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Art in the City of Edmonton

Did you know that everywhere you go in Edmonton, you have the potential to come face-to-face with an art show?  Ok, maybe not exactly a show, but definitely a spectacle.  That’s because the City of Edmonton owns and displays more than 200 public works of art throughout the city.  Public art is free, accessible and seen as a way of improving quality of life for all citizens.  

Here are 5 of our favourite pieces…

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New Life…New Beginnings by Richard Tosczak

This bronze sculpture in William Hawrelak Park represents pioneer motherhood.  The woman draped in flowing fabric to create a sense of timelessness and universality, plays with a small child.  Imbibed with symbolism of hope, the future, the past, the pioneer experience, courage and perseverance, the moving piece was created in 2008 by Belgian-born, Edmonton-based sculptor Richard Tosczak. 

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The Dancer by Bella Totino-Busby & Verne Busby

The Dancer is a sculpture in metals done by Edmonton-based artists Bella Totino-Busby and Verne Busby.  Located outside Yorath House in Buena Vista Park, the piece is based on an ink brush drawing that represents a figure in motion.  You can see why!  The structure genuinely reflects the idea of movement despite being completely still.

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Tawatina Bridge by David Garneau

This large-scale piece incorporates the entirety of the Tawatina Bridge with more than 500 depictions of local animals, plants as well as First Nations, Metis and settlers of the area.  Artist David Garneau, together with a team of diverse artists, aimed to capture Edmonton’s four seasons and history. 

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Vaulted Willow by Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY

Colourful and whimsical, Vaulted Willow is an aluminum sculpture located at Borden Park.  Although made up of 721 aluminum strips and 14,043 connectors, from afar the individual pieces of different colours meld into one another.  The best part, it’s interactive… get a unique perspective by walking underneath and enjoy how light and shadows play within and around the structure.

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Spring is Sprung, The Grass is Riz (I Wonder Where the Birdie is?) by Erin Pankratz & Karen Klassen

Another colourful and interactive entry is located in Dermott Park.  Spring is Sprung, The Grass is Riz is a mosaic wall that includes designs of birds subtly hidden amongst the tiles.  Artists Erin Pankratz and Karen Klassen were Inspired by a poem recited every Spring by Erin’s father, an avid bird watcher.  You can be a bird watcher, too, when you enjoy the piece and find the birds.  How many can you find??

We took our inspiration for this article from the work done by the Edmonton Arts Council.  Many thanks to the council for the fantastic information!  Create your own public art walk using the their map so you can choose which area, and which types of pieces, to include on your journey. 

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The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2024 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

At present there are no blackout dates scheduled. 

In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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