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Landmarks & Buildings Attractions & Entertainment

There’s no denying Albertans are good at building new things. Take a look the glittering downtowns of the big cities. The structures from the past tell stories of Alberta’s booms and busts. • Now you know: Sandstone was the building material of choice a century ago. Check it out in the Beaux Arts style provincial Legislature Building in Edmonton and throughout Calgary’s downtown. • Ask the pros: The Historical Society of Alberta makes sure nobody forgets the good old days and the stories behind heritage buildings. Check out their Alberta playlist, especially on Heritage Day in August. 
Landmark Buildings Edmonton

Churchill Square, Edmonton | Edmonton Tourism

Landmark Buildings Calgary

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Muttart Conservatory

Edmonton, Alberta
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Breathe in the colourful and exotic life unfolding at the enchanting Muttart Conservatory. Each of the four iconic pyramids holds a themed garden representing a different world biome, with species that hail from Mexico to Madagascar. Bathe yourself in the lush Tropical pyramid, alive with delicate orchids, a weeping fig, towering banana trees and huge palms. The Arid pyramid bites back, with its spiky cactus and exotic desert species. Australian pampas grass and Eucalyptus trees are two colourful species you’ll find in the Temperate zone. Inventive Muttart staff create seasonal explosions of texture and life in the Feature garden. Catch the resident superstar, a giant Amorphophallus titanium, nature’s tallest flowering plant, also known as the corpse flower. If all this tranquil energy whets your appetite, the Culina café is a tantalizing local favourite. Savour artisan creations like farm-fresh roasted chicken with brie and cranberry chutney, or pumpkin hazelnut soup. Leave room for homemade desserts.

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Jimmy Jock Boardwalk

Big Valley, Alberta

The Boardwalk features current local businesses and some others; like the local undertaker and the house of ill-repute (which have long since been closed). Visitors can visit a unique collection of businesses - an art gallery, a fudge factory, a tea room and a custom cowboy hat shop. Jimmy Jock Boardwalk is named after a local Chinese restauranteur who operated a restaurant on this same site in the earlier days. Today, a U-shaped boardwalk similar to a frontier town stands.

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Inglewood

Calgary, Alberta

Inglewood bears the distinction of being Calgary's oldest neighbourhood, having been established adjacent to Fort Calgary in 1875. The founding of the community was led by Major John Stewart, Acheson Irvine and James Macleod, including the development of 9 Ave. S.E. (formerly named Atlantic Avenue), which became the city of Calgary’s first authentic main street.

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Best of Big E

This is a highlight tour of Edmonton available throughout the year. Come learn some of the stories from the characters and politics that have made this city a northern gem. 90 minutes duration.

Expires: 2018-03-02
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Family Admission

Enjoy an afternoon with the family at The Muttart Conservatory. The Muttart Conservatory is unique at first sight. This innovative botanical garden sets the pace for plant science in western Canada and defines Edmonton’s skyline with striking glass pyramids rising from the river valley.

Expires: 2018-01-30
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Roots and Resources Tour

This is a journey 90 minutes in length describing Edmonton through time in its economic history and some amazing views and surprises along the way. Come in our 24 passenger air conditioned bus to explore another side of the capital of Alberta.

Expires: 2018-03-02
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Snow Fever

Cold Lake, Alberta
2018-02-17 To 2018-02-19 MST

Come to the Lakeland and catch Snow Fever! 4 Wing Cold Lake, City of Cold Lake and Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort are collaborating on a three-day Family Day weekend extravaganza. Feb. 17-19, bring your family for skiing, live music, good food, ice sculptures, sleigh rides and more winter adventures than you've ever experienced in one place. Visit the website for schedule and more details.

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