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Holidays in Edmonton might just surprise you. In the heart of western Canada’s meadows, Alberta’s capital is one of Canada’s youngest and fastest growing cities - an up and coming hub of doers and pioneers.

Edmonton is a wild metropolis and is home to much more than North America’s largest shopping mall. It’s Canada’s fifth largest city and is now an epicentre for culture, art, outdoor adventure, sustainability and contemporary places to eat.

If you have a curious mind for Alberta’s heritage, head straight to The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM). It’s the largest museum in western Canada and one of the top museums in the country, located in the artistic district of downtown Edmonton. Discover artefacts and specimens that tell stories of the province’s heritage, people and environment. You’ll find 5,300 exhibits, although you might not get through all of them, and stores showcasing local artisanal products and souvenirs.

Edmonton holidays: the perfect escape to the great outdoors

Adventures and lovers of the great outdoors are in the perfect place. Edmonton has a huge outdoor culture and if you ask a local, they’ll tell you that the river valley is the true heart of the city. It’s 22 times the size of Central Park in New York. Follow the endless hiking trails to explore the massive urban parkland that slices right through the metropolis.

Visit Fort Edmonton Park and discover the Gold Rush era, with exhibits spread across 158 acres. On the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River, the park is the largest living history museum in Canada. Board old steam trains at the entrance and travel inward to the fort and continue your adventure on foot. Find and ride horse drawn carriages, streetcars and automobiles from the rush era.

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, you’re moments away from North America’s largest shopping mall: West Edmonton. Take your pick from over 800 stores and services, nine attractions and more than 100 places to eat. You’ll even find an indoor water park, an ice palace and an 18 hole miniature golf course.

Edmonton locals are known for their enthusiasm for creativity. Artistic visitors shouldn’t miss a visit to the eclectic Whyte Avenue, downtown. Along a four kilometre walk, step into the creative minds of artists where over 500 visual artists bring their work out into the streets. It’s an outdoor studio and gallery that winds down several blocks and explodes with life, creativity and colour. Many of Alberta’s hidden artistic talent are discovered here, along the Whyte Avenue Art Walk.

Destination Highlights

  • Discover Alberta’s heritage at the famous Royal Alberta Museum, the largest in western Canada
  • Step back in time and experience the Gold Rush era at Fort Edmonton Park
  • Shop until you drop at West Edmonton Mall, North America’s biggest mall
  • Admire the work of 500 artists on the streets of Whyte Avenue

Great sample itineraries

Browse our example Edmonton holiday itineraries below and start planning your ideal trip.

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Calgary and Edmonton Multi Centre

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £2,299 PP
Your first stop on this icony journery is Alberta’s largest city, Calgary. Calgary is a chic urban landscape set dramatically...
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Family holidays
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Jasper Banff Calgary Tour

  • 10 Days
Discover the unparalleled natural beauty of Alberta, on this unforgettable multi-centre holiday to Calgary, Banff and Jasper. The holiday combines...
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Couples Holidays
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Vancouver, Banff and Calgary Multi Centre Holiday

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £2,299 PP
This incredible multi-centre holiday in Vancouver, Banff and Calgary combines the best of Canada’s incredible natural scenery with time spent...
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Wildlife holidays

Our favorite hotels

Each of the Edmonton hotels we offer has been carefully selected to ensure it offers your the most from you trip.

Brewster's Mountain Lodge

Brewster's Mountain Lodge

Brewster’s Mountain Lodge is one of Banff’s most iconic hotels, with the Brewster family having welcomed guests for more than...
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Guide Price £999
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Moraine Lake Lodge

Moraine Lake Lodge is situated on majestic Moraine Lake in Banff National Park and is just a fifteen minute drive...
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Guide Price £2,299
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The Westin Calgary

The Westin Calgary

Situated in the heart of Downtown Calgary, just minutes from city attractions, this smart urban hotel offers a refined stay...
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Guide Price £1,199
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Emma, Destination Manager

“Learn about the area's Gold Rush and fur trade history with a visit to Fort Edmonton Park. It’s well worth visiting.”


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Lucy, Destination Specialist

“Metis Crossing, located northeast of Edmonton, is great for learning more about First Nations history and culture.”


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The Edmonton Comedy Festival

The Edmonton Comedy Festival features a fantastic line up of North American comedians, “4 Days of Funny” is a local loved yearly event held in October. 


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