48 hours in Edmonton
By Jessica Pook | June 2019 | 3 minute read
A blend of city bustle and easily accessible rural charm makes for the perfect itinerary in Alberta's capital.
Day One: City living
Morning: With so much to see in such a short space of time, a Segway tour is the perfect way to explore leafy Edmonton, home to North America’s largest urban parkland. The two-wheeled tour will guide you through buzzy cityscapes and the scenic River Valley, which offers over 150km of trails attracting cyclists, walkers and Segway riders alike.
Afternoon: Once you’ve found your bearings, it's time to delve into Edmonton’s history at the new Royal Alberta Museum. With a collection of 2.4 million artefacts, visitors can learn about Edmonton's archaeological and cultural background, from its changing landscapes to its indigenous people. And if you’re travelling with children, the new interactive bug room and digital sandbox is sure to be a hit.
Forward to the present with an on-trend Urban Pedal Tour to explore Edmonton’s top craft beer taprooms and breweries. Use your pedal power on this 15-person U-shaped bike to take in views of the River Valley before stopping for a refreshing brew. If there’s still time, hop over to Old Strathcona, one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods, and explore the local boutiques, art galleries and music shops on offer.
Evening: For those that like to learn a thing or two in the kitchen, Kitchen by Brad offers cooking classes which use ingredients sourced from the surrounding area. Groups can partake in a three-hour class to create a custom menu with the help of some talented local chefs. Finish the evening with a stroll around 4th Street Promenade, a sophisticated neighbourhood featuring fine food, hip boutiques and even a neon sign museum.
Day Two: The wild & wacky
Morning: Leave the bright lights of the city behind and go in search of some of nature’s most iconic creatures – the bison. Less than an hour from Edmonton city, Elk Island National Park is home to the bison conservation facility where visitors can take part in the Bison Backstage Tour and learn about these shaggy giants with demonstrations, hands-on activities and a tour of the reserve. Whilst in the national park there’s plenty of opportunity to explore by foot or by water with a kayak or paddleboard.
Afternoon: Spend an afternoon immersing yourself in the West Edmonton Mall, complete with the world’s largest indoor zipline! With over 800 shops, a waterpark and countless restaurants, it’s easy to while away the hours.
Evening: Spend an evening at Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm. At a Fire Roasters Long Table Dinner diners share a gourmet five-course meal made with organic produce from this 35-acre farm, cooked over an open fire. Listen to Farmer Tam's stories gathered from over 60 years of farming and promoting sustainable agriculture and responsible tourism.