This tribute to extravagance is almost overwhelming in scale and spectacle. The mall shelters more than 800 stores and over 110 restaurants, but that's just the beginning. There's also a wave pool, a roller coaster, amusement park, a lake, ice skating rink, dolphin lagoon, bungee jump, and a replica of Columbus' "Santa Maria" – all under one roof. You could literally spend days lulled by shopping and entertainment. The mall was built in four phases, and that's the way they suggest you tackle the edifice. If you need to occupy the time of kids, adults and seniors, cart everyone here and give them free rein. Just don't forget to establish a meeting time and place later on!
This well-respected gallery began in 1975 and has grown into a leader in the field of aboriginal art. Its specialties are First Nations and Inuit art, including the work of Norval Morrisseau and Daphne Odjig. You'll find many original paintings, along with stone sculptures, jade carvings and Navajo jewelry. You'll also find beautifully-made crafts, including ceramics, baskets, textiles, masks, drums, and carvings in cedar and whalebone. Limited edition prints are also available, along with dolls, moccasins and other decorative pieces.
Once known as Westmount Shopper's Park, the present-day Westmount Centre opened in 1955 as Edmonton's first mall. Over the years the park expanded, but due to the construction of other new shopping malls, the area crumbled. Following a massive face lift and the creation of a new movie theatre, the Centre is again one of Edmonton's premier shopping districts. The strip is lined by a number of health and beauty stores, a drug store and several jewelry and embroidery shops.
This gallery seeks to promote the heritage, and continuing creation, of crafts of all types. The merchandise is made in the province of Alberta (and elsewhere in the country) and draws on cultural traditions that have been learned from European and Native American ancestors. Among the goods you'll find are textiles, pottery, glassware and jewelry. Other items are crafted from metal, wood and clay. Whether you're searching for souvenirs or want something one-of-a-kind to take back home, this is one of the best venues in which to begin your quest.
The well-established, independent Greenwoods' has been in operation for more than 25 years, and the staff and owners have the expertise to obtain virtually any book. In the store are sections devoted to every subject, from fiction, history and travel writing to art, gardening and science. If it's not on their shelves, they will happily special order it for you. If it's out of print, they will scour the Internet until they find you a suitable copy. Plus they offer free shipping for orders over $60.
Gramophone specializes in classical music, and is managed by a man named Brian Taylor, who also happens to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. You will not find a better or larger selection of classical CDs anywhere in Edmonton, or Canada for that matter. Jazz and New Age are well represented, too, and the store has a listening room so you can check out new music before you buy it. Musical instruments, high-end audio equipment, and DVDs round out the offerings. A truly amazing record store.
The trendy and suitably named Junque Cellar is located in a basement level space on happening Whyte Avenue. Over the years it has earned a place in the hearts and homes of Edmonton's eclectic population, by stocking hip retro furniture and accessories, vintage clothing and costume jewelry, books and records, and the occasional cool toy. At times they also have imported items like lamps from Nepal and rugs from India. A fun place to browse even if you aren't looking for anything in particular.
Certainly one of the city's hippest addresses, this area is the main drag for Old Strathcona, an historic neighborhood that surrounds Whyte Avenue. It encompasses a host of trendy shops, restaurants and cafes, and is an ideal place to browse on warm days or to hang out when you've got time to spare. Fashionable clothing boutiques are prominent along the street, as are gift shops with funky, unique goods. You'll even find antique shops, book stores and specialty shops galore. If you've made the run of downtown's attractions, this should be your next destination, and if you want to go out, it's a great place to start. Don't miss this one.
Founded in 1990 by art dealer Brent Luebke, the Lando is Edmonton's largest commercial gallery. Drawing on extensive experience, Luebke and partner Marie Olah specialize in 19th-century and contemporary art from Canada, the US and Europe. A full range of individual and corporate services is available, including collection management, leasing and appraisals.
A second-floor shop overlooking bustling Whyte Avenue, Alhambra may be a bit off the radar for most folks, which makes it that much more appealing. Used books and collectible editions line the shelves, and you'll find particularly strong collections of history and religious studies. Old magazines and a fascinating assortment of vintage postcards are also available.