When to fly to Edmonton
A four-season destination, there’s no bad time to take cheap flights to Edmonton; it depends on what you want to do. Summer is when most of the festivals take place. These celebrations include Edmonton Gay Pride (June), Taste of Edmonton (July), Heritage Days (August) and CariWest (August).
Edmonton started off in 1795 as a fur trading fort established by the Hudson’s Bay Company. It’s kind of fitting therefore that the city is now home to North America’s largest shopping centre, the West Edmonton Mall.
There’s much more to this Alberta city than shopping however. It’s a booming staging point for oil sands projects in northern Alberta and diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories. On top of that it is a noted city of the arts. There are more live theatres per capita than anywhere else in Canada, theatre festivals dot the summer calendar, and the performing arts community spans opera, ballet, symphony orchestra and jazz.
In 2007 it chalked up a designation as Canada’s Cultural Capital and its legendary hockey team, the Oilers, has collected five Stanley Cups so far.
Edmonton’s greenness is legendary too. A green belt runs through the city and there are hundreds of kilometres of trails for walking, running, cycling and rollerblading. In the winter months, chances to skate, go cross-country skiing or downhill skiing, are all just minutes of downtown.
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Edmonton has a temperate climate. Winters (November to mid-March) are snowy; temperatures average -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). Summers are dry and sunny with average temperatures of 17 degrees (62F). A treat for travellers arriving on cheap flights to Edmonton at the summer solstice (June 21) is a long, bright day – more than 17 hours.
When your cheap flight to Edmonton arrives, you can get into the city’s centre quickly and easily by hopping on the Sky Shuttle Bus. You can also take a taxi into town. Once downtown you can use the Light Rail Transit (LRT) or buses. Save some money by buying a day pass or ride the rails for free downtown.