Get your escape off to a sensational start by learning a bit about Edmonton before you jet off.
Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and is about 170 miles (274 kilometers) to the north of Calgary, a prominent city.
Would you like to mingle with the locals? That shouldn't be a problem. 700,000 people call this part of Central Alberta home.
After a long day of sightseeing, nothing beats returning to a stylish room and a plush bed. The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (10065 100 St Nw) and the Union Bank Inn (10053 Jasper Avenue) are some of the best upmarket accommodations to check out here. More of a thrifty traveler? The Canterra Suites Hotel (11010 Jasper Ave) and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Edmonton North (13742 50th St) may be the ideal properties for you.
Ignore all those boring tourist traps. Passionate sightseers will want to make tracks to wonderful attractions like Snow Valley Ski Club and Fort Edmonton Park.
It has often been said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and University of Alberta is a prime example of this. Have a look around the campus and find out about the accomplishments of its greatest intellectuals. Need some more ideas? Great theater can challenge our views and asks us to aspire to greater things. See a production at Citadel Theatre and expand your way of thinking. But there's more. People have said, "This world is but a canvas to our imagination." Marvel at the intriguing works at Art Gallery of Alberta, and take a moment to imagine the story of each piece.