When is the best time to fly to Edmonton?
When you choose to book a flight to Edmonton depends on what type of vacation you’re looking for.
Travel to the city during summer, from June to August, for long sunny days and low humidity, which make for the perfect conditions to explore the city. This period is the height of the festival season, when travellers can really see the city at its vibrant best. Why not visit in June for Edmonton Gay Pride, July for Taste of Edmonton or August for The Edmonton Heritage Festival? As with most Canadian cities, summer is considered to be the peak season, therefore, tourists should expect to pay higher rates for accommodation and flights to Edmonton.
Spring (May) and autumn (September) are great times to visit for nature lovers, either to see the greenery unfold or the changing fall foliage. This can be the ideal time to visit for travellers looking for a great travel deal, as you are more likely to find cheap flights to Edmonton compared to summer’s higher airfares.
Winter runs from October through March. These months experience extreme conditions, with heavy snowfall and temperatures on occasion dropping to around -15°C. On the plus side, however, there are sunny days and low levels of humidity. Although many tourists are put off by the cold weather, this is the perfect time to book flights to Edmonton if you’re a snow sports enthusiast.
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.
It has been Canada's Cultural Capital and its legendary hockey team, the Oilers, has collected numerous Stanley Cups.
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 from the city centre.
Edmonton has a temperate climate. November to mid-March is snowy; temperatures average -15 degrees Celsius. June through August is dry and sunny with average temperatures of 17 degrees. The summer solstice (June 21) is a long, bright day - more than 17 hours.
Getting around Edmonton
Once in the centre you can use the Light Rail Transit (LRT) or buses. Save some money by buying a day pass or ride the rails for free in the city centre.
Getting from the Airport to the City
When your 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. Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is located 16 miles southwest of Edmonton’s city centre.
Edmonton insider information
- Take your picture with Wayne Gretzky, sadly just the statue of the greatest hockey player of all time. It stands outside Rexall Place. Cast in bronze, Gretsky is holding aloft the Stanley Cup which he won four times with the Oilers.
- During the summer months, watch Movies on the Square, Churchill Square, on a three-story tall inflatable movie screen.
- Get lost in a corn maze. The Edmonton Corn Maze is located just minutes from West Edmonton in Parkland County. The maze covers six hectares and there are more than 3 miles of trails in the maze. The corn will grow to almost three metres, but there are two bridge lookouts to help the lost find themselves. On average it will take about an hour to get through the maze, although it can be done in as little as 20 minutes.
- Four glass pyramids dot the landscape in the east of the city. The Muttart Conservatory is an Edmonton landmark.