Be where the action is this fall
The word’s out on Edmonton: for opportunity, quality of life and raising a family, there’s nowhere better in Canada. As a result, Edmonton is Canada’s fastest-growing metropolitan area. And no neighbourhood has benefited more from this resurgent interest in living here than the downtown core. What used to be a ghost town after hours has come alive with culture, sport, vibe and buzz.
At the centre are must-visit attractions like the city’s new art installations and Rogers Place (new home of your Edmonton Oilers). But the area’s peppered with upstart restaurants, bars and must-dos.
If you’re coming down during the week, start your visit at Manulife Place — the area’s original “destination.”
Home to Canadian fashion mecca Holt Renfrew and spoil-worthy boutiques like Night Owl, it’s an Edmonton style-seeker’s go-to destination. Holt Renfrew alone has over 40,000 square feet of fashion eye-candy, and a tasty vegan and gluten-free menu in their haute café.
If one-of-a-kind is more your vibe, Swish, on the first floor with street access, is a luxe vintage haven and an eclectic wonderland of couture clothing, shoes, handbags, furniture and accessories.
If you’re understandably famished after perusing the racks, Zenari’s (next to Swish) serves the best Italian sandwiches in Edmonton. More peckish? Enjoy one of their signature salads with a fresh espresso chaser.
Beyond Manulife Place
Suffering from Oilers withdrawal? You’re not alone. So as you impatiently wait for the season to begin, come by Rogers Place (a 10-minute walk from Manulife Place) and check out some of the most talked about art installations in town. “Figures in Motion” by the entrance to the Downtown Community Arena next to Rogers Place is particularly awesome. Watch them change as you move closer to it. Thinking selfies? Pose on the steps of the towering (but somehow serene) red Skater’s Arch by Rogers Place or stand at the edge of the magnificent mosaic in Ford Hall. This impressive piece is by Canadian artist Alex Janvier, a member of the “Indian Group of Seven.”
And with the first ever Edmonton Design Week set to run from September 22 to 30, this is THE time to get acquainted with art in the city. For nine days, you can view and interact with installations, workshops, talks, tours, pop-ups, parties and exhibitions throughout downtown Edmonton and surrounding neighbourhoods — including a pop up gallery at Manulife Place.
Shopping. Dining. Entertainment. Art. So many reasons to come downtown again. And at least a few more to start your visit at Manulife Place.
See you in the core!