A Few of Edmonton’s Key Locations/Venues:
The Edmonton Convention Centre offers over 150,000 square feet of flexible and creative space that can host any event. It is the largest meeting venue downtown with 2,900 guest rooms within walking distance. Your guests’ unique experience starts as soon as they step foot into the venue, travelling through the atrium that not only overlooks North America’s largest urban parkland, but showcases Edmonton’s commitment to sustainability.
The Edmonton Expo Centre is the largest meeting venue west of Toronto, boasting 522,000 sq ft of flexible meeting space. The building integrates high-tech features with flexible, adaptable, indoor space to make room for the biggest and best in trade and consumer shows, conferences and special events. It boasts four exhibit halls, a grand ballroom and world-class conference and catering services.
Along an up-and-coming main street in a quiet, central neighbourhood sits Ritchie Market, an urban design award-winning, multi-use market space that’s bursting with energy and local businesses. It’s proudly home to ACME Meats, a popular butcher, Transcend, a staple Edmonton coffee roaster and café, as well as Blind Enthusiasm Brewery and Biera, a craft brewer and restaurant that’s been dazzling taste buds since it opened. Ritchie Market’s industrial interior and reaching ceilings invite guests to enjoy the central hall where you’ll find an abundance of seating to sip on a latte and relax with a newspaper. Biera and Blind Enthusiasm share a sunny, windowed room full of bright copper pipes and silver vats that contrast the warm wood finishes to create a casual upscale comfort. Guests can grab one of the intimate tables throughout the restaurant or cozy up at the long wooden bar to enjoy a pint and a fine charcutier board. Outside, the spacious patio with comfortable wooden benches, overhead twinkle lights and umbrellas is a highly sought-after destination all day and night.
After a short ride north from Edmonton you’ll find yourself amidst lush pumpkin patches, rows of sprouting vegetables, and meticulously groomed gardens. The locally owned and operated Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm provides a picture-perfect setting for year-round events of all kinds. Whether you are hosting a longtable farm-to-fork dinner, a corporate retreat, or a company picnic, it is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. The Farm features more attractions than you’ll have time to visit, including a petting zoo full of cute animals, a corn maze to lose yourself in, easy-going wagon rides, roasting campfires, and an endless lineup of seasonal activities. Not just for families and kids, the Farm is an elegant destination for gourmet dining and unique teambuilding adventures.
The Royal Alberta Museum is Western Canada’s largest museum, bringing you more than 82,000 square feet of exhibition space, and housing a large and wide-ranging collection of artifacts to foster wonder, inquiry and understanding about Alberta. Pull the curtain back on Alberta life and landscape in a remarkable journey from petroglyphs to prehistoric dinosaurs, and from 500 generations of First Peoples to new beginnings on the windswept prairies. Feed your curiosity here.
Just walking up to the front doors of the Art Gallery of Alberta is a treat in itself. With an exterior of zinc, glass and steeled inspired by Edmonton’s unique northern environment, the gallery exudes creativity even from the outside. Step inside and you’ll be surrounded by 35 foot windows providing stunning views of Edmonton’s eclectic downtown Arts District. With 85,000 square feet, this state-of-the-art facility caters to a variety of events.
Raise a glass at the brass lined bar in the old timey Kelly’s Saloon or luxuriate at a longtable dinner in the Clerk’s Quarters of the 1846 HBC Fort. Whether you’re looking for an intimate venue for a meeting, a unique spot for a private dinner, or the perfect ambiance to throw the social function of the season, Fort Edmonton Park’s expansive grounds are bursting with historic buildings to bring your event to life. Behind each door lives a well-preserved pocket of memories from days-gone-by. Step back into the 1920s with a visit to Johnson’s Café in the notorious Selkirk Hotel or explore the exciting beginnings of aviation in Edmonton in the significant Blatchford Field Air Hangar. Fort Edmonton Park provides an unmatched variety of multi-functional event spaces that each inject their own unique character and intrigue to your events.
Rogers Place is one of Edmonton’s most recognizable and impressive event spaces. Created to be the home of the Edmonton Oilers, it is anything but just an NHL arena. A commanding presence in Edmonton’s downtown, its stark silver siding wraps around its delicate oil drop curves to prove once and for all that buildings can be as beautiful outside as they are inside. To enter, guests pass through the expansive Ford Hall, a large gathering place for community and attendees. The Hall’s crisp white walls arch and collide with one another as inset lighting delicately beams onto a 45-foot diameter circular mosaic set in the floor. The colourful mosaic entitled Tsą tsą ke k’e or Iron Foot Place honours the land where Edmonton is located. Once inside, the spacious concourse draws guests to enjoy the ample arena seating, private boxes, and intimate event spaces.
Nearly a world unto itself, West Edmonton Mall is a cornucopia of attractions, entertainment, delicious dining options, and more retail stores than you can visit in a day. Amongst its many accolades, it is currently the largest mall in North America. Step down one of the many themed streets, such as Bourbon Street, Europa Boulevard, or Chinatown for an immersive architectural journey. Each street provides unique storefronts, lively energy, and a range of restaurants. The mall is also home to the newly renovated Starlight Casino, an ultra-modern Vegas style lounge and casino that showcases some of the city’s finest entertainers. Of course, excitement awaits at the many interactive attractions scattered throughout the mall. Take your team on a tour through Galaxyland amusement park, World Waterpark, climb aboard a pirate ship, or twist and twirl on the indoor ice rink, and that’s just a sampling of the many adventures that await within West Edmonton Mall.