Edmonton
Canada
By Jasmine McGee

If you’re planning a trip to the Canadian province of Alberta, then be sure to visit the capital city of Edmonton. Known as the second largest city in the province, Edmonton has become Canada’s Festival city. No matter what time of year you decide to visit, you’re bound to have the pleasure of enjoying one of the 30 festivals that takes place each year.

Edmonton is easily accessible via city’s major airport, Edmonton International Airport (EIA). The airport has regular flights between Latin America, Europe, the United States, & Canada, and WhatsCheaper.com can help you book your trip. Click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to begin booking your trip. Once you’ve booked your flight, use WhatsCheaper.com’s hotel finder to find the right accommodation. Edmonton has a variety of accommodations that will suit your needs, so click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to begin searching for the right accommodations.

The first thing you’ll want to do upon arriving in Edmonton is to take a tour of the city and explore its cultural hubs. The city has over 60 art galleries and exhibitions that are worth visiting. The Art Gallery of Alberta is a popular destination amongst tourists due to its selection of international art, as well as local artwork. Visiting the art gallery will probably spark your inner artist, so you might want to head over to the Downtown Arts District and immerse yourself the thriving art community of Edmonton.

Tourists who are eager about science, history, and fascinating facts will enjoy a visit to the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton. The museum houses fived themed interactive galleries that can be experienced by purchasing a ticket. It’s a great attraction that is fun for all ages.  If you’re looking for an extremely interactive history experience, then head over to Fort Edmonton Park. Known as Canada’s largest living history museum, Fort Edmonton Park is a place where you can experience history firsthand.

Not only is Edmonton a cultural hub for the arts and festivals, but it’s also a great escape for any tourist seeking outdoor adventures. During the winter you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and in the summer you can enjoy walking, running, and biking the beautiful trails inside and outside the city. There is always something to do for the outdoors adventurists, or you can head over to the Valley Zoo and enjoy the wildlife.

A trip to Edmonton isn’t complete unless you visit West Edmonton Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment center. WhatsCheaper.com recommends making a stop to buy some merchandise. Shopaholics be prepared to set aside an entire day for shopping, because with over 800 stores this 5.3 million square foot mall is its own city. Wear some comfy walking shoes and bring your friends. West Edmonton Mall has plenty of shops to choose from, but it also houses the an ice arena, the world’s largest indoor water park, the world’s biggest indoor amusement park, and it even has an underground aquarium that houses over 100 species of marine life.

The West Edmonton Mall is a city of its own so be prepared to devote a day (or two!) to spending time enjoying the mall’s attractions. The mall even has a great selection of restaurants to choose from, but of course the downtown area of Edmonton also has a great selection of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants for tourists to enjoy.

No matter what you’re into, Edmonton is bound to have something that catches your interests. WhatsCheaper.com recommends you check out a calendar of events and see what amazing festivals are taking place. A trip to Edmonton isn’t complete with enjoying one of the festivals. Remember, Edmonton is Canada’s Festival City. So pack your bags and get ready for a trip of a lifetime filled with music, the arts, history, and hundreds of unique shopping experiences.

MUST SEE IN Edmonton LIST:

  • 1. Mattart Conservatory
  • 2. Art Gallery of Alberta
  • 3. West Edmonton Mall
  • 4. Fort Edmonton Park
  • 5. Edmonton Space & Science Centre
  • 6. Galaxyland
  • 7. Alberta Aviation Museum
  • 8. Edmonton Symphony
  • 9. Royal Alberta Museum
  • 10. Alberta Legislature Building

Edmonton EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival - February
  • 2. Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival - April
  • 3. Vocal Arts Festival - May
  • 4. Edmonton Chante - June
  • 5. International Jazz City Festival - June
  • 6. Canada Day - July
  • 7. Historic Edmonton Week Festival - July
  • 8. Edmonton Heritage Festival - August
  • 9. Edmonton International Film Festival - October
  • 10. Edmonton's First Night Festival - December

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Westin Edmonton
10135 100th Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
By Sarah Hay

Located near Edmonton’s downtown arts district, and just a few steps from the Shaw Convention Center, business travelers and visitors to the region will appreciate the Westin Edmonton’s location and hospitality. The Edmonton Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta and Royal Alberta Museum are just waiting for you here, as are a host of corporate and government offices, including Canada Place, Alberta Treasury, and Telus Communications, all within a half a mile from the hotel. Nearby Chinatown offers a tempting array of foods, and the Edmonton Center shopping center, just seven miles from the hotel, is perfect for your retail therapy needs, offering over 900 stores.

Finding the perfect way to unwind couldn’t be easier, once you step into the hotel. The traditional and executive rooms will have you feeling at ease with their city and river valley views, while the deluxe rooms, junior and specialty suites bring the sophistication and elegance inherent in Westin hotels to a whole new level. Every one of the 416 guest rooms comes standard with flat screen televisions, 24-hour in-room dining, coffee makers with Starbucks coffee, the chain’s famous Westin Heavenly bed (dog beds are available as well), along with bathrobes and hairdryers, cordless speakerphones with voicemail, and wired and wireless high speed Internet access, for a slight fee.

With a 3 p.m. check-in time and 12 p.m. check-out time, you’ll find everything you need to de-stress at the Westin Edmonton. The hotel offers a heated indoor pool and sauna, as well as a WestinWORKOUT gym, and in-room spa therapies are the perfect way to treat yourself after a long day. The business center is open 24 hours a day, and boarding pass printing is, of course, complimentary. If your reserves need replenishing, the Lobby Lounge provides delicious libations, while the on-premise restaurant Share makes the most of local, fresh ingredients in their signature steak and seafood dishes. There are 15 meeting spaces, offering 24,000 square feet, including a 9,429 ballroom. If you’d like to make your escape to the Westin Edmonton as inexpensive as possible, just click on the WhatsCheaper.com link here: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South
7230 Argyll Road, Edmonton, Alberta, T6C 4A6 Canada
By Sarah Hay

Whether in Alberta on business or pleasure, you’ll find more than meets the eye at the Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South, found near the ultra-hip Whyte Avenue, downtown Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Rexall Place, and Northwoods Park. Several government offices, major corporations, and even a thriving golf community are just minutes from the hotel, as well as major attractions, and a bustling arts and cultural scene.

To help put your mind and body at ease, the hotel is completely nonsmoking, and offers medical services, if needed. The front desk is open round-the-clock, and every one of the 139 guest rooms is equipped with complimentary high speed wireless Internet access. There are, of course, signature standard amenities you’ve come to expect at Sheraton hotels, including the Four Comfort beds in rooms, as well as Jacuzzis, hair dryers and deluxe bath products. If you’re feeling chilled and hungry, there are fireplaces in guest rooms, as well as tea and coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators and available room service as well. Local calls are free, and to help keep you looking freshly pressed, an iron and ironing board are also standard room amenities.

If you need to unwind after a long day, the on-site exercise facility, featuring a heated indoor pool, will certainly relax you, or, perhaps a game of billiards is more your style. If your golf swing needs some work, there are several local courses nearby, and, just in case you’d like to keep up to speed on business, there are printing, copying and business services available at the 24-hour business center.

For a bite to eat, or more filling fare, the hotel offers an unparalled Sunday Prime Rib and Seafood Brunch, featuring live music. The Duke of Argyll Pub and Garden Terrace Restaurant can accommodate any size hunger. Just in case you need to host a get-together or meeting, there are 12 meeting spaces available, complete with AV equipment and complimentary wireless high speed Internet as well. Discover everything Alberta has to offer at the Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South, and let WhatsCheaper.com get you the lowest rate, just click here: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton
17610 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB
By Jessica Howell

Located in Edmonton, Canada’s pulsating West-side district, the Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton hotel puts guests right in the middle of the best this North American city has to offer.  Not only is the hotel near many of the area’s best dining and shopping, but it is just minutes away from perhaps Edmonton’s most popular attraction:  North America’s Largest Mall, West Edmonton Mall.  For those traveling to Edmonton on business, the hotel is conveniently located in the center of Edmonton’s West End Business District.  Check in at the Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton is at 4 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m.  

From the 24-hour convenience store to the 24-hour Business Center, the folks at the Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton have thought of everything to make you comfortable and happy during your trip to Edmonton.  In addition to a plethora of delicious eateries surrounding the Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton, the hotel boasts a few tantalizing eating options of its own.  The Great North American Grill serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; the Pavilion Lounge is the perfect place to unwind over cocktails; and the Pavilion Pantry is a 24-hour convenience store with ready-to-go snacks for those really busy days.  

Take your ready-to-go meal back to your room and prepare it in your microwave or save it for later in the refrigerator.  Every guest room also features the dreamy Garden Sleep System bed that will provide you with a peaceful night’s sleep while you are away from the comfort of your familiar bed.  Just because you are out of town, that doesn’t mean you have to be out of shape or out of touch.  With the 24-hour fitness center and 24-business center, you can fit in your work or your work out no matter what your hectic schedule may be.  

If you are traveling to Edmonton, Canada, WhatsCheaper.com recommends booking your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton.  Click on the following link to book your room today:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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