Travel Canada's capital cities: Edmonton, Alta.

By Diana Ballon on June 19, 2012
Whether you're planning a family road trip or a weekend staycation, check out our list of things to do in Canada's capital cities.

Favourite indoor activity: At the Telus World of Science, explore the interactive exhibits, take the kids to the IMAX theatre, see a show at the planetarium or participate in a science demonstration. edmontonscience.com

Favourite outdoor activity: The North Saskatchewan River Valley (yes, it’s in Edmonton) represents a large expanse of urban parkland (it’s actually 22 times bigger than New York’s Central Park) with golf courses, 22 major parks and more than 160 kilometres of trails for walking and cycling. edmontonrivervalley.org Best kept secret: This summer, tours of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta are free. assembly.ab.ca

Places to eat: For the authentic Mexican taco, try Los Tres Carnales or go to Elm Café for an award-winning sandwich. trescarnales.com; elmcafe.ca

Best place to stay: Stay in a heritage home at Rare Gem Bed, Breakfast and Private Events in Stony Plain just outside of the city. Or enjoy the quiet of the Devon Riverside Bed and Breakfast a mere 20 kilometres from the Edmonton International Airport. bbcanada.com/raregem; devonriverside.com/home.html

Worth the drive: Elk Island National Park hosts star gazing and theatre programs for the kids, and tons of wildlife – from bull bisons to elk, white-tailed deer and moose. Alberta camping promises beautiful sunsets, northern lights and great scenery. remembertobreathe.com

Diana Ballon is a Toronto-based freelance writer who loves to travel with her husband and two kid

Originally published in ParentsCanada, July 2012

By Diana Ballon| June 19, 2012

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