Whether you’re looking to taste inventive local dishes, visit bison at Elk Island National Park, or explore trails in the North Saskatchewan River Valley, Edmonton has something for everyone. Explore Edmonton is here to help you make the most of your trip to Edmonton, Alberta for SAR 2023.

While more detail on in-conference and post-conference tours will be coming soon, it is never too early to start planning your trip. Keep reading for tips on the best that Edmonton has to offer.

Outdoor Adventure

Less than an hour drive from Edmonton’s downtown is Elk Island National Park, a place where herds of plains and woods bison thrive. As the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation history, Elk Island is a place where connections are made between humans and nature—reflective not only of the many families who come here to picnic and play today, but also of the Cree and Métis who have lived and hunted here.

Elk Island is just one nod to the rich culture of outdoor adventure in the Edmonton region. Within our city limits is the North Saskatchewan River Valley, which, at 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park, is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America. Some of Edmonton’s best attractions find themselves nestled in the River Valley including Fort Edmonton Park where you can step back 100 years to learn about Edmonton’s past and how it connects to our present.

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Indigenous Edmonton

Boasting the second largest Indigenous population in Canada, Amiskwacîwâskahikan – also known as Edmonton – is home to many nations including the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Sioux and Métis People. Whether you’re interested in exploring life in Edmonton through the perspective of First Nations and Métis Peoples at the Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park, or sample authentic dishes from Edmonton’s trailblazing Indigenous chefs, there are many ways to celebrate the powerful stories of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Peoples who call Amiskwacîwâskahikan home.

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Local Food & Drink

What’s a business trip without finding the conference city’s best restaurants? Edmonton is no stranger to great food and drink, and as a city with a ripe entrepreneurial spirit, it is home to several local dining experiences that range from farm to table and indie bakeries to hyper-local bistros and craft beer taprooms.

Read all about Ayngelina Brogan’s recommendations for the 5 Best Restaurants in Edmonton to Eat Like a Local, get an update on The Best Craft Beer in Edmonton, or browse through the rest of Explore Edmonton’s Food & Drink articles to start planning your post conference experience.

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