6 quirky urban adventures in Alberta
By Laura Gelder – March 2019 – 2 minute read
It may be known for its mountains, lakes and forests, but Alberta’s two gateway cities - capital Edmonton and cosmopolitan Calgary - offer big city thrills
Savour the city
Taste the best that this cosmopolitan city has to offer on a food tour. Guides lead each group around a selection of some of Calgary’s most celebrated eateries, where a small plate of the signature dish awaits. Sample everything from brew house burgers to artisan ice cream, and don’t expect to go home hungry - those small plates add up!
Uncover urban art
Downtown Calgary offers over 50 pieces of public art which is just there for the public to appreciate. Visitors can take a tour or do a self-guided walk to see sculptures ranging from cows and horses echoing the city’s cowpoke roots to the Steel Galleria Trees or the unique fun wonderland sculpture, a 12-metre bent wire head of a young girl.
The oldest part of Calgary is now where hip eateries, indie music venues, galleries and clothing stores fill converted warehouses. It’s also home to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, with displays of vintage instruments and memorabilia. From here, cycle, walk, jog or skate the RiverWalk path along the Bow River.
The new Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton’s downtown arts district is the largest museum in western Canada. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to immerse themselves in the area’s natural and human history. There’s exhibitions from around the world, a children’s gallery, Bug Gallery and Indigenous stories interwoven throughout.
In with the old
Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhood, Old Strathcona is a buzzing arts and culture hub stuffed with cool cafes and bars. At its heart is the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue, a shopaholic’s paradise. But there’s plenty more to whet an explorer’s appetite, like a tour and tasting at Strathcona Spirits, the city’s original distillery.
Ice on Whyte
This Edmonton festival claims that the fun doesn’t start until the temperature drops below zero. If you're booking your clients' winter 2020 trip, be sure to get them in the city between the last weekend of January and the first of February to experience this ice-carving festival which also features music, theatre, art, food and special activities - all of which take place throughout Old Strathcona.