Spend a few hours hiking around Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley. It’s 100% free and fairly accessible thanks to an extensive network of trails that stretch more than 160 kilometres (99.4 mi.) through the valley. If you’re visiting Edmonton without a car, you can easily access the trail system from Constable Ezio Faraone Park (11004 97 Ave. N.W.) or from the base of the 100 Street Funicular (10065 100 St. N.W.). If you do have a car, drive to the forested trails near Fort Edmonton Park or the Wolf Willow Ravine (pictured).
Departs from 104 Street N.W.
Want to see Edmonton like a local? From late June to mid-August, the Downtown Business Association hosts free 90-minute walking tours by reservation on weekday mornings and Tuesday evenings. The tours will give you an insider’s perspective on the history, architecture and top attractions in downtown Edmonton, including stops at the Neon Sign Museum, the 104 Street Promenade, the up-and-coming ICE District, the Wayne Gretzky statue outside Rogers Place and the 101 Street Funicular. Plus you’ll get insider tips about the best places to eat and hidden gems around the city.AAA / Katie Broome
High Level Bridge Streetcar
8408 Gateway Blvd. N.W.
One of the best Edmonton attractions for travelers on a budget is the High Level Bridge Streetcar
, which travels along the old Canadian Pacific Railway from downtown Edmonton to Old Strathcona. For just $7 round trip you’ll get to cross the High Level Bridge in a vintage streetcar, with conductors narrating the 14-minute journey and pointing out spectacular views of the North Saskatchewan River Valley along the way. A few details to note: fare is paid in cash upon boarding, space for strollers is limited and streetcar service is seasonal (Victoria Day to Canadian Thanksgiving).Read MoreAAA / Katie Broome
Neon Sign Museum
104 Street N.W. and 104 Avenue N.W.
Looking for a great photo spot? Stop by the Neon Sign Museum in downtown Edmonton to check out a collection of 20 vintage neon signs displayed on the exteriors of two brick buildings. Open daily 24 hours, the outdoor collection is most photogenic at dusk when the neon begins to glow. After you snap some good photos, stroll nearby 104 Street N.W., also known as the 4th Street Promenade, to discover additional Instagram-worthy places including coffee shops, bars and local restaurants.AAA / Katie Broome
12415 107 Ave. N.W.
Take a break from browsing the shops and art galleries along 124 Street and visit Zwick’s Pretzels for a doughy treat and a craft soda. For less than $3 you can have your pick of hand-rolled pretzels in flavors like garlic butter, cinnamon sugar or sour cream and onion, and there are quite a few dipping sauces you can add on, too. For a more substantial snack, “sandwichzels” (sandwiches served on a pretzel bun) and sausages will run you about $5 to $8. Seating is limited inside the small store, but the pretzels are easy to eat on the go.AAA
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