A Family Weekend in Edmonton Westend, Part 1


This week we go from the heart of downtown to family fun in Edmonton Westend.  In this two part-er, we’ll cover a couple of the usual must-do family favourite spots while mixing in some lesser-known places, making sure there is a balance of activities that work for both parents and the little ones.


The west features Edmonton’s most visited attraction, West Edmonton Mall (WEM).  Make sure you have on your most comfy shoes to see all 5.3 million square feet of the mall.  Fancy a dip in the pool or some roller coasters?  You’re in luck as the mall has a waterpark and an amusement park, both of which will thrill the whole family.  If shopping is more your thing, there are 800 stores where you will find literally everything and anything that your heart desires.

Not only is it possible to spend an entire weekend at the mall, but that may also be exactly what you choose to do.  But for those of you who want more out of your time away, we’ve lined up some other things to add to your weekend.

It’s fun to have fun, but you might also like to add in some learning disguised as fun for the kids.  That’s why this west end getaway itinerary includes TELUS World of Science and the Edmonton Valley Zoo.


The TELUS World of Science Edmonton (TWOSE) is less than a 15-minute drive from WEM and has a history dating back to July of 1984 when it first opened as the Edmonton Space Sciences Centre.  That’s over 30 years of encouraging and fostering an interest in science in people of all ages!  While you’re there, see the current exhibition, Expedition Dinosaur, and get up close with life-size replicas of fearsome and docile dinosaurs.  Take in an IMAX film, visit CuriousCity and the Science Garage… there’s a lot to keep young minds expanding at this science mecca.

From TWOSE, you’re a 10 minute drive to another centre for learning, the Edmonton Valley Zoo, which also happens to have the cutest, furriest residents.  Tigers, red pandas, seals, and other beautiful animals call the zoo home, but the true goal of the Valley Zoo is less entertainment and more education.  The zoo is involved with conservation efforts, species survival and environmental protection.  The furry residents are the spokes-animals showing how important it is for us to care for our natural world for the benefit of all.  Each enclosure has facts about the animals and their natural environments to inform visitors of their importance in their habitats and on our shared planet.


Now, at this point, if you’ve made a stop at all these places in just one day, you’re probably tired.  In fact, it may be time to go back to your hotel, put your feet up or maybe visit the pool (if your hotel has one).  But chances are that you are feeling very hungry!

Hop back in the car and head towards WEM, specifically the plaza across from WEM, where you will find the west location of the Italian Centre Shop.  The shop is a feast for both the eyes and the tummy!  Stop in at Bar Spinelli Italia for take out or dine in of the finest pizzas, panini, soups, and salads.  Take a spin around the shop for imported European foods from pasta, sauces, chocolate, olive oil, cured meats.  And don’t forget to visit the bakery where you’ll find fresh focaccia bread, tiramisu, and cannoli to die for.

Whether you choose to dine in or take out, we’re betting you’ll be making a stop again before hitting the road home.

Since the attractions in the westend are spread out, your getaway involves a bit of driving, but we’ve selected some hotels that are close by.  Look below for our recommendations!  And right now, you still have time to take advantage of our summer deals which are available until September 30thcheck them out here.

Hotels within 4 kilometers:

Candlewood Suites West Edmonton

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Enjoy world class shopping and entertainment at West Edmonton Mall , just minutes from our hotel where you can satisfy your shopping needs, access over 100 restaurants and take in amazing attractions like Galaxyland, World Waterpark and Marine Life.


Comfort Inn
West Edmonton

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The Comfort Inn West is in a prime Edmonton location, minutes from many local attractions including the West Edmonton Mall, Rogers Place, Valley Zoo, Commonwealth Stadium, TELUS World of Science and the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.


Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton West

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The Upscale 3 Diamond Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton West features modern rooms with amenities including Netflix. We are conveniently located 20 minutes from Rogers Place, 5 minutes from West Edmonton Mall and 10 minutes from Telus World of Science.


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, 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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