Metterra Hotel on Whyte is situated on Whyte Avenue in historic Old Strathcona. Voted one of the "Top 10 Coolest Neighbourhoods in Canada" we are among numerous gourmet restaurants, stylish spas and unique, locally owned boutique shops. Known for being in one of the hottest, intimate entertainment venues, including North America's biggest Fringe theatre festival, theatre and music rule the area. Our central location with easy access to downtown Edmonton and the University of Alberta make our area one of the most popular and unique hotspots in the city. However, you do not have to walk or ride very far from this region of town to find other interesting attractions. Whether you like museums, sports or just spending some time shopping in a new place, there is something for everyone in our bustling city.
Old Strathcona District
As soon as you walk out the door of the Metterra Hotel, you are already within reaching distance of some great attractions in Edmonton. Before you get into your car or ride the bus, take advantage of this proximity and explore the Old Strathcona District on foot. This is one of the oldest parts of the city. If you are a fan of history, then you will be delighted by the various historic areas of this area and enjoy their vintage looks.
The Strathcona district has been hailed as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Canada. There are over 600 businesses catering to the locals and tourists here with fine cuisine, theatre, music and other services. You could easily spend all your time in Edmonton right here and never get bored.
Fringe Theatre Adventures
One of the unusual opportunities that you can enjoy in Old Strathcona is the Fringe theatre. Places like the Westbury Theatre on 84th Avenue frequently host small gatherings for plays and other artistic works of the stage. Holding as many as 370 people, this theatre and a handful like it form a cultural centre amid the streets of Edmonton.
If you are a music lover, you may think that the Yardbird Suite is Heaven on Earth. Since 1957 this venue has been hosting jazz performances by some of the world's greatest musicians in this line of music. You can see the Jerrold Dubyk Quartet or a newer phenomenon like Peripheral Vision thanks to the Edmonton Jazz Society, which also sells memberships to the Suite.
They host a greater variety of music at the Winspear Centre. The focus is on the classical and contemporary works presented by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the choral group Pro Coro Canada. However, you can see a wide variety of artists and musical companies passing through here.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Moving away from Whyte Avenue and its environs, you might travel next to Churchill Square closer to the heart of downtown Edmonton. This open is often full of local events, such as a Taste of Edmonton, The Works, or The International Street Performers Festival, but it also serves as the starting point for trips to the Art Gallery of Alberta, City Hall Centre, the Citadel Theater and other tourist staples offered in the downtown core.
We are as devoted to athletics in our city as we are to culture. We are home to more than a dozen college-level, semi-pro and professional sports teams.
For the sports enthusiasts attending an Edmonton Oilers game is a must while staying in the city. The excitement and thrill of watching a game coupled with the passionate fans makes for a memorable night. Take advantage of the many shuttle services available to you as well.
Get outdoors and feel the rush of watching the Edmonton Eskimos play football at the Commonwealth Stadium. The atmosphere is contagious and you will be shouting and cheering amongst some of the CFL's biggest fans!
Northlands Race Park
On a Saturday, Northlands Race Park may host as many as 15 races. Feature events can offer winnings as large as $10,000.The horses will run in the summer and in the winter as well. Have a day or night out at the races and you can bet on having a great time.
Take part in some sports yourself while you are visiting Edmonton. The city is home to over 80 courses. You can book tee times online or in person at any of these courses.
Old Strathcona Farmers' Market
Every Saturday you can join the lively crowds and vendors at the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market. Choose products and produce from over 130 of the finest food producers, artisans and growers in Edmonton. Whether you're seeing seasonal, organic, low/no chemical, home-grown or home-made products this market has something for everyone. Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables, Alberta Grown Meats, Bison, Poultry, Ethnic and Designer Foods, Home Baking, Eggs and Cheeses, Crafts, and Plants and Flowers
The City Market Downtown is a year-round farmer's market that offers quality local products in an open and inviting atmosphere. Vendors are located outdoors on 104th Street (from May to October - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) and in City Hall from (October to April - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM) every Saturday providing a large collection of produce, baked goods, artwork, jewellery and more.
West Edmonton Mall
For decades, until 2004, this was the world's largest shopping mall. West Edmonton Mall is still the largest such establishment in all of North America and a wonder to behold. This mall is not just big. It is almost a completely separate city, with its own radio stations and even a chapel for worship. All this is in addition to the hundreds of retail outlets, restaurants, movie theatres and other stores. The mall even offers an indoor amusement park and waterpark, as well as other fun adventures for you and your travel companions to explore.
Places to Go
You do not have to wander in the wilderness to discover the outdoors when you are in Edmonton. Located in the River Valley you can't miss the four glass pyramids that make up the Muttart Conservatory. These four greenhouses hold some of the world's most exotic plants year-round. Even in Edmonton's chill winter, you can find a taste of the tropics and other global environments here. Sit back and enjoy a relaxing meal at the in-house cafe, Culina. Locally owned and operated this modern cafe offers up delectable soups, salads, sandwiches, and beverages using fresh greens and local produce.
We are home to the River Valley one of the biggest urban parklands in North America, many times bigger than Central Park in New York. There are 22 major parks and more than 40 off-leash parks dot the landscape of this parkway running the length of the North Saskatchewan River. The parks are fully serviced and highly convenient. Yet many of them are just starting points that can take you deeper into the beautiful hinterlands around this northern city.
The Devonian Botanic Garden
Home to an exotic array of flowers and other plants, the Devonian Botanic Garden will also delight you with lakes, fields and a bridge. The insects are even beautiful in their variety. The garden was established by the University of Alberta in 1959 and offers 190 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, varied vegetation, and trails for exploring.
Other Things to Do
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
As the capital city of Alberta we boast the beautiful Legislative Building. You can take daily tours of their headquarters and see the provincial government in action. Or enjoy a stroll around the beautiful landscapes, have a picnic in the park or wade in the water, or skating is available in the winter. This landmark is often host to many local events and is definitely a fun stop during your stay.
The City Hall is more than just the centre of the municipal government. Here citizens gather on New Year's Eve to watch the fireworks and skate on the Hall's frozen pond in winter or splash in the wading pool in summer. The hall also plays host to the City Market from October to May when the cooler temperatures force us indoors.
The Royal Alberta Museum
The area surrounding Edmonton has been occupied for 11,000 years. The Royal Alberta Museum holds over 3,000 items from the successive cultures living in the area, including the latest of the first nations to live here before the arrival of European settlers. You can find these in the Gallery of Aboriginal Culture. Many other exhibits are on display periodically throughout the year as well.
The Alberta Aviation Museum
This is more than a chance to see some old planes. A visit to the Aviation Museum is a trip through the history of flight and the science surrounding it. Daily guided tours will lead you from the age of planes made form fabric to the jet age and the space age. Over 50 aircrafts are available for viewing in the museum. Flight simulators and a restoration area can take visitors deeper into the excitement and the science behind flight.
The TELUS World of Science
The Edmonton Space and Science Foundation operates the Telus World of Science, a centre dedicated to teaching the public about science and technology. The goal of the foundation is to motivate people through learning and inspire the next generation of scientists. Enjoy out of this world exhibits, Imax movies, or take your children to Discoveryland. You can spend the entire day exploring and learning here.
Edmonton is a growing city and there are constantly new attractions appearing. If it isn't a new festival or set of performances passing through town, then it is a new restaurant, retail outlet or some other fun event to experience in our ever changing and diverse cultural landscape.