Edmonton Tourism

The capital of Canada’s Alberta Province, Edmonton is popular for its river valley, its art and music scene, and the abundance of green spaces. Edmonton is often referred to as Festival City with events that take place throughout the year celebrating everything from wine and food to art and music.  The heart of the city is the Central district, which is the oldest part of town and has most of the major tourist attractions.

The North Saskatchewan River Valley is the mainstay of Edmonton tourism with over 22 parks, numerous trails, golf courses and a host of other attractions located within its confines. While summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, winter too has its charm with skiing and ice-skating in the parks.  

Also at the top of every list on an Edmonton trip planner is the West Edmonton Mall, which is the largest Shopping mall in North America. Other important stops on your Edmonton itinerary planner must include Fort Edmonton Park, Old Strathcona, Muttart Conservatory, Art Gallery of Alberta and Royal Alberta Museum. Day trips from Edmonton to Elk Island National Park, the Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm and to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village are also popular.

Edmonton tourism is a mix of art, culture, history, nature, shopping, and host of fun events, restaurants and bars.  

Essential travel information and Edmonton tips for your visit

  • The crime rate in Edmonton is higher than most other cities in Canada and caution is advised for visitors.
  • Avoid the “inner city” area east of downtown after dark as crimes and prostitution has been reported here.
  • If you travel out of downtown Edmonton you may get lucky enough to spot the Northern Lights between December and February.
  • Outdoor internet is available in areas around Churchill Square and downtown.
  • The Emergency number in Edmonton is 911.
  • Tipping in restaurants is expected and varies from 5% to 20% depending on the type of establishment.
  • Dress in layers, as the weather can be fickle and unpredictable. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Edmonton

  • Know the pollution level of Edmonton before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 27.83 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 27.95 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.35 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.08 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.51 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 13.68 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 17.48 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 13.94 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Edmonton for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Edmonton.

    • Burglary and Theft 35.39 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.2 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.37 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31.13 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.1 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.69 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 33.13 (Low)
    • Drug offense 59.69 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75.99 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.84 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.95 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.53 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55.23 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Edmonton is 170.23 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 58.08 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 32.11 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 28.6 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.38 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 69.31 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 78.21 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.92 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 109.52 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Edmonton

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.26 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.72 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.51 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.49 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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