It takes three hours to drive from Calgary to Edmonton. The best part of Edmonton was the dinner we had at this steak-and-fish place called Vons in the Old Strathcona district.
The West Edmonton Mall (apparently the largest in the world) is totally not worth the visit. Sure, it’s got an indoor water park and a roller coaster, but other than that, it’s a typical mall. I can see it being a quality destination for young families, but for the seasoned traveler, expectations should be set low.
Edmonton is like Calgary because it’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s the capital of Alberta, but all the buildings, houses, and hotels look like they were built in the ‘70s without any attempt to update them. It actually comes across as really ugly, but if you are a fan of ‘70s architecture (sarcasm), you might want to check it out.
If you aren't a mallrat or part of a young family, stay away from West Edmonton Mall (it's just like your mall at home).