Not only do they have the number one pick in today’s NHL draft, almost certainly Connor McDavid, but the folks in Edmonton also can lay claim to living in a city that’s definitely on the rise. I’ve been in town a few times in the past few years and have been happy to see so many new developments to go along with old favourites. Here are some photos that show a city that is most definitely moving up. Now let’s see how the NHL Oilers can do!
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a great symbol of the renaissance of downtown Edmonton. The gallery features excellent work and is visually stunning, to boot.
The downtown shopping scene has come a long way in Edmonton. You’ll find excellent shops on 104th St. N.W.
The new Rogers Place will be the downtown home of the Edmonton Oilers and aforementioned (they hope) Connor McDavid. The arena already is sparking new condos, hotels, shops and restaurants in the area around 102nd St. N.W. and 104th Ave. It’s expected to open in the fall of next year. The Mercer Tavern is a trendy and wonderfully atmospheric pub and restaurant near the new Rogers Place arena.
I found some truly excellent restaurants on my last visit to town. Tres Carnales might have the best Mexican food in Canada.
Not only is the food fantastic, but the decor is inventive and fun at Tres Carnales.
Take a ride on the High Level Bridge railway for great views of the city. It’s a ton of fun for kids and adults alike.
Old Strathcona is a fine and funky part of Edmonton, near the University of Alberta. You’ll find great old theatres, lively cafes and cool clothing shops.
Bar Bricco on Jasper Ave. is another fine spot for Edmonton foodies. They do great charcuterie, with some products flown in from as far away as Uruguay.
The patio at the Confederation Lounge at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is a great place to sip a drink or two and watch the sun go down.
Try a walk or a bike ride along the N. Saskatchewan River for a taste of Edmonton’s outdoor/nature opportunities.
I love the old neon signs that line this building on 104th St. N.W., across from the Mercer Tavern.
The Sherlock Holmes pub is a great spot for al fresco dining and drinking in downtown Edmonton.