Just like any other large cosmopolitan city, the capital of Alberta comes alive in the later hours. If you’re planning to visit the Canadian Rockies and include a city break to the metropolitan playground of Edmonton, here is just a taster of what you can get up to in the evening.
1. Take a science test after sun-down
Where “science is served on the rocks”, at this 18+ event the adults get to play scientist. The ultimate DIY party, crafty adults can indulge in gardening, soldering, cooking, or metal work. There’s also a bar and DJ.
2. Be entertained while dining
Combine your love of food and live theatre at either the Mayfield Dinner Theatre or Jubilations Dinner Theatre. Upcoming productions include Only in Vegas and Night at the Museum of Country Music.
3. Dress up for a night at the ballet
Alberta Ballet is the second-largest ballet company in Canada and regularly graces the stage of the Jubilee Theatre in Edmonton. Next year their timetable will include stage performances of Dracula, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland and Our Canada.
4. Enjoy some contemporary opera
Edmonton Opera prides itself on debuting contemporary pieces and crafting modern twists on classic tales. In 2017, the Jubilee Theatre will host operatic productions of Cinderella, Elektra, and Turnadot. The singers perform in several languages, but English translations are projected onto the walls.
5. Look above for the northern lights
The northern lights are known to shine across the skies of Edmonton. Plus, an hour’s drive away lies one of the best places to spot this colourful natural wonder – Athabasca County.
6. Hunt deadly spirits on a ghost tour
Edmonton was founded in 1795 and since then has built up a gruesome collection of paranormal tales. Listen to the tales yourself as you explore Old Strathcona and stop in front of buildings that claim of a history of ghosts, hauntings, murders and mysteries.
7. Win big at a casino
Edmonton has a lucrative casino scene for anyone willing to put their Canadian dollar to the test. Some favourites include Century Casino, Grand Villa Casino, Casino Edmonton and Palace Casino.
8. Visit the outdoor neon museum
The first of its kind in Canada, this neon sign museum commemorates Edmonton’s colourful past. Along the side of the Telus building on 104 Street and 104 Avenue, sits twelve neon signs that were once prevalent in the city. The attraction is free and part of a community regeneration project.
9. Spin around on a rollercoaster
Inside West Edmonton Mall lies one of the world’s largest indoor amusement parks. For thrill-seekers there is the Mindbender – aka the world’s largest indoor triple-loop rollercoaster. For kids there is the Galaxy Kids Playpark where really small kids can explore caves and fall into a ball pit.
10. Listen to an orchestra…with a unique flair
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is an innovative musical collective that performs symphonic music in offbeat genres like country and rock. Contemporary musical acts that have received the orchestral treatment include Procol Harem, Frank Zappa, k.d. lang, and the Barenaked Ladies.