|Downtown Edmonton at night. Visitors and people looking to rent a home in Edmonton can find listings at Edmonton Rentals.|
This year, Bill and I are looking for some new places to visit and travel to.
Well, actually I am.
Bill is a creature of habit and prefers what is old and familiar so it may take a little arm twisting and bribery to get him out of his comfort zone.
In the past, we've vacationed in Florida and North Carolina and while I love Disney and spending lazy afternoons on the beach, both places have a been-there-done-that feel. So this morning when I work up early and couldn't get back to sleep, I settled in with my computer and a piece of chocolate cake and started searching for the ultimate vacation destination.
And yes, I know with the diet, the acid reflux and the wheat that I'm supposed to be avoiding, I shouldn't be eating chocolate cake but technically today is a holiday and a free eating day. Responsible eating, weight loss and new years resolutions start tomorrow. Right?
|The wave pool inside West Edmonton Mall.|
Anyway, what I discovered is that the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada is a pretty cool place to visit.
When most people hear the word Edmonton, one of the first thing they think is “hockey.” The truth is, there is much more to Edmonton that than.
Here are a few facts:
- Edmonton is a large city with a population of 1,034,945.
- Has reputation as a cultural, governmental and educational center.
- Plays host to a year-round slate of world-class festivals, earning it the title of "The Festival City.” During the month of January alone you can attend the International Winter Festival, the Deep Freeze Festival, the Ice on Whyte Festival and the Realtor Canoe Theater Festival.
- Features Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum. Fort Edmonton Park consists of four eras from Edmonton's past, ranging from mid 1800s to the 1920, and is staffed with employees in period costumes who portray and interpret life from those time periods. (Bill and I both love taking a peek into the past and learning more about history.)
- Is home to the West Edmonton Mall (known as THE world's largest mall from 1981 until 2004.) Besides hosting over 800 stores, the mall also boosts an indoor amusement park with 24 rides, the world's largest indoor water park and wave pool, indoor golf, an ice skating rink, a movie theater, a shooting range, a large-scale replica of the Santa Maria, one of the ships sailed by Christopher Columbus, several night clubs, a skate park, an interdenominational chapel and four radio stations. Wow! You could spend an entire week there and still not see it all.
|The Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton.|
Add to that trolley car rides with beautiful views of the city, world class golf courses, live theater and some of the best salons and spas in the world. How can you not want to visit Edmonton? After everything I learned, I want to go now. (Plans for a trip in April 2012 are in the works. I can't wait!)
Have you made any vacation plans for 2012 yet? Have you ever visited Edmonton? Do you live there now? I'd love to hear about your experiences.