Edmonton...On a Student's Budget - Exploring the City

Edmonton is a city of immense culture, history, and discovery. Enjoy the summer and the outdoors - all while saving money.

1.     Alberta Legislature Building

Photo credit: City of Edmonton

North of the River, overlooking the River Valley, lies the Alberta Legislature building where provincial government leaders come and work. Inside lies unique history and perspective while the surrounding grounds are perfect for picnics.

Stop by the Province’s government house for free tours, beautiful walks, and various wading pools and fountains.

Price: Free

2.     Downtown Walking Tours

Photo credit: City of Edmonton

Downtown walking tours help educate and interest citizens and visitors in the unique neighbourhoods and history that are contained within the city. There are multiple public tours in Edmonton to enjoy, from Public Art to mystical to historical.

Most tours end in August. Check out Edmonton Downtown website for more information on individual tours.

Price: Free for most; Can cost up to $10

3.     Art Gallery of Alberta

Photo credit: City of Edmonton

The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is a public art gallery in the middle of downtown, beside City Hall and Churchill Square. It is famous for its unique, twisted architectural design. General admission during studio hours does require a ticket purchase once there, but bring proof of a valid LRT train pass/ticket or Public Transit transfer to receive a discounted price.

On the last Thursday of every month, AGA offers free admission in the evening from 6-9 PM. Get a chance to view the artwork for free and enjoy the nighttime atmosphere.

Price: Free; Regular Adult Admission: $12.50 

4.    City Hall Tours

Photo credit: City of Edmonton

Like the Alberta Legislature Building, City Hall contains large amounts of history and is a popular choice for tourists. There is a large fountain and wading pool in front that is perfect for cooling off in. Self-guided tours are available, or click on the website to book a guided tour instead. An LRT train stop lies directly underneath the building for quick access.

Price: Free

5.     Fort Edmonton Park

Photo credit: City of Edmonton

History comes to life inside Canada’s largest living museum. While the most expensive item on this list, Fort Edmonton Park is a popular destination during the summer. Four periods in Edmonton’s history are recreated to make it feel like you have travelled back in time!

 If you believe you will be going more than three times throughout the year, you can purchase a Membership card, which is cheaper than paying for admission every time you go. A membership also gets you discounts on Park food and entertainment.

Tip: Sunday September 27, 2015 is Free Admission Day! Enjoy the Park, all without paying for admission. Other tourism sites like the Valley Zoo, Muttart Conservatory, and John Janzen Nature Centre are also participating.

Price: Adult Admission: $26.20; Year-Long Membership: $61.50

6.     Get An Attractions Pass

Photo credit: City of Edmonton

Edmonton Attractions Passes allow you admission to any of its 16 participating attractions for discounted prices of over 50%. Check out the website to learn more about the various passes available for purchase. The money you save could buy you a textbook or two!

Price: $59.95 for admission to all attractions once each; $34.95 for admission to four locations of your choosing



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Article by Maryn Sommerfeldt

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