While most International Students like to go Home for the Holidays, but I personally feel like it is an awesome time to Explore Edmonton and Alberta. So what are some of the things that you should do around Edmonton during the Winter break? Here is a small list:
- Museum Time:
There are so many museums that you must visit when you are in Edmonton, unfortunately however as a student you can often become too busy to visit some of world famous exhibits that are hosted Here in Edmonton. Here are some of the Museums that you MUST visit:
Telus World of Science (http://www.edmontonscience.com/index.php )
- The current exhibition at the Telus World of Science features real artifacts and compelling stories from the passengers aboard the legendary RMS Titanic that sank in 1912. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs from October 8, 2011 – February 20, 2012 but when this exhibition ends you can be sure that there will be an equally intriguing one coming to replace it!
Royal Alberta Museum (http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/ )
- With a whole exhibition on the History of Alberta, complete with a teepee, and an amazing section dedicated just to Alberta wildlife, you cannot go wrong by spending an afternoon at the Royal Alberta Museum.
Art Gallery of Alberta (http://www.youraga.ca/)
- Not only does this Museum often host some of the world’s most famous Artists, it also house an impressive collection of Canadian Art work that is definitely a must see for anyone living in the city.
- Touring the Legislative Assembly and Skating on the grounds:
Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and touring the Legislative Assembly located in downtown Edmonton is a definite must. After you tour, you should also remember to bring your skates because during the winter months the Legislative grounds have special designative outdoor skating rinks that are free for the public to use. I cannot think of a more beautiful place to enjoy a nice evening skate.
- Weekend Trip to Banff or Jasper
So maybe you do want to get out of the city for a little bit, but you don’t necessarily want to fly. Well Banff and Japer, both located about 4.5 hours away from the city, offer the perfect weekend getaway in the world famous and beautiful Rocky Mountains. Enjoy some of the most beautiful skiing and snowboarding environments in the world, relax in the hot springs, or go for a dog sledding adventure. The choice is yours!
- 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships
The IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships were hosted by Alberta this year, but any other year you should be able to catch some really good quality Canadian Hockey. Even just going to an Oilers game (the name of Edmonton’s NHL Hockey team) is an awesome way to spend the evening with some friends and get into the Canadian spirit.
- Muttart Conservatory (http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/attractions/muttart-conservatory.aspx)
Missing the flowers in the snowy winter? Well the Muttart Conservatory is a great place to catch a breather from the hustle and bustle of the City Life. Located just off the Edmonton River Valley, the Muttart Conservatory offers a year-round escape into the beauty of the world’s plant life.
Edmonton, the capital of the province of Alberta, is a vibrant, fun and attractive urban centre with an abundance of activities and services. But if you want to see its city rival Calgary, then you can easily take a day trip into the “Heart of the New West” as it is known. Check out the nightlife and see which side of the rivalry you fall one. Hopefully the Edmonton side!