As summer ends and school begins, the fun around "the Gateway to the North" doesn't have to stop! Here are some things to do in Edmonton that are pretty unique to our city.
1. WEM Sea Lions
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West Edmonton Mall (WEM) is a world-famous mall – the largest in North America! With multiple attractions, including an amusement park and waterpark, there is so much more to do there than just shop. Also in West Ed is a sea life aquarium and Sea Lion show. Like the other attractions in the mall, seats inside the venue do require a ticket purchase. If you want to save some money, you can watch the show for free from either the second floor or from across “the lagoon” – a man-made pond inside the mall.
Shows run at 2 and 4 pm daily, with an additional show at noon on Saturdays and Sundays
Price: Free for outside viewing; $11 for a ticket
2. Thoroughbred Racing
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Every June-September, the Northlands horseracing track opens on Fridays and Saturdays for horse races, entertainment, and fun. The track opens at 6 PM on Fridays and 1 PM on Saturdays. Both days have free admission.
Friday evenings feature an event called “Park After Dark” – fun for the adults in the city. In addition to horse races on location, there are also games to play, prizes to be won, and even a live DJ. And after the races, the wings at the near-by restaurant are half-price until midnight!
Price: Free entrance
3. Edmonton Street Car
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During the summer, the Street Car runs across the North Saskatchewan River over the High Level Bridge. Enjoy the sites, scenery, vintage vibes, and even the occasional on-car performance!
The Street Car runs every 40 minutes from 9 AM – 10 PM. See the website to find specific times when the Car loads and leaves its different locations.
Price: 6 and up: $6.00
4. Edmonton Corn Maze
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Towards the end of the summer months, the Edmonton Corn Maze opens up to allow you access to entertainment within Alberta’s farming industries. Located just west of the city in Spruce Grove, this corn maze will entertain you for hours. Every year the corn maze is a new, fun design, meaning every year it’s an enjoyable challenge to get in and out.
In addition to the maze, there is also an inflatable trampoline-like pad for jumping on, hay bales for climbing and sliding, tractor-bikes on a track, and food and hot chocolate for sale in concession.
Tip: Bring a group of friends and a camera to enjoy the challenge. The maze gives you skill-testing questions to help you find your way out – it works well as a race!
Price: $11 per person
5. Royal Alberta Museum
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The Royal Alberta Museum is one of Canada’s most popular museums. The cultural and natural history collections are works of art with elaborate dioramas covering the past 11,000 years, from wildlife exhibits to Aboriginal displays. Travelling exhibits often circulate through, complementing the permanent ones, so check out the website first to see what’s new.
Tip: Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9–11 AM are half price.
Price: Adult Admission: $11.00
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