A trip to Edmonton was recommended among bucket list trips to Machu Picchu, Athens and Singapore in National Geographic’s Best Summer Trips 2015. Alberta’s capital has always offered action-packed summers for residents and visitors filled with festivals, culture, outdoor activities and events. According to the article, Edmonton is welcoming the world this summer to join in the fun!
Travel writer Maryellen Kennedy Duckett calls Edmonton “The Festival City”, a nickname the city has had among residents for a long time. Edmonton’s extensive line up of internationally acclaimed festivals includes the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Heritage Festival, International Street Performers Festival and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.
Another draw for visitors to Edmonton this summer was FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. The city hosted 11 matches at the Commonwealth Stadium.
Duckett made some suggestions for travellers this summer. One of these suggestions was a stay at the boutique Metterra Hotel on Whyte Avenue which is only steps away from the eclectic restaurants, bars and shops within historic Old Strathcona. The area is also home to several festivals and the Strathcona Farmers Market.
She also suggested the very Canadian North 53, a locally owned and operated restaurant in the 124th Street area, a visit to Fort Edmonton Park and the Tix on the Square shop in Churchill Square. Should you visit Churchill Square this summer, be warned that you’ll likely find yourself in the middle of a summer festival.
The piece also mentions that Edmonton is one of Canada’s sunniest cities, receiving about 2,300 total hours of sunshine each year. Visitors will enjoy the pleasant summer weather under bright blue skies — perfect for festivals in the square, concerts in the park and cheering on our team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
We’ll see you this summer if you take a trip to Edmonton!