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Nestled in the center of Edmonton's downtown, Art Gallery of Alberta finds itself on the busy Sir Winston Churchill Square and serves as the region's top art exposition center. Established in the year 1924, it is one of the oldest art venues of Alberta and one of the few spots entirely focusing on visual arts. The art gallery curates a revolving program of historical and contemporary art exhibitions from the state and other corners of the world. More than 5000 arresting art works by Canadian and international artists populate the gallery space. It comprises three story's of exhibition areas, apart from a sales and a rental shop on-site.
Surrounded by parks and commanding a fine view of the North Saskatchewan River, the Alberta Legislature is the meeting place of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly and Executive Council. Known to Edmontonians as “The Ledge,” the beaux-arts style building was opened in 1913. Free, daily tours are given on the hour and cover topics including the roles and structure of the government, parliamentary ceremonies, the architecture of the building, and the political history of Alberta. Gifts, souvenirs, and local crafts may be purchased at the building’s gift shop.
Featuring four glass-encased pyramids that represent this stunning Edmonton icon, the Muttart Conservatory is regarded as one of most famous attractions in the city. This landmark garden consists of an arboretum featuring three greenhouses and public gardens, where over 700 species of plants thrive within distinct climatic biomes. The concept of the four pyramids, each one representing a different biome, was the brainchild of architect Peter Hemingway. The myriad species of plants displayed here range from eucalyptus trees and orchids, to alpine flowers and seasonal plants.
The High Level Bridge Streetcar is a historic streetcar that started operating in 1979. Travelling between Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum to Jasper Plaza, the streetcar is operated by the Edmonton Radial Railway Society. It is open to the public for rides between these two destinations in the months of May to October. So, take a break from the regular fast vehicles and go into the history while you ride on this street car.
Be transported to the elegance of Edwardian 1915 in the fully restored home of Alexander Rutherford- Alberta's first Premier. The Rutherford House is one of the most beautiful structures of the city. Guides dressed in period costumes and interpreters demonstrate aspects of daily life from the period and describe important events that occurred in the politician's house. There is an on-site gift shop. You can experience Edwardian dining in the Arbour restaurant, which is run by the Friends of Rutherford House. Hours vary seasonally, but the restaurant hours are constant. Visit the website for varying dates.
The Whyte Avenue commemorates Sir William Whyte, a legendary name in Canadian railway, but many also recognize this iconic road as 82 Avenue Northwest. Peppered with many small and big stores where you can buy local products, Whyte Avenue is bustling with energy throughout the day and even at night. The street is a delight, especially for art aficionados, as it is home to several galleries and also offers many entertainment options. Whyte Avenue is also an address to eclectic restaurants where you can stop for a quick bite or stay put to soak in the atmosphere that this heritage street as to offer.
From an indoor farmers market, to the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, to 100-year-old architecture that remains intact, Edmonton's Old Strathcona District is as fascinating as it is diverse. For a fine dining experience, try the locally popular Continental Treat. For visitors looking for rare finds, antiques and random souvenirs, be sure to stop by The Junque Cellar. The more time you spend here, the more discoveries you will make.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a wonderful tourist attraction. This fun little open-air museum uses historical interpreters who tell the story of the Bloc settlement that existed in the region from 1892 to 1930. Characters dressed in period costume re-enact daily life as it was in that time period. Guided tours are available and visitors can even ride on horse-drawn grain wagons. Bring a lunch and relax in the picnic area afterwards. Feasts, music festivals, special days, and garden tours are featured throughout the year.
Located on Prince Rubert district, near the City Centre Airport, Alberta Aviation Museum is a prominent museum to be visited. Among the lovingly restored aircraft on display at this museum are a Fairchild 71C, a McDonnell CF-101B, and a de Havilland Mk.B35 Mosquito. You can explore displays of photos, models, artifacts, and aero-engines. If you are into research, there are archives and a library too. Guided tours of the museum can be arranged given prior notice.
Soar high above Edmonton's picturesque landscape, over the captivating North Saskatchewan River Valley in a hot-air balloon ride arranged by Sundance Balloons. After touchdown, a glass of champagne awaits you, and you can toast to an enriching memory. Interested folks can purchase vouchers for gifting their loved ones, and book a flight accordingly. Safety is ensured, and the agency notifies of any cancellations and rescheduled flights in case of adverse weather conditions. A typical hot-air balloon ride lasts anywhere between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Designed by renowned architect Douglas J Cardinal, this stunning building, previously known as Odyssium, is difficult to miss. There's plenty to see at this intriguing establishment, including interactive displays, shows, a learning center, observatory, IMAX theater, computer labs, birthday party hosting, several space and science galleries, as well as a café and gift shop. Since it opened in 1984, the massive science center has been attracting visitors in ever-increasing numbers. The current rate of visitors at TELUS World of Science is about 500,000 people per year.
Explore Edmonton's beginnings as a fur trading post at Canada's largest living museum. Walk around recreations of life in Edmonton as it was in 1846, 1885, 1905, and during the Depression. Learn how a beaver hat is made, see the way children lived on the homestead, get your picture taken in the historical style, and visit an old-fashioned soda fountain. There are also annual and special events like the children's Easter candy hunt that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.