Professional Sports in Edmonton: A Local Experience

Whether you’re visiting Edmonton, Canada, for business or for pleasure, one of the best ways to experience the local vibe of the city is to watch one of its various professional sports teams in action. With an array of sports including hockey, football, and lacrosse, there’s something to match anyone’s interests.

The Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League

Although the Edmonton Oilers aren’t as famous as they were in the 1980s, they’re still an exciting team to watch. Considering the love that Canadians have for hockey, it’s one of the best sports to watch in the country.  Known for having the best ice in the National Hockey League as well as loud and passionate fans, watching a game in Edmonton will likely become one of the highlights of your trip.

The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League

If you’ve never seen a Canadian football team in action, you’re in for a surprise. With only three downs instead of four, it’s known as being faster than American football. The Edmonton Eskimos are the most successful Canadian football franchise in the modern era and have won a total of 13 championships. If you have any interest in the sport, Edmonton is one of the best cities to not only see it in action, but also to experience it like a local. Get to the game early, join a tailgate party, and cheer on the team by singing the Edmonton Eskimos Fight Song during every game.

The Edmonton Rush of the National Lacrosse League

If your trip to Edmonton doesn’t coincide with an Edmonton Oilers game, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to watch an Edmonton Rush game at the same arena. Even though hockey is Canada’s most passionate sport, lacrosse is technically the national sport and a very exciting one to see. With hard hits, fights, and fast speed, a game of lacrosse is sure to put you on the edge of your seat.

Go Skating at West Edmonton Mall

For a little bit of exercise and fun, visit West Edmonton Mall’s ice rink where you can rent some skates and carve up the ice in front of a small audience. The Edmonton Oilers once used the rink during practice so fans could watch them prepare for upcoming games. The best part about skating at West Edmonton Mall is that when you’re done you can enjoy one of the world’s biggest waterparks, a rollercoaster, mini-golf, and a number of restaurants.

With so many sports teams in Edmonton, there’s entertainment for everyone. Although the teams mentioned above represent the most popular leagues, there are many other professional sports teams as well, including the Edmonton Energy of the International Basketball League and the FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League. Whether you visit Edmonton during the summer months or the winter months, get a cheap hotel in Edmonton and make your way to one of the many sports facilities for a night of entertainment.


This article was written as part of the hipmunk #citylove project. As a paid writer for some city guide articles, I have written about such Canadian cities as Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton.