6 Edmonton landmarks that you should visit

Landmark: an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location.

When you come to study at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, you will want to know about all of the best places where you can go to spend your free time. There are a lot of great and scenic places to explore throughout the city.  

Here are 6 places that are well-known for different things, whether it’s their size, architecture, or their bright colour! 

Be sure to visit these places when you come to Edmonton:

1. Edmonton City Hall
Edmonton City Hall

Edmonton City Hall, photo credit: the City of Edmonton 

City Hall is where the municipal (city) government works and meets to work on all of the important issues affecting Edmonton.

This building is located in downtown Edmonton. In the summer, there is a beautiful pool out front for wading and swimming. In the winter, it turns into a skating rink for all to enjoy. 

Fun fact: Did you know that our current mayor, Mayor Don Iveson, is a UAlberta alumnus?  As a student, Mayor Iveson studied Political Science at UAlberta and was also the managing editor of The Gateway, which is the official UAlberta student newspaper.

2. The Universiade Pavilion (aka “The Butterdome”)
and the Physical Activity & Wellness (PAW) Centre at the University of Alberta

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The Butterdome                                                         The PAW Centre

At first, you might wonder why the Universiade Pavilion is also called “the Butterdome.”  Once you see it, you will understand! The Butterdome is a big, bright yellow building that is located on UAlberta North Campus.  It’s home to many athletics facilities such as swimming pools and gyms. 

Outside the Butterdome is the new PAW Centre, which is equally eye-catching. It’s a brand new building with a new climbing wall and fitness facilities. These facilities are open to UAlberta students – all you need to do is show your OneCard (student ID).

3. Telus World of Science

Telus world of science
Photo credit: Telus World of Science

The Telus World of Science is a science exhibition centre and a great place to learn more about science and technology.  You can learn a lot from their exhibits on exciting subjects like robotics, astronomy and you can check out popular world-famous traveling exhibits such as Harry Potter™: The Exhibition and Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology.

4. West Edmonton Mall

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Photo credit: The City of Edmonton 

West Edmonton Mall is a huge shopping mall and entertainment centre – one of the biggest in the world.

It is full of well-known stores from all over the world where you can shop for pretty much anything you want – clothing, furniture, technology, food, and more.

There are also major attractions, like an indoor amusement park with a roller coaster, an indoor waterpark with surf lessons, a movie theatre with Imax 3D, and more. It’s a great place to hang out with friends, enjoy different types of food, go shopping, and even get some exercise (a lot of people go there just to walk around).

5. Alberta Art Gallery
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Photo credit: The City of Edmonton

The Alberta Art Gallery (AGA) is located right across the street from Edmonton City Hall. It’s a really impressive and unique building!  You can check out exciting traveling art exhibits from around the world along with their own collections.

World-famous exhibits that have come to AGA in the past include Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910, CHAGALL: Daphnis & Chloé,  ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured, and more.  It's a great place to learn about art and spend time with your friends.

6. The Alberta Legislature Building

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The Alberta Legislature Building is located in downtown Edmonton, just a quick walk from Enterprise Square (UAlberta’s downtown campus) or the UAlberta North Campus.  It’s where the Alberta Legislative Assembly and Executive Council (provincial government) meet to discuss and manage political issues related to all of Alberta.It's also a really beautiful place to spend time, take a walk, have a picnic, and more. There is a big fountain out front as well as big grassy parks around it. 

It’s so scenic and nice that many couples choose this place to get married and take their wedding pictures!

Get more information on Edmonton, Alberta and find out how you can study at the University of Alberta.


article by Julia Jones-Bourque


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