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An August 2004 trip to Edmonton by panda2

Alberta Legislature Building Photo, Edmonton, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Edmonton isn't very well known as a tourist destination but here claims to be the world's largest shopping mall.

YEG

Overview

Edmonton Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Edmonton is the provincial capital of Alberta, scenic area in some parts. Some of the many things to see depending on your time and interest: Shopping Malls:West Edmonton Mall, Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, Commerce Place, Edmonton City Centre, Kingsway Garden Mall, Londonderry Mall, Manulife Place, Northgate Centre, Southgate Centre, St. Albert Centre, Westmount Centre.Museums:Alberta Aviation Museum, Alberta Railway Museum, C & E Railway Museum, Children's Educational Wildlife Museum, Imax Theatre, Muttart Conservatory, Odyssium, Provincial Museum of Alberta, Ukranian Canadian Archives & Museum of Alberta, Telephone Historical Centre, Zipp'...Read More

Highlevel Diner

Restaurant

Highlevel Diner Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
High Level Diner serves healthy, hearty food from different parts of the world. I ordered a shrimp special that turned out to be too spicy for my tastes even though our waiter said it wasn't spicy, at least as far as he was concerned. I resolved that by exchanging my dish with another selection with a friend at our table. The large portion of french fries were hot, not greasy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2004

Highlevel Diner
10912 88 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 0Z1
+1 780 433 1317

Tony Roma's

Restaurant

Tony Roma's Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Tony Roma's slogan, "famous for ribs," had to be checked out. On the way in, I noticed on the daily special all-you-can-eat ribs. Our knowledgeable waiter explained what each of the rib selections entailed. I ordered Tony Roma's Riblings Entree of smaller pork spareribs with small bones. The sauce isn't really tangy, strong or overpowering, which is good. Our waiter came by asking if I wanted more ribs, as the kitchen was about to close. The garlic mashed potatoes were a tasty side dish, one of two included with this selection.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2004

Tony Roma's
1642 W Edmonton Mall
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 444-3313

Golden Rice Bowl

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Golden Rice Bowl Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Golden Rice Bowl, serving Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine, is one excellent dim sum house serving some great-tasting food. Our host took us here for dim sum. Their barbeque baked pork bun is big, fluffy and makes me think of a pillow, it's so fluffy. Their pork spareribs has some added spice, making it a little spicy hot, which I didn't care for. The best were these barbequed pork rolls, three per plate order. Biting into one of these is such a wonderful feeling. The pastry crust is so flaky, light, airy as a crust should be.Best to be there when they open or before they are packed for dim sum during the early part of their hours. Free delivery for orders over CA$18 within 6km ra...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2004

Golden Rice Bowl
5365 Gateway Boulevard NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 435-3388

Buddy Wonton Seafood Restaurant Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Buddy Wonton Seafood Restaurant was good family-style Chinese cuisine.

First course is a soup, very good and filling. Deep fried tofu with Chinese mushrooms was very good. The skin of the tofu was quite soft, supple, and tender even though deep fried. This was very nice in comparison to what it usually would taste like. The deep-fried fish fillet pieces with corn sauce was very tasty also. A deep fried pork dish was mildly spicy and tasty as well. Then a chicken dish came that I didn't really care for, the chicken was overcooked and dry. A sweet liquid dessert with tapioca was served warm in a rice bowl, a nice touch to finish off the meal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Buddy Wonton Seafood Restaurant
10415 80 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 435-8881

Smitty's Family Restaurants Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Smitty's Family Restaurants is a chain restaurant. This particular location spaces out the clientele for a semi-private feeling. The eggs benedict ordered here was fine, but when asked if I wanted hash browns, seems like frozen tater tots came instead.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

Smitty's Family Restaurants
1 Kingsway Garden Mall
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 479-1313

Humpty's Family Restaurants Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Humpty's is a chain restaurant operation. The place was very busy. Eggs Benedict here doesn't have Canadian bacon (back bacon). Instead it offers bacon, ham or shrimp with seafood mix. I tasted my partner's ham and should have ordered the eggs Benedict with ham as it wasn't really salty. The hollandaise sauce was somewhat disappointing in that it was a little spicy. Points off for both. I wouldn't come back nor would recommend it for that reason.

Monday-Wednesday 6:30am-11-30pm, Thursday 6:30am-Sunday 11:30pm

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

Humpty's Family Restaurants
9555 82 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 437-0727

Tim Horton's

Restaurant

Tim Horton's Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:

Tim Horton's is a Canadian-based chain coffee shop all over Canada acquired by Wendy's serving sandwiches, pastries, drinks.

I like their iced cappuccino.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

Tim Horton's
6566 28 Av NW/66 St NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 461-4250

T&T Supermarket

Attraction | "T&T Supermarket"

T&T Supermarket Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
T&T Supermarket is a huge Chinese store that is taking customers away from the older, established stores in Chinatown. It's a very large, bright, clean atmosphere.

One dessert item displayed was a mango cake for CA$24.99 with slices of mango on the outside of the cake.

Phone: (780) 483-6638

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2004

T&T Supermarket
2580 West Edmonton Mall
Edmonton, Alberta AB T5T 4M2
(780) 483-6638

Down Under Bathhouse

Attraction | "Down Under"

Quote:
Down Under is a gay bathhouse. Choose either a locker or a room, good for twelve hours, except for their lunch specials, which are four hours. Deposit something in their lockbox; you're issued a towel, key(s), lubricant. Extra charge for extra towel or lubricant. There's one internet station which is constantly in use, TV lounge, steam room, whirlpool, showers, two X-rated TV areas. A motorcycle is parked in the hallway for those into fantasizing that scene.There were people there, and after walking around several times, I settled in the TV lounge and channel hopped till I found a sci-fi channel playing "Andromeda Strain" bu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 12, 2004

Down Under Bathhouse
12224 Jasper Avnue
Edmonton, Alberta T5N 1N2
(780) 482-7960

Woody's Pub

Attraction

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Woody's, a clientele bar upstairs and next door to Buddy's, is very smoky, dirty floors, pool tables, overlook into the street from above. Karaoke Saturday-Wednesday 7pm-12:30am. Pool tournaments Saturday 4pm, Sunday 7pm, Tuesday 7pm. Happy hour 12pm-8pm every day. Wednesday beer $3.25, Martini Monday. Open daily at noon.

Phone: (780) 488-6557

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Woody's Pub
11723 Jasper Avenue North West
Edmonton, Alberta

Boots n' Saddle

Attraction | "Boots n' Saddle Assn"

Quote:
Boots n' Saddle Assn is how it's listed, the oldest gay bar in Edmonton. It wasn't busy the night we went and the clientele there weren't friendly to strangers. There were two television sets, one at the bar, the other showing the same program in the background of a pool table.

A friendly, but cautious black cat appeared looking for affection. The bartender said it was one of three, the two others are more wild. Found them on the rooftop and feeding them.

Phone: (780) 423-5014

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Boots n' Saddle
10242 106th St NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 423-5014

West Edmonton Mall

Attraction

West Edmonton Mall Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
West Edmonton Mall is the world's largest shopping mall.

There's live pink flamingos, a very large water play area, submarine rides, a diving show we were just in time for. Cinemas showing movies.

This place is very huge and okay if you're into shopping. It's a draw for crowds of people.

Phone: (800) 661-8890, (780) 444-5200

email tourism@westedmontonmall.com

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

West Edmonton Mall
2472-8872 170 St.
Edmonton, Alberta T5T 4M2
(780) 444-5200

Waiting Hut

Attraction

Waiting Hut Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Waiting Hut is a type of tea place that would thrive with a sizeable Chinese community. This place serves tea and variations on it. They have over fifty different flavors including mango and coconut, plus a daily special.

The drink is tasty and a nice treat. You may drink it on the premises or take it to go. There are some tables and chairs.

Phone: (780) 930-2033

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Waiting Hut
8882 170 St
Edmonton, Alberta
780/930-2033

Royal Alberta Museum

Attraction | "Provincial Museum of Alberta"

Royal Alberta Museum Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Provincial Museum of Alberta has exhibits for water, mountain, parkland, biological, insect, plant, fish, animal life forms, Aboriginal peoples, minerals, dinosaurs displays.

There's a thought-provoking display about ethical issues on DNA research and privacy.

Gift shop and cafe available. We had lunch at their cafe which very extremely inefficient taking our orders even though the person is very nice. The chicken wrap is recommended, cream of leek soup on the watery side but good, mixed greens with raspberry sauce is a must try.

Saturday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-9pm

Phone: (780) 453-9100

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Royal Alberta Museum
12845-102nd Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta Aviation Museum Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Alberta Aviation Museum is a collection of a variety of planes, uniforms, pistols, prints of the past dating back to the 1920's. Gift shop on premises. One of Robert Bailey's prints "Unscheduled Arrival" is on display.

Monday-Friday 12pm-8pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm, $5 adult, $4 senior, $3 youth (13-17), child $2 (6-12), free under 6, $15 family.

Phone: (780) 451-1175

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Alberta Aviation Museum
11410 Kingsway
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 0X4
+1 780 453 1078

TELUS World of Science Edmonton

Attraction | "Odyssium/IMAX"

TELUS World of Science Edmonton Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Odyssium is a science museum mainly for children. There's a unique mechanical work that's interesting to watch as it does its thing. Admission to either the museum only, IMAX only, or combo for both. The Body Fantastic in the Allard Family Gallery appealed to me. We watched the IMAX presentation of "Forces of Nature," while informative was alright but I wouldn't want to do it again. I much enjoyed the Climate Change Show with an animated talking sheep multi-media presentation better than the IMAX. There's a cafe and gift shop on site.Exhibit 10am-9pm, try to go when they first open as it becomes more crowded with lots of children and increas...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

TELUS World of Science Edmonton
11211 142nd Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5M 4A1

Muttart Conservatory Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Muttart Conservatory is a botanical garden in a group of four glass pyramids with a collection of over 700 species of plant life in arid, temperate and tropical climates. One of the pyramids with a pagoda also has a species of small light brown colored birds living there. The exhibits are seeded throughout with artwork for sale.Weekdays 9am-5:30pm, Weekends and Holidays 11am-5:30pm Adults $7, Seniors/Youth $6, Children $5, Family $22Phone: (780) 496-8755Email ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Muttart Conservatory
9626 96a St Nw
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7
(780) 496-8735

Metro Cinema at the Garneau

Attraction | "Garneau Theatre"

Quote:
Garneau Theatre played "The Manchurian Candidate" so we watched it at this theatre. It's an older theatre and on Mondays all seats $5 which puts a smile on my face, save money. Concession stand prices are better than the more expansive chain cinemas. Floors were sticky and I noticed a few marks on the large screen. The sound is decent. They actually have someone at the projection booth to correct focus, which isn't done hardly at the chain cinemas. This is great as most of the chain movie houses are just slightly out of focus and apparently no one complains to correct the focus. A big plus for this place for that.Ph...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Metro Cinema at the Garneau
8712 109th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1E9

West Mall 8

Attraction | "Westmall 8 (Cineplex Odeon Galaxy)"

Quote:
Westmall 8 is an eight screen theatre in stadium style seating, going up the escalator seeing a mechanical fire breathing dragon, which spooked me as I can feel the heat.

All shows $3.50

Phone: (780) 444-1829

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

West Mall 8
8882 170th St
Edmonton, Alberta T5T 4M2
+1 780 444 1829

HUB Mall

Attraction

HUB Mall Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
HUB Mall is part of the University of Alberta campus, next to the University LRT station. Inside on the second level is a elongated string of shops, services, restaurants, student residences, coin-op laundry with restricted access, wi-fi. It's an ideal place for students to live, hang out, meet, get services, food.

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, weekends and University holiday opening is optional

Phone: (780) 492-2241

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

HUB Mall
9005 - 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C5
(780) 492-2241

Edmonton Queen Riverboat

Attraction | "Edmonton Queen"

Edmonton Queen Riverboat Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Edmonton Queen offers a one-hour boat cruise east and west on the North Saskatchewan River. It's a slow, easy cruise. They also offer a catered dinner cruise with a 24-48 hour notice. Free parking available with purchase, else you'll be towed.

Credit cards accepted. Office Hours 9am-7pm

Phone: (780) 424-2628 Fax: (780) 466-0433 Email: info@edmontonqueen.com

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

Edmonton Queen Riverboat
9734 - 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4P6
(780) 424-2628

Second Cup

Attraction

Second Cup Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Second Cup is like Canada's version of Starbucks Coffee. This particular location has an older clientele from the residents coming in around the neighborhood. It has indoor seating only, and the pastry selection is better than the one we went in earlier but left when the pastry selection wasn't to our liking. I selected the old reliable apple pie, which was fine and not too sweet. There was a napoleon; the pastry was too hard, not flaky. The double chocolate ball covered in nuts was way too sweet. The French roast coffee was very good, the milk wasn't ice cold and served in a heated cup bringing up the temperature. Phone: (780) 451-7574emai...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

Second Cup
12336 102 Avnue
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 451-7574

Jupiter Cannabis Culture Shop (aka Jupiter Glass Galleria)

Attraction | "Jupiter Cannabis Shop (aka Jupiter Glass Galleria)"

Jupiter Cannabis Culture Shop (aka Jupiter Glass Galleria) Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Jupiter Cannabis Shop is a head shop filled with an emporium of smoking paraphernalia, glass pipes, and weigh scales. One of the more interesting items is a vaporizer product called Volcano, KDK Distributors for $850.

Phone: (780) 433-1967

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

Jupiter Cannabis Culture Shop (aka Jupiter Glass Galleria)
10408 Whyte Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 433-1967

Hong Kong Bakery

Attraction

Hong Kong Bakery Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Hong Kong Bakery has been selling baked goods since 1978. Their mango pudding is on the watery side and breaks up easily. The Chinese version desserts aren't as fattening nor sweet like the American counterpart, more like a lite version.

Phone: (780) 429-3838, fax: (780) 421-1895

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

Hong Kong Bakery
10649 97 St NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 429-3838

Buddy's Pub

Attraction | "Buddy's"

Quote:
Buddy's Pub, a gay clientele bar in the basement, has a dance area playing slower beat music that's danceable as opposed to techno. There's a self coat check with a security guy at the entrance. Somewhat smoky. Floors very dirty.

Phone: (780) 488-6636

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

Buddy's Pub
11725 Jasper Av NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 488-6636

SteamWorks

Attraction

Quote:
SteamWorks, a gay bathhouse on two floors, is fairly new. The actual entrance is through an alleyway of the street address marked by a neon sign and the gap between buildings.

Membership card is required with your photo ID. Choose either a locker or a room. The person who greeted us was very friendly. You're issued a towel, lubricant, condom. There's two entrances to the steam room, a unique string of shower stalls very nicely done but no towel hanger hooks. Open 24 hours.

Phone: (780) 451-5554

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 14, 2004

SteamWorks
11745 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 451 5554

Alberta Legislature Building Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
A guided tour on the history of the government, legislature chambers, portraits of the people governing. Tour starts inside the main entrance near the water fountain, ascending to several levels.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Alberta Legislature Building
10801 97 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1E4
(780) 427 2490

Chinatown

Attraction

Chinatown Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
The symbolic gate at 102 Av/97 St represents friendship with its sister city Harbin. Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre is on Jasper Av. The streets are clean and lightly used due to T&T Supermarket in West Edmonton Mall taking away business from this district.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Chinatown
102 Av/97 St
Edmonton, Alberta

Kingsway Garden Mall Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Kingsway Garden Mall is anchored by three major players: The Bay, Sears, Zellars for shopping followed by an army of merchants ready for your money with a food court for your change. This is another large shopping mall filled with shoppers and their families. Plentiful parking.

Hours Monday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9am-5:30pm, Sunday and Holiday 11am-5pm

Phone: (780) 477-5756

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Kingsway Garden Mall
320 Kingsway Garden Mall
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 3A6
+1 780 477 5756

Old Strathcona Farmers' Market Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Old Strathcona Farmers' Market used to be Bus Barns with over a hundred vendors offering produce, baked goods, local artisans. Music entertainment provided.

Saturday 8am-3pm, cash accepted.
Phone: (780) 439-1844

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Old Strathcona Farmers' Market
10330 84 Av/Gateway Bl NW
Edmonton, Alberta

LRT Photo, Edmonton, Alberta
Quote:
Edmonton Light Rail Transit (LRT) provides service to the Northeast, Downtown, Government Center, University with free commuter parking at Clareview, Belvedere and Stadium LRT stations. Honor system for payment, purchase ticket prior to entering platform, date/time stamp your ticket first if purchased ahead of use.

Hours are Monday-Friday 5:29am-1:26am, Saturday 5:41am-1:26am, Sunday/Holiday 5:30am-12:26am, ten minute interval midday, 15 minute interval early morning/evening.

Transit info:(780) 496-1611.

Quote:
YEG - Edmonton International Airport is the second largest (7000 acres) and the fifth busiest airport in Canada. It was interesting going through immigration, being asked "why are you here, and what's the purpose of your visit?". I asked myself that, as well as my partner, prior to coming here. What is there to see and do here? Things tourists do: sightsee, take photos, spend money, explore, experience, enjoy.Ground transportation includes taxis, limousines, sky shuttles, hotel shuttles and car rentals.While I was waiting for my partner to get through customs, I observed a reunion of another family. The little girl was so cut...Read More

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