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Know Before You Go
- Edmonton is known as "The Festival City" because of its many events throughout the year that attract crowds from all over. The best time to go is during the city's summer months when there's a festival almost every single weekend.
- The city is home to North America's biggest mall. West Edmonton Mall has over 800 stores, one of the world's largest indoor water parks, roller coasters and a full-size skating rink.
- More than 30 species of mosquito live in the surrounding area. Make sure you pack enough mosquito repellent and cover up at night to reduce your chances of being bitten.
- In winter, driving conditions can be dangerous. Before setting out on a trip, make sure you have a charged cell phone and an emergency kit in case anything goes wrong.
- Eating out in Canada can get expensive. Restaurants have to add a federal sales tax, as well as any other provincial taxes. Meaning, your final bill could have an additional 15% charge.
Getting Around Edmonton
- The best way to get around Edmonton is with the city's public transportation system. There are hundreds of safe and reliable buses that cover an extensive number of routes throughout the city. Buses run every 15 to 30 minutes and operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. A single ticket costs CAD 3.20, or you can get a day pass for CAD 8.25.
- If you want to see the city at your own pace, without the expense of renting a car, Edmonton has excellent inner city bicycle routes. You can get a free city map from tourist information, and grab a bike from one of the companies around the city.
- Getting around the city by car is easy and a great option for trips beyond the city's transport options. But if you do hire a car, watch your speed. If you're caught doing 60 in a 50 zone, it can cost you as much as CAD 111.
- Taxis are available throughout the city centre, but it's easier to call ahead if you are in a rush. Fares start at CAD 3.60 and increase by the kilometre.
- A unique way to get around Edmonton is with the Highlevel Bridge Streetcar. It goes past some of the most scenic spots in the city, and you'll get to ride on some the oldest operating streetcars. The service runs daily from May to September and on weekends in October.
Best time to visit Edmonton
When is The Best Time to Visit Edmonton?
June to August is Edmonton's summer and high tourist season. The sunshine lasts up to 17 hours a day, and the humidity levels are low, making it the perfect time for sightseeing and outdoor activities. The summer months are also when the city comes alive with festivals every weekend.
Some of the biggest to look forward to are the International Jazz Festival and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. However, it's not the best time of year to visit if you are on a budget. Expect hotel rates to be high and long lines outside popular attractions.
Edmonton's shoulder seasons are Spring and Autumn. From May, the chilly winter temperatures start to retreat, and the summer crowds have yet to arrive. September is a great time to visit if you want to escape the heat as temperatures fall to a pleasant 17°C during the day.
October to March is the city's low season. The winter months are characterised by heavy snow and temperatures falling as low as -30°C. But it's the best time to visit if you are a winter sports enthusiast or a budget traveller. As long as you are prepared to bundle up, you'll find good deals on accommodation and flights.
Airports in Edmonton
Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton International is located 26 kilometres from the city centre. The airport offers non-stop flights to major domestic destinations as well the United States, Mexico, Central America and Europe. It's a hub for Canadian North and is the country's largest major airport.
Getting To and From Edmonton International Airport
The cheapest way to get from the airport into the city is with Edmonton Transit System's Route 747. It's an express bus service that runs every 30 minutes from the airport and the Century Park bus station. The buses run every day from 4:10 a.m. and a single journey cost CAD 5.
If you don't want to take the bus, the next best option is the Edmonton Skyshuttle. It's a cost effective way to get dropped off at your hotel without having to make any other transfers. A one-way ride costs CAD 18, and you will need to pre-book your trip online.
Other shuttle services include the SunDog Transportation and Tours that runs a door-to-door service between the airport and Jasper National Park as well as the ebus. Both options need to be booked in advance, and pickups are outside door #10.
The airport is also served by six taxi and limousine companies. The flat rate to downtown Edmonton is CAD 55 by taxi and CAD 66 by limo.