How to explore Edmonton and learn about Canadian culture

One of the best things about studying abroad, is learning about another culture and immersing yourself in a different environment. Below we list some of the best ways to explore Edmonton and learn about Canadian culture.


Alberta Legislature Tour - Interested in politics or governments? Learn more about Alberta’s capital city and government on a free tour of the legislature building, where our provincial government is housed. Find out more >



Fort Edmonton Park - A 158 acres park that depicts the evolution of Edmonton’s early history and includes costumed actors to make you feel like you are really back in time! Fun fact: The movie "The Assasination of Jesse James" starring Brad Pitt was also filmed at Fort Edmonton Park. Find out more >


Music Festivals - Edmonton hosts multiple music festivals in the summer months. It is a great oppourtunity to see live Canadian music and performers from all around the world.



Heritage Festival - Canada and Edmonton are both very multicultural! Heritage Days is an annual three day summer festival held in one of Edmonton’s largest parks. The festival is a showcase of our cultural diversity and is a great opportunity to sample food, entertainment and traditions from a variety of countries and cultures.


Downtown tours: Take a free tour of Edmonton’s city center with the “Downtown Core Crew” to discover Edmonton’s historic buildings, public art, fun facts and cool places to shop, eat, relax and have fun. Find out more >



Watch a hockey game at RATT (Room At The Top): This is UAlberta’s campus restaurant located on the 7th floor of the Student’s Union Building. It’s a great place to socialize with other students over food and an occasional Edmonton Oilers hockey game! Plus it has an amazing view of Edmonton and the UAlberta campus.


Take part in Canada Day Celebrations: On July 1st many of the galleries, museums and cultural centres are free for Canada Day, a nationwide holiday celebrating our country. There are all-day activities at the Legislature grounds (our provincial government building) and an amazing fireworks display in the middle of the city after dark.

Experience Canadian comedy: Canada is well known for it’s unique sense of humour. Edmonton has multiple improv groups, a type of humorous theatre that is improvised on the spot, and an internationally renowned summer theatre/performance festival called The Fringe.
Winter Festivals: Edmonton hosts multiple outdoor winter festivals throughout the year and they are a great way to learn about winter culture and experience cool things like skating, hot chocolate and ice carving competitions!
Explore National and Provincial Parks. Alberta is home to many different geological environments, from The Rocky Mountains to desert-like valleys where dinosaur bones have been discovered. There are so many diverse parks you can explore and learn about Canadian history. 

Written by Alyssa Ott


Image credits: Alberta Legislature images by Ryan Jackson. Fort Edmonton Park images courtesy of Fort Edmonton park. Folk Festival image by Brittany Wiebe. Russian dancers at Heritage Festival image by Bruce Edwards. Drummers at Heritage Festival image courtesy of the St Albert Gazette. Edmonton 104th street market image by Judy Dehoog. Churchill Square image courtesy of WhatTheTruck. RATT image by Allie Wojtas. Edmonton Oilers image by Dale MacMillan.  Fireworks image by Jeff Wallace. Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature image by James Shannon. Comedy images courtesy of Rapid Fire Theatre and The Fringe. Winter festival images courtesy of Ice Night and Explore Edmonton. Image of Drumheller by Clarence Norris. Image of Moraine Lake by Christopher Martin. 




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