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.
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.
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 ExploreEdmonton.com.