Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, Canada, is located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in the geographic heart of the province. It is North America’s northernmost city with a population of over 1 million and has over 1.4 million in its greater metropolitan area. Edmonton's river valley is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America. Edmonton, the "Festival City", hosts more than 30 events and festivals year-round, including the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival (the largest fringe theatre festival in North America), the Edmonton Heritage Festival (to celebrate Edmonton’s dozens of diverse cultures), an outdoor Shakespeare festival, and the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival. Other attractions include the West Edmonton Mall, North America's largest mall with over 800 shops and 100 eateries. Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum, showcases four distinct time periods in the development of Edmonton. Edmonton is also known as the "City of Champions", as it is home to several very successful sports teams including the Oilers, Elks, and Oil Kings. With its warm summers and cold winters, a plethora of urban parks, Edmonton is the perfect destination for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. Edmonton also has a vibrant foodie and coffee scene. On behalf of the MANA 2022 Conference, we welcome you to the beautiful city of Edmonton and wish for you to have a great stay!
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Edmonton is one of Canada’s top three sunniest cities, along with Calgary and Winnipeg. Each year Edmonton gets an average of 325 days of sun. The weather in September in Edmonton is relatively dry (with 43mm of rainfall over 10 days). The normal average temperature in September in Edmonton is 12.5 °C.EDMONTON
Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) provides public transportation in the City with diesel buses, community buses, light rail transit (LRT) and services. It is about an hour travel time to get from the Edmonton International Airport to the Conference Venue (Lister Centre) via ETS.
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It takes approximately 28 to 30 mins from Edmonton Airport to the Conference Venue.
Edmonton Transit Services provides two major forms of transportation:
Bus- Bus service to access all major parts of the city
LRT- Extensive light rail transit (LRT) service
* Both forms of transit are accessible through either pay-by-trip or with a day pass
Taxis - Edmonton has a multitude of cab companies available (Uber, Co-Op Taxi, Yellow Cab, Barrel Taxi, and many more!)
Car Rentals - Most major car rental companies are available (e.g. Enterprise, Budget, Thrifty, etc)
Cycling and Walking - Edmonton has over 200 KM of bike and walking trails along its beautiful river valley to explore
Electric scooters (e.g. Bird and Lime), electric bikes and bikes are available to rent in select areas
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Once hailed the world's largest shopping mall, West Edmonton Mall is now the largest shopping mall in North America and the fifth largest in the world. Home to an impressive 800 stores and 100 places to eat, the mall welcomes 28 million visitors per year.
West Edmonton Mall houses a complex of Canada vacation attractions, each worth a full day's discovery for young and old. Visit Galaxyland, North America's largest indoor amusement park, complete with rollercoaster; World Waterpark, with the world’s largest indoor wavepool; Sea Life Caverns aquarium (with sea lions); the Ice Palace skating rink; plus movie theatres (including IMAX), a dinner theatre, and more.
Welcome to the largest living history museum in Canada! Situated on 158 acres of parkland in Edmonton's river valley, Fort Edmonton Park is the place where time has stopped. Step back in history more than 150 years and learn about the days of the fur trade and pioneer years (four different eras), plus a new section on Indigenous peoples.
Costumed interpreters reveal the lifestyles and attitudes of the era they represent, answer questions, and showcase the best of that period. Take an unforgettable ride on the steam train, horse-drawn carriages, or streetcars of the era and enjoy a living Canadian history lesson!
One of the most advanced science centres in the world, TELUS World of Science offers plenty to captivate all ages of discoverers. From the largest planetarium theatre in Canada, high-tech exhibits, a display on robotics, to an exciting observatory open on clear afternoons and evenings, TWOSE offers memorable experiences. Check out David Wishart’s lab’s contribution to the new Health Zone exhibit.
Thirty-five minutes east of Edmonton lies a wild oasis. The perfect place to day-hike, canoe, camp, or spot some bison. Elk Island National Park has the highest density of hoofed mammals (bison, moose, deer, and elk) in Canada.
Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky free from city lights or follow the footprints of a bison and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. In addition to being an important refuge for bison, elk, and more than 250 bird species, Elk Island National Park is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike. If the conditions are right, you might even be able to see the northern lights!
The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is the largest museum in western Canada and one of the top museums in Canada. Located in the Arts District in downtown Edmonton, we collect, preserve, research, interpret, and exhibit objects and specimens related to the heritage of Alberta's people and natural environment. The museum's expansive permanent galleries feature engaging exhibits complemented by internationally touring features.
Come visit the Art Gallery of Alberta, with over 6,000 works in its permanent collection housed in over 86,000 square feet of space within a uniquely-designed building. Located in downtown Edmonton, it has a focus on art produced in Alberta and other parts of western Canada. In addition to exhibiting its permanent collection, the museum also hosts travelling exhibitions and offers public education programs.
Explore the evolution of flight in Alberta – from bush planes, bombers, jets and more. Learn about historic aviation achievements, from bush flying to famous war battles, as well as northern Alberta’s rich aviation history. Wander around the blindingly fast Starfighter, one of the few surviving aircrafts involved in the Canadian program between 1961 and 1984. Multi-Screen flight simulators and interactive displays are at your fingertips. Medals, badges and vintage photos take you inside the heroic journey of Canada’s famous aviators. You might even run into a former Snowbird pilot!
You can expect to find your happy place when you visit the University of Alberta Botanic Garden!
Relaxation, rejuvenation and enjoyment are only 15 minutes SW of Edmonton. At this garden in a forest, you'll discover how nature ignites your "happy hormones" while you experience a peaceful, beautiful natural environment. Explore cultural gardens, northern climate-hardy plant collections and extensive natural areas, all on 240 acres.
Check out the Old Strathcona neighbourhood where the Metterra and Varscona hotels are located. It has a perfect blend of incredible shopping, world-class dining, and lively entertainment! Whether you’re searching for that perfect statement piece, catching some live theatre, or indulging in our incredible food and drink scene, you can find it all on Whyte.