Destination: Edmonton Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Nikki Gloudeman
September 25, 2012
Alberta’s sublime natural resources are vividly captured in wide angles and aerial shots. Witness Travel Alberta’s recent video campaign, featuring footage of the ice-capped Canadian Rockies, a bright yellow canola field, fly fishers on a turquoise-blue lake and horses stampeding across open plains, punctuated with acoustic guitar-backed crooning as achingly poignant as the natural vistas featured.
By Chris McBeath
June 27, 2012
From grizzly bears on the west coast to polar bears on the shores of Hudson Bay, Canada’s four westernmost provinces, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, offer meeting professionals extraordinary variety. Within these provinces are large cities whose names are well known, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. There are also smaller cities, that are equally attractive for their meeting potential. And there’s the landscape. A magnificent terrain stretching across nearly 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers), it contains ancient rain forest and desert canyons, carves through towering glacial mountains and shimmers with vast prairies of wheat and mustard.
By Nikki Gloudeman
September 23, 2011
The best of Alberta from those who know it best
By Talia Salem
March 28, 2011
Edmonton might not have the name recognition of some of its Canadian counterparts, such as Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, but it has many buzz-worthy offerings.
By Kathy Chin Leong
September 30, 2010
It’s a steep climb to the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper, Alberta, but every angular jostle is worth the view from the comfort of a custom-built snowcoach, hauling visitors up every 15 minutes. The whitish-blue icy tongue, estimated to be nearly four miles long and 1,000 feet thick, is a gargantuan natural wonder, epic in both size and beauty, along the Columbia Icefield.
By Carolyn Koenig
June 30, 2010
Millions of viewers around the world tuned in to the breathtaking athletic prowess and fierce competition that played out before their eyes when the 2010 Winter Olympics came to British Columbia—not unlike the skills and fanfare a few decades earlier, when Alberta hosted the event in Calgary. There was drama... pain... joy... exuberance, at the highest level of each sport.
Learn about Edmonton for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 64
Total Hotel Rooms: 13,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 21
Local Convention Centers: Shaw Conference Centre & Edmonton EXPO Centre
Local Airports: Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
Local CVB: Edmonton Tourism
Alberta’s capital of Edmonton, located in the center of the province, is home to more than 1 million residents who clearly revel in the city’s natural-metropolitan mix. Edmonton announces this fusion in its skyline, which includes a turn-of-the-century castle and shimmering-glass highrises set against the natural bounty of the North Saskatchewan River valley, the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America—22 times larger than New York City’s Central Park. The city is also home to the largest shopping center in North America, the massive West Edmonton Mall, with more than 5 million sq. ft. of shops, restaurants and attractions.
Canada’s sixth-largest city, Edmonton is easily accessible, has myriad meeting venues, provides many top cultural outlets and offers plenty to keep attendees busy between sessions. The city has more than 30 festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from visual arts, film and theater to sports and dragon boat racing. Groups can capitalize on the city’s festival scene by partaking in the Edmonton Tourism’s Festival City in a Box program, which provides a menu of suggestions on how to integrate festival themes into keynote addresses, breakout sessions, team building, entertainment, décor, catering and receptions.