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A Family Weekend in Edmonton Westend, Part 2


The family weekend in Edmonton Westend continues, with a luxurious spa, an indoor playground, a river valley walk and we get started at another lovely market…

Twice each week (on Wednesday and Sunday, May to mid-October), The Marketplace at Callingwood plaza, at the corner of 69 Avenue NW and 178 Street NW, has its own farmer’s market.  Start your leisurely Sunday by perusing arts and crafts, décor and a wide array of foods, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables.  The market also features a stall for Edmonton’s famous Green Onion Cake Man, serving up the city’s favourite green onion cakes along with dumplings and spring rolls.

From the market, it’s less than a 10 minute drive to Sweet Pea Café and Playhouse on 85 Avenue NW and before you roll your eyes and dread going to an indoor playground, this is different.  It’s where upscale plant-based café meets a stylish, kid-sized play village.  No ball pits or eye-searing primary colours here!  

The village is made up of little buildings that include a doctor’s office, firehall, diner and other adorable mini recreations.  On the café side, they’re known for a menu made with quality ingredients for the usual café fare such as smoothies, coffee, sandwiches, and baked goods.  Spots of 1.5 hours must be booked in advance online so be sure to make your arrangements to avoid disappointment.

As one partner takes some time out in the café, the other can partake of some spa time.  Since Sweet Pea is so indulgent, a coin toss might be to decide who goes and who stays.  But no matter what, you can be sure that both of you will win!

The one who gets the spa time can jump in the car for another short drive to European Spa, near West Edmonton Mall in Terra Losa.  One step through the door and you enter a different world.  The warm and inviting reception area displays skin care and cosmetic lines like Dermalogica and Jane Iredale, and the waiting room just beyond has comfy chairs and benches by a trickling fountain.  Any service you want is available here, whether it’s a traditional facial and mani/pedi or something more impactful like laser treatments.  Whatever you choose, you’ll be feeling refreshed and ready for the rest of the day.

Back at the café, reunite with the family and cap off your day with a walk, since Buena Vista Park is just around the corner on the north bank of the North Saskatchewan River.  Take one of many hiking trails to the water’s edge and find a spot to take in the autumn colours.  

Buena Vista Park is part of Edmonton’s large network of river valley parks where activities are plentiful all year round.  You can do everything from golfing, canoeing, hiking, Segway tours, mountain biking, and more!  We’ll be sure to go into more detail about that in a future blog.

The Westend has so many family-friendly activities, it can be difficult to choose what to fit into your time.  Pick a couple itinerary items to make a full day of fun, or do everything over a two, or even three, day stay.  If you decide to do it all, below are some hotels that are conveniently located.  

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Hotels within 4 kilometers:

Hilton Garden
Inn West

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The Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton hotel has local businesses, area attractions and loads of recreation all within minutes of the hotel. Located in the heart of Edmonton’s West End Business District we’ve got it all! You’ll enjoy our ultra friendly atmosphere!


Home2 Suites by Hilton West Edmonton

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Feel at home at Home2 Suites by Hilton in a spacious studio or one-bedroom suite. Bring the dog to our pet-friendly hotel suites in Edmonton. Join us each morning for free breakfast at our Inspired Table and shop for groceries any time at Home2Mkt.


Coast West Edmonton Hotel

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If it’s location you’re looking for, ours is tough to beat. Just step outside and you’ll find West Edmonton Mall “yes, the largest mall in North America” along with must-visits like the Telus World of Science, Old Strathcona, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton Art Gallery, and more.


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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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