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Where to Eat, Stay and Explore in Edmonton

A visit to Alberta’s dynamic capital will have you bison-spotting and gallery-hopping.


Art Gallery of Alberta

Art Gallery of Alberta

Time travel through news history when Alberta’s oldest cultural institution opens Cutline: From the Photography Archives of the Globe and Mail. The 175 press photos from the 1950s to the ’80s portray all things Canadian, from peace protests to hockey locker rooms.

2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. 780-422-6223


Hyatt Place Edmonton Downtown

Each of the 255 family-sized rooms in this new downtown hotel are outfitted with sofa beds, and many are pet-friendly to boot. Designed by local architect Gene Dub, the 11-storey building has a sloped facade that leans toward the river valley. When illuminated at night, it shines like a crystal.

9576 Jasper Ave. NW, 587-525-1234



Pillowy ricotta gnocchi and creamy bucatini cacio e pepe are sure bets at this bright Italian trattoria, opened last year. Don’t overlook the menu’s crostini section, though, where simple ingredients like anchovies and butter combine with chili and lemon for a salty, savoury bite.

10349 Jasper Ave. NW, 780-426-0346

Day Trip

Elk Island National Park

Bison have been roaming in this park – Canada’s first wildlife sanctuary – since 1907. In less than an hour’s drive you could be admiring the shaggy-haired beasts flanking both sides of the Yellowhead Highway (they’re particularly active in July and August). For a closer look, take the guided Bison Backstage Tour.




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