YEG Cheap Flights: Switzerland Bound!

There are incredible deals happening right now for Edmonton jetsetters!

Roundtrip flights to Zurich, Switzerland from Edmonton are going for $568 CAD (including taxes)!

Switzerland
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Flights available from October 2017 until March 2018.

If you ever wanted to visit the land of chocolate and cheese, now’s the time to book!

For full booking details, visit YEG DEALS. We also highly recommend following Edmonton Flight Deals on Facebook for latest flight sales.

Travel safe!

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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 Magical Castles To Explore In Edmonton

Sure, Europe has its fair share of castles, but did you know Edmonton is home to its own unique ensemble of castle(ish) architecture? Below we list 5 magical Edmonton castles you need to explore!

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
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Completed in 1915, this ’Chateau’ style hotel was one of many that followed the railway stretching across the country that some refer to as ‘Castles of the North’. Pretend to be a prince or princess for a day, and be sure to check out the hotel’s incredible patio.

The Prince of Wales Armouries

Prince of Wales Armouries
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This century old drill hall was once used for military training. Today, it houses the City of Edmonton Archives, and deserves a visit from your inner history buff.

Ice Castle

Ice Castle
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Elsa may have done it first, but this incredible ice castle in Hawrelak Park has put Edmonton on the map. When winter comes, will you be sitting on the icy throne?

The Molson Beer Castle

Molson Beer Castle
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Who’s never dreamed of living in a beer castle? This historic Edmonton landmark has been given a new lease on life as part of the blooming Brewery District.

Fort Edmonton

Fort Edmonton Park
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Sure it’s made from wood, but its got all the markings of a great castle. Explore the buildings, walkways and towers behind the soaring walls of this impressive stronghold.

 

 

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 Eats from Heritage Days ’17

With Heritage days coming to a close, here’s the big winners of what to eat!

Did we miss any?

Saffron Pistachio Rose Water Ice Cream – IRAN

IRAN Dessert
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Fried Cassava – UGANDA

Uganda
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Proferjes – NETHERLANDS

Netherlands
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Bosnian Coffee – BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Bosnian Coffee
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Bolani – AFGHANISTAN

Bolani
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Halo-Halo – PHILIPPINES

Halo-Halo
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Langos – HUNGARY

Langos
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Empanada de Queso – ECUADOR

Empanada
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Cornetti – ITALY

Cornetti
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5 Fun, Unique Ways to Stay Fit in YEG

If you’re bored of the same ol’ gym routine, think about trying some of these other activities to keep in shape!

Archery Tag

Archery Tag
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Finally Edmonton has opened an Archery Tag gym. This high energy sport mixes dodgeball with archery and will leave you sweating!

Where: Magna Ludus

How Much: $25/person

POUND Fitness

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This fitness class lets you rock out while getting seriously fit! Great option for music lovers and those looking to try something different.

Find an upcoming class near you

Rock Climbing

Vertically Inclined
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Rock climbing adds adrenaline and fun to a tough workout. Rock climbing is a full body workout that combines strength and cardio!

Where: Vertically Inclined – 8523 Argyll Road

How Much: $30/person

Dog-Human Bootcamp

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Now you can combine your workout with burning off some of your dog’s energy in this dog-human bootcamp. Make deeper connections with your pooch while you both go through circuits and drills to keep you both fit!

Where: Top Dog Fitness (lots of locations available)

How Much: $20/person

Aerial Fitness

Aerial Fitness
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Get fit while feeling like Spiderman! Workshops here teach you how to fly while engaging your core and working on your upper-body strength!

Where: Circo Fit – 11346 – 119 St

How Much: $20/person