A YEG Stargazer’s Guide to the Perseid Meteor Shower

Get ready for the most spectacular annual meteor shower Earth’s skies has to offer!

The Perseid meteor shower peaks in the middle of August each summer on the 12th or 13th day of the month. It is one of the most awe inspiring and magical events we have the privilege of witnessing annually! So grab a cozy blanket or reclining lawn chair, your favourite hot beverage, some bug repellent, and spend hours getting lost in the spectacle above.

Perseid Meteor Shower
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During this period, up to  200 meteors can streak through the air per hour. The best way to view this amazing display of lights streaking across the sky is to find somewhere outside the city limits where light pollution is either limited or non-existent. The ideal time to be watching the skies is close to midnight, with 12:00 am to 2:00 am being the peak period.

Elk Island, a designated dark preserve, is a local favourite for Perseid fans, and The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada of Edmonton has a list of Dark Sites for your viewing pleasure. But any quiet place you can find with no cloud cover or city lights should be just fine.

So get out there and watch this incredible natural phenomenon with a friend. It’s unforgettable!

5 YEG Patios You NEED On Your Summer Bucket List

Are you looking for that perfect summer patio to soak in the sun and relax with friends? We got you covered with these five incredible Edmonton patios that are sure to make your out-of-town friends jealous.

Riverside Bistro

Riverside Bistro
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The Riverside Bistro at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Edmonton offers a world class view of the city’s jaw-dropping river valley.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
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Sweeping views? Historic castle? Delicious food? Check, check and check.

MKT

MKT
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Right in the heart of the Whyte Ave action, it’s hard to top this wide open patio.

Earls Downtown

Earls Downtown
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Dubbed the ‘Tin Palace’, you’ll never want to leave this recently renovated patio considered the jewel of the Edmonton Earls family.

CRAFT Beer Market

CRAFT Beer Market
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With chill vibes, a great downtown location, and 100 beers on tap, look no further for the one of the coolest rooftop patios the city has to offer.

 

 

Places to Totally Nerd Out in YEG

Dark Matters

Dark Matters
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Telus World of Science hosts an adult-only evening where you can drink, eat, and learn! The next Dark Matters event focuses on the themes of “Fears and Phobias” in time for Halloween.

When: Oct 19, 2017, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

How Much: $19.95/person in advance, $25.95 at the door

Breakout VR

BreakoutVR
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Escape this world and explore awesome virtual realities as this VR lounge. Choose from a huge selection of the latest games with the Occulus Rift or the HTC Vive.

Where: Breakout VR – 10107 81 Ave

How Much: $25/person

Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo

Comic Expo
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This annual event draws huge crowds of like-minded people gathering to celebrate all things nerdy! Come out to see some fantastic cosplay, interesting panels, and snag a photo-op with your hero. This year you can meet cast members from Stranger Things, Riverdale and Supernatural!

When: September 22nd-24th

Where: Edmonton Expo Centre

The Buck Trivia Nights

The Buck
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The Buckingham bar on Whyte hosts themed trivia nights to test your knowledge. With awesome prizes and great specials, these are a great night out.  Cannot wait for the upcoming  trivia night theme: Jurassic Park where you could win an inflatable dinosaur costume.

Where: The Buckingham – 10439 82 Ave NW

When: August 13 – Doors open at 3:00 pm. Get there early!

Boardgame Cafes

Board Game
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Board Game Cafes have popped up all over the city! Get a group together or meet new people at one of Edmonton’s board game cafes! Browse huge selections of games with tasty coffee and unleash your inner geek!

Where: The Gamer’s Lodge, Hexagon Board Game CafeTable Top Cafe or Board and Brew

Top Instagram Worthy YEG Food

Fellow foodies know the value of that perfect Instagram pic of something delicious. It’s unique, beautiful, and, of course, oh so tasty! Be the envy of your friends, family and followers by visiting some of these today!

Edmonton’s food game is strong! Here’s our top picks, in no particular order:

Doughnut Party

Doughnut Party
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This newly branded doughnut shop has the cutest logo and top notch doughnuts!

LEVA Cappuccino Bar

LEVA
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A go-to spot for breakfast, this cafe also boasts fantastic pizza, fresh gelato, and perfect coffee.

Seorak Teppan & Bar

Seorak
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Edmonton’s go-to spot for pressed sushi. This stuff melts in your mouth! Make sure to leave room for dessert!

Seoul Fried Chicken

SFC
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If you haven’t had SFC yet, you are missing out! I could eat fried chicken every day of the week!

Scoop n’ Roll Creamery

Scoop n Roll
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It’s definitely worth the wait to snag some awesome handmade ice cream that’s rolled for your photo delight. Grab some avocado ice cream while it’s still hot out!

Prairie Noodle Shop

Prairie Noodle Shop
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Is there anything more beautiful than a photo of a bowl of ramen just moments before you slurp it all down!?

RE:GRUB

Regrub Love
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New to the Edmonton food scene, RE:GRUB specializes in mouthwatering burgers and sky high shakes!

MEAT

MEAT
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MEAT specializes in… well… Meat! Great spot for taking drool worthy photos for your fellow carnivores.

Flirt Cupcakes

Flirt Cupcakes
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This Edmonton local cupcake shop creates unique masterpieces that are almost too pretty to eat! Almost…

Bar Bricco

Bar Bricco
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This upscale restaurant serves artful plates that are hyper-photogenic!

Julio’s Barrio

Julio's
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Julio’s is famous for their giant bull dog drinks, awesome Mexican food, and fun vibe on Whyte.

Rostizado

Rostizado
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These modern Mexican dishes couldn’t be more beautiful. Or delicious!

Ono Poke

Ono Poke
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The poke craze has finally hit Edmonton. These dishes inspired from Hawaii are filled with flavorful seafood and fresh vegetables make for vibrant and gorgeous photos.

Remedy

Remedy
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Remedy not only serves beautiful hot beverages but also tasty food that’s sourced locally!

Biera

Biera
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Blind Enthusiasm, a new local brewery, just opened their restaurant in the Richie Market that is absolutely gorgeous and serves equally stunning food!

Duchess Bake Shop

Duchess
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No Surprise that Duchess made this list. Duchess is pretty much universally known as the go-to bakery for high quality pastries.

Izakaya Tomo

Izakaya Tomo
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Here you’ll find Japanese tapas that are both incredible and unique!

Bar Clementine

Clemintine
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This fine establishment is known for having some of the best cocktails in all of Edmonton. And they’re oh so pretty!

Baiju

Baiju
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One of the few places in Yeg where you can bao down! I like to think bao roughly translates to bites of deliciousness!

Cafe Linnea

Cafe Linnea
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This cafe serves up beautiful brunch, dinners and exquisite high teas!