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Greater Edmonton Visitor Guide 2012
Magazines | Tourism & Travel 2012-05-01 11:48:22
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    GREATER VISITOR GUIDE 2012 GUIDE FOR VISITORS & TOUR PLANNING

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    4 CONTENTS 8 EXPERIENCE EDMONTON Special Events in 2012 8 What's New 12 Discover Edmonton 14 General Information 16 18 NEIGHBOURHOODS City Centre 18 North 22 South 26 West 30 West Edmonton Mall 34 36 HISTORY 40 TRANSPORTATION Getting Around 40 Transportation Guide 42 46 FESTIVALS & EVENTS 51 SPORTS & RECREATION Fun & Fairways 51 Sports & Recreation 55 57 ATTRACTIONS 68 BEYOND EDMONTON North 69 East 70 South 71 West 72 Kalyna Country 73 Jasper National Park 74 Tour: Alberta Bound 75 Tour: Eco-Tourism 76 Tour: Majestic Aurora 78 Regional Contacts 80 81 ACCOMMODATIONS Hotels & Motels 82 Campgrounds 101 102 DINING & SHOPPING Dining Guide 102 On the Town 109 Shopping Guide 110 Farmers' Markets 116 117 MEMBERS' SERVICES & INDEX Members' Services 117 Frequently Called Numbers 126 Index & Advertisers Index 129 122 MAPS 128 LOOKING AHEAD Photos: Travel Alberta; Edmonton Tourism

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    The Greater Edmonton Visitor Guide is 100% funded by the advertisers. The participation of these fine companies allows us to provide this comprehensive guide free of charge. To ensure the continued success of this guide, please support our advertisers. Thank you! For more information contact: Dept. VG2012, 5th Floor, World Trade Centre Edmonton 9990 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 1P7 E gateway@edmonton.com W www.edmonton.com VISITOR INFORMATION T 780-496-8400 (in Edmonton) or TF 1-800-463-4667 (Canada/USA) Travel Trade or Convention/Destination Planning T 780-426-4715 F 780-425-5283 Distributor: Edmonton Tourism Editorial assistance provided by Edmonton Tourism Designed & Published by #1, 9301-50 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6B 2L5 T 780-465-3362 F 780-448-0424 E askus@infoedmonton.com Publisher: R.H. (Rob) Tanner Features Editor: Shauna Rudd Art Director: Adam Still Contributing Writer: Gregory Kennedy Graphic Designers: Zuzana Benesova, Rost Koval, Tyson Dueck Traffic Coordinator: Cheryl Lindquist Listings & Web Editor: Hilary Darrah, Melanie Pengelly Traffic Assistant: Kendra Mah Accounting: Fossina Crytes Production Manager: Marie Tanner Operations Manager: Dean Langille Advertising Sales: Gerry Leibel, Doug Stirrett, Meghann Tanner, Wendy Wharton Internet Manager: Mike Treloar ©2012 Tanner Young Publishing Group No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without prior written authorization. Printed in Canada by Transcontinental LGM - Coronet 6 EXPLANATION OF CODES AMEX: American Express EnR: EnRoute/Diners JCB: Japan Credit Bureau MC: Master Card : Partner of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation Tourism X: Wheelchair Accessible - Attraction has been designed to maximize the independent functioning of the disabled person using the facilities. Please contact facility for full details. All telephone area codes are 780 unless otherwise indicated. Considerable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the listings and information shown, and we regret any errors or omissions. The Publisher and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation assume no responsibility for inaccuracies of the information contained herein. The listing of any company or product in this guide does not reflect an endorsement of that company or product by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation or the Publisher. All prices are in W Canadian funds. Taxes not included unless otherwise stated. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. (March 2012) Throughout this book, you'll notice checkmarks . This symbol indicates organizations that are partners in the Edmonton Capital Region Tourism Partnership. The smallest act of green can make a difference for the planet. Edmonton's hotels, conference centres, restaurants and industry partners are going green in an unprecedented way. For more information, visit www. edmonton.com/fresh. GREATER EDMONTON VISITOR GUIDE 2012 WWW.DESTINATIONEDMONTON.CA

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    EXPERIENCE » EDMONTON Welcome to Alberta's capital city- home to world-class festivals and our famous River Valley, the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America. We warmly invite you to experience our top accommodations, great shopping, charming cafés and impressive restaurants-as well as the city's most exciting attractions and entertainment. Here are some major highlights that you won't want to miss... Darth Vader Costume 8 © 2012 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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    Photos: Lucasfilm Ltd; Mike Treloar; Edmonton Indy 2012 EDMONTON INDY ® From July 20-22, strap yourself in for the hottest weekend of the summer as racing fans from across the country speed into town for the 2012 Edmonton Indy®. You can check out the Pits and Paddocks, and best of all, 80 per cent of the track is visible from any seat, guaranteeing you a great view as the hot wheels blur by at 320 km-h. If you love the howl of engines, the buzz of celebrity drivers such as Marco Andretti, grandson of the legendary Mario, and the monkey-wrenching of the best pit crews on the planet, this is your event. STAR WARS ™ IDENTITIES EDMONTON TOURISM WWW.EDMONTON.COM SPECIAL EVENTS » 2012 See Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker and all the unforgettable characters of Star Wars like never before at Star Wars™ Identities: The Exhibition at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, which runs from October 27, 2012 - April 1, 2013. As you set off to create your own unique Star Wars identity, you'll discover the forces that shape you - and get answers to scientific questions such as: How did Luke and Anakin, who share the same genes and home planet, become such different people? On display will be 200 artifacts from the Lucasfilm Archives, including iconic items like Darth Vader's costume, the Millennium Falcon model and Anakin's full-size Podracer. 9

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    SPECIAL EVENTS » 2012 CANADIAN FINALS RODEO This world-class rodeo sets new attendance records every year when it rides into Edmonton. From November 7-11, watch the top professional rodeo athletes rip up the dirt and compete against the clock for the Canadian title and a chance to win a share of more than $1 million in prize money. Steer wrestling, bull riding and ladies barrel racing are only a handful of events that'll have you sitting on the edge of your seat. 10 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: QUIDAM The world-famous acrobatic troop, Cirque du Soleil, presents their latest pantomime masterpiece at Rexall Place from August 8-12. Be mesmerized as young Zoé, discouraged by her dull life, leaps into her own colourful world of imagination, the world of Quidam, where motley characters encourage her to free her soul. Expect nothing less than an amazing fusion of music, dance, acrobatics, and pure fantasy as this head-spinning spectacle takes to the stage. Photos Courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil; Northlands

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