By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Mar 25, 2017
Friendly Edmonton – it’s true! The City of Champions. Just give this Northern Alberta city a chance to prove that it’s NOT the “boiler room of Canada” (who said that anyway?).
Whether business or pleasure brings you to the Alberta Capital, it's easy to turn a weekend here into a fun romantic getaway. And although Edmonton is growing fast, it's still one of the easier cities in Canada to get around by car.
What to Expect for Weather in Edmonton: Winters are cold but quite sunny, with average daytime high temperatures around -8 C. Summers are generally warm and pleasant, with long hours of daylight. The best time to visit Edmonton is anytime between May and October.
Old Strathcona - called "Edmonton's Best Neighborhood", Whyte Avenue (82 ave) between 100 & 107 Streets is a cool place to spend some time checking out the Cities best array of pubs, book stores, theaters, cafes and live performances.
High Level Bridge Streetcar - relive the past and experience the High Level Bridge like never before with a ride on one of these restored historic tram cars. You can board at either the Old Strathcona Station (103 St & 84 Ave) or closer to downtown at Jasper Plaza.
The Streetcar is a really romantic thing for couples to do, but a summer-only attraction as it operates from mid-May to Thanksgiving in October only.
104 St – head here for a great dinner out and a good cup of coffee after. Corso 32 is a nice pick for Italian (one of the cities’ best in fact), even though elbow space is at a premium in this cozy little dining room.
West Edmonton Mall - especially during the cold winter, a fun couple of days at WEM makes for a romantic weekend in Edmonton. It's one of the largest shopping malls in the world, and probably still the single biggest attraction the city is known for. Of course, you won't cover everything in one day, so try to spend a couple days or a weekend here. You can:
Afterwards, you've got your pick of a whole range of restaurants. We love some of the fine eateries along Bourbon Street. For a quieter setting, Cafe Europa is a good choice. The distance from the Mall to the International Airport (YEG) is 40 kms (driving time is 35 minutes), and to downtown Edmonton about 8 kms.
Edmonton Queen River Boat - turn your night out on the town into a night out on the North Saskatchewan River, complete with live music and a seafood buffet. The Queen runs from May thru to late October, call 780-424-2628 for booking Edmonton's only romantic boat cruise.
River Valley - over 150 kms along the North Saskatchewan River ideal for summertime picnics, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and more.
Go Tobogganing - great fun in the winter! Edmonton maintains several hills perfect for a "sled ride for 2" including Rundle Park and Whitemud Park North.
Legislature Grounds - 50+ acres of beautifully landscaped grounds adorn the Provincial Government buildings. During the winter holiday season, dress warm & come down for a stroll to admire all 120,000 lights among the trees. The fountains get our vote as one of Edmonton's best spots for proposals.
Take in a Drive-In Movie - just like old times, the Silver Spur Drive-In has brought back outdoor movies to Edmonton. Each summer, at the north parking lot of TELUS Field, you can catch a classic flick from the comfort of your car or truck. See www.silverspurmovies.com for schedules and more info.
Here's a HD video that shows some of the romantic Edmonton things to do and places to stay we mention on this page. In just over a minute, you'll see video of:
The restaurants in Alberta's Capital get very busy on weekends, so reservations are essential. Some of the best Edmonton restaurants for honeymoons, anniversaries and places to propose would include:
Madison's Grill - the scene of many romantic Edmonton dates is just next door to the Union Bank Inn. We found the service was just right, the quiet and relaxing atmosphere great for conversation, and the Butter Chicken just awesome! (10053 Jasper Ave, Edmonton AB 780-421-7171)
The Creperie - many awards won here, including best ambiance and most romantic restaurant in Edmonton. Located in downtown Edmonton's boardwalk, the specialty is of course crepes, along with seafood, special baked bread and some great salads. (111 - 10220 103 St, Edmonton AB 780-420-6656)
La Ronde - dine in one of the most romantic spots in Edmonton! You'll love the excellent regional Canadian cuisine, and the La Ronde is Edmonton's only revolving restaurant, rotating every 90 minutes high up on top of the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. Open 10 - 2 for Sunday Brunch. (10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton, AB 780-428-6611)
Hardware Grill - certainly one of the best restaurants in Edmonton. Grilled elk, bison meatloaf and potato perogies are just the beginning! In the heart of the art district in Edmonton, and a great place to dine before or after a show. (9698 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB 780-423-0969)
Edmonton, Alberta is located in western Canada. The location of Edmonton Airport (3-letter code: YEG) is 12 miles south of Edmonton. The Airport shuttle costs $18 one way, and travel time to downtown Edmonton is about 45 minutes. Cost of a taxi from the airport to downtown Edmonton hotels is about $47.
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