Edmonton Expo Centre
Muttart Conservatory and the Edmonton skyline
Art Gallery of Alberta
Recommended Websites: edmonton.com
Average Hotel Room Rate: $150–$200
Getting There: 17 airlines serve Edmonton International Airport, with connections across Canada and Northern Alberta.
Convention Facilities: Edmonton Expo Centre houses 522,000 sq. ft. of contiguous meeting and show space. Amenities include four new exhibit halls; a 16,000-sq.-ft. ballroom; and 34 meeting rooms, ranging from 450 sq. ft. to 77,000 sq. ft.
Located downtown, Shaw Conference Centre offers 200,000 sq. ft. of conference and exhibit space, including the column-free, 82,000-sq.-ft. Assembly Level.
Additionally, Hall D, with 26,900 sq. ft., accommodates 1,200 for sit-down meals and 2,000, theatre-style.
Offering 238 guestrooms and 14,153 sq. ft. of meeting space, Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort features a casino, two NHL-sized ice rinks and a nightclub.
Renovated in 2010 to include new themed guestrooms and a new restaurant, L2 Grill, Fantasyland Hotel, in West Edmonton Mall, features 355 rooms and 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
Delta Edmonton South Hotel underwent a 2010 refurbishment that brought a new lounge/restaurant and renovated lobby/pool/fitness centre. On-site: 237 rooms, 27,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and a top-floor banquet room with panoramic views of the city.
Attractions + Distractions
The 85,000-sq.-ft. Art Gallery of Alberta develops and presents original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the
world. Available for corporate functions.
Old Strathcona neighbourhood is home to eight theatres and over 100 eateries and pubs presenting jazz, blues, country, folk, alternative rock and dance.
Boutiques, too, carrying everything from art and antiques to fashions, fair trade and organic food and drink, and music supplies.