Begin your trip to western Canada by leaving the city of Edmonton via the Yellowhead Highway to the town of Jasper. Nestled among the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Jasper National Park and within the Athabasca River Valley, this scenic trip is a playground for the adventurous and a sanctuary for those desiring to relax and soak up the beauty.
A must-visit is the breathtaking Athabasca Falls, located just south of Jasper on the infamous Icefields Parkway. Keep your eyes peeled for moose, elk, deer, caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bears.
Head back to Edmonton today and take in some of the city sights for the day and evening. Stock up on your favourite foods at Old Strathcona Farmers Market, Edmonton’s largest, year-round indoor farmer’s market. And for beer enthusiasts, consider doing an Edmonton Brewery Tour and taste the thriving craft beer scene that’s got the city’s taste buds jumping.
West Edmonton Mall is North America’s largest shopping mall and home to over 800 stores and services, a waterpark and an amusement park. If shopping is your thing, surely you’ll find whatever your heart desires here. Don’t forget to grab a map.
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Today’s journey takes you to Elk Island National Park. Be prepared for bison traffic jams and be on the lookout for elk, moose, white-tailed deer and mule deer. This provincial park is an important refuge for bison.
On clear evenings, snuggle in for a starry night at Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. Depending on time of year, you may be delighted with meteor showers or the magical northern lights.
With over 80km of hiking trails, there are a number of different options for various lengths and fitness levels. As you’re out of the mountains and into the prairies, steep inclines and big hills aren’t a worry on these trails!
Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona is a buzzing, spirited area of Edmonton. Home to boutiques, art galleries and locally owned restaurants, Whyte Avenue is well-spent time enjoying the unique vibe of Edmonton.
Art lovers can take in masterpieces at the Art Gallery of Alberta and, if you’re a sports fan, Edmonton is home to hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. Take in a game at Rogers Place.