This weekend I went to Edmonton. It was an easy four hour drive each way (well, other than the drivers who decided to drive about 113 in the passing lane when the speed limit was 110!). On the way there, I stopped in Vegreville to see the world’s largest Ukrainian Easter egg.
I first visited West Edmonton Mall. It is undoubtedly large but I didn’t find it overwhelming; perhaps because I visited Dubai Mall so much? The mall certainly had a lot of non-shopping activities (eg. a waterpark) but I only went shopping. I really liked Simons, a store I’d never even heard on before. I also walked around downtown for a bit in the evening.
Yesterday I visited the Royal Alberta Museum which was pretty interesting and half price in the morning! Afterwards, I went on a free tour of Government House which is located next door; it wasn’t all that interesting. I also went on the High Level Bridge Streetcar, which is a restored 1912 streetcar and travels on the aforementioned bridge over the North Saskatchewan River and I walked around Old Strathcona which was once a separate city.
Today I went to South Edmonton Common because I wanted to go to Ikea but I also spent a couple of hours afterwards looking at some other stores. It is apparently Canada’s largest retail power centre which seems to mean a bunch of adjacent plazas containing smaller stores (including some outlets) plus standalone big box stores. I think I would prefer a large mall so I’d only have to park once instead of ten times!