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The city of Edmonton is one of the fastest-growing in all of Canada. Nicknamed the Festival City, it is best known for hosting over 50 cultural events a year, each of which explores a different theme. So far, they’ve hosted theme events on everything from Caribbean music to craft beer to fringe theatre. Today, Edmonton is known for being home to North American’s second-largest mall, the West Edmonton Mall, as well as Canada’s largest living history museum, the Fort Edmonton Park. To fully explore all that the city has to offer in comfort and style, pre-book your Edmonton car rental in advance with Enjoy Travel. Prices for daily car rental average at just $58 CAD. You can rent an economy vehicle like a Toyota Corolla for as low as $26 CAD per day, or opt for a large SUV such as a Ford Escape for $68 CAD.

Guide to Edmonton


Edmonton is in the Prairies Ecozone, an expanse of flat or gently rolling farmland surrounded by broken patches of aspen forest. The capital of Alberta, Edmonton is the largest city in the state after Calgary and the northernmost city on the continent. Its most distinguishing geographic feature is the North Saskatchewan River.


Overall, Edmonton’s climate is comparable to that of Dublin or Manchester. Winters, which last from November to March, tend to be freezing and dry. Summers (June to September) are usually warm and sunny, except when the region experiences an extreme weather event. Most of the city’s festivals take place during this period, so plan your trip accordingly.


In the late 1700s, the Hudson’s Bay Company and North West Company came far to the north in search of beaver fur. After decades of competing to trade with the local tribes, they merged in 1831, and Hudson’s Bay Company’s headquarters, Fort Edmonton, emerged as the most important outpost in what later became Alberta. Modern Edmonton – now a thriving metropolis – stands just twenty miles from the fort.

Things to Do in Edmonton

Learn about local history

The best way to learn about Edmonton’s history is to visit Fort Edmonton Park, the largest living history museum in Canada. To begin with, when you reach the main entrance, you’ll find a steam engine and train waiting for you. Climb on to the train and journey to the 1846 Fort, a perfect replica of the old Hudson’s Bay Company outpost. The main attractions here are the central trading station, clerks’ quarters, and a recreated Cree camp outside the palisade. Next, head to 1885 Street, a celebration of the settler era, where you can find old hotels, covered wagons, and a Methodist church. On 1905 Street, discover the early 20th century, when the city started to swell with immigrants from Europe and the Far East. Last on the list is 1920 Street, which pays homage to Edmonton’s commercialization during the Roaring Twenties.

Tour the West Edmonton Mall

Speaking of commercialisation – Edmonton has what was once the largest shopping complex in the world. The West Edmonton Mall consists of forty-eight city blocks and you can easily spend a day exploring its 800+ stores and restaurants as well as its popular entertainment venues. World Waterpark is great for swimming, surfing, and other water activities, while Galaxyland, the continent’s largest indoor amusement park, offers some fabulous roller coaster rides. It can be a little overwhelming to figure out where to go, so begin at the Guest Services booth near Galaxyland. Be sure to ask for a tourist map while you’re at the reception. There’s also an impressive indoor aquarium inside the mall.

Appreciate Canadian art

The Art Gallery of Alberta, built in 1924, displays over 6000 works by western Canadian artists. Here you’ll find pieces by Carl Schaefer, Jack Bush, Bill Reid, Robert Boyer, and a whole host of other famous names. Spend at least an afternoon looking at all the exhibits here. The most interesting part of the gallery is that it explores not only abstract philosophy but also contemporary politics. Issues that are less spoken about in mainstream conversation – such as the African Canadian experience – find poignant expression in some of the pieces here.

Take a break amidst nature

There’s no better place to zone out from the hustle of city life than a national park, and fortunately, Edmonton has its own: Elk Island National Park. Situated 30 minutes from the main city by road, the park covers forests that are home to moose, elk, deer, coyotes, lynxes, and over 250 species of birds. The main attraction here, however, is a herd of plains bison. Decades ago, the herd was an instrumental part of Canada’s plan to save the species, and today, we’re glad to share that there are now around 20,500 animals spread across the continent! The park itself boasts 450 specimens. While you’re here, you may want to hike and camp in the wilderness or go kayaking on the North Saskatchewan River. Feel free to enjoy the park, but do remember that parts of it are sacred to the indigenous peoples of the area.

Eating out in Edmonton

As a highly developed city, Edmonton has its share of excellent restaurants that draw from diverse culinary traditions. Here are some of our favorites:

Cosmos Greek Kitchen is a family-run restaurant that offers the choicest of traditional Greek dishes, from pita with an olive dip to garithes souvlaki (prawn kebabs). You’ll love the intimate setting and friendly staff. Lovepizza initially targeted the local working crowd, it now draws in younger tourists with its creative pizza names. Try the Ode to Ukraine or Old MacDonald. Prairie Fish ‘N’ Chips’ interior aesthetic reflects both Canadian prairie as well as coastal British tastes. Ask for the fish of the day, and while you’re waiting for it to arrive, enjoy a hot dog or chicken sandwich. The Marc offers the finest French dining while maintaining a light, informal air. Start by ordering the marinated olives, then move on to something moderately heavy, like the tarte flambee.

Edmonton Transport


To reach Edmonton, take a flight to the Edmonton International Airport (YEG).

Getting around Edmonton

While in Edmonton, it’s best to rely on the local streetcars, buses, or light-rail transit system to get from one tourist attraction to another. However, for maximum convenience and flexibility to see the city and its surroundings in your own time, consider renting a car instead.

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FAQs about car rental in Edmonton

Most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Edmonton

The average cost per day of renting a car in Edmonton is just $58 CAD.
Prices for Edmonton car rentals start from just $22.58 CAD when booking in advance with Enjoy Travel.
To rent a car in Edmonton you must be at least 21 years old..
Additional drivers can be added to your Edmonton car rental agreement upon request.
Explore Edmonton with a large and comfortable SUV like a Ford Escape or similar.
The distance between Edmonton Airport and downtown is around 30.5 km
The distance between Edmonton and Calgary is around 300 km

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