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Edmonton

3 Challenging Golf Courses in Edmonton

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Photo courtesy of City of Edmonton.

Whether you’re looking for a stunning natural backdrop for your golf game or a unique challenge at a skill-testing course, one of these courses in Edmonton will fit your needs!

1. First developed in 1896 (before the city was even founded), Victoria Golf Course is the oldest city-run course. Featuring over 61 stalls on its driving range, this picturesque course is ideal for beginners to mid-handicap players, and will treat them to a gorgeous backdrop of the river valley, Alberta Legislature, and University of Alberta buildings.
Victoria Golf Course | 12130 River Rd. | 780-496-4710

2. Nestled along the North Saskatchewan River, The Quarry has 27 holes of championship golf with long yardages, ranging from 5,100 to 7,600 yards!
The Quarry | 945-167 Ave. | 780-477-8437

3. At Jägare Ridge in the Whitemud Creek Valley, the natural setting has dictated the design of each hole, preserving the secluded and mature valley. You’ll be testing your skills at this championship-level course, while you also admire the stunning scenery.
Jägare Ridge | 14921 Ellerslie Rd. SW | 780-432-4030

—Matthew Stepanic

Sweat It Out on Edmonton Stairs

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Photo by Jennifer Linford.

Summer is stair season in Edmonton — whether you top off a trail run with a single steep sprint or dedicate an entire workout to walking, running or lunging up multiple flights, conquering a river valley staircase is the ultimate way to get your sweat on in this city! Maybe it’s the scenic views of the North Saskatchewan that have turned these simple, wooden staircases into fitness hotspots — or maybe it’s the thrill that only a heart-pounding, muscle-burning workout can bring. Either way, E-town loves its stairs. Here’s the skinny on four sweat-inducing sets.

Glenora Stairs
View: An amazing view of the High Level Bridge and Edmonton’s south-of-the-river skyline.
Stair count: 202
Location: Ezio Faraone Park, 11004-97 Ave.
Insider Tip: This staircase is usually busy, and the park at the top of the stairs is also a hub for fitness-minded locals, so bring a yoga mat to stretch, or grab a bench to do tricep dips or step-ups.

Grandview Stairs
View: A true 360-degree view of the picturesque river valley scenery among a large cluster of trees-turned-works-of-art after being draped in colourful yarn by a “knit-bombing” artist.
Stair count: 242
Location: Whitemud Park, 13204 Fox Dr.
Insider Tip: These stairs have perks — public washrooms, water fountains, and ample parking. Plus, the green space at their base is ideal terrain for hill sprints.

Hotel Macdonald Stairs
View: A lovely look at the Low Level Bridge and Muttart Conservatory going down; a nice peek at the historic Hotel Mac (and some downtown office towers) going up.
Stair count: 201
Location: Behind The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065-100 St.
Insider Tip: This centrally located staircase is perfect for a quick-yet-intense weekday lunch-hour workout.

Wolf Willow Stairs
View: A tranquil, bird’s-eye view of the Fort Edmonton Footbridge and dense Wolf Willow Ravine.
Stair count: 200
Location: Access from Westridge Park (off Wolf Willow Crescent) or from Fort Edmonton Park (take the footbridge across the river and head north up the path).
Insider Tip: Beware! These stairs are infamous for being the steepest in the city.

—Shawna Dirksen

Tour Downtown Edmonton with the Core Crew

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Core Crew tour guide. Photo by Georgia Ashworth.

When I met the trio of red-jacketed tour guides in a pocket park on 104 St. and Jasper Ave. for a free, 90-minute walking tour of downtown, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After the chipper guides of the Downtown Business Association’s Core Crew led some introductions, we began a brief, but informative look at what Edmonton’s downtown has to offer.

With a lot of ground to cover, the tour gave a quick taste of some Edmonton landmarks, while still mentioning many others for you to discover on your own time. Each stop gave us a good vantage point, and a flurry of facts.

Among these were architectural insights, such as how Churchill Square’s design mimics the Alberta landscape or that the inspiration behind the Art Gallery of Alberta’s distinctive design was the North Saskatchewan River, farmers’ fields, the Northern Lights, and the city’s grid-like street system. Glancing at some of Edmonton’s oldest buildings, the tour was also a reminder that Edmonton contains quite a few historic architectural styles.

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Edmonton Journal building. Photo by Georgia Ashworth.

As an Edmontonian, I was surprised by how much I still had to learn about my city and was proud of Edmonton’s distinguishing achievements. Did you know that the Edmonton Journal won a Pulitzer Prize for their defence of freedom of the press? Or, that the Edmonton Public Library was given the top honour of being named the Library of the Year last year?

I was proud of the people of Edmonton, as the guides spoke of the original auctioned-off furniture that was donated back to the Hotel Macdonald upon its reopening, and the enormous donations that made the Winspear Centre and its concert organ possible.

Running Mon – Thu at 1 pm and Fri at 10 am, the tour is great for visitors who want to get a feel for Edmonton or locals who want a greater appreciation of downtown on the cusp of its promised renaissance. Get a gorgeous view of the River Valley, find the fossils in the limestone at City Hall (and peek up at Don Iveson’s office), take a look at Churchill Square’s latest event (currently: Taste of Edmonton), and take a moment to appreciate our beautiful city!

Pro Tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes to avoid sore feet on this 3.7 km tour.
  • Treat yourself to a latte at Credo Coffee (10134-104 St.), or a delicious pastry at Dauphine Bakery (10129-104 St.), by the tour’s meeting place.
  • Dress for the weather; the tour is mostly outside.
  • Get more information about the city at the Edmonton Welcome Centre, where the tour ends, and pick up the latest issue of Where Edmonton Magazine.

—Georgia Ashworth

3 Edmonton Fests for Unique Eats

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A yummy portion of butter chicken at Taste of Edmonton. Photo by Pedro Escobar.

1. Taste of Edmonton | July 16 – 25
Sir Winston Churchill Sq. | 102 Ave. & 100 St.

Take a large bite out of Edmonton’s food culture with a visit to foodie heaven: Taste of Edmonton! This is the best way to enjoy a wide variety of tasty offerings from dozens of Edmonton’s best chefs and restaurants, as each serves up a sample-sized portion of their most popular dishes for two to four tickets. This foodie fest remains open to hungry patrons from lunch until late in the evening, at which time you’ll be treated to live music performances.

New this year to the festival is the Taste of Edmonton app for iPhones and Android phones, which can help you plan what to eat, drink, and see! During the festival, you can also take part in the DT Scavenger Hunt on the app for a chance to win $1,000 in restaurant gift cards. The best part: Churchill Square has FREE Wi-Fi, so you can use the app as you wander from booth to booth!

2. Canadian Food Championships | July 21 – 25
Sir Winston Churchill Sq. | 102 Ave. & 100 St.

This delicious competition will determine who will be a part of Team Canada at the World Food Championships in November! Judges will enjoy food in six different categories: bacon, burger, dessert, pasta, sandwich, and seafood. When you’re not cheering on the skilled amateur and professional chefs, you can visit Sizzle Street, where food vendors will have their cool cooking wares on display to help you add some flare to your meals!

3. K-Days | July 16 – 26
Northlands | 7300-116 Ave.

A lobster corn dog, french fries drizzled with nutella, and a grilled cheese sandwich made with glazed donuts—those are just a few of the new eccentric treats that you can try at K-Days this year! There’s many a food adventure for even the most experienced foodie to take on! View a complete list of new foods (plus pictures!) on the website.

This lively carnival also kicks off with a parade on July 17 and follows with a fun-filled week of live entertainment, midway games, thrilling rides, unique food, chuck-wagon races, and extravagant nightly fireworks. Phillip Phillips, Lights, Theory of a Deadman, and other musical acts are part of this year’s free concert series at K-Days.
— Matthew Stepanic

The Lion King Returns to Edmonton

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Photo by Joan Marcus.

Back by popular demand, Disney’s The Lion King returns to Edmonton for four weeks of laughter, incredible music, and stunning stage effects. In its 18th year, this Tony Award–winning show is one of the most popular stage musicals in the world and has been translated into seven different languages! It’s currently the top-earning title in box office history for stage productions and films! The Broadway score features favourite songs from the animated film like “Circle of Life”, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”, and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as new material that is a fusion of Western pop and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa. Be prepared to be wowed!

July 14 – August 9
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave.
$41.35–$113; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit ticketmaster.ca for tickets.

Thrilling July Festivals & Sporting Events in Edmonton

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A ride at K-Days. Photo by Jennifer Linford.

NTL TrackTown Classic | July 11 – 12
Witness extraordinary athletic feats as the best compete against the best in a variety of track and field events. This event is an exciting prelude to the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games!
Foote Field | U of A South Campus | 11601-68 Ave. | 780-492-6868

Art Walk | July 10 – 12
In the heart of Old Strathcona along Whyte Ave., Art Walk is an outdoor gallery and studio featuring hundreds of working artists. Visitors can stroll along the avenue to admire the diverse selection of art, see art being made, and purchase affordable, original pieces from local artists.
Whyte (82) Ave. between 101 St. and 108 St.

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival | Through July 12
You never know who you’ll run in to when roving artists take to the streets for a variety of shows featuring magic, comedy, puppets, juggling, storytelling, music, fire, and more! Most performances are free, although donations for the performers are encouraged.
Various venues 780-425-5162

Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton | July 5 – 12
Celebrate Edmonton’s heritage with hands-on experiences including horse-drawn carriage rides, tours of historical buildings, streetcar rides, storytelling, live music, and more.
Various venues

Sand on Whyte | Through July 12
Award-winning artists from around the world sculpt magnificent, giant sand creations on Whyte Avenue. This is a great festival to visit more than once, as you can watch the sculptures take shape throughout the week!
Northeast corner of Whyte (82) Ave. and Gateway Blvd.

Interstellar Rodeo | July 24 – 26
St. Vincent, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Father John Misty, and Tanya Tagaq headline this music festival that showcases folk, country, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and rock talents from the Six Shooter Record Label.
Hawrelak Park | 9930 Groat Rd. | 780-442-5311

K-Days | July 17 – 26
This lively carnival kicks off with a parade and follows with a fun-filled week of live entertainment, midway games, thrilling rides, unique food, chuck-wagon races, and extravagant nightly fireworks. Phillip Phillips, Lights, Theory of a Deadman, and other musical acts are part of this year’s free concert series at K-Days.
Northlands | 7300-116 Ave. | 780-471-7210

Taste of Edmonton | July 16 – 25
Dozens of chefs from restaurants all over the city serve up sample-sized portions of their popular dishes, and a few custom creations, too. Sample a variety of delicious food, wine, and beer in a vibrant outdoor setting while enjoying live music performances, cooking demonstrations, and food pairing workshops.
Churchill Square | 102 Ave. & 100 St. | 780-944-7740

 

Art in Bloom at Edmonton Galleries

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Painting by Tatjana Mirko-Popovicki. Courtesy of Lando Gallery.

Celebrating the beauty and appeal of nature-inspired paintings and floral arrangements, Edmonton’s very first Art in Bloom festival will be taking over five galleries in the city from July 9 to 12. Each gallery will have their floral and nature-inspired paintings on display, and will feature floral arrangements as well from designers such as Heather de Kok, Cory Christopher, and FaBLOOMosity! Many of the galleries have special hours for the event, so visit their websites for more information.

Participating galleries:
Lando Gallery
10310-124 St., 780-990-1161

Front Gallery
12323-104 Ave., 780-488-2952

Peter Robertson Gallery
12323-104 Ave., 780-455-7479

Bugera Matheson Gallery
10345-124 St., 780-482-2854

Daffodil Gallery
10412-124 St., 780-760-1278

Edmonton Food Trucks 2015

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Molly’s Food Truck in Edmonton serves up tasty eats in the street.

Edmonton’s culinary scene hits the street in the summer with almost 50 food trucks out and about. With menus that change daily, there is plenty of variety to satisfy all taste buds. The location of each truck varies daily, and they also make appearances at farmer’s markets, festivals, and events throughout the season. Whet your app-etite and visit streetfoodapp.com/edmonton for a real-time list of where and when each food truck will be available, or download the free Street Food App for on-the-go navigation. Plus, most food trucks share their daily menus and locations on Twitter.

Knosh Catering
@knoshcatering
British pub grub like Yorkshire pudding, Shepard’s pie, and sandwiches.

The Fruit Truck
@TheFruitTruck
Fresh, organic fruit—much of which is grown on local, regional farms.

Moose on the Run
@mooseonrun
Smoked meat, chicken and waffles.

Attila the HUNgry
@AttilaTheHUNgry
Asian fusion food like Thai PB & J sandwiches and duck tater tots.

Local Omnivore
@local_omnivore
Homemade smoked bacon and sandwiches.

La Poutine
@La_Poutine_
Over 19 types of poutine (including a vegan variety) with homemade gravy.

Afterbite Mobile
@AfterbiteMobile
Burgers, pizza rolls, chicken fingers, and poutine.

Bully Food Truck
@BullyTruck
Upscale comfort food like butter chicken pops, pizza burgers, and their famous mac and cheese.

Drift
@driftfoodtruck
Fusion-food craft sandwiches, handcut fries with homemade ketchup and seasoning.

Little Village
@littlevillageFT
Delicious Greek fare including salads and pita wraps.

Molly’s Eats
@MollysEats
Hot sandwiches, spiced french fries, and desserts.

Smokehouse BBQ
@Smokehousebb
Southern barbecue food like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork.

Native Delights
@NativeDelights
Aboriginal cuisine like bannock burgers, Indian tacos, chili and cheddar bannock dogs.

SoCal Smoothies
@Socalsmoothies
Fresh fruit smoothies.

The Patty Wagon
@PattyWagonEd
Customizable gourmet burgers and poutine.

Big City Sandwich
@bigcitysandwich
Gourmet sandwiches with international influences and handcut fries.

Casa 12 Doce
@casa12doce
Traditional handmade Mexican streetfood like tacos, tortas, and huaraches.

Dedo’s
@dedosfoodtruck
AAA Alberta beef creations, including their signature Shwarma.

Filistix
@Filistix
Ricebowls and Asian-inspired fare.

Sailin’ On
@sailinon
All vegan wraps and sandwiches, including one made with their famous coconut bacon.

Nhon Hoa Sandwich Bar
@nhonhoavietsub
Vietnamese subs, spring rolls, and bubble tea.

Truckin’ Good Eats
@truckingoodeatz
BBQ ribs and beef.

Dolce & Banana
@dandbfoodtruck
Italian pasta, paninis, and desserts.

Incredible Edibles
@IncredEdibles
Poutine, hot sandwiches, and frozen lemonade.

Orbit
@orbitfoodtruck
Fusion tacos.

Smak of Ukraine
@SmakofUkraine
Delicious traditional Ukrainian foods, such as homemade borscht, kolbasa, and perogies.

Chedda’ Heads
@CheddaHeads
Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches made with fresh-baked breads and high-quality cheeses.


What the Truck?!
Inspired by lively food truck gatherings in San Francisco, local bloggers Mack Male and Sharon Yeo started What the Truck?! — a series of events that each gather several food trucks in one place, accompanied by live music, so hungry guests can “truck hop” and try a variety of dishes in one vibrant, community-oriented setting. The next events are:
Friday, July 10 | 5 pm – 10 pm
Northlands Park | 7300-116 Ave.
Saturday, August 22 | 4 pm – 8 pm
Telus Field | Rossdale Rd. & 96 Ave.
Visit whatthetruck.ca for updates.

 

3 Fun Ways to Spend Canada Day in Edmonton

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Photo by Jennifer Linford.

There is no shortage of fun things to do this July 1, as Canada celebrates its 148th birthday! Check out these fantastic places to spend your Canada Day in Edmonton:

The Alberta Legislature | 10 am – 7 pm
Watch some of the top local talents in music and dance on one of three performance areas on the Legislature grounds, and participate in free family activities. Make sure to head to the west side of the Legislature Building at noon for the traditional 21-gun salute. New this year, visitors can explore the Alberta Legislature Building during opening house hours from 12:30 pm – 5 pm.
107 St. and 97 Ave.

City Hall | 12 pm – 4 pm
Head over to City Hall in Sir Winston Churchill Square for an afternoon of free family fun! Enjoy live music and dancing, enter to win a Canada Day prize, listen to bagpipes, take a tour of City Hall, and participate in Kids’ Crafts by The Works Art and Design Festival.
1 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.

Fireworks and Light Show | 11 pm
Don’t miss the magnificent light and music show on Edmonton’s High Level Bridge, created by Edmonton lighting designer Scott Peters and musician Jason Kodie. The spectacular fireworks display over the river valley that follows will ensure that you end Canada Day with a bang! Prime viewing locations are the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Faraone Park, Dantzer’s Hill and Government House Park, but be aware of any road closures.
—Georgia Ashworth

Where to Watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Edmonton

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Photo by Douglas Portz, courtesy of Canada Soccer.

With Team Canada’s recent win against Switzerland on Sunday, excitement surrounding the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Edmonton is ramping up! If the team wins against England on Saturday, June 27, they will advance into the semi-finals and will be even closer to bringing the cup home! You won’t want to celebrate Team Canada’s win alone on Saturday, so head to one of these great spots to watch the game and celebrate our team’s success!

The Game
Canada vs. England
Time: 5:30 pm MST

The Pint 
With two locations in Edmonton, you’re sure to find a comfortable spot to watch the game at this casual bar! If you’re hungry during the game, The Pint serves its tasty brunch special until 4 pm.
Downtown: 10125-109 St. | 780-497-7468
South: 8032-104 St. | 780-758-7400

Central Social Hall
A great spot for conversation, Central Social Hall has lots of private booths, long dining tables, and dozens of screens that will be showing the game. Be sure to also enjoy its scratch-made menu of modern pub food and one of its 24 beers and 12 wines on tap.
Downtown: 10909 Jasper Ave. | 780-705-1900
St. Albert: #280, 525 St. Albert Tr. | 780-569-5044

Kick It Up in Little Italy | 10 am – 1 pm & 5 pm – 9 pm
At this day-long celebration, everyone is welcome to take part in FREE family-friendly activities, including face painting, a balloon artist, bouncy castle, and more! FC Edmonton will also be on site giving a shooting tutorial and leading soccer drills. After the game, Little Italy will be transformed into a European-inspired street dance party with performances from dance troupes, and you’ll be invited to dance along with them!
Giovanni Caboto Park | 95th St. & 108A Ave.

—Matthew Stepanic

Interview With David Suzuki

By Brendon Purdy

By Brendon Purdy

Where Edmonton Editor Lindsay Shapka had a chat with David Suzuki about his new book Letters To My Grandchildren, and about what is next for the well-known Canadian. Suzuki will be in Edmonton, at the Metro Cinema on June 27, 2015 for a live talk about this page-turning read.

WHERE (W): It seems like a very personal topic, writing to your grandchildren, but obviously you must have felt that there is a larger message in there, and a larger audience for it. Why did you decide to share these letters with the world?

David Suzuki (DS): It is a very personal book, but it was a very easy book to write compared to my other ones because it was like I was talking to my grandchildren. But, I did write it to appeal to other people. I am really issuing a call to elders to get off the couch and off the golf course and get on with the really important part of their lives, which is passing on the lessons that we have learned. Young people need to hear what we have gone through — our successes and our failures. I do hope young people will read it as well. A lot of my ideas come from my life [experiences], and I am hoping that [the book] will spark ideas in young readers.

W: Are there any important messages that you are hoping readers will take from the book?

DS: I do have some [messages in the book] regarding the First Nations people, as two of my grandchildren are Indigenous people that live on a reserve in Haida Gwaii.
There are a lot of environmental messages as well, which is kind of what people expect from me. But I also pass, on lessons from working with the media — the media creates a persona that you see on TV, but that has nothing to do with who I am.
The two things I didn’t talk about in detail are my foundation which I am very proud of, and my career as a scientist because I have written about both of those things extensively in other books.

W: Speaking to the idea of fame, I know that you are very famous for a lot of things — you have won multiple awards, you have countless honourary degrees — but what is it that you have accomplished that matters most to you?

DS: Well, to me there is only one thing, and that is my children and my grandchildren. My greatest contribution is children who are decent, hardworking and talented human beings who are contributing to society themselves. I am very, very proud of that.

W: When you were the same age as your grandchildren, what did you want to be when you grew up?

DS: I had an insect collection, and I used to run through the fields and search for new bugs. I was particularly keen on beetles and I wanted to be an entomologist. Then, as I got older people started telling me that I would never get a job as an entomologist, so then I wanted to be an Ichthyologist because I loved fishing! But, I fell in love with genetics when I was in college and that just changed everything for me.

W: What’s next for you?

DS: I want to spend more time with my grandchildren, but my wife has told me to stop using the word “retirement”. Right now my health is okay, and I really passionately care about environmental and social issues because of my grandchildren. I will continue to speak out whenever I have the opportunity and try to make any sort of impact.

In the book I tell the story about the hummingbird. It is an old Indigenous story that tells about a forest fire that breaks out and a hummingbird going by sees the fire. He flies over to a pond, gets a beak full of water, flies back to the fire, drops the water on it, and goes back to the pond. The bird is going back and forth with a small beak full of water, and all the other animals of the forest are just laughing and saying, “What are you doing? You’re not going to put the fire out!” And he just looks at them and says, “I’m doing the best I can.”

And that’s all I have ever done and will continue to do — the best I can.

 

FREE Fun In Edmonton!

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Everyone loves having fun for free, and we have tons of ways to enjoy our vibrant city without spending a cent!

First up, take a free tour of the Alberta Legislature Building! Once you are done, cool off in the wading pools and fountains out front, catch some sun on the manicured lawn, and then, at noon and 6 pm every day, you can get a free concert! An instrument called a carillon plays beautiful, clear melodies that sounds like bells ringing!

The Ledge fountain is definitely not the only place to cool off though — you can enjoy the fountain in front of city hall or one of the city’s many free outdoor spray parks including the great one at the Kinsman Sports Centre.

Art fans, or those looking to experience something new, are in luck too! You can check out all of the amazing exhibits at the Art Gallery of Alberta for FREE on the last Thursday of every month.

The FAB Gallery (or Fine Arts Building Gallery) on the UofA Campus is currently showing work from the incredibly talented Master of Fine Arts students until July 11. You are sure to see some incredibly innovative and well thought out art!

The Works Art & Design Festival kicks off today (June 19) and there will be tons of interactive exhibits all over downtown. Head to Churchill Square for the bulk of the action that will be running until July 1.

Tomorrow (June 20) the SNAP Gallery will be printing huge large-scale prints using a steamroller just outside their studio on Jasper Ave.! The event, which will include live music, starts at 7 pm!

If music is what you are looking for, then you are in luck because Jazz Fest runs from June 18-29, and has a bunch of free performances throughout the entire festival.

It is also Aboriginal Day at Louise McKinney Park tomorrow (June 20)! There will be free fun from noon until 10:30 pm including music performances, and hands on interactive activities.

As seen on Global News Edmonton on June 19, 2015.

—Lindsay Shapka