Whether you’re visiting, returning, or have lived here your entire life, there’s always something new to discover about Edmonton’s history, landmarks, and food scene. From tours of brewpubs and bakeries to bike excursions and Segway rides, there’s a little something here for everyone. Ready to snoop and explore? Here are the tours and views you’ve been waiting for.
LOVE THOSE LANDMARKS
Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
Revel in the history and beauty of this old railway-hotel-turned-luxury-hotel, now designated as a Municipal Historic Resource. On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy afternoon tea followed by a tour, including a stop in the Queen Elizabeth II Suite. 10065-100 St.
Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site
Visit Rutherford House, a restored and furnished Edwardian-era home that was once owned by Alberta’s first premier. Then take a free, interactive, historical walking tour using the FORHV Walks App, and learn how the house connects to the surrounding community. 11153 Saskatchewan Dr.
Learn about Alberta’s political history and check out historic art and architecture on a free 45-minute tour of the Legislature Building. Facilities are wheelchair accessible, and tours are available year-round and offered in either English or French. 10800-97 Ave.
HIT THE EATS
Edmonton Food Tours
Eat, engage, and explore on a foodie-haven tour. Enjoy some of Edmonton’s most iconic foods with options for Old Strathcona bakeries, downtown dining, and a farmers’ market tour followed by a cooking class.
Urban Pedal Tours
On a two-hour leisurely cycling tour, you and 14 others will stop at three popular brewpubs in either Old Strathcona or downtown and learn about Edmonton’s burgeoning beer scene.
Edmonton Brewery Tours
Put a little hops in your step with one of these guided tours. Choose between the breweries or distilleries tours, then enjoy the guided experience and unique stories of the best local crafters—plus a wide variety of samples.
HIT THE STREETS
Art Tour YEG
Take a self-guided tour of some of Edmonton’s coolest murals, installation art, and art galleries using the free Art Tour YEG maps.
Discover the haunted past of Old Strathcona and the University of Alberta. Learn which buildings, houses, and shops have reported supernatural activities and ghost sightings! Tours last 80 minutes and are exclusively outdoors, so dress for the weather.
Downtown Walking Tours
The free Stories of Our Streets tours offer a fascinating glimpse into Edmonton’s past and present. The 90-minute walking tour starts on the historic 104 street Promenade and takes you through the downtown core. You’ll get neat trivia on must-see landmarks and architecture, discover the best coffee shops and restaurants, and get a chance to ride the funicular. Tours are available weekday mornings and Tuesday evenings.
RIDE IN STYLE
Discover the capital aboard an air-conditioned bus. Journey through time on a Roots & Resources Tour to learn about the industries and people who shape our city, enjoy a highlight reel of attractions on the Best of the Big E Tour, or head just outside Edmonton on the Ukrainian Village & Elk Island Tour!
Segway Adventure Tours
Check out the Edmonton river valley aboard a Segway with River Valley Adventure Co.! Every tour begins with an in-depth training session and then showcases a part of the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America. Tours are available year-round and last 60–90 minutes.
Revolutionize your cycling tour with the help of a pedal-assist bicycle. The first to market pedelec (pedal electric cycle) tours in North America, Revolution Cycle offers basic two- and five-hour tours or lets you customize your own. Ride in hilly areas or strong winds with ease!
Canoe & Kayak
Both guided and self-guided canoeing and kayaking experiences are available! Take a leisurely paddle down the North Saskatchewan River, or take in a five-day trip down the Athabasca with Edmonton Canoe. Love photo ops? Bring your camera and capture the gorgeous sunset along the city skyline or in the wilderness of Elk Island National Park with one of Haskin Canoe’s evening paddles.
WHERE Edmonton is giving away a 2019 Specimen Coin Set from West Edmonton Coin & Stamp! Canadian artist Jean-Charles Daumas captures the beauty of the pileated woodpecker—a favourite of Canadian birders and nature enthusiasts—on the one-dollar coin.
To enter to win this iconic keepsake, follow WHERE Edmonton on Twitter and watch for tweets about the contest! We will draw for the winner on July 12.