(photo: Travel Alberta)
Inside The West Edmonton Mall
There are no restrictions for people
with HIV/AIDS entering Canada as tourists for short stays. All foreigners
intending to stay in Canada for more than 6 months have to get tested for
Updated March 15, 2009
In 2005 Edmonton celebrated its centenary.
The capital of the province of Alberta is certainly "gay friendly", though it does not have the "buzz" of Vancouver or Toronto. Situated in the northern Prairies, the city is famous for its sports (the Oilers ice hockey, the Eskimos Canadian football and Aviators football/soccer), the West Edmonton Mall (the world's largest shopping mall) and almost a million friendly residents who love a party. And if you wonder what the glass Pyramids are doing in Edmonton, they house the tropical gardens!
The city hosted to the 2004 Women's Baseball World Cup and the 2005 World Masters Games.
Suburban Edmonton boasts the world's largest shopping mall (15 minutes to the west from downtown). The West Edmonton Mall makes the Metro Centre in Newcastle (UK) look like a "corner store". In addition to the 800 shops, there are 26 cinema screens (including an I-MAX), and indoor "lagoon" leisure pool, a 3-D Cinema Ride ("Come in, if you dare"), Galaxyland Amusement Park and much more. Several hotels are contained within the complex.
Climate: Edmonton's climate is temperate with four distinct seasons. Snow cover in winter from November through mid-March. Summers are generally dry and sunny. Average temperatures range from 17 C in the summer months to –15 C in the winter months (but can get colder!) - one winter night when UK Gay News was in the city, the temperature fell to the magical minus 40 degrees, that's the temperature where "C" and "F" are the same.
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2009: June 12 to 21
Exposure - Edmonton's Queer Arts & Culture Festival. Nov. 13 - 22, 2009. See the Festival website for full details.
Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton, Suite 45, 9912
106th Street. (
Local Gay Magazines
Magazine, #402, 10175-114 Street. (
Comfort Inn & Suites, *** Downtown. 10425 100th
Econo Lodge, 4009
Gateway Blvd. (
Fantasyland Hotel, **** West
Edmonton. 17700 87th Avenue. (
444-3000. Hotel Website
Northern Lights, Postal address: PO Box
515, Main Post Office, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2K1
Glosterguy (England) writes: This has to be one of the world's most friendly clubs - yes, the natives are friendly. And you don't have to take out a bank loan to have a good time. A pitcher of Canadian beer, I swear much more than two pints, cost less than a pint in England. You don't die of thirst waiting to be served at the bar, either. The hamburgers in the snack bar were superb when I visited. Yes, my passport opened the door ... "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires ..." actually means something here. I found out later that the guy running the "box office" is an ex-pat Brit.
Boots 'n' Saddle, 10240 106th Street. ( 423-5014
The Front Page, 10556 Jasper Avenue. (
Down Under, 12224 Jasper Avenue. (
482- 7960. Website
Glosterguy (England) writes: Down Under is spotlessly clean. And their prices are so good compared with those in England. The only problem was that the entrance, on Jasper Avenue, was hard to find.
Steamers, 9668 Jasper Avenue.
SteamWorks, 11745 Jasper Avenue. (
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