If you are doing a trip across Canada, Edmonton may find itself on your “Possibly Worth Seeing” list. It’s a few hours off HWY 1 though, so it’ll take you a few hours north into Alberta.
Sometimes just a couple awesome things make a city worth seeing and this post is all about “quality,” not “quantity.”
Here are 2 solid reasons to swing through Edmonton:
1. The West Edmonton Mall
It’s the Largest Shopping Mall in North America! I know … it’s a horrible idea and I would usually stay away from such novelties, but my dad worked in it a long time ago and it is definitely “more than just a mall.”
Complete with an indoor water park, pirate ship, ice skating rink and roller coasters … this mall is actually pretty cool!
Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall
Ice Skating at West Edmonton Mall
Pirate Ship at West Edmonton Mall
Roller Coaster at West Edmonton Mall
2. River Valley Parks
The River Valley Parks are kind of like one big park that runs through the entire city along the North Saskatchewan River. It’s huge and I think the River Valley sets some kind of record for “biggest park in … somewhere,” but I’m not sure.
Either way, the riverside is very well kept up and is a good place to lounge, hike or walk dogs along the river.