Edmonton, Alberta


Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton Has So Much To Offer...

My husband Ben and I love living in Lewis Estates, Edmonton! There is no shortage of things to do, whether you're visiting in the summer, winter or the seasons in between. Known as one of the sunniest cities in Canada, Edmonton really does have it all ... world-class shopping, arts and entertainment, championship golf courses, city-wide snowball fights, deep freezer races, the Rockies, grizzly bears, bison, waterfalls, canyons, glacier-fed lakes ... and spectacular views of the Northern Lights. (Aurora Borealis) And, of course, the Oilers!

There is no possible way to mention it all so below is a list of all our favorite places to visit and things to do along with some fun photos.

We hope you enjoy!

-Ben & Shelly

Top 12 Things To Do In & Around Edmonton

1. Lewis Estates Golf Course

Lewis Estates Golf Course is an incredible 6,742-yard 18-hole championship course that offers great challenges for both new golfers and low handicappers and is definitely one of my favorurite places to be. As an avid golfer, my family and I are very fortunate to live in walking distance of hole #1. You know what they say ... some of the best real estate deals happen on the course! During the winter the Golf Course clears the cart path so we can go for a lovely walk with our dog, cross country ski, bike and jog. The Grill at Lewis Estates offers a chance to relax, and enjoy freshly prepared food and refreshing drinks on their outstanding patio.

2. West Edmonton Mall

The world-renown West Edmonton Mall is just a km away from Lewis Estates. It is part adventure park, part entertainment complex, shopping, and dining destination. The Galaxyland amusement park has Mindbender, which is the world's largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster. The World Waterpark is the world's second largest indoor waterpark. The Mall spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks and is filled with over 800 awesome stores such as Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Kors to name a few. it really is an amazing place to make memories ... and spend a lot of money!

3. MacKinnon Ravine

MacKinnon Ravine is a fantastic multi-use trail. You can park on 91st and venture down the ravine under Jasper Avenue onto the trail near the Dawson Bridge. There’s a few diversions from the river side, but the trail is pretty flat with lots of sights and relaxing hills. There’s plenty of short off-road diversions along the way. Overall, a beautiful trail in the river valley! You feel like you are out of the city but you also have an amazing view of the city skyline. We use it for family walks and I often run it. The views are just gorgeous of our city and the Saskatchewan River.

4. Rogers Place - Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton has an incredible hub for sports and entertainment downtown and is very proud of our Edmonton Oilers Hockey Team. We often go to watch games and also many concerts. Our new arena is Located in Downtown's ICE District, Rogers Place is home to the Edmonton Oilers and venue for some of the biggest concerts, shows, and live events in Edmonton, AB.

With the Oilers, Wayne Gretzky was the NHL’s most valuable player and leads the team with the most goals in Franchise history at 583. He also held or shared over 50 NHL records!

5. Wabamun Lake, Alberta

Wabamun Lake is one of the most heavily used lakes in Alberta, Canada. It lies 65 kilometres west of Edmonton. It is 19.2 kilometres long and 6.6 kilometres narrow, covers 82 square kilometres and is 11 metres deep at its deepest, with somewhat clear water. Wabamun Lake has a reputation for the best whitefish lake in the Edmonton area and is well known for its large northern pike.

We have a slip at the Wabamun Marina for our boat. Scrounger is a hand made boat from scrap metal and is well known on Wabamun Lake. We bought Scrunger 15 years ago and we are on it every weekend in the summer.

6. Edmonton Folk Fest

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is an annual four-day outdoor music event held the second weekend of August in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, established in 1980. The festival continues to draw many people from around the world as both spectators and performers. Slip into a low lawn chair and take in the backdrop of the city skyline and the grassy slope down Gallagher Hill towards the main stage nestled in a natural amphitheatre, the epicentre of a much-anticipated annual August homage to all things musical. The event’s vibe is unique as anyone who’s been will tell you, with jam sessions and lesser known acts occupying several smaller stages, and rumours drifting of big-time bands joining up for epic surprise musical unions.

7. Edmonton River Valley Bike Trails

Did you know that Edmonton has Canada’s largest urban park system? At 22 times the size of Central Park, the Edmonton River Valley is able to provide over 150 kilometres of mixed-use trails and makes biking in Edmonton unmissable.

Whether you’re an adventurous mountain biker or a casual cyclist looking for a scenic ride, you’ll find several enjoyable bike trails in Edmonton that meet your needs. We often grab our bikes and hit the trails and make a day out of it.

8. Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Lake Louise is a hamlet in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Hiking trails wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird's-eye views. There's a canoe dock in summer, and a skating rink on the frozen lake in winter. The Lake Louise Ski Resort features a wildlife interpretive center at the top of a gondola.

While many people aim to visit Lake Louise during the summer - it truly is spectacular and almost fairy-tale like during the snowy winter months. In fact, if you haven't had a chance to skate on this lake yet, it's worth adding it to your bucket list!

9. Jasper National Park

Spanning over 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and attracts over 2,000,000 visitors a year. Known for its vast wilderness, majestic peaks, abundant wildlife and outstanding natural beauty, visitors from all over Canada and round the world travel here to experience this very special place. Located only 2.5 hours away from West Edmonton it is the perfect weekend getaway that Edmontonians enjoy often!

Did you know that Jasper National PArk is home to 1,762 lakes? Some are easily visible, while others inconspicuously lie behind the mountains. Only 107 of the lakes have been named.

10. Canmore

Canmore is a town in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, west of Calgary. It’s known for craggy summits like the Three Sisters and Ha Ling Peak. In nearby Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, the Grassi Lakes Trail weaves past a waterfall to 2 turquoise blue lakes. The park also features cross-country ski and mountain-bike trails. East, Grotto Canyon’s steep limestone walls flank narrow cliffs. My husband and I are hikers. He is an Edmontonoinian and grew up hiking, downhill skiing and cross country skiing. in Canmore. He introduced me to all that Canmore has to offer. We just love it there and we aspire to buy a condo there.

11. Skiing & Snowboarding

Alberta is the sunniest province in Canada, and that goes for our winters too which can last up to 7 months. Whether you want to tackle alpine bowls and steeps, or you’re just here to hang with friends and enjoy the mountains, Alberta’s famous bluebird days make for a great time.

Here's you'll find world-famous skiing and snowboarding destination for beginners and experienced powderhounds alike. Our snowiest months are mid-January through to the end of March.

12. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

One of the most spectacular sights you'll ever experienece in Alberta are northern lights! They are created when energized particles from the sun meet the earth’s upper atmosphere. The earth’s magnetic field then redirects them toward the north pole. That process creates the lights that streak across the sky, dazzling anyone who sees them.

September to April are considered to be the best months for northern light chasing as geomagnetic activity is always on the rise during autumn and spring equinoxes.

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