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A Mini-break in Southside 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.

South Edmonton Common


A cornerstone of shopping on the southside, South Edmonton Common is one of North America’s largest power centres.  Entertainment and dining are big attractions here with the Rec Room, Cineplex, Earl’s, Joey’s, and a plethora of fast-food options.  Interspersed is a huge selection of clothing stores such as Old Navy, Mark’s, Levi’s, and H&M, along with factory stores for Nike and Adidas.


Bountiful Farmer’s Market


Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can load up on fresh produce, find unique décor, coffee, baked goods, fresh meat, and crafts of all kinds.  The Bountiful Farmer’s Market has all this and more!   The market has the makings for an amazing morning or afternoon stop, where you can enthrall your senses with goodies from farmers and makers.

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Bissett Stained Glass


Do you love stained glass?  At Bisset Stained Glass you can try your hand at making some for yourself.  Maybe a garden plate or garden lantern… Their many classes range from beginner to more advanced so you can give it a shot without worry.  Prefer to just buy something that has been completed by a professional?  It’s not as much fun, but you can!  Their retail shop has supplies and lots of finished creations to purchase.


Bedrock Studios

If you loved the idea of taking a class, but stained glass isn’t your thing, check out Bedrock Studios.  Part of Bedrock Supply, which has been selling jewellery making supplies in Edmonton for 50 years, Bedrock Studios is where you will find all the classes they offer, and the selection is vast.  Beading, metal stamping, soapstone carving, silver smithing and wire work are a few of the categories to pick from.  After your class, you can stop in at the supply shop to pick up additional items to practice your craft at home.

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Brown Butter Café

With a menu of coffees, hot chocolate, teas, and selection of bun-wiches, buns and bowls.  Started by Heena and Michael, who met in culinary school, the concept of good food bringing people together is what Brown Butter Café is built on.  Try their signature dish, the Good Morning Bun (egg, avocado, pickled onions, and spicy mayo), the Miso Good Bowl (vermicelli, veggies and miso dressing) or a sweet bun – choose matcha, s ’mores, cinnamon or strawberry cheesecake.

The Workshop Eatery

Chef Paul Shufelt creates dishes that focus on seasonal ingredients and comfort food, often with a twist.  An open kitchen, windows from floor to ceiling and a chalk board listing specials posted on a wall with a whimsical veggie-themed mural, Workshop is comfortable and welcoming.  The food is the real star, and the menu has some popular staples with a range of special items.  Staples you’ll want to try are the Deviled Eggs, Arancini (different fillings on different days) and the Four Whistle Farms pan roasted chicken breast.  And they serve brunch, too! 

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Terwillegar Footbridge and West End Trails


Work off some calories with a walk on one of Edmonton’s many southside River Valley trails.  From the southside, access the walk that takes you across the Terwillegar Footbridge all the way to Fort Edmonton Park.  This interesting trail starts out at the Terwillegar Dog Park but continues through a number of different landscapes from heavily treed spots to an open meadow, all the way to the Wolf Willow Stairs.  Yes, those stairs are going to be a challenge, but the view from the top is more than worth it.  Think of all the likes those photos will get on your Instagram!

Want even more options for your itinerary?  We have a ton of curated content to help you out!  Get more southside options in our Back to School Shopping blog.  Yes, it’s back to school but all the spots work for more than just kids.  Find more for downtown in our two part Weekend in Downtown blog – part 1 and part 2. For west end, enjoy recommendations for a family weekend in two parts – part 1 and part 2.

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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, 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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