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Hotels in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The often unheard of capital of Alberta otherwise famous for its oil, Edmonton is North America’s northernmost city of over 1 million. Although often eclipsed by the larger archrival Calgary to the south, Edmonton is the administrative, educational and cultural centre of the province. Overflowing fortunes from oil may have funded some of the best hotels in Edmonton, Canada and the hulking towers downtown, but the city balances that with equally vast open space in the form of North Saskatchewan River Valley that cuts through the central business district with 160 kilometres of recreational trails and ample opportunity to view wildlife.

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As a city whose economy is inextricably tied with the boom and bust cycle of oil, Edmonton’s core is lined with utilitarian structures that get business done but otherwise bland if not for the leafy avenues and vintage homes a few blocks away built during the height of the fur trade. The central business district is laid out in neat grids and centred along Jasper Street where several hotels in downtown Edmonton can also be found. There’s little in the way of entertainment and dining venues here, which are in abundance in Old Strathcona. 

You may want to venture south of the river for apartments to rent in Edmonton especially if you come here during week-long festivals.  See the contrast of red-brick and bohemian lifestyle of Old Strathcona, historically a separate city but eventually annexed. In keeping with its independent spirit and prairie town roots, this neighbourhood lacks the petro-dollar wealth that characterizes Edmonton’s skyline, but it brims with soul, art and culture.

Edmonton, Alberta attractions

Speaking of art, Edmonton is home to the second largest Fringe Festival in the world – after Edinburgh’s in Scotland – a widely attended event in August. It is also during this month that several other (musical) festivals take place, and finding cheap hotels in Edmonton, Canada during this time can be a challenge. Book Edmonton hotel deals by booking early, without having to worry where to stay in Edmonton should you come in late. If you miss the August festivities, there are about 40 others scheduled from April to November. Not many know that despite its angular edges, Edmonton is a Festival City.

There are a couple dozen hotels near West Edmonton Mall in downtown Edmonton, so if you are itching for some retail therapy – West Edmonton Mall is 5.3 million square feet! – you may want to stay the night nearby in a more affordable hostels or bed and breakfast in Edmonton, Alberta.

Edmonton’s greatest pride, however, is the 7,400-hectare North Saskatchewan River Valley. This immense swath of green space contains more than 20 major parks offering a diverse collection of landscapes, ecosystems and wildlife that make up one of the largest urban parklands in North America. Four hours southwest lies an even more compelling outdoor destination, Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and skiers’ haven.