Taking a bus tour of North America’s most major northern city offers a lot of different options when it comes to what to see and even how to see them. Edmonton boasts a population of over 1 million people while offering a river valley with the largest continuous urban green space in all of North America. With all the natural attractions, wilderness spaces and urban adventures to be had itâ€™s hard to beat an Edmonton bus rental tour.
Often recognized for being home to the largest shopping mall in North America it also hosts the world-renowned fringe festival (the second biggest in the world after Edinburgh). But not to worry, Canada festival city has much more to offer than just world-class shopping and paid events. To help you plan your tour of Edmonton we have handpicked 5 of the best things to do in Edmonton and guarantee that when coupled with a bus rental, your tour will be worry-free.
Take A Ride To Elk Island National Park
A little under an hour bus ride away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Elk Island National Park is home to more hoofed animals per kilometer than any other wild area in the world. It is a stark contrast from the busy city, and on any given day you will find wildlife such as moose, deer, elk and of course bison. Activities such as hiking, bird watching and camping are just a few of the many options available to the public. This is definitely one for the nature lovers.
*Did you know that as recently as 200 years ago there were nearly 30 million bison in North America? By 1890 however, that population had decreased to around 1,000 due to overhunting, disease and land being taken for farming. Elk Island National Park is home to approximately 1,000 bison and is passionate about keeping their bison safe within the park as well as sending bison around the world in order to ensure other conservation projects are thriving too. Today, thanks in large part to Elk Island, there are nearly 40,000 wild bison around the world.
Visit the Alberta Art Gallery
Edmonton is big on theatre and festivals, offering a lot of culture, so it may be hard to choose what to see if you have a limited amount of time. A great place to start is the Alberta Art Gallery. Located in downtown Edmonton the building itself is a masterpiece and contains several incredible permanent collections as well as the ever-evolving temporary exhibits. Take a walk around the futuristic exterior and then step inside and discover a collection of over 6000 pieces of both contemporary and historical art. The Alberta Art Gallery is focused on connecting people, art and ideas and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
*Also worth a visit, and just across the street from the AGA, is Edmonton’s City Hall. And if art is really your thing, Alberta North Transport would be happy to organize an Edmonton bus rental tour of the cities numerous smaller art galleries.
Venture Into The Muttart Conservatories Botanical Pyramids
Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory consists of three city-operated greenhouses, a vast public garden and four giant glass pyramids, three of which have their own dedicated climate and one that changes up to eight times a year. Whether you are interested in the arid, tropical, temperate or rotating feature pyramid, you will have no problem discovering the plants of the world. The Muttart pyramids offer year-round displays where you can escape into a botanical world of gardens regardless of the temperature outside.
*Also an accredited museum the Muttart Conservatory contains one of Canada’s largest botanical collections as well as the wonderful Culina Cafa, which we highly recommend.
Meet Some Animals At The Edmonton Valley Zoo
Nestled in Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas) and features species from all around the world. Stand only meters away from an incredible collection of animals and wildlife that include elephants, tigers, snakes, zebras, monkeys and more. A family friendly destination you will have the opportunity to meet some endangered species, take in daily demonstrations, programs and talks or check out the new Polar Extremes exhibit.
*Established in 1959 as the Storyland Valley Zoo, the Edmonton Valley Zoo houses over 350 animals. Actively involved in conservation efforts including polar bear, frog, lemur and red panda the Zoo promotes green strategies wherever possible and is dedicated to working with international organization on ethical and strategic conservation projects.
Discover The Telus World Of Science
If you love the science of the natural world, then this is the place for you. The Telus World Of Science features exhibits on the human body, robots, an IMAX theatre, a full planetarium, an observatory and much more. Enjoy an adventure of discovery that includes live talks, demonstrations, hands-on experiments and multiple dynamic displays designed to educate visitors in a fun and fascinating way. Discover the stars with a look through one of the Observatory telescopes, solve a puzzle on Mystery Avenue, travel the galaxy in Space Place or explore the human body in The Body Fantastic. Whatever you decide to do, we are sure you will have a good time, and you might even learn a thing or two.
*Opened in 1984 The Telus World Of Science is operated by the non-for-profit Edmonton Space and Science Foundation and is currently a member of both the Association of Science-Technology Centers and the Canadian Association of Science Centers.
We could go on for days about all the amazing things to see and do in Edmonton, but for now you’ll just have to take our word for it and start by heading out on some of the unique adventures we have mentioned above.
We know that planning the perfect day trip can be challenging, but with an Edmonton Bus Rental tour from Alberta North Transport we can make it easy. Our team will provide your tour with bus rental services to suit your individual group and no matter what your goal, we will get you there.