The historic Revillon Building in the heart of Edmonton is located just steps away from some of the city’s best restaurants, nightlife, public art and the ICE District—a mixed-use sports and entertainment area anchored by Rogers Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers. There’s always something happening downtown, and this neighbourhood is often at the centre of the action.
By: Linda Hoang
Illustration by: Sam Island
1–3. WINTER PATIO TOUR
Edmonton is a Winter City, which means Edmontonians are happy to dine outside even as temperatures drop. Start your winter patio tour at the Riverside Bistro’s igloos (1) overlooking the city’s beautiful river valley; then walk over for a drink at the Cask & Barrel (2), followed by a stop at the Rocky Mountain Icehouse (3)—the icier the drink the better.
4–7. INSTAGRAMMABLE WALL CRAWL
Surrounding the Revillon Building, you’ll find some of the city’s biggest and most Instagrammable public art murals, from the mystical PichiAvo wall (4) to OG Slick’s Edmonton wall (5), plus Kris Kanaly’s colourful city wall (6) and local artist Giselle Denis’ tall Mother Nature floral forest piece (7).
8. BAIJIU 10359
104 St. NW Grab a cocktail from Baijiu in the 1911-built Mercer Warehouse, where you can shop at an assortment of start-ups and small businesses in its Vacancy Hall basement. Plus, it’s located along one of Edmonton’s most popular shopping and restaurant districts, the 4th Street Promenade, teeming with historical brick buildings and must visit restos, bars and cafés.
9. NEON SIGN MUSEUM
104 St. and 104 Ave. Learn stories of Edmonton’s past, including businesses that were a big part of the city’s history, by way of more than 20 big, bright restored neon signs at this outdoor museum, a first of its kind in Canada. While free and open 24/7, it’s best experienced after the sun sets (which is when the signs shine the brightest).
10. BEAVER HILLS HOUSE PARK (AMISKWASKAHEGAN)
Jasper Ave. and 105 St. NW Experience this little oasis—with the sounds of street traffic drowned out by water flowing from man-made falls and babbling over rocks—and forget you’re in the city (that is, until you glimpse skyscrapers peeking out from between and above the treetops). You can also see Indigenous art at several areas within the park.
11–13. THE PEDWAY
On a cold day, explore Edmonton’s downtown pedway system, which is climate-controlled and connects more than 40 buildings along its 13-kilometre length. Catch a flick at Landmark Cinemas (11), grab a bubble tea from Sharetea (12) and experience the Paint the Rails augmented-reality art project at select LRT stations (13).