Tips and Tricks | A Guide to Experiencing Edmonton on the Cheap

Whether you’re visiting alone, with friends or with family, Edmonton has a lot of fun activities. For those on a budget, this article will share some tips for truly experiencing Edmonton on the cheap.

Take a Street Car

If you’re visiting the city on the weekend, take the High Level Bridge Street Car, which goes from Old Strathcona to downtown Edmonton for just $5 round-trip. Not only will you experience amazing views of the North Saskatchewan River Valley but you’ll also be transported between two of Edmonton’s must-see districts.

Buy an Attractions Pass

If looking to experience some of the best things to do in Edmonton, buy an Edmonton Attractions Pass, which gives you admission to 16 attractions for less than half of the gate price. Some of the star attractions include Fort Edmonton Park, Telus World of Science, and the Castrol Raceway.

Explore Downtown

During the weekends, park for free at Edmonton City Centre Mall by spending just $50 in one of the many stores, restaurants, or in the on-site cinema. Afterward, walk across the street to Churchill Square and relax in the largest outdoor patio in the city. On Mondays and Fridays between 12 p.m. and 1p.m., you can also drop in for some free Zumba classes.

Go for the Festivals

There’s a reason Edmonton has been nicknamed the “festival city.” Home to dozens of festivals year-round, the city is a great place to get out and have some fun. From July 5 through 14, the Edmonton Street Performer’s Festival brings free performances all day long at Churchill Square.

Jump in the Pool

Summers can be hot in Edmonton, but even those on a budget can cool off in the City Hall wading pool and fountains, which is also one of the city’s most popular areas for relaxing. Admission is free.

Take a Tour

Before enjoying a dip in the City Hall wading pool, take a free tour of the Alberta Legislature to not only learn about the political happenings, but to witness one of the city’s top architectural gems.

Friday Night Party

Take the whole family for some food, games, horse racing, and dance beats every Friday during Park After Dark, which happens at Northlands Park during the summer months. Admission is free.

Enjoy the Summer Midway

For just $14, the K-Days midway provides a whole lot of fun, including concerts, shopping, live entertainment, exhibitions, rides, and much more.

Cheap Hotels in Edmonton

After all of the exciting activities and amusement, you might just need a place to sleep. Luckily, there are ways to save on accommodations as well. For those with a family, Canterra Suites offers apartment-style accommodations, which will give added privacy, and a kitchen for cutting back on restaurant expenses. Another affordable Edmonton hotel is the Radisson Edmonton South, which offers a delicious breakfast and a top-quality gym. For those looking to get creative, check out Airbnb – a site where locals rent out spare rooms or their entire home. For as little as $75, you can rent an entire apartment near the city centre.


  1. James Bergman says:

    I’m surprised that they have a wading pool by city hall. Most cities I have visited have fountains with signs telling you not to touch the water. I have to say, I think having a wading pool is a better idea. Besides, I imagine it can become a ice rink in the winter :). In any case, my big tip is to make sure you stay close to whatever it is you want to do in town. If it is just for the day, stay close to the airport so you can get there easily in the morning. Otherwise, try to be within walking distance of any attractions you want to see.