton in winter

We went along to the Ice on Whyte Festival and it was awesome!! Countries from all over the world (Russia, Latvia, Netherlands, Canada, US and -for some reason- Malaysia) gather to find out who can make the best ice sculpture. 

Having a wander around checking out the sculptures is a great way to spend an afternoon! Again, another super fun thing to do in Edmonton in winter.  

10. Visit Jasper Canada

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). 

Jasper is typically a summer destination, which we think is unfair, there are so many fun things to do in Jasper in winter - skiing, ice walks and spotting wildlife to name just a few.

Read more: weekend guide to visiting Jasper Canada

Romantic Things To Do In Edmonton


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. And if you're on a date and looking for a romantic thing to do in Edmonton, it doesn't get much cuter than this. Here are some of our favourite places: 


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. 

romantic things to do in edmonton

My God, it was all so delicious and the portions were gigantic - we actually took most of ours home. This was the most romantic thing to do in Edmonton (in our opinion). 

Da Capo

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. 

District Cafe

We had breakfast at District Cafe before our fat biking adventure and boy oh boy were we glad we did - District Cafe fuelled us up with a delectable three-course vegan meal: 

romantic things to do in edmonton

We started off with beautiful forest fruits, followed by mouthwatering homemade bread and applesauce and ended off with rice pudding made with coconut milk. 

I'm obsessed with their coconut rice pudding - I've tried to recreate it since and it's no way near as good. 


What's a trip to a city without a bit of culture? The Art Gallery of Alberta is located in Edmonton and is teaming with art exhibitions, programs and events. 

As for the building itself, it was built in 1968 but renovated in 2010 giving you the best of both retro and contemporary worlds. 

If your other half is into art and culture, this is the perfect romantic thing to do in Edmonton. 


The Muttart Conservatory is a botanical garden right in the centre of Edmonton. Come here to connect to nature and see some awe-inspiring specimens. 


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!  

Bonus Things to do in Edmonton


Despite being a large city, Edmonton is crazy easy to travel around. 

I'd never enjoyed driving in a city until I came to Edmonton. Edmonton is so easy to drive around! It's partly because the streets are just so damn clear (set out in clear blocks which are numbered clearly), but mostly because Edmontonians are so damn nice - not once was I beeped at for driving slowly - and in an average country I'll get beeped at least four times per day. Thank you, Edmonton!

And it doesn't just stop with easy driving, we also tried out the public transportation system in Edmonton and LOVED it! 

You know how when you get a bus in a foreign country and you've no idea where you're supposed to be getting off and you ask the bus driver to stop when you get there and nine times out of ten they forget? 

Edmonton has a cure for this: the bus tells you just before you get to the next stop!! How clever is that?


After all your winter sports and shopping and cultural intakes (not to mention eating), you're going to want to have a great place to rest your head. No worries, Edmonton can cater for you.

romantic things to do in edmonton

If you're staying in downtown, we recommend the Matrix hotel - they're in a great location, they serve a delicious buffet breakfast and the rooms are massive.

If you're staying in uptown, we recommend Metterra Hotel on Whyte they also serve a delicious buffet breakfast and have massive rooms - the staff also go out of their way to help you and they have a great, complimentary, valet service. 


What's a city without its people? Not a city. And your city can have absolutely everything: good food, easy transport, cool sights, hot clubs.. but if it doesn't have nice people, then it's not going to be great.

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, entrepreneurial 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. 

Conclusion: 17 Things To Do in Edmonton 

So there you have it - 17 things to do in 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

Have you been to Edmonton? Let us know in the comments below! Did we miss anything fun/romantic or wintery off this list?

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