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Edmonton Tours Made for Exploring

by Leah Paterson

Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff or just a curious traveller, this list of some of our favourite tours will guide you through everything from hidden gems to iconic sites. Edmonton is yours for the exploring by foot, snowshoe, boat, helicopter or even Segway!

Big E Bus Tours
Ride in comfort in a 24 passenger bus with big windows, comfortable chairs and air conditioning. The knowledgeable driver will give you a mix of history, current goings on and a view of the natural beauty of Edmonton and the surrounding area. There are 2 separate tours to choose from within Edmonton, as well as a combo tour of Elk Island and Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (available after May 24). What are you waiting for... get exploring!

Free Tours at the Alberta Legislature
Discover the legislature on a free guided tour, offered hourly. Ask about the Famous Five who fought for womens’ right to vote. Learn the fascinating stories behind the portraits and magnificent art. Glance at the bejeweled gold and silver ceremonial Mace. And don’t forget to listen for the phenomenon known as the “magic spot”.

Availability: year-round.

The Tours at City Hall
City Hall guided tours are free and are offered to all ages by knowledgeable tour guides. During a tour of City Hall you will learn about municipal government, discover Edmonton's past, and marvel at City Hall's art and architecture. You may even have a chance to see City Council in action! Self-guided tours are also available.

Availabiliy: year-round, please book in advance if visiting outside summer hours.

Tour the Pyramids at the Muttart Conservatory
Tour the Muttart Conservatory’s glass pyramids with the help of knowledgeable interpreters that know all the details about the beautiful plants and species growing inside. Visitors can also explore at their own pace using the self-guided tour map.

Availability: year-round, free with admission.

Art Tour YEG
Take the free, self-guided art tour and uncover the stories behind our love of quirky steel sculptures, tributes to over-the-top personalities, and whimsical, cement-blasted poetry. Follow along this tour using your smartphone or you can pick up a brochure at one of the participating Downtown hotels, or visit the Welcome Centre.

Availability: year-round.

Black Gold River Tours
Experience an unforgettable journey on the beautiful North Saskatchewan River. Look for petrified wood, gold or driftwood along the unexplored rocky shorelines. Sit back, relax and watch the river run by from one of the beautiful beaches, or stay on the boat and float through the heart of our province's capital city.

Availability: spring-fall (weather permitting).

Edmonton Regional Helicopter Tours
Find yourself in the clouds as you explore Edmonton from above! Edmonton Regional Helicopters offers everything from a tour of metro Edmonton to an island heli-picnic for two in the middle of the North Saskatchewan River. Get ready to explore Edmonton from a whole different angle!

Availability: weather-permitting.

Edmonton Food Tours
Edmonton Food Tours leads walking tours with six to ten tastings over a three hour period. Your guides will share entertaining stories of the history, arts and daily life in Edmonton's great foodie neighbourhoods.

Availability: select Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm.

Segway Tours with River Valley Adventure Co.
Explore North America’s longest continuous trail system in the heart of Edmonton’s river valley on Segway with River Valley Adventure Co. It’s where bold travelers break off from the beaten path and make their way into the wild!

Availability: weather-permitting.

Edmonton Ghost Tours
Explore the spooky side of Old Strathcona and Garneau with a haunting ghost tour! Tour the historic buildings while a guide narrates curious facts, unique histories and intriguing stories behind two of Edmonton's oldest communities. Be sure to keep your eye out for otherwordly sightings!

Availability: during the summer, and Hallowe’en. Private bookings also available.

Bison Backstage Tour at Elk Island National Park
You’ve heard the roar of the bull bison and marvelled at the herds grazing in park pastures. Now get a VIP backstage pass to discover the secrets of how the plains bison was brought back from near extinction and how its continued safety and health are ensured.

Availability: select Saturdays and Sundays, pre-book through the Elk Island Visitor Centre.

Snowshoeing and Bison Watching
Strap on a pair of snowshoes and you’re off on an exhilarating trip through Elk Island National Park! Here, with over ten trails spanning 80 kilometres, the world is yours to discover. This 1-2 hour hike includes a break for hot chocolate, bison pemmican and on-trail maple taffy... Yummm.

Availability: during the winter.

Explore Edmonton by Canoe
Have a quintessential Canadian experience: take a canoe trip along one of Edmonton’s many rivers or lakes. Whether you choose a voyageur tour or an evening paddle, you’ll experience Edmonton from a different vantage point and explore some natural beauty.

Availability: spring-fall.

Core Crew Downtown Tour
Discover Downtown's colourful history, outstanding architecture, and must-see landmarks on a free, historical walking tour with the Core Crew! Tours are provided during the summer on both a walk-in and pre-booked basis.

Availability: mid-June to mid-August.

Edmonton Brewery Tours
Add a little hoppy, frothy goodness to your stay. Edmonton Brewery Tours takes guests on a journey through Edmonton’s thriving craft beer scene. Discover how passionate tap pullers and a thirst for good beer quickly evolved into a local liquid obsession.

Availability: year round.