4 Ways to Have the Best Vacation Ever with Your Family in Edmonton

This fall, take a stress-free, fun-filled trip the whole family can get on board with.

Edmonton is teeming with fun things to do that showcase the prairie city’s unique history and lively sense of fun — making it a no-brainer family getaway destination. Home to picturesque green spaces, a world-famous mall that boasts waterslides and roller coasters, and several outdoor attractions that provide unique diversions for kids, Alberta’s capital city shines as a family-friendly vacation spot. Here are four ways to make the most of a family trip to Edmonton this fall.


1. Ride the 100 Street Funicular To Explore the River Valley

With its turning leaves, rambling trails and stunning views of the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton’s river valley shouldn’t be missed in the fall. Conveniently, city planning has recently made the valley easier than ever to enjoy with a big group, thanks to the installation of the 100 Street Funicular. This outdoor, glass-walled elevator is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly and allows riders to skip the many flights of stairs that descend into Louise McKinney Riverfront Park. The funicular can take up to 20 passengers at a time from the downtown platform on 100 Street down below to the promenade, a grassy area in the park featuring public art. From the promenade, walk over bridges and along trails to reach the Frederick G. Todd Lookout, where the river can be seen in all its glory. Pack a lunch for the family and enjoy supreme views of the valley from your picnic blanket.


2. Embrace the Wonders of West Edmonton Mall

It’s the largest shopping mall in North America, and there is certainly no shortage of ways to spend the day there, with over 800 amenities inside including an ice rink and a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course. The whole family will enjoy the Sea Life Caverns — an underground aquarium that houses more than 100 ocean critters and puts on daily interactive exhibits featuring sea lions and penguins. Meanwhile, the thrill-seekers in your group can defy gravity on the Mindbender, the world’s largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster located in Galaxyland amusement park, or test their fate on the Cyclone, a 26-metre-tall waterslide in the World Waterpark. Feed your crew after a full day of fun at one of the 100 unique dining options on-site, like Jubilations Dinner Theatre or the Rec Room, where you can eat then enjoy various classic and modern arcade games.


3. Zip to the Strathcona Farmer’s Market on the High Level Bridge Streetcar

Experience a piece of history with a ride on one of Edmonton’s early 1900s refurbished streetcars from Fridays through Sundays, right up to and including Thanksgiving weekend. These beautifully restored trolleys are $6 to ride round-trip, and each one has a cool origin story — some were built right in the city, others from as far away as Osaka, Japan. The trolley can take you from the Jasper Terminus in downtown Edmonton and over the 100-year-old High Level Bridge into Old Strathcona. Plan your train trip for a Saturday and disembark at Strathcona Terminal in order to visit the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market, open year-round and host to 130 local vendors. Be sure to pick up some in-season fruit and veggies as you peruse locally crafted jewelry, art, clothing and more. Treat your kids to a cookie from Confetti Sweet’s booth, known for its chocolate chunk and coconut cookies.


4. Get Curious at the Telus World of Science Edmonton

Roaring dinosaurs, chatty robots, and bubbling experiments; this and more is what you and your family can expect to encounter in a day at the city’s Telus World of Science. Explore “The Body Fantastic,” one of six permanent exhibits, where the hands-on Gallery of Gross will teach you and your kids about the body’s weirder ins and outs. Or visit the “Dinosaurs Unearthed” feature exhibit and stamp your Dino Passport as make your way around life-sized prehistoric beasts and learn their mysterious history.

You can also catch any of the centre’s multiple daily activities meant to educate and inspire awe, like the “Multi-Axis Trainer Trials,” a simulation astronaut-training ride. End your adventure by taking a seat in the newly opened Zeidler Dome, a 10k resolution theatre on the cutting edge of digital visualization, and be transported to deep space, at least until the show is over.


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