Edmonton Attractions

Edmonton AttractionsFort Edmonton Park transports visitors back in time to experience what life was like in Edmonton's past. The park is divided into four sections each representing a distinct historical period. One section is a fort from the 1840's that takes visitors back to the time of the fur trade. 1885 Street allows visitors to see what life was like at that time through blacksmith demonstrations and other exhibits. The 1905 Street includes a farm tour and an old-fashioned penny arcade among its exhibits. Finally, 1920 Street is the home of Selkirk Hotel and Capitol Theatre. All of the park's staff dress in period costumes to give an even more authentic feel. One of the highlights of the entire park is a ride on the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway train.

For those wanting to learn as much as possible about the history of Alberta, the Royal Alberta Museum provides a wealth of information. The museum is noted for its major collection of mounted bird specimens. Another museum highlight is the Ethnology exhibit of interesting artifacts from the history of Canada's native people including the Cree and the Blackfoot. The Military and Political History exhibit is also interesting. The museum is open everyday except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Nature lovers surely won't want to miss seeing the Devonian Botanic Garden operated by the University of Alberta. The garden contains almost 200 acres of garden space with peony, iris, dianthus and scores of other flower species. There are several greenhouses in the park containing numerous tropical plants. The botanic garden also includes a butterfly house and the Kirumoto Japanese Garden. The garden is open daily from May through Canadian Thanksgiving Day.

Those wishing to see more of the natural world can visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo. This zoo has a collection of over 300 animals from a variety of species. Some of the major animal attractions include the Siberian tiger, the Arctic fox, the Arctic wolf and the Asian elephant. Several animal talks are scheduled throughout the zoo during the day. These presentations allow visitors to learn more about the animals and see some species up close. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is open everyday except Christmas.

The Alberta Aviation Museum is one of the largest flight museums in Canada. Many aircraft are on display including a De Havilland Cirrus Moth from 1926 and a Barkley-Grow T8P from 1937. There are also many displays detailing the history of aviation. The museum is closed on Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.