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Edmonton’s Diversity Attracts Groups

Multifaceted Edmonton offers plenty of urban pleasures, including top-flight cultural institutions, fine dining, entertainment and shopping, balanced with North America’s largest urban parkland.


Multifaceted Edmonton offers plenty of urban pleasures, including top-flight cultural institutions, fine dining, entertainment and shopping, balanced with North America’s largest urban parkland. By Don Douloff, March 08, 2011

Edmonton Expo Centre

Edmonton Expo Centre

Muttart Conservatory and the Edmonton skyline

Muttart Conservatory and the Edmonton skyline

Old Strathcona

Old Strathcona

Art Gallery of Alberta

Art Gallery of Alberta

Fast Facts

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.

Pillow Talk

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.

Stretching over 18,000 acres, the North Saskatchewan River Valley offers golf courses, 22 major parks and almost 100 miles of maintained, multi-use trails for walking, cross-country skiing and cycling.

À la Carte

L2 Grill, opened in 2010 in West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland Hotel, serves up the likes of kobe beef, lobster, king crab and rack of lamb, prepared with creative flair.

Also launched in 2010, Zinc, in the Art Gallery of Alberta, off ers all menu items ‘by the plate’ and, intriguingly, ‘by the bite,’ off ering serious grazing opportunities. Exec chef Dave Omar favours local, artisanal ingredients.

Madison’s Grill, in the Union Bank Inn, welcomes with a large fireplace and Ionic columns reaching to the 14- . ceiling. But the real show is on the plate, thanks to artfully prepared fare, anchored by local ingredients.



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