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How To: Explore YEG With Pokemon Go

How To: Explore YEG With Pokemon Go Get in on the trend that has people exploring the city in search of imaginary creatures. by Cory Haller August 29, 2016 illustration by Andrew Benson  Since the world of Pokmon Go exploded on to Canadian mobile devices last July (usurping Facebook, Instagram,…

How To: Explore YEG With Pokemon Go

Get in on the trend that has people exploring the city in search of imaginary creatures.


August 29, 2016


illustration by Andrew Benson 


Since the world of Pokmon Go exploded on to Canadian mobile devices last July (usurping Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and many others as the app with the most active users worldwide,) you’ve no doubt encountered wandering Pokmon trainers roaming the city. Perhaps you’ve downloaded the game yourself and are navigating the streets of #YEG in an attempt to catch ’em all. If so, Avenue has compiled a handy guide to where and how to best play the game, and take in the best of Edmonton while you do it. 


The Courteous Trainer 

Before making your way to some of the PokeStops and gyms in your area, be sure you’re playing courteously and responsibly. Some helpful tips:

Keep that head up: While the temptation exists to check your phone constantly for wild cartoon monsters, remember that real-world dangers such as traffic, ledges, potholes, pedestrians and other wandering trainers exist. Be sure to keep yourself grounded in reality while on the move. 

Quit blowing smoke: The only puff that should haunt other players is the elusive Jigglypuff, not clouds of smoke emanating from smokers and vapers. If you need your nicotine fix while in a crowd of fellow trainers, do the courtesy of stepping back a few metres. 

Clean up: Neighbourhoods such as Pokmon hotspot Griesbach have been complaining that the influx of trainers has left their public parks littered with trash. Keep green spaces green if you want to be welcome back to hunt for that rare Aerodactyl or Snorlax. 


Engage in Public Art

Many of the PokeStops in Edmonton, like all cities, are often murals, sculptures, well-known buildings, historical landmarks and pieces of public art, so the Edmonton Arts Council is getting in on the game, asking users to tag photos of their Pokmon hunts at public art stops #PokemonGOyeg and #yegpublicart.


The Sweet Spots 

Patricia Park In Griesbach 

With five PokeStops in a relatively short distance, this area has been a hotspot for Pokmon trainers setting lures to attract ’em all. 

124th Street 

This hip and trendy neighbourhood has got it all: coffee shops, shopping, restaurants and art galleries – many of which are teeming with PokeStops. Grab a coffee or snack at Remedy or Credo, and, on Thursdays, check out the 124th Street Market which features PokeStops on either end. 

Churchill Square

The battles at City Hall aren’t just for city councillors anymore. Here a gym has attracted those who wish to fight for glory. It’s also a good idea to collect items at the surrounding PokeStops in and around Chuchill Square. The best time to play Pokmon with the kids will be Sept. 2-3, when Symphony in the City will take over the square with the ESO performing Disney’s most well-known classic songs.

102 Ave. and 100 St.

The Legislature Grounds

There are more stops here than you can shake a stick at as a majority of the Legislature Ground’s monuments, gardens and fountains double as PokeStops. There are even two gyms to test your Pokmon’s steel. Try visiting on a Saturday, when hundreds of other players congregate to set up a swarm of lures on the south side of the grounds. 

9820 107 St.

West Edmonton Mall

The grandaddy of Edmonton destinations also features 22 Pokestops and three gyms, all of which are marked within the mall. 

8882 170 St.

Whyte Avenue

An area that’s always bustling with festivals, and abundant nightlife, restaurants and shops is a perfect place to snag wild Pokmon. It’s also helpful to note that a rare Pokmon, the Porygon, has been spotted at Chianti Cafe on a number of occasions. 

82 Ave.


This article appears in the September 2016 issue of Avenue Edmonton. Subscribe here.