Summer Over? Edmonton is Still Open!

By Arlie MacGregor   Trail Canada

There's a familiar saying in Alberta: "If you don't like the weather, wait an hour; it'll change." This is especially true in the later part of the year. One day you're in shorts and t-shirts, the next you're scrambling for long johns and snow boots. But whether it's autumn leaves or snowflakes falling at your feet, there's still plenty of action in Alberta's capital. We have quite a few ideas to add to your itinerary.

Royal Alberta Museum:
Located near the downtown core of Edmonton, the galleries in the Royal Alberta Museum are a wealth of information and discovery. Learn more about the First Nations of North America in the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture. Gain a better understanding of the environment and the creatures we share it with in Wild Alberta. From bugs and birds, to rocks and fossils, the Natural History Gallery is an amazing showcase of exhibits from not only Alberta, but from around the world. To confirm times and feature displays, call 1-780-453-9100 (for long distance enquiries, dial 310-0000 and follow instructions).

West Edmonton Mall:
By far one of the most popular attractions in Edmonton, WEM is the largest mall in the world, covering an area equivalent to 48 city blocks. There's something for everyone here. With hundreds of stores to browse through, it will definitely make your Christmas shopping more interesting. If you've got the kids in tow, the Galaxyland amusement park or World Waterpark are sure to keep them entertained. The kid's are staying with Grandma? Indulge yourself with one of 7 theme rooms at the Fantasyland Hotel, take in a show at Jubilation's Live Dinner Theatre, or attempt to beat the odds at the Palace Casino. For more information, check out the West Edmonton Mall website or call 1-800-661-8890.

Prairie Gardens and Greenhouses:
Follow Highway #28 a short distance north of the city to the quiet town of Bon Accord in Sturgeon County and spend the day at the Haunted Pumpkin Festival (October 7-29, 2006). Feast on pumpkin pie and homemade chili, fire off a pumpkin cannon, delight in a puppet show or shriek in terror as you make your way through the Haunted Farmhouse. Verify times and prices by calling 1-780-921-2272.

Canadian Finals Rodeo:
What would the Wild West be without a rodeo? From November 8-12, 2006, Rexall Place in Edmonton is transformed into showdown between man and beast as Alberta's top rodeo finalists compete for the title of Canadian Champion. Tickets for this event go fast; don't risk missing the fun! Call 1-888-800-7275 or see your local Ticketmaster outlet to reserve your seats.

Indoor Santa Claus Parade:
We've figured out a way to beat the cold and have a parade! Join us on November 26th, 2006 in the downtown pedway system for the annual Santa Claus Parade. Later on, brave the chill and enjoy hay rides, hot cocoa, caroling and a breathtaking fireworks display.

This is just a small sample of what we have to offer in the City of Champions. For a complete listing of cultural and entertainment events, visit the Trail Canada guide to Edmonton or Canada Events.

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