What are some things not to do in Canada?

Unique things to do in Edmonton

I had to think long and hard about this question because everything I initially came up with was more of a u201cduh, you shouldnu2019t do that anywhere.

u201d I could not find twenty things that are unique to Canada, so Iu2019ll throw in some that are obvious to me, and Iu2019ll add a few pictures of my fabulous country instead.

,Do not tell Canadians that Quebec should separate.

Itu2019s a touchy subject for some, just donu2019t do it.

,We are, for the most part, a polite society but if you act like a dill hole then expect to be treated like one.

I know a guy that assumed he could talk his way out of a speeding ticket because our signs were posted in KM vs.

miles.

When you drive across the border, it tells you 100 KM/ph is approximately 60 MPH.

The guy spoke down to the cop, and the cop slapped him with the fine.

Be respectful.

,Do not assume that everyone will take your currency.

This is mostly for the Americans coming here; while your money may be worth more, it may not be possible for a vendor to scan for counterfeit bills.

Iu2019ve found that most vending machines take US coins, but I also live close to the border.

It may or may not be like that everywhere you go.

,Donu2019t assume youu2019ll be automatically allowed in! Having a previous criminal record may make you ineligible to visit and in some cases require you to have permission beforehand.

Ever hear of what happened to Chris Brown? Weu2019re not kidding.

,Donu2019t order Canadian Bacon.

I was born and raised here; I have no idea what it is.

I think itu2019s supposed to back bacon? I used to work at a diner, and whenever some American would ask me for it, Iu2019d smile and nod and give them ham.

Edited to add, it looks like it is back bacon.

Do not bring a gun to Canada without proper paperwork.

Declare all weapons at the border, failure to do so comes with some massive repercussions.

,Donu2019t come without proper attire.

We have four, full seasons in almost every part of the country, but it will also depend on where you live.

I once lived in Northern Ontario and it was -1 Celsius in July (30 F).

,This is for the Americans again; donu2019t discuss politics or even history.

Ever hear the adage u201cthose who win the war, write the history books?u201d Well, letu2019s just say that some of the books you wrote came without winning.

Just remember, we once burnt down the White house.

,Donu2019t be racist.

Canada is a cultural mosaic.

We do not seek to create a u201cmelting potu201d like other countries do.

,Donu2019t be homophobic.

Same sex marriage is legal in Canada.

Transgender reassignment surgeries are paid for by our health care.

Donu2019t discriminate; itu2019s gross.

,Prime Minister Trudeau at a gay pride parade,Donu2019t put down someone based on their religion.

Just donu2019t, okay? We accept diversity.

Women in Ontario are free to walk topless.

,Donu2019t assume weu2019re all liberal hippies, either.

We had a conservative government for 10 years until Trudeau came in.

I love him, but heu2019s not without his faults.

,Do not call our Aboriginal people u201cIndians.

u201d Nor are they u201cNative American.

u201d,Do not assume everyone plays hockey.

Most people I know donu2019t even like it, myself included (sorry not sorry).

However, even when your American team wins, most of the players came from Canada anyway.

,Donu2019t mock our military.

We are only 35ish million strong, so naturally, our military is smaller.

Weu2019re also generally sent as peacekeepers.

Weu2019re small, but weu2019re mighty.

And proud.

,Dont mock our money.

Okay, maybe you can.

.

but only a little.

We have a one dollar coin called the loonie and a two dollar coin called the toonie.

Twonie? We abolished pennies and so should you.

,Okay, so I managed to get more than I thought.

If I think of more, then Iu2019ll update.

I think the final thing to note is that if you do visit.

.

get out there.

Donu2019t just go to Toronto and Montreal and Vancouver; thereu2019s so much to see!,Cambridge, Ontario, where I was raised.

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Things to do in Edmonton today

Boy, did I ever have an experience like that.

,I was living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at the time.

One day, when I was suffering a case of Personal, European Sophistication Illusion (PESI, anyone can get afflicted by it), with all those cowboy boots and pickup trucks and country music going on, I decided to seek refuge in that most amazing of restaurants Canada has, Earls.

,It was a great place for any meal, and I parked my Pontiac Parisienne outside and walked in with my Oxford shoes, wearing a dress jacket, intent on having a really European evening.

,So I ordered an apu00e9ritif, as one would do in France, then white wine, and oysters, which were advertised as being fresh and lovely today.

,In fact, I ordered a dozen oysters.

,The waiter goggled at me: u201cUm, a dozen, Sir, are you quite sure?u201d u201cYes, I am sure, you hillbilly, itu2019s the classic order size where Iu2019m from, you know!u201d I nearly said, but instead nodded solemnly, thinking u201cyeah, these sorts of exotic things would probably be too much in most quantities for the perogies and poutine eating masses.

u201d,And then came the oysters.

,And aaaall the perogie-eating masses watched the waiter carry the most humongous tray I had ever seen through the room, to my table, setting it down in front of me.

u201cThere we go, Sir, a dozen oysters.

u201d These things were the size of beefsteaks.

They were oysters, all right, just vastly larger in size than anything we have in Europe.

If European oysters are chihuahuas, these things were Stegosaurus.

Pacific Oysters, I realised, was written on the blackboard with the daily specials.

And me silly bunny had not known what those are and just thought u201cok, so the oysters are from the west coastu201d, not realising we were talking about a different, larger species here entirely.

,All eyes were on me though, and I was going to prevail in this situation.

,So I got ready to eat the first one.

Sprinkled some lemon on it, took a sip of my Chardonnay, andu2026 slurped down that beefsteak.

It nearly killed me.

,The room was applauding.

,Spurred on by the success, I continued.

Slurp, there went the second.

Slurp, the third.

By the time I tried to swallow the fifth one, I nearly choked and had to pretend to want more wine.

,In the end, I employed an octopus tactic of ordering more and more things and eating and drinking them, giving me an excuse not to be able to finish everything.

,What a lesson.

,I havenu2019t had pacific oysters in 25 years.

Places to visit in Edmonton in summer

While I have not lived in Montreal, I have visited it a few times.

I have spent a significant amount of my life in Edmonton and Calgary.

Both Montreal and Edmonton are Festival Cities and summers in both cities are packed with a variety of things to keep you busy when the days are long.

Edmonton in the winter is cold and dark but typically doesnu2019t have as much snow as Montreal.

Both cities are known for their cuisine but I would suspect that Montreal might have a slight edge.

That being said, the food scene in Edmonton is probably one of the best in Canada, if not North America.

Edmonton is a difficult town to navigate without a vehicle but it is improving.

LRT expansions and bike lane infrastructure will make Edmonton a more livable city in the next 3 to 5 years.

While Edmonton has a reputation as blue collar there are a significant population of both Government Employees and Academic Employees as it is the seat of the provincial government and has several large post secondary institutions within the metropolitan area.

Montreal has significant post secondary institutions but is not the seat f government so depending on which industry you wish to work in that will also inform your opinion of its u201cnicenessu201d.

Edmontonu2019s downtown was once a pretty sad and desolate place but with recent construction, including the new Rogeru2019s Arena downtown has become a bit more of an interesting destination.

However, the heart of walkable Edmonton continues to be Old Strathcona and the adjoining River Valley trail system that are both accessible year round.

Fun things to do in Edmonton for adults

Edmonton is a great city to raise a family.

Like many other cities, consideration needs to be given as to where in the city you might choose to live.

There are many different areas which are lovely, but some are more family oriented than others.

There are also a multitude of different types of accommodation throughout.

A family could chose from an apartment (rent or own), a townhouse (rent or own), fourplexes, duplexes or a free standing home (rented or owned).

A familyu2019s desires and budget are pretty much the only constricting factors in making that choice.

,I have only personally lived in Calgary, Edmonton and the Edmonton metro region.

Please realize that despite my best efforts to be impartial, some number of my comments may reflect my experiences of raising my family in both Calgary and the Edmonton metro area.

Edmonton is typically considered a civil servant/blue collar city.

This contrasts with Calgary, being seen as a white collar city.

To that end, I have found people from the Edmonton area to be more grounded.

,Those living in Edmonton will discover the excellent schools (public and Roman Catholic) found in the majority of neighborhoods.

They offer the Provincial curriculum with many specialized programs being available for children who are able to handle the specialized program in addition to regular program.

These programs include hockey academies, soccer acadamies, language immersion (French, Mandarin, Ukrainian and Arabic to name some), Dance programs, the Cogito program and Logos program.

There well could be even more but these are ones Iu2019m aware of.

,Recreation and general things to do are available all year long.

Edmonton considers itself to be a u201cfestival cityu201d and there are a large number of them throughout the year.

July and August see some some of the better known festivals with at least one going each weekend.

Some of my personal favourites are the Street Performers festival, Heritage Days and the Fringe Festival.

Although these stand out for me, festivals happen most, if not all, months of the year.

,If outside is a priority for your family, Edmonton offers many public parks - from local playgrounds to Hawrelak park in the river valley.

In addition to the parks, the city has built miles and miles of walking/biking pathways.

Last summer citizens were pleased to discover the u201cAccidentalu201d beach on the North Saskatchewan river.

It evolved from the reconstruction of some of the bridges.

Iu2019ve not been there but the photos make it appear as a desirable place to be on a hot summer day.

Edmonton city council has not yet decided whether the beach will continue to be once the bridge work is complete.

Itu2019s fair to say, though, that Edmontonians are hopeful.

On that same hot summer day, youu2019ll see an abundance of children and families at close by spray parks.

Although I do not know the exact number in operation, this information is readily available from the city.

There are also a small number of outdoor pools available for public swimming in addition to a large number of indoor pools.

Many of the indoor pools are contained in area recreation centres.

These multi functioning buildings include pools, basketball courts, badminton courts, ice surfaces and perhaps most surprisingly, branches of the Edmonton Public Library.

The cityu2019s library system is very popular and highly esteemed by those who are aware of numerous public library systems.

,The city transforms during the winter months for outdoor recreation.

Cross country skiing is a fairly popular choice for many while others may choose skating, tobogganing and/or downhill skiing.

Most of the local parks set up outdoor rinks through their community leagues.

One will also see many indoor arenas, used for public skating and community league hockey games, when traveling through Edmonton.

Once again, Hawrelak park is a great place to skate as the lake is cleared for that purpose.

It is also a great spot to cross country ski.

The last few years have seen ice castles built in the park.

They are really something to see, but there is a charge as they are built by a private company.

Edmonton has been developed from the river valley out to its current boundaries.

The cityu2019s topography is somewhat varied and offers a multitude of locations for tobogganing in addition to two ski hills.

The ski hills are not the Rocky Mountains but super places for learning and general recreation.

The city is also seeing more cyclists on the trails and bike lanes all year round.

I suspect this is due, in part, to the redevelopment of the downtown.

,Many property developments have been built in the past few years following the announcement of the Rogeru2019s Place arena.

Rogeru2019s Place officially opened its doors in September, 2017 and hosts many celebrity concerts as well as the Oil Kings Western hockey league team and the NHL Edmonton Oilers.

,We also enjoy a lower level professional baseball team and our CFL Edmonton Eskimos in the spring/summer.

The baseball park is situated in the river valley with football games happening at Commonwealth Field and Clark Park, located in the NE quadrant of Edmonton.

A significant number of amateur soccer leagues, softball leagues, baseball leagues and track clubs exist primarily sponsored by the community leagues-lots of fun for kids and adults alike! I know Iu2019ve missed other groups which operate during the spring and summer months but, safe to say, there are no shortages of groups to work and play with.

,Edmonton is also blessed to have many cultural activities for those who have interest.

There is the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, The Citadel, a performing arts centre, The Alberta Provincial Museum for locations and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, opera productions, ballet and drama productions for performance throughout the year.

Well known speakers frequent the Edmonton Convention Centre in addition to many varied productions staged at the university theatres.

Edmonton is a city with variety.

,Travelling throughout the city is easiest using personal vehicles.

We do have the option of taking Edmonton Transit busses and/or the LRT in numerous areas of the city.

Various roadways continue to be built and upgraded in addition to those repaired.

The majority of repairs are done during our warm months.

Many Edmontonians laughingly say that Edmonton really has only two seasons-winter and construction.

Oh well, those new roads are amazing.

,I was grateful to raise my teens here as this is, again, a very grounded population.

I find the city culture to be very compatible with traditional family values.

Whereas I found a very u201ckeep up with the Jonesu2019su201d culture in Calgary, this is not typically found in the Edmonton region.

Itu2019s safe to say that whether children have interest in dance, gymnastics or something else, they will definitely find it here.

,I hope I have covered areas which might interest you and your family.

Please feel free to message me if you are looking for more or different information.

Edmonton tourist attractions in winter

Beautiful province, has everything! Mountains, prairies, forests, farmland.

Lakes have dwindled over last few decades due to drought.

Main population is in two cities, Calgary and Edmonton.

Other reasonably well populated communities are Peace River, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge.

Banff and Jasper are both in Alberta, in the rockies, and host many thousands of tourists from around the world.

Fort McMurray is a bit different, a lot of rentals for oil sands workers, many of whose families live in the Edmonton area.

,I should add that Calgary is full of oil company head offices and U of Calgary is a public research university; Edmonton has the provincial government and the U of Alberta, also public research, a Top 5 Canadian university and top 100 worldwide.

,Drumheller attracts tourists from all over the world due to the Royal Tyrrell Museum; Alberta has a huge resource of dinosaur fossils.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO site.

,The province is beautiful.

We moved there from Ontario in u201977 and spent the first eight years holidaying within Alberta, learning as much as we could about our new home.

Our relatives wondered why we never went east or west during those years.

The people are very friendly, and the population is relatively young due to many having moved to Alberta during its oil boom times.

That has lessened but the province is still a great place to live.

,Yes, it can be cold in winter and hot in summer, but usually the dry air (due to the altitude) makes the extremes comfortable.

However the real period of drought seems to be ending, with the change of climate that is occurring.

Alberta is also under the main migration route for millions of shore birds heading for the Arctic.

There are no house flies in most areas; no rats.

Not many fleas or ticks to make you worry about your dogs and cats.

,I am back in Ontario (my husband died and I have more relatives here) but really miss my home province of almost 40 years.

Tourist attractions Alberta

There are many tourist places to visit in Alberta,Banff National Park : Banff National Park is the most visited tourist attraction in the province of Alberta and perhaps the most impressive national park in Canada.

The area encompasses some spectacular mountain scenery, major ski resorts, beautiful lakes, and the tourist town of Banff.

,Lake Louise : Lake Louise is famous for its beautiful turquoise colored water that reflects the surrounding mountains and Victoria Glacier on the far shore.

Edmonton attractions open

I have lived in Edmonton for over 30 years now, and attended the University of Alberta.

I also lived in Victoria, BC.

, and frequently visited Vancouver while at university in Victoria.

I have also spent time in Toronto, Montreal, and Waterloo, so I think I can speak a bit about all of them.

,If you are intended on going to university, the first thing you should be considering is the school, and the particular faculty that you are going into.

The University of Alberta is really a world class school, with over 30,000 students in attendance.

There are some faculties that are truly the best both in Canada, and North America.

As was noted above, both Medicine and Engineering are top-notch faculties, but there are other ones that are great as well: Sciences is very comprehensive, with thousands of courses and specialties.

Agriculture and Forestry are exceptional, given that Alberta is in the middle of the prairies, and forestry is a major component of the Alberta economy.

The campus is quite beautiful, with many buildings remaining from the early 1900s, and there are many beautiful old trees everywhere on the campus.

The campus itself is in a very beautiful and old part of the city, and it borders the incredible river valley.

,Edmonton itself is actually a very beautiful city, contrary to what you may have read above.

Yes, it is in the middle of the prairies, and is flat, but I cant think of that many cities in North America that arent, for the most part, flat! (Its not terribly common to find cities founded in canyons, or on mountain tops!) The River Valley Park system is beautiful, and stretches through the entire city, form where the North Saskatchewan River enters the city on the southwest side, and exits on the northeastern side.

It is HUGE, and there are many, many paths and trails through the heavily forested river valley.

You can walk or ride a bike from one end of the city to the other on paved paths that snake throughout the river valley.

You will find the city very spread out, and not filled with a maze of skyscrapers.

Most buildings are under 3 or 4 stories, except in the city center, where of course you find the high rises, not unlike any other modern city.

The city is easy to get around in, with numbered streets and avenues (totally different than Calgary, which is an absolute nightmare to navigate, given that most of the streets and avenues are names!) There are large freeways and wide main streets and avenues to help get from one area of the city to the other quickly.

The city has GREAT public transport, and is currently expanding its excellent Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

The International Airport is 15 minutes from the south end of the city (unlike a lot of other cities, where it takes 30 minutes or more to get to), and there is even a city bus that can get you there.

Edmonton is approximately 4 hours by car to one of the most beautiful national parks in Canada, Jasper National Park, which is situated in the Rocky Mountains.

Banff National Park, also in Alberta, is about 2.

5 hours south of Jasper.

The entire road from Edmonton to the gates of Jasper National Park is a double-lane highway that is separated into 2 east and west going traffic, making for a relatively stress free drive through beautiful countryside.

,The weather is like a lot of other Canadian cities, with a 6 to 7 month winter, and a short spring and fall.

Summer in Edmonton is BEAUTIFUL, and something that is not often noted is the fact that because Edmonton is located at a high latitude, the summer days are LONG, so long that in the middle of summer, the sun comes up at 4:30-5:00 AM, and goes down at 11:00-11:30 PM, making for sunlight for 18 hours/day! And Edmonton is incredibly green! To my knowledge, the only city that has comparable parks and greenery is Minneapolis/St.

Paul, Minnesota.

Temperatures in the summer normally range from around 20 to 30 C, and it is very dry, unlike most coastal cities.

The heat is very easy to take.

Winter can be harsh, that is true, but I guess it is something that you just get used to, much like living any where else in the world.

In the coldest months of the year (January and February), it can get to -40 C, and we can have 2 or 3 feet of snow on the ground.

So, you are going to have to buy some warm clothing and boots.

But, as was noted above, Edmonton gets more sunshiny days than any other city in Canada! And I have to say, when it is cold and the sky is brilliant sunshine, it is hard to beat! It is truly magical to go for a walk in the river valley when there is 2 feet of beautiful fresh snow on the ground, and it is sunny and cold! Like living in a winter wonderland! If you are considering living in Vancouver, get ready for long, rainy, grey days that last from the middle of October until the end of March! Getting used to that grey layer of clouds that just hangs in Vancouver for sometimes weeks on end gets a bit discouraging to say the least! Victoria is similair, but gets considerably more sunshine than Vancouver does.

,Edmonton is a very affordable city in which to live as well, by Canadian standards.

Housing, both rental and ownership wise, is very affordable, with most rents for 2 bedroom apartments being around $900-1100/month.

Student housing is varied, depending on where you want to live, but can be had for as little as $400/month when you share a house.

Food is about average for Canada, gas is the cheapest in Canada (we have the refineries located on the very eastern edge of the city!), and taxes are low.

On the subject of taxes, the provincial taxes are the lowest in Canada, and we have NO sales tax, the only province in Canada without one! ,In short, Edmonton is a nice city to live in, dont let anyone tell you otherwise.

And the people are VERY friendly, dont kid yourself.

If you want to see an unfriendly group of people, go live in Toronto! One thing that I have heard consistently about Edmonton is that the people are friendly, and the life style is very easy-going.

I guess here in Western Canada everyone is not so money-centric, and tend to just enjoy their lives a whole lot more.

Oh, one thing that I havent talked about is the fact that Edmonton is called the Festival City.

The reason for that is because Edmonton is home to many, many festivals that go all year long.

We are famous for our Fringe Festival, a very large performing arts get together that happens in a very picturesque and popular area of the city called Old Strathcona that is very near the university, and is full of small curio shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars.

If there is a place to go in the city, it is Old Strathcona.

There are many other festivals, such as the Folk Fest, which happens in the summer in August generally, and brings together 2 days worth of mostly folk music acts, and is situated within the river valley overlooking our unique Muttart Conservatories, 2 large glass pyramids that contain thousands of shrubs, plants, trees, etc.

, another attraction.

We also have a professional football team (North American Football that is), and an NHL (National Hockey League) hockey team, with a brand new big beautiful arena being built downtown in the next few years.

We have museums, and a brand new Art Gallery as well, along with The Citadel Theatre, a picturesque building for the performing arts downtown as well.

There is a very large Farmers Market that is open every Saturday in Old Strathcona, a place where you can go and buy many of the local foods produced by farms and companies from around Edmonton, and it is very inexpensive for the most part.

,I have also spent a considerable amount of time in Vancouver as well, and YES, it is beautiful, with the oceans and the mountains encircling the city.

BUT, it is also VERY expensive to live in! Housing is astronomically high-priced, and rents are no different.

Living on student budgets in Vancouver is very tough.

And, you have a provincial sales tax that gets added onto every purchase.

(I believe it is either 6 or 7 percent at this moment).

There are really no cities in Canada that can compare to Vancouver with the mountains AND the ocean so close, but you really pay to enjoy it.

If you dont make in the neighborhood of $100,000/year or better, it is not that easy to get out and actually enjoy what the city has to offer, unless you want to live with huge debt.

Toronto is almost as expensive, and has nothing to offer in terms of the natural beauty.

Montreal is a very beautiful, but dirty city.

The entire French culture is so different than any thing else in Canada it is hard to compare it, but to put it simply the Quebec French live for the day! It is a great part of Canada (all of Quebec), and very culturally different from the rest of Canada.

You will find the people of Quebec very friendly, and a whole of fun, to say the least! And, best of all, you will learn a whole new language when you learn to swear using Quebec French! (most of the swears revolve around the church!) The night life in Montreal is hard to beat, and you can pretty well go all night long.

The only thing you may find difficult about Quebec is that if you dont speak French, you had better learn fast.

Sometimes, if you cant communicate in French, some people will be downright rude to you, but I guess that just goes with living in Quebec.

MOST people in the larger cities speak English, so unless you travel a lot to the rural areas, it isnt much of a problem.

,That is about all I can give you in terms of my experience of living in Edmonton in particular, and some of the other cities that you asked about.

Hoped this helped!

Edmonton attractions for families

There are so many things to do.

We just recently went to the Royal Canadian Circus which comes each year, K-days Parade July 19 downtown.

The Ariel park at Rainbow Valley Campground has a kids course.

Just took my 3 year old grandaughter and she loved it.

,I suggest to check out the Edmontonu2019s Attraction Pass - you have the option to pick 4 activities or all of them.

It will save your quite a bit on entry fees.

It has quite a few options, the Space Science Centre, the Ariel park, sea life caverans and the seal show at West Ed, Ukraniane Culture Villiage, Devon Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, etc.