Well if you're not interested in WEM we have many, many other malls to choose from. Let's see there's South Edmonton Common, Kingsway, Southgate, Capilano, Medowlark, Londondary, Westmount, Northtown, Edmonton Center & City Center, Bonnie Doon, Millwoods Town Center, and plenty of additional retail space in St. Albert and Sherwood Park.
If you want a nice walk, park your car in Stratcona area (Whyte Ave and 103-104 St area) and walk west down Whyte Avenue and enjoy the shops, then make your way up 109 St and head on the west side of the High Level bridge, walk across, there's a nice little valley side park there. You can then cross over to government grounds and enjoy the area, head up to the downtown core like around the city hall area, then take the LRT back to University Station and hop on a 6 Downtown or 4 Capilano bus back to your car. It's a nice little walk I did last time (although I got picked up from downtown by a friend to catch Spiderman 3 but anyway ).
I loved Edmonton as a kid, found it super boring as a teenager, but now that I'm older I'm starting to appreciate the city again. It's by no means a large city and has its ups and downs but overall it's an excellent place to raise a family, great for those looking for a more laidback lifestyle, and it's probably one of the major cities that is not targetted by terrorists.
'Spec, it could be applied to anything, such as not reading every little idiotic entry in Free Dominion or from some screeching hypocrite like, er, never mind
The wisdom can be seen when looking beyond petty personal politics to something larger. For example, "does not read good books" could be applied to Moore films, or not. You have clearly made your choice, but that is quite subjective.
Do you begin to see something beyond your own political anger? That strange beyond is a wonderful place wherein right-pawed Foxes and left-pawed Foxes are largely irrelevant. Visit sometime, when you are ready.
The Telus World of Science, formerly the Space and Sciences Centre is a great spot with a wonderful iMax theatre.
The Muttart Conservatory is a tropical paradise.
If you have wheels, the Ukrainian Cultural Village about a half hour east on the Yellowhead highway is an education in itself and you get to check out the Bison at Elk Island national park along the way.
Okay, thanks for all the suggestions. I got back this evening. Managed to do a couple of non-shopping things, but the two teenaged girls with me (my daughter and her friend) had no difficulty spending two full days at the mall. What were my impressions of Edmonton?
1. Different weather every day--sometimes several kinds of weather in a single day--a nice change from the Lower Rainland.
2. An road infrastructure that puts Vancouver to shame. Edmonton could probably double its population without getting into major traffic snarls (assuming I didn't just somehow miss them).
3. (actually a function of #2) What I call "the rhythm of Edmonton." It goes like this: thump thump . . . thump thump . . . thump thump . . . Lane-wide cracks in the road surface pretty much everywhere I drove. After a couple of days, I could hear it in my sleep. It reminded me of other places where there's been more emphasis on building than maintenance: the I-5 through Washington, and everywhere I drove in LA. I really can't decide which plan is better: the BC model--build inadequate roads, but keep them reasonably well, or the Edmonton/Washington/LA model--build wherever necessary, then leave them to nature's whims.
Anyway, I enjoyed the trip. Taking the girls to Edmonton was really just an opportunity for me to cross another BC highway off my list: Highway 5 from Kamloops to Tete Jeune Cache, which is one I'd never driven before. It's a very nice drive along the North Thompson, sloping hills on either side, gradually becoming mountains near the north end. No hairpins, a handful of tiny communities, and scenic enough that having only two lanes virtually all the way is not a source of frustration.
(And only a few km of thump thump.)
BTW, can anyone tell me why gas in Edmonton costs basically the same as gas in Vancouver? Shouldn't the lack of PST be reflected in the price?
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