Edmonton is Alberta’s 2nd largest city and 6th largest metro area in Canada. Even though it’s not as big as cities like Vancouver or Toronto, Edmonton has the largest shopping mall in North America (5th largest in the world). This mall has over 800 stores, an amusement park, water park/water slides, mini golf, ice skating rink, hotel, movie theatre, and casino.
Although I’ve been to West Edmonton Mall each visit to Edmonton, this is the first time I’m writing about the mall since I’ve finally explored almost all the different wings of the mall and attractions as well. The hotel is unique in that it reflects the Venetian-style found in Las Vegas, but guest room windows can overlook the mall.
The mall has an amusement park, GalaxyLand, that has a Hellavator style ride called Space Shot, as well as a couple of different roller coasters. It also has midway games, a carousel, kiddie rides, and bumper cars.
The waterpark consists of a giant wave pool, with water reflecting the ocean similar to that you would find in Cancun or Cuba. It also consists of giant waterslides for kids and adults. This attraction was really popular on this visit as it was summer vacation and the kids took a break from the hot Edmonton heat to enjoy the water.
There weren’t a lot of people at the Ice Palace, the skating rink at the centre of the mall. My bf told me that the Edmonton Oilers occasionally practice there.
Mini golf is one of my favorite things to do at the mall. This mall has a couple of mini golf locations (one is glow in the dark Putt ‘n’ Glow and the other is in the middle of the mall – Professor WEM’s Adventure Golf). I like the cute cartoon theme of Professor WEM’s Adventure Golf. A great afternoon activity for those with kids or those on a first time date at the mall.
The pirate ship is an attraction that allows visitors to go on deck to explore the life of a pirate on the ship. Next to the pirate ship is the Marine Life attraction – a marine show that features penguin performances and sea lion shows. It also houses an underground aquarium with over 100 species of fish, sharks, sea turtles, penguins, etc. We passed by just in time to watch Sea Lions Rock, the sea lion show that allows the trainer to show the audience tricks by the sea lions. For bleacher seats, it costs $6.95 per person, however you can watch the sea lion show from the 2nd floor and the outside area of the 1st floor for free.
Overall, this mall is a great way to do most of your shopping although I found such a huge mall missing a Toys R Us, Future Shop, and Best Buy a bit disappointing to be a one-stop-shop. However it’s a great way to get some stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Apple Store, Abercrombie & Fitch, Michael Kors, Lacoste, and J. Crew. For those looking to save on taxes, Alberta has no PST or HST, so there’s only the 5% HST being charged on everything. It’s as close to tax-free as you get in Canada for shopping!