Thursday, 10 November 2011

Canada Adventure Part 2 - Edmonton

We didn't really see a lot of Edmonton as we were there mainly to see family, but we of course spent some time at the West Edmonton Mall. The Mall is the biggest in North America - this is why people go to Edmonton.

Here are the stats according to Wikipedia:

Stores & services: over 800
Area: A mall walker's dream mall at around 570,000m²!
Parking spaces: more than 20,000
Employees: over 23,000
Visitors/year: 28.2 million
Visitors/day: between 60,000 and 150,000 depending on the day and which season it is

The Mall has a waterpark, an amusement park, an icerink, a lagoon with a large replica of the Santa Maria (the ship below), a mini golf course, a bowling alley, themed areas, for example, Bourbon Street and China Town, cinemas, a shooting centre, it's own souvenir shop, and there is even a themed hotel and a casino! The list goes on and on and on.

This is one of the only photos we took in the Mall - for some reason we didn't take too many. A recurring theme through this trip!
So what is the shopping like? In a way it's a bit of a let down - the Mall pretty much has the same shops as everywhere else, just more of them and sometimes on a larger scale. This is fine, but I had just been hoping for some smaller, one-off stores. What was I thinking? I was at a mall after all.

General admission to the waterpark is $32.95, same for the amusement park. Add some shopping and food onto that and a day at the mall could end up being kinda' pricey!

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