Be where the action is this summer
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 as well.
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 Oiler withdrawal? You’re not alone. So as you impatiently wait for training camp to begin, come by Rogers Place (a 10-minute walk from Manulife Place) for some great summer concerts including Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran. Come down for a pre-show bite at Zenari's. Or 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 Works Festival going on, this is THE time to get acquainted with art in the city. Over 300 exciting exhibits and special events have popped up all over town — including a few choice pieces at Manulife Place.
Shopping. Dining. Entertainment. Illumination. 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!