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A Mini-break in Downtown Edmonton

Our series of build-it-yourself itinerary options continues this week with a long list of things to do and see downtown during a three-day getaway.  If you are someone who loves eating, shopping, beautiful scenery and relaxation, you’re going to find a number of amazing things to check out on your mini-break.

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Winspear Centre

One of the things that downtown is known for is the abundance of culture.  Art, live music, theatre, and fine dining can be found on every street throughout the area.  The Winspear Centre is a wonderful example, located in the heart of downtown, just across from Churchill Square.  Home of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO), the Winspear has been hosting musical events of many genres since 1997.  In the coming months you can see, The Magical Music of Harry Potter, Our Lady Peace and Cowboy Celtic Meets the ESO to name a few.  

Citadel Theatre

Plays, musicals, comedy shows – the Citadel Theatre has a lively schedule of them all year long.  With tickets often available for as little as $30 per person, the experience of a live event is economical and accessible.  Don’t let the price fool you, though!  The Citadel has been producing exceptionally high-quality performances since 1965 and is one of North America’s largest not-for-profit theatres.  Learn more about the theatre’s vision here.

Bearclaw Gallery 

The contribution of First Nations artists and art to our shared Canadian history and culture is immense.  The visuals, style, colours and mediums used by indigenous artists has come to define what we think about when visualizing Canada both as a nation and an environment.  We’re so lucky to have access to numerous galleries featuring masterpieces from artists of indigenous heritage, but one of Edmonton’s very first is Bearclaw.  Located in Edmonton’s Gallery Walk district, it is a wonderful place to stop in during an afternoon of exploring the city. 

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Green Onion Cake Man

Edmonton’s unofficial snack of choice is the green onion cake and it’s all because of one man, Siu To, also known as the Green Onion Cake Man.  When Siu arrived in Edmonton from Northern China in 1978, he opened a restaurant with a menu that included green onion cakes.  While there were other Asian restaurants in the city, none were serving this deliciously fragrant and crispy dish which became a big hit!  Over the years, demand grew and more places began serving them but the original is still going strong, now at Siu’s downtown location simply known as Green Onion Cake Man.

River Valley Trek

Break up indoor pursuits with fresh air and stunning scenes on one of Edmonton’s popular trails.  Known for it’s extensive river valley with dozens of parks and trails which can be accessed throughout the city, some of the most picturesque spots in Edmonton are mere minutes from downtown.  The most conveniently located is the trail from the 100 Street Funicular to Walterdale Bridge.  The path follows the river and brings you nearby the new Walterdale Bridge, the Rossdale Brewery and the Rossdale Power Plant.  Along the way are a few look out spots with benches to take a rest and just enjoy the view.  The full trek is 3 kilometers and ranked as “Easy” so everyone in your party will be able to participate. 

KB and Company

With a menu of casual and conscious items, you might think that KB and Company is specifically for those who are die-hard vegans, but you’d be wrong.  Although the dishes are made of plant-based ingredients, all come together deliciously, making vegan eating something for all to love.  From breakfast to dinner, dessert to snacks, any time of day, 6 days a week, you can stop in for smoothies, coffee, wraps and more.  The extensive menu includes innovative flavours (Bell Pepper Bliss Smoothie) and spins on traditional favourites (Blueberry, Oat and Hemp Seed Waffles).

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When nothing but a glass of wine and charcuterie will do, the Cavern has got what you’re craving.  Part cheese shop, part wine bar, Cavern is a cozy space beneath the Phillips Lofts on 104th Street.  Specializing in artisanal cheese, everything available on the wine bar menu is also available for sale in the shop.  Open 6 days per week (sometimes as late as 11pm), Cavern is a unique space to stop in for wine after a show, or just as part of your regular shopping.  It’s also a wonderful place to take a date!

Spa by JW

When nothing but extreme indulgence will suffice, the Spa by JW is the only place to go. Located inside the JW Marriott Ice District, you don’t have to be a guest to take in a few treatments at the spa, so you can easily make your getaway budget go further.  The extensive menu of services includes a la cart and packaged options to help you de-stress in a calming environment with clean lines and ultra-high end finishes… you’ll leave feeling like a million bucks.  Don’t you deserve it?

Wish there was something that could deliver on the best mini-break ever, at a special price with cash rewards? 

There is!

When you book with Edmonton’s Best Hotels, you can purchase our 1, 2, 3 Pick Your Rewards Deal.  It includes your hotel booking at the best available rate, PLUS high-value inclusions like gas cards, Ultimate Dining Cards and prepaid MasterCards.  Stay more nights, get more freebies. 

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Terms and Conditions

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, 2023 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. 

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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