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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.
The High Level Bridge cuts across the North Saskatchewan River and joins the southern part of Edmonton with the Strathcona district which was once considered to be a different city. Today, the bridge accommodates streetcars, light rail trains and people on foot. On special occasions and red letter days, the entire bridge is lit up with LED lights. Constructed in the year 1913, the bridge is considered to be a heritage site of the city and is also host to several cultural and awareness programs.
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.
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.
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.