The Best Tourist Attractions To Look For In Downtown Edmonton
One of the most appealing features of moving into a luxury condo is the ability to live in an area you wouldn’t be able to move to with a house. Buying a house in an extremely popular area - particularly the Downtown area of a big city such as Edmonton - can be prohibitively expensive, if it’s even possible at all.
However, condo living makes this possible and opens up a whole new selection of communities to explore.
One of the main benefits of living in an urban core is the number of amenities, points of interest and cultural attractions that are within walking distance of your front door. This isn’t just a great benefit for you as a homeowner - it’s also a huge added value for people who purchase a condo as an investment property or even those who want to let their condo out on AirBnB.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the amazing and unique attractions that Downtown Edmonton has to offer.
*Please note that at the time of writing, some restrictions due to COVID-19 still apply. Make sure you check the opening & availability of your destination before you head out!
The Festival City
One of Edmonton’s biggest draws is its huge and diverse selection of festivals that occur every summer. With over 50 different events happening every year, there’s something for everyone to enjoy
Some of the biggest ones you might want to check out include:
The Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival
Hosted every year in Downtown’s Winston Churchill Square, the Street Performer’s Festival is where you can check out over 150 different acts from around the world including buskers, magicians, jugglers, acrobats and much more.
Taste of Edmonton
Hosted just north of the Alberta Legislature grounds, Taste of Edmonton showcases the best local and international food the city has to offer.
Edmonton Heritage Festival
Just a short trip from the center of Downtown at nearby Hawrelak Park, Edmonton’s Heritage Festival is a celebration of the city’s diverse and multicultural population. You can try cuisine from all over the world, all while enjoying a beautiful day of special cultural events in the park!
The Fringe Festival
The Edmonton Fringe is a celebration of arts & culture, with over 1,200 performances that occur all across the city. Founded in 1982, it’s North America’s oldest and largest theatre festival! There are venues all over town where you can watch the plays, and a short trip across the river in the Whyte Ave area is the main attraction. You’ll find street performers, vendors, and can purchase tickets to the shows you want to see..
The Royal Alberta Museum
At over 82,000 square feet, the Royal Alberta Museum is the largest museum in Western Canada and is home to over 2.5 million historical items that show the history and heritage of Alberta. What’s more, it’s located right in the heart of Downtown, just a few blocks from Symphony Tower.
The Art Gallery Of Alberta
The Art Gallery Of Alberta (AGA), located right on Winston Churchill Square, features a permanent exhibit of over 6,000 works of art, as well as a variety of travelling exhibitions. The building itself is also an architectural attraction - designed to look like the Northern Lights, the Art Gallery of Alberta’s main building was designed as part of an $88 million redevelopment and is one of the highlights of the city.
The Stanley A. Milner Library
Also located just off Winston Churchill Square, the Stanley A. Milner Public Library is the main location for Edmonton’s library service, but it’s more than just a place to check out books. The newly revamped downtown library features a host of interactive exhibits including North America’s largest interactive learning exhibit (made up of 324 LED screens!) as well as a Makerspace featuring robotics and 3D printing facilities, and even music and video production facilities.
An Amazing Array Of Restaurants
As well as the larger attractions, Downtown Edmonton also boasts many great eating experiences, many of which are just a short walk from your front door. There are far too many to list all of them here, but some of the highlights include:
As you can see, Edmonton’s Downtown District has a huge selection of attractions, so whether you’re just visiting to check out the city, thinking of putting down roots to live here or thinking of investing in Edmonton’s booming real estate market, there’s plenty here to meet all your needs.