Edmonton is North America’s northernmost metropolitan area and is quite the celebrity. Edmonton, called themselves the city of champions, and boast of 18hr sunlight days in the summer. Edmonton houses more than 50 festivals a year, so no matter what the weather is; the cold frigid winters or the hot sunny summers there are always many things to do in Edmonton.
Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, Canada and is the 6th largest census metropolitan area in Canada, its recorded population in 2019 was 1,461,000. Edmonton is also known as the “Gateway to the North” because it’s the gateway to the large-scale oil sands project currently happening in the north. The crisp air of the north allows you to take in such beauty of the Northern Lights, feel the roaming plains bisons at Elk Island National Park.
** Fun Fact** Edmonton is home to the cannabis company Aurora, which at one point was one of the biggest cannabis operations.
West Edmonton Mall
Sitting at 5.3 million sq/f, West Edmonton Mall was North America’s largest enclosed mall up until 2004. West Edmonton Mall is equivalent to 48 city blocks of fun! West Edmonton Mall was valued at $1,3034 billion dollars, which makes it the most valuable property in Edmonton. There are enough parking stalls for 20,000 cars and contains over 800 stores and services, 9 attractions including a rollercoaster, a waterpark, an ice rink and 2 hotels.
If you want to kill 2 birds with one stone, West Edmonton Mall might just be the place for you! Take a break from online shopping via your phone, enjoy hours shopping and burn calories all at the same time!
Don’t worry, if you’re not a big fan of shopping, West Edmonton Mall still has got you covered! On top of having numerous stores and services, West Edmonton Malls also has many other attractions and activities to choose from. Play mini golf, visit the underground aquarium, watch a movie, go bowling, take a swim in the waterpark, go ice skating or spend the day at the amusement park!
Imagine, surfing, swimming and relaxing on the beach during Canada’s winter. Well you can do that at World Waterpark in West Edmonton Mall. They’ve got waterslides of all sizes from giant to small, an indoor beach and if you really want to go all out, you can even rent your own “Beachfront patio”!
How do you become North America’s largest mall for so long? You have the world’s largest indoor amusement park! Galaxy Land has more than 27 spectacular rides, games and attractions, there is definitely something for everyone in the family. If you are feeling adventurous try Mindbender, the world’s tallest indoor roller coaster!
If you need a little fuel from all that shopping, no problem. West Edmonton Mall has 2 food courts that are packed with a variety of different food choices. You can pretty much find almost anything you’re craving. However, if you want to end the night with a little bit more of a fancier meal, check out Bourbon street. They have upscale dining and even have a comedy club called Rich Bronson’s The Comic strips. Lastly if you can’t find what you are looking for in those 2 areas try, The Rec Room. Try dishes inspired by Canada's vast and varied landscapes at THREE10 (we suggest the Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken). For more Canadiana, grab some poutine with a twist at The Shed. With additions like butter-poached lobster, slow roasted pork, and house smoked brisket, you'll think you've died and gone to french-fry heaven.
Though West Edmonton Mall will keep you busy, Edmontonians will tell you there is still a lot more to do in the city of champions! With over 50 festivals a year, it’s hard to complain and say there’s nothing to do!
July 31 - August 2, 2021
During this weekend experience the world’s largest multicultural festival, The Edmonton Heritage Festival! It consists of over 70 pavilions that represent more than 90 countries and cultures. This United Nation family-friendly event is presented by Servus Credit Union. It is an alcohol free event that allows you to sample culinary treats, meet people of all different ethnic backgrounds and discuss their unique roots.
December 1 – December 31, 2020
Looking for a little zen in your life while you’re in Edmonton? Check out Luminaria at University of Alberta Botanic Gardens. This outdoor event will leave you in awe and entice you to take pictures everywhere you go. Or the candlelight, starlight and tranquility will ease you down after a long day of work. To make your experience even better, dine in with your friends and family in a one-of-a-kind indoor setting and then step outside to enjoy Luminaria. This dining experience includes a 3 course gourmet fondue. During this experience you can see the Northern lights up in the sky, enjoy an evening walk down a candle lit path down into a garden, while sipping on some very tasty war..m cider.
Boardwalk Ice on Whyte - January 28 – February 7, 2021
Another date to remember for another fun filled week is the Boardwalk Ice on Whyte Festival.
Come down to the International Ice Carving Competition and see 96,000 pounds of ice turn into beautiful pieces of art! You can also take advantage of learning how to carve ice and make some time to visit the ice bar. Try not to miss the very last night, it is one of the most popular evenings, because just as you saw beautiful art pieces being made throughout the week, you’ll also get to say goodbye to them, as you watch fire melt them back into water! Come and enjoy the week-long festivities! Grab your toque and mitts, and don’t forget your scarf!
K-Days - July 25, 2021
K-Days is another great way to spend the day! You can enjoy watching the bass bands, awesome floats and watch the fireworks! Take some time, and enjoy the rides and games, or take some time on the sidelines to enjoy watching the parade. Let your eyes be open to the beautiful floats and let your ears have fun listening to all the different brass bands! And, of course you can’t forget about filling your belly with a variety of festival foods K-Days has to offer! Savour some of the most popular K-Day foods, like those light fluffy donuts, deliciously sticky candied apples and those finger licking smoky tangy barbecued ribs!
K-Days also has a variety of artists, entertainers and performers for children. Kids can enjoy various rides like the A&B Rail Services Klondike Express which was a powered railway vehicle that connected the Atlantic to the Pacific. They can also enjoy feature shows like Milord Entertainment Acrobats and Pandora’s Boxes featuring President’s Choice SuperDogs! K-Days would be a great way to spend the day with family and friends!
How should you store your weed and how long is it good for?
While you’re enjoying some time in Edmonton partaking in the many activities the city of champions has to offer, I’m sure there are many cannabis users who have been wondering about how long marijuana is good for and how to extend the freshness, Although there isn’t really an expiration date for marijuana, if you store your marijuana properly it can last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year without losing its potency or flavour. The best place to keep your bud is in a cool dark place in a sealed container. Keep in mind that when storing other cannabis products like edibles and other cannabis creations, the guidelines for storage will be different. However, for your “regular” marijuana, here are some basic beginner tips on how to help keep your marijuana fresh:
- Keep your cannabis in a cool dry place, this will help to prevent moisture and mould to grow
- Keep your cannabis out of direct sunlight as sunlight can cause your cannabis to degrade
- Use a vacuum sealed jar to help to seal in freshness and minimize oxygen exposure, (try using something like a mason jar).
- It is best to label and store each of your marijuana strains separately to prevent flavours from being mixed together and also to prevent certain strains from being mixed together. It would be pretty disappointing if you wanted to smoke your highly indica dominant strain for bedtime, and realized what you really smoked was your sativa dominant wake and bake!
- Keep your cannabis paraphernalia stored separately from your marijuana collection, any resin or burned ash remains will stink up any container it’s stored in, plus it’s good hygiene practice to keep your paraphernalia clean and in a separate spot.
These are just a few basic tips for keeping your “regular” marijuana stash, fresh and also help to extend its shelf life, remember other cannabis creations and edibles will have different storage guidelines.