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• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Edmonton & Area, Alberta.
Known as the City of Champions, Edmonton is Albertaís capital city and a popular destination for visitors. The city is built on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River and is also known as the Gateway to North, as it is en route to northern areas of the province as well as farther on to the countryís most northerly territories. Reaching the cityís many attractions is easy via a well-connected road system and public transportation network, and visitors can learn more about this big, modern city and the small, friendly small communities that surround it while staying at one of many hotels and motels in the area.

CENTRALLY LOCATED IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON

North America's largest shopping and entertainment complex, West Edmonton Mall, is situated in the cityís west end. This stupendous structure boasts a giant water park, skating rink, golf courses and an indoor amusement park, as well as the Fantasyland Hotel. The hotel, which boasts several themed rooms designed to enhance stays, is an ideal place to stay for a shopping holiday, family vacation or romantic getaway. Couples will enjoy the exotic Polynesian and Roman rooms and families will appreciate the Igloo and Waterpark rooms. Alternatively, a more affordable accommodation can be found across the street at the West Edmonton Mall Inn.

Downtown is a convenient place to stay for those interested in visiting Edmontonís primary attractions. North of the river, visitors are drawn to the splendour of the Alberta Legislature Building, the unique architecture and beautiful greenery of the Muttart Conservatory, and the excitement surrounding Rexall Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers hockey club. South of the river the main attractions are the trendy Whyte Avenue district and Fort Edmonton Park, a living history museum that is also home to the elegant Hotel Selkirk. The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald crowns the downtown area from its perch on the riverbank. The Coast Edmonton House and Sutton Place Hotel also offer luxury accommodations in the downtown area while the Alberta Place Suites and Days Inn offer more affordable places to stay.
HISTORY & CULTURE ON THE EADTSIDE

Sherwood Park is a residential suburb just a few kilometres east of the city. This large hamlet has a peaceful rural setting as well as the amenities of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities. The community also hosts several cultural venues and events including Festival Place Theatre and Centre in the Park.

A number of mid-range brand-name accommodations make staying in Sherwood Park easy and comfortable. The Holiday Inn and Edmonton Hotel and Convention Centre both offer basic services and amenities, as well as steam rooms, Jacuzzis and fitness facilities; the latter also has a large indoor swimming pool.

OUTDOOR AND INDOOR ADVENTURE ON THE WESTSIDE

Stoney Plain and Spruce Grove are ideal places to stay for travellers seeking indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities. Both communities offer outdoor adventure, including cross country skiing, skating and snowshoeing in winter, and fishing, boating and golfing in summer.

Stony Plain is a small rural community catering to families and city commuters. Economy chain-brand hotels such as the Best Western Inn and Suites, Ramada and Travelodge are numerous in the area and all offer an array of complimentary services and amenities. Just 15 minutes west of Edmonton, Spruce Grove is a peaceful respite from the hubbub of the city. There are several independent hotels that are beautifully suited to the picturesque and quiet country setting. The Nova Inn offers group rates and the Royal Inn is well suited to groups and long stays with its free breakfast, laundry and wireless Internet connection.

FAMILY FUN ON THE NORTHSIDE

Staying in one of Edmontonís northern communities is a good option for visitors passing through Edmonton on their way north or simply wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. St. Albert is a charming community with a rich heritage that can be explored through museums, historic sites and events. In summer, fun and adventure can be found at the Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo, International Children's Festival and at the St. Albert Outdoor Farmersí Market; the latter being a great spot to head for fresh produce, homemade treats and local arts and crafts. Local business owners have responded to the growing interest in this community by establishing a variety of accommodations, including several hotels and motels.

Families will appreciate child-friendly accommodations like the Best Western Plus. A fitness centre, hot tub and indoor swimming pool provide great opportunities for children and adults to burn off some energy. Many hotels also have on-site restaurants, such as the St. Albert Inn.

CONNECTING BY ROAD AND AIR ON THE SOUTHSIDE

It is convenient to stay outside Edmontonís sprawling metropolis while travelling and many people choose to stay overnight in Leduc or Nisku while making connections at Edmonton International Airport, or while breaking up a long drive north on Alberta's primary highway, the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (QE2). Both Leduc and Nisku are small communities with a reputation for hospitality.

Amenities and services including complimentary breakfast, 24-hour airport shuttle service and long-term parking are offered by many mid-range independent establishments, such as the Crystal Star Inn in Leduc. Those visiting the area on business will appreciate that these properties usually offer complimentary shuttle services to and from the airport and into downtown Edmonton (15 minutes north), as well as executive amenities such as complimentary high-speed Internet, a business centre and meeting rooms. The Nisku Inn and Conference Centre, Executive Royal Inn and Ramada Inn offer these amenities as well as conference facilities.

For visitors taking a break from the road, chain-brand hotels offer a consistent and reliable option. The amenities and services of budget-friendly hotels such as the Super 8 in Leduc are a welcome and affordable respite for visitors on a road trip. The hotel has comfortable beds and extra amenities such as kitchenettes and laundry facilities that make it easy to travel light.


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