Why your subsequent foodie outing should be to Edmonton in Canada


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Alberta competence be a operation famous for a epic landscapes of Banff and Jasper National Parks, though there’s another large reason to visit.

Food has turn a outrageous component of many people’s holiday planning, and it turns out Alberta’s collateral Edmonton has a cuisine stage that’s estimable of a moody itself.

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Our dream outing would engage a few days of city life, including eating and informative pursuits, before pushing to a overwhelming plateau and lakes in Banff and Jasper.

Depending on a season, you’ll knowledge unequivocally opposite holidays.

Edmonton, Canada (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Edmonton from a stream (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Summer months are congested full of food and humanities festivals, it’s gentle and sunny, and stays light until 11pm.

Winter takes a bit some-more thought, with temperatures in a reduction numbers, thick sleet and lots of ice activities to enjoy.

As we competence not have listened of Edmonton, let’s start from a beginning.

Why revisit Edmonton?

Edmonton is recognized as one of a fastest flourishing cities in Canada, and for good reason.

No, people aren’t only relocating there for a food I’ve praised – this partial of Alberta has copiousness some-more to be unapproachable of.

When it comes to warmth, Edmonton is one of a many eager spots in a whole of Canada, commanding charts for daily hours of fever and a series of summery days per year.

Centre of Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
The centre of Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Industry is sepulchral in a city, and it happens to be home to a biggest selling centre in a whole of North America – yes, we could spend days only exploring a West Edmonton Mall.

Townies will adore a downtown districts, while nation bumpkins competence cite a immature areas.

Views from Edmonton's streetcar (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Views from Edmonton’s streetcar (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

The city is scenic, buzzy, smart and creative, and, while many immature people left for a splendid lights of Vancouver, they’re starting to return, realising there’s copiousness on offer behind where they started.

Canada is also enjoying a large year of celebrations, with a 150th anniversary and being named during a tip of Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel section, a preference of a best places to revisit in 2017.

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What to do in Edmonton

Whether you’re visiting for a integrate of days en track to a inhabitant parks or imagination spending a week exploring what a city has to offer, here are a few tip things to do on your travels…

Edmonton Food Tours – After a large brunch of internal delicacies, conduct out to try a outrageous 104th Street Market, accommodate internal producers and representation all from gyozas and beef pies to indulgent pickled caramels.

Edmonton food debate (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Get eating (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

River Valley Parks – Edmonton is home to a largest civic park in Canada, with some-more than 160km of paths.

As we try a forests and parks along a river, we competence even forget you’re in a city.

High Level Bridge Streetcar – From 1908 to a 1950s, several streetcars (old-style trams) operated in a city, and this singular float over a North Saskatchewan River offers extraordinary views.

Streetcar in Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
An Edmonton streetcar (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Muttart Conservatory – These iconic pyramid greenhouses are home to implausible plants from around a world.

The Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
The Muttart Conservatory (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
The Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
The Muttart Conservatory (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

West Edmonton Mall – Along with 800 stores, during North America’s largest mall you’ll find a waterpark, ice-hockey stadium, cinema, sharpened range, hotels and Mindbender – a world’s largest indoor, triple-loop drum coaster.

Would we be dauntless adequate to try it?

Mindbender rollercoaster in West Edmonton Mall (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Mindbender drum coaster (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Elk Island National Park – Just a brief expostulate from a city (and providing a smashing contrast) Elk Island is home to elk (unsurprisingly), bison and some-more than 250 class of birds.

Beautiful views of Lake Astotin in Elk Island National Park (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Lake Astotin in Elk Island National Park (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Kayaking in Elk Island National Park (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Kayaking in Elk Island National Park (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Bison in Elk Island National Park (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Bison in Elk Island National Park (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Take a picnic, suffer kayaking on Astotin Lake, travel along a pleasing paths and stay during one of a campsites.

Sunsets are magical, it’s a good mark for stargazers, and a northern lights are manifest during certain times of a year.

Sunset over Lake Astotin Elk Island National Park (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Sunset over Lake Astotin (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – Step behind in time and try a fascinating story of a region, told by actors during this critical museum.

There was a outrageous liquid of Ukrainians to a segment from a 1890s onwards, and by eating normal foods, entering houses styled as they would have been behind then, and vocalization to a residents, you’ll come divided with an bargain of this critical partial of Edmonton’s history.

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Hop on a Segway – A Segway debate is a unequivocally fun approach to get to know Edmonton though burdensome yourself.

Speed by downtown and a River Valley while training some tip contribution about a region.

Segway debate of Edmonton
Segway tourists (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Street Art – There’s copiousness of good travel art in Edmonton, with some of my favourite designs on a walls by select Whyte Avenue.

Street art in Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Street art in Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Art Gallery Of Alberta – The intriguing complicated design of a building is value saying for yourself, and there is a horde of fascinating exhibitions around a year.

Art Gallery Of Alberta, Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Art Gallery Of Alberta (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

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Where to eat and splash in Edmonton

From Chinese bao and Mexican tacos, to Instagrammable brunches and insatiable delights, you’ll never go inspired in Edmonton.

Baijiu – This stylish Asian grill serves adult baos, tempura, open rolls, boiled noodles, grilled fish, sizzling steaks, tip cocktails and more.

It’s located in a Mercer building, moments from Rogers Place, a city’s swanky new locus and home to a Edmonton Oilers ice-hockey team.

Dinner during Baijiu, Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Dinner during Baijiu (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Little Brick Cafe – Instagrammable brunches are an bland occurrence during Little Brick, so have your phone prepared for a #eggporn moment.

Brunch during Little Brick, Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Brunch during Little Brick (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

Ampersand 27 – Pretty lights cascading from a ceiling, stylish décor and a creative, gastronomic menu featuring all from steamed buns and truffle-topped pizzas to Indian eggplant make this one of a city’s many renouned restaurants.

Lunch during Ampersand 27, Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Lunch during Ampersand 27 (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

El Cortez Mexican Kitchen And Tequila Bar – This gothic, dimly illuminated grill and bar has walls lonesome in murals, and a menu packaged full of juicy tacos, enchiladas, and boozy tequila cocktails.

Later in a evening, it’s a sharp-witted mark with a dancefloor and DJs. 

El Cortez (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
El Cortez (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

MEAT – With a no-reservations process and long-shared tables, MEAT could have been plucked from Shoreditch or Brooklyn.

It specialises in BBQ flesh, served on big, common trays with moreish sides including mac and cheese, baked beans and garlic fries. 

Dinner during MEAT, Edmonton (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
Dinner during MEAT (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

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Where to stay:

Mettera Hotel – One of a smartest and best-located hotels in a city, Mettera is on Whyte Avenue, with copiousness of tip restaurants within walking distance.

Crash Hotel – Perfect for those who aren’t utterly prepared to call their hostel days goodbye, though wish their possess space, Crash has a young, cold feel with parties hold in a bars downstairs.

oTENTik – If you’re venturing out of a city to Elk Island though would cite a comfort of a bed rather than a tent, afterwards oTENTiks are a good option.

The cabins have gentle beds, a gas BBQ and an outside campfire area, and are moments divided from lifelike Lake Astotin.

oTENTik accommodation in Elk Island National Park (Picture: Chloe Gunning)
oTENTik accommodation (Picture: Chloe Gunning)

How to get there:

WestJet flies approach from London Gatwick to Edmonton several times a week.

Meanwhile, Icelandair offers flights around Reykjavik.

Find out some-more about visiting Edmonton here.

Chloe Gunning is a blogger and artistic producer. You can follow Chloe’s travels at wanderlustchloe.com and on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook

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