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