Things to Do in Edmonton

Discover the Historic Old Strathcona District

Varscona is situated on Whyte Avenue in the historic Old Strathcona district of Edmonton, Alberta. We are among some of the Edmonton’s best and local restaurants, boutiques, cafes and unique shops. The area is known for its intimate entertainment venues, theatres and festivals including North America's largest Fringe Theatre Festival. 

When planning what to do during your stay in Edmonton, our hotel staff will be happy to recommend popular attractions and things to both near the hotel on Whyte Ave and throughout Edmonton.

Alberta Legislature Grounds

Experience the 23 hectares of parkland and the historical monuments that make up the Legislature as we know it today.

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Edmonton City Hall

City Hall is an Edmonton landmark, the home of our civic leadership and a gathering place for the community.

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Royal Alberta Museum

The Royal Alberta Museum is a museum of natural history and anthropology.

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Art Gallery of Alberta

The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is the only museum in the province strictly devoted to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

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Shaw Conference Centre

The Shaw Conference Centre is Edmonton`s premiere convention centre, an iconic place where people gather to learn, innovate, trade and celebrate.

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Rogers Place

Rogers Place is home ice for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings, and the epicentre of live entertainment in Edmonton.

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4th Street Promenade

A sophisticated neighbourhood in the heart of Edmonton that offers an urban atmosphere in which you can admire the arts, fine food, and unique boutiques.

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124 Street

The 124 Street area is one of Edmonton’s most vibrant shopping districts, and is home to some of the city’s finest restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

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Edmonton City Centre

Edmonton City Centre is your downtown destination of choice for shopping, dining and enjoying Edmonton's urban centre.

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The Marc Restaurant

Traditional bistro fare. Honest, fresh and satisfying. The vibe is knowingly casual, but a smooth professionalism underpins service.

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Corso 32

An intimate 34-seat restaurant located in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Corso employs local and seasonal ingredients to interpret traditional Italian dishes.

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The Common

The Common is a gastro-lounge where typical pub and comfort foods are elevated to uncommon heights.

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River Valley

As the largest urban park in Canada, with more than 160 kilometres of maintained pathways and 20 major parks, the River Valley is a natural wonder for all Edmontonians to be proud of.

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William Hawrelak Park

William Hawrelak Park is a 68 hectare park in the river valley featuring a 5 hectare lake and open grassy areas.

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Sir Winston Churchill Square

Churchill Square is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch break, take a stroll with family and friends, or watch world-class performances and festivals year-round.

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Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market

Edmonton's biggest indoor year round farmers' market. Fresh from the farm to your family!

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Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar

Where we eat good food, drink booze, and talk loud! Delicious Southern food, wonderful whiskeys, craft cocktails and live entertainment in a honky-tonk just steps off Whyte Avenue! Have Mercy!

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El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

El Cortez specializes in modern Latin food and tequila. Located just off Whyte Avenue, El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar is a creative combination of arresting décor, culinary arts, fine tequila and craft cocktails.

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Fringe Theatre Adventures

Fringe Theatre Adventures produces the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, present a theatre arts season through Arts at the Barns, and operate and manage the ATB Financial Arts Barns.

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Old Strathcona

Finding the perfect outfit at a chic boutique, sipping and socializing on a summer patio and enjoying world-class festivals, entertainment and live music are just a few of the incredible experiences that you will have in Old Strathcona and on Whyte Avenue.

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High Level Bridge Streetcar

The High Level Bridge Streetcar route from the Alberta Arts Barn (Gateway Boulevard and 84 Ave) to Jasper Plaza (109 Street and 100 Ave) between May and October each year.

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University of Alberta

Aspiring to be a great 21st century research and teaching institution, the U of A aims to uplift leaders of tomorrow by creating a learning and research environment that is similar to and competitive with the world’s finest universities.

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