Listed here are 15 distant issues to do in Edmonton this spring
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Spring seems to be finally around the corner in Edmonton and it’s time to get out of hibernation and take advantage of some of the many activities the city has to offer this season.
There are a plethora of cool things to try out in YEG right now, whether you want to go outside, try a unique activity, explore a new place, or join a virtual event from the comfort of your couch.
We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Edmonton so you can enjoy the sunny spring days regardless of your interests.
Downtown Spark: winter birds
What: The Winter Birds Exhibit invites Edmontonians to celebrate the special kinds of feathered friends that call the city home year-round. The highlight of this exhibition are three large, glowing inflatable tits that sit on the roof and in the courtyard of the CO * LAB.
When: Now until April 30th (weather permitting – birds can be caught in strong winds)
Where: CO * LAB (9641 102A Avenue NW)
The virtual egg hunt in the Kingsway Mall Mall
What: Kingsway Mall has harnessed the power of augmented reality to create a virtual egg hunt that will help Edmonton people get out of the house for a fun and safe adventure. Hidden in the halls of Kingsway are huge Easter eggs and other surprises that you can discover with the free “Virtual Easter” app.
When: From now until April 30th
Time: Mall opening times (Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Where: Kingsway Mall (1 Kingsway Garden Mall NW)
Take a Segway tour with River Valley Adventure Co.
What: If hiking or biking is boring for you, try another method of transportation in the river valley this spring. River Valley Adventure Co. offers tours for everyone from beginners to advanced Segway users to help locals see their city in a whole new way.
When: Now open for the season
Time: Varies throughout the day (30 to 120 minute tours available)
Where: 9735 Grierson Hill NW
Costs: From $ 29.99
Take an Edmonton Ghost Tour in Old Strathcona
What: Edmonton Ghost Tours is committed to bringing the city’s past to life in exciting new ways. Explore Edmonton’s history during this fun tour, stopping in front of buildings, houses, and shops where ghosts, hauntings, murders, and mysteries have been reported.
It is important to note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all tours must be booked online in advance and group sizes are limited.
When: Wednesday through Saturday, now through May 29th
Time: 19 o’clock
Where: From 10322 83rd Avenue NW
Costs: $ 22.23
Try a virtual program from TELUS World of Science
What: TELUS World of Science offers a variety of fun and educational online options, from virtual tutorials and lectures by scientists to IMAX home shows and live escape rooms.
When: The programming varies, find out more on their website
Where: From the comfort of your home
Costs: Varies depending on the program
Stream a movie from Metro Cinema
What: Metro’s virtual cinema allows Edmonton people to take a break and cultivate at the same time while watching one of their contemporary films. Current offerings include Lapsis, Preparing for an Unknown Time, Hope, Focus, and more.
When: Anytime – once the film is paid for, you have seven days to watch it.
Costs: Varies depending on the film
Tour the Royal Alberta Museum from home
What: Take a virtual tour of the vast collection of the Royal Alberta Museum and learn something new without leaving your home. Check out their 3D collections, tour the Dermestid Beetle Lab, check out the Quaternary Paleontology Collection, or try one of their learning activities at home.
When: At any time
Where: Online, available from the museum’s website
Visit a local farmers market
What: Edmonton is home to many farmers’ markets, each with their own unique offerings. This spring, head to the Old Strathcona Farmers ‘Market, Bountiful Farmers’ Market, Callingwood Farmers ‘Market, or Downtown Farmers’ Market for fresh farm food and other local goodies during the season.
When: The opening times vary depending on the market. Please refer to the individual websites for more information.
Where: Old Strathcona Farmers ‘Market (10310 83rd Avenue NW), Bountiful Farmers’ Market (3696 97th Street NW), Callingwood Farmers ‘Market (6655 178th Street NW), and the Downtown Farmers’ Market (10305 97th Street NW)
Costs: Varies depending on the purchase
Catch a show from the Citadel Theater
What: Bring theater into your home by streaming one of the citadel’s thought-provoking performances. A Brimful of Asha follows Ravi and his mother Asha through May 31 as they share their hilarious, awkward, and true story of family tradition.
Mary’s Wedding, which runs through November 30, follows Mary as she dreams of her beloved Charlie on the eve of their wedding and the story of time and sea that brought them together.
When: Now through November 30th
Time: At any time of your choice (shows run 90 to 95 minutes)
Where: Stream virtually from home
Costs: $ 29.40
Art district animation
What: Arts District Animation offers unique, family-friendly digital experiences on the facades of three iconic Edmonton buildings. The Art Gallery of Alberta, the Citadel Theater and the Winspear Center showcase these works, created by local artists, on large outdoor LED screens with laser projections and accompanying sound.
When: Now through May 31st
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square), Citadel Theater (9828 101A Avenue) and Winspear Center (4 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Rapid Fire Theater Bonfire Festival
What: Get ready to laugh. Bonfire is the Rapid Fire Theater’s annual festival showcasing new ideas in improvisation. Each show at the festival was created by a member of the Rapid Fire Theater and features a new idea that they have never tried before.
When: Now through April 24th
Time: Varies depending on the performance
Costs: $ 0 to $ 20
The search for the golden key
What: The virtual Golden Key to Edmonton’s past is hidden somewhere along the Edmonton Commonwealth Walkway. Try this simple and interactive treasure hunt alone, with your family or cohort, or with physically distant friends. Download the Walkway app and solve five clues as you explore the river valley, learn about the city’s past and present, and find the Golden Key!
When: At any time
Time: Complete the quest in one go, or pause and come back to it another time. (The game is accessible and should last about two hours in total)
Where: The Edmonton Commonwealth Walkway runs 10 kilometers through the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
Costs: Quest is played with the free Walkway app
Watch a documentary during NorthwestFest
What: As the longest running non-fiction film festival in the country, NorthwestFest is Edmonton’s 10-day international documentary screening event. NorthwestFest has nearly 80 short and feature films from Alberta, Canada and around the world, and there is sure to be something for you.
When: May 6-16
Time: Movies are available for 48 hours from purchase
Costs: Tickets start at $ 4.95 per movie or $ 79.95 for an all-access pass
Eat locally during Downtown Dining Week
What: During Downtown Dining Week, choose from 48 of Edmonton’s best local restaurants with specials like Fast Casual for $ 20, Dinner for $ 35, Brunch for $ 20, and more.
When: Now through April 25th
Time: Whenever you are hungry
Where: 48 participating local restaurants
Costs: Varies depending on the meal
Visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo
What: With the recent reopening and the presentation of a new baby camel, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is fun for all ages. See some of the zoo’s 350 animals in outdoor exhibits and select indoor exhibits with one-way access.
Visitors are asked to reserve their tickets online before arriving at the zoo. Only 100 people are allowed in each half hour and the number of visitors is limited to 1,000 daily.
When: Now open every day
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 13315 Buena Vista Road
Costs: $ 10.95 for adults