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Best Hidden Gems in Edmonton

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Neon Sign Museum

The first of its kind in Canada, Neon Sign Museum is an ode to the city's signage industry. An initiative of the City of Edmonton and Alberta Sign Association, this open-air museum showcases 12 glowing signs of commercial establishments that were an important part of the city's past. These include restored antique neon signs of the Canadian Furniture, Northern Alberta Railways, Canadian National Railways, Mike's News and W. W. Arcade. Though the collection is limited as of now, they are looking for more such vintage signs. Chances are you will find a growing number of these long luminous signs, giving an insight of the town's commercial past.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Telephone Historical Centre

The telephone is an instrument that is taken for granted today, but 100 years ago it was cutting edge technology. Telephone Historical Centre's collection of telephones dates back to 1885; it is the only one of its kind in Canada. In fact, if you need spare parts or repairs for your antique telephone, you may find what you need here. School and children's programs are regular features, and emphasize a hands-on approach. Admission is by donation, while, for groups it is USD2.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, together with other army units that find their roots in Alberta, is commemorated in this interesting military museum. There are medals, weapons, authentic documents, personal items and artifacts on display, which represent the pride and history of the rich Edmonton military history. There is no admission fee, but donations are gratefully accepted. The museum will consider loaning artifacts upon request for other community displays.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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The Healing Waters Spa

For a complete rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul, head to The Healing Waters Spa, famous for its indulgent spa services. With a professional and talented team on board, the spa offers an array of exciting services such as body treatments, facials, manicures, massages, cleanses, waxing, pedicures, tinting and an ionization cleanses. Experience the highly recommended Turkish bath- hammam, where guests start off with an Epsom salt foot soak followed by 30 minutes in a luxurious steam room and finally a full body exfoliation using dead sea salt or a sugar scrub. Use of high quality products ensures only the best results. Featured in several beauty and lifestyle magazines and television channels, a visit to this beautiful boutique spa is highly recommended for all!

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Emily Murphy Park

The Emily Murphy Park is known for its proximity to the North Saskatchewan River and its scenic beauty, but perhaps is the best-kept secret in the city for winter sports. Part of the enchanting River Valley, this beautiful park transforms into a winter wonderland, with snow-covered hillocks and plenty of space to go kick-sledding and tobogganing with family. During summer, the park throws open several trails that are used for biking or strolling. There is also a picnic site, a small boat launch system, and a children's playground built into the premises of the park.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Kolya Naturals Skincare Boutique & Spa

True beauty is born of nature and comes from within; from a place of happiness and well-being, of health and balance. Kolya's signature spa treatments invite you to shed the restrains of the urban jungle and reconnect with nature. The spa uses only natural, organic and biodynamic products that nourish the body and enliven the soul. Kolya is especially well-known for unique and signature treatments like The Lotus with its use of organic essential oils, and the Earth & Flowers which combines the benefits of a mud mask and hydrating facial. Other spa services include sugaring for men and women, and make-up consultations. All of the fabulous products used in these treatments are available for purchase at the Kolya boutique. Special classes and seminars are often organized as well. Bookings are accepted up to 3 months in advance and fill up quickly so be sure to plan ahead.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Al Rashid Mosque

One of the foremost mosques in the nation, the Al-Rashid Mosque has been serving the region since the late 1930s. Since its completion in 1938, the mosque has been moved twice to make room for expansion. At the time of its completion, it was the country's only mosque. Apart from daily prayer sessions and Quran recitals, the mosque also offers weekly religious studies classes, and lends its support to a preschool program and various charitable services.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Kaya Kama

After a long week of work or traveling around, Kaya Kama is the place to relax those tired muscles. Known for their specialty treatments that incorporate Ayurveda to infuse vitality into your being, Kaya Kama is one of the more popular places of its kind in the city. At Kaya Kama, you can have an open dialogue about your problem areas and the therapists will recommend you the treatments that are sure to relieve your stress. From aromatic and organic facials, deep tissue and relaxation massages, mud therapies and body wraps to laser treatments and more, Kaya Kama covers all of your skin's necessities. The Hammam at Kaya Kama is simply more than a treatment; it's an experience that soothes your body and comes most recommended.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Father Lacombe Chapel

Father Lacombe, who built this mission in the 1860s, was well respected and admired by all. The mission he built has now been restored to its original legacy. Father Lacombe Chapel allows visitors to descriptively imagine what life was like when people lived on the edge of the western frontier. Demonstrations, educational programs, and guided tours are all regular features.

St. Albert, AB, Canada
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Edmonton Canoe

Edmonton Canoe, formerly known as Moon Shadow Adventures, offers exciting canoe trips in and around the city. You can catch a tour that lasts from just a few hours or up to six days. The company runs short tours around the city including into nearby Elk Island National Park. If you have more time, five and six-day hiking and canoeing tours include the Rocky Mountains or a tour around Alberta, including the southern badlands.

Spruce Grove, AB, Canada
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Leduc #1 Museum + Energy Discovery Centre

This museum showcases the history of the crude oil generation in Alberta and tells the story of those who worked hard in the Black Gold business. Visitors can take a self-guided excursion through the museum to view exhibits that include a range of photographs and artifacts. For those who would like a more in depth, experience, guided tours are also available. Housed on the actual Leduc-Woodbend Oilfield which was the major source of crude oil in the early 20th-Century, this site was designated a National Historic Site in 1990.

Devon, AB, Canada
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