Tourism for hockey fans in Edmonton
by Lucas Aykroyd|29 DEC 2021
The Art Gallery of Alberta is an architectural highlight that Edmonton visitors can view while attending the 2022 World Juniors.
photo: Lucas Aykroyd
If you’re among the fortunate fans who get to catch games live at Rogers Place during the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, you may be wondering: “What can I do in Edmonton when I’m not cheering for my favourite national team?” Happily, we’ve got some great ideas to help you explore the northern Alberta capital.

The Royal Alberta Museum lies directly east of Rogers Place. The permanent collection at Western Canada’s largest museum – spanning more than 38,900 square metres – includes a special display celebrating the classic Edmonton Oilers dynasty with five Stanley Cups between 1984 and 1990.
Just a block away, visit Sir Winston Churchill Square to admire the city’s giant, lit-up Christmas tree or the Art Gallery of Alberta’s looming surreal facade. Or book a Legislature Lights Segway Tour to roll around the 1913-completed Alberta parliament building – adorned with more than 100,000 Christmas lights – on a two-wheeled personal transportation machine.

For yet another outdoor experience involving beautiful lights, make the half-hour drive to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden for Luminaria. The “Winter Dreams” exhibition promises tranquillity amid the snow: “Wander candle-lit pathways in the serene Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Sip hot apple cider, while the sounds of a capella singers fill the air.”

Over the years, Alberta has hosted Indigenous NHL players ranging from Theoren Fleury of the Calgary Flames to Ethan Bear of the Oilers. There are different ways to explore First Nations culture and art in Edmonton.
Tour înîw, Edmonton’s first Indigenous art park (founded 2018), with sculptures like Amy Malbeuf’s Iskotew, inspired by the Cree word for fire, and Duane Linklater’s Mikikwan, portraying an ancient buffalo hide scraper.  At Whiskeyjack Art House, you can view the works of local artists or buy raspberry leaf tea or blueberry and sage jam.

Getting hungry? The Ice District, where Rogers Place is located, features a wide variety of tempting restaurants, with dine-in, take-out, and delivery options.

Delux Burger Bar dishes up everything from Baja fish tacos to bacon cheeseburger poutine, plus mini-donuts and handcrafted milkshakes. Fans of Indian food can tuck into butter chicken samosas and lamb vindaloo at Guru Restaurant. For Asian fusion cuisine, try Baijiu’s innovative dishes, like smoked eggplant dumplings or candy cane teriyaki wings. Or grab an avocado salmon power bowl or prime rib steak at Chop.

And if you want a bit of everything, the West Edmonton Mall is Canada’s largest shopping centre with more than 800 stores, a huge pirate ship, and the Ice Palace, a rink that once served as a practice facility for the Oilers. The mall marked its 40th anniversary in September.

As always, check in advance for hours of operation during the holidays, any applicable restrictions or closures, and weather conditions. For more information, visit