Edmonton Attractions A Draw for Family Fun This Winter

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An Edmonton winter vacation offers fabulous Canadian shopping at the West Edmonton Mall, live Edmonton theatre and many more attractions

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There’s also Deep Sea Derby, where you can ride your own “bumper boat” on the world’s largest indoor lake!

Winter features tons of Edmonton attractions to choose from with some for kids, some for adults and some the entire family can enjoy. With Edmonton’s gorgeous river valley and its big blue prairie sky, the city is the ideal setting for an Edmonton vacation with culture, shopping, versatile restaurants and live Edmonton theatre.

One of the greatest places for family fun is Edmonton’s famous West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in North America, with over 800 stores and services and parking for more than 20,000 vehicles and as many as 28.2 million visitors each year. The West Edmonton Mall with its’ endless attractions are a big draw offering unique and exciting experiences all under one roof.

Families who like their fun on the “wet n’ wild” side will love the The West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark, the world’s largest indoor wave pool, with more than 17 unique waterslides and play features. There’s also Deep Sea Derby, where you can ride your own “bumper boat” on the world’s largest indoor lake! Meanwhile, in Ed’s Rec Room, there’s 10-pin bowling and over 40 arcade-style games. WEM also gives a whole new spin on mini-golf, with not one but two of its attractions: Putt n’ Glow, a challenging glow-in-the-dark course and Professor Wem’s Adventure Golf, full of cartoonish caricatures.

For kids who prefer the kind of fun that’s a little out there, there’s Telus World of Science, one of the more popular Edmonton attractions. From January 29 to May 1, 2011, Telus World of Science features The Chronicles of Narnia. Based on the film series and the classic books by C.S. Lewis, this 5,000 square foot entertainment and educational experience offers something kids will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. a three-dimensional world where science and fantasy come together in the most magical way.

Edmonton has many attractions for adults too. Theatre buffs will love a trip into the historic Old Strathcona district, where some of the more “fringy” theatre events take place. In the Varscona Theatre, there’s the Live Improvised Soap Opera Die-Nasty every Monday at 7:30 pm and the laugh-out-loud comedy of TheatreSports each Friday night at 11 pm. Live Edmonton theatre continues with Chimprov on the first three Saturday nights of every month at 11 pm also at the Varscona. Or if you’re looking for more of a “theatrical sampler” where variety and quirkiness take center stage, just across from the Varscona, there’s the Walterdale Playhouse’s Stagestruck!, a one-act play festival happening February 25 – 26, 2011.

And for those seeking an arts and culture experience that weighs heavily on the art part, check out the always-challenging exhibits at downtown’s Latitude 53 art gallery. January 14 – February 12, 2011, experience “Frequency Painting: 12 Tones,” by Edmonton sound artist Gary James Joynes, a.k.a. “Clinker.” This exhibit features 12 sound machines that react to the movements of every visitor. As well, each tone is represented visually, making this a trippy experience.

There are also over 60 galleries and public exhibits in Edmonton, including the famed Gallery Walk in the historic and truly elegant 124 Street area, and the newly-reconstructed truly stunning Art Gallery of Alberta, located in the arts district downtown.

An Edmonton vacation must also include a trip into the bizarre world of tobacco chic at one of Canada’s most popular museums, the Royal Alberta Museum, during in its provocative exhibit “Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties” February 19 – May 1, 2011. Between 1880 and 1920, it was hip to sell cigarettes in collectible sets that featured silk and cotton flannel novelties. And for the not faint-of-heart, find out more about the extremely profitable yet disturbing world of the illegal wildlife trade in the museum’s exhibit “Illegal Killer Trade” February 5 – May 1, 2011.

To discover all the Edmonton attractions, plan your shopping excursion at the West Edmonton Mall or enjoy the vibrant theatre performing arts community, visit http://www.edmonton.com/liveallyear.

Media Contact:
Bernie Borgeson
Director of Marketing, External Relations
Phone: 780.969-0462
E-mail: bborgeson(at)edmonton(dot)com

About Edmonton Tourism:
Edmonton Tourism promotes Greater Edmonton as the destination of choice for tourism, conventions, major events and film production and is a division of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). Edmonton Tourism encourages socially and environmentally responsible tourism. For more information, visit http://www.edmonton.com. Learn more about Edmonton through stories of people who’ve experienced it at http://www.edmontonstories.ca.

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