Guide to a Romantic Weekend in Edmonton
The best gift you could give to your special someone is a lifetime of adventure, so why not start this weekend? Whether you're planning the ultimate staycation or coming into town for a few days away, we've got an itinerary filled with swoon-worthy activities and attractions for all the love birds out there.
No matter how you explore, be sure to continue practicing safe physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and following the guidelines put in place to keep everyone safe.
Start your weekend on Friday night by exploring Edmonton on two wheels! Hop on one of River Valley Adventure Co.'s Segways and you're off on an expedition through the city. Edmonton’s river valley is 22 times the size of New York's central park and has over 150 km of trails that are just waiting to be discovered. Don't worry, you'll have a certified guide leading the way!
Next stop is dinner at one of Edmonton's best fine dining restaurants, Uccelino. Here you'll find some of the tastiest Italian cuisine in Canada. This downtown gem introduces customers to unique flavours through their incomparable food and wine. There's no doubt about it, dining here will bring you closer together (pro-tip: save room for their Olive Oil Cake or Ricotta & Lemon Gelato).
End your evening with a dreamy stroll along the Neon Sign Museum. This local landmark showcases neon signs from old buildings that have been brought back to life for display on the 4th Street Promenade. Take this opportunity to snap an Instagram-worthy picture with your one-and-only!
Live music, local art, and roasted coffee. This place is perfect for a weekend brunch with your true love. Café Blackbird is a family-run coffee shop, wine bar and live music haven nestled in the heart of one of Edmonton's most historic communities, Crestwood. Admire local art on walls while sipping a handcrafted latte. What a way to start the day!
Plaza Bowling Co. is an old-school bowling alley with a whole lot of character. Spend the early afternoon going for that strike, then order some tasty local beer on tap - all on the backdrop of a vintage five-pin alley!
North America's largest mall has more activities than you can count! Start your outing by playing arcade games and setting some high scores at The Rec Room. Golf, bowl, or shop around the mall, but don't forget to visit Drive for the ultimate go-karting experience. Featuring some of the fastest electric Sodi race karts in one of North America's only indoor three-level race track, this isn't the old-school karts you grew up with!
Finish the night by having a casual dining experience at 1st RND. Here you'll find burgers, beer, and sports. Hockey games are that much better when you're cheering together! Plus, their kitchen serves up some of the best burgers in town... top cheddar, indeed. The roster is full of great picks!
Start your Sunday with a romantic brunch at Brew+Bloom, a stunningly decorated downtown café. Choose to dine inside under the branches of the floral installation with over 2000 blooms or relax under the dangling flowers on the patio. Brew+Bloom's colourful menu features delicious yet nourishing artisanal selections of small bites, entree-sized meals, and fun drinks. Plus, you can find flowers incorporated in almost every menu item. Make sure to also check out their retail section and fresh floral bar where you will find goodies from a handful of local Edmonton vendors and their signature Bloom Jars (which make the perfect gift, hint hint!).
Anchored by the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue, historic buildings blend with youthful exuberance to make Old Strathcona one of Edmonton's trendiest neighbourhoods. The city's celebrated arts and cultural community makes its home here, as does a plethora of unique local boutiques, one-of-a-kind art galleries, music shops, trendy restaurants, and cafés. It's a wonderful place for people watching and window shopping!
Nestled in Ritchie Market, Biera ditches traditional pub food for contemporary shared plates, paired with freshly brewed beer by Blind Enthusiasm. The elevated menu is great for impressing a date, while the casual atmosphere is welcoming and inviting. Great food and great company... what could be better?
Grab a front-row seat to the most magnificent show on earth: the Northern Lights. Head to Elk Island National Park with a couple of lawn chairs, a blanket, and a thermos of hot chocolate and watch as the aurora borealis dances overhead. There is nothing more romantic than snuggling up while you stargaze!