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Edmonton’s Hidden Gems: Off-the-Beaten-Path Spring Activities

As the snow melts and the days become longer, Edmonton comes alive with various activities that attract locals and visitors. Although the city’s popular attractions tend to steal the show, its hidden gems offer equally captivating experiences for those interested in exploring Edmonton’s unique character. From tranquil nature escapes to cultural enclaves, let’s delve into the off-the-beaten-path spring activities that guarantee a memorable adventure in Alberta’s capital.

Nature’s Retreat Within the City

Elk Island National Park is often included in more adventurous travel itineraries. However, the John Janzen Nature Centre is an excellent option for nature lovers looking for a hidden oasis within the city. This center provides an interactive experience that allows visitors to explore Alberta’s natural environment up close. Both indoor and outdoor exhibits are available to explore, and early spring is an ideal time for witnessing the seasonal transformation.

A Journey Through Time

Are you looking for a peaceful and historic getaway? Look no further than Rutherford House! This provincial historic site was home to Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first Premier of Alberta. You’ll be transported back in time to the early 20th century as you explore the Edwardian-era furnishings and architecture. And take advantage of the chance to have a traditional tea service in the historic dining room. It’s an experience you will want to experience!

Culinary Secrets and Local Eats

Numerous hidden gems throughout the city offer a taste of local flavour without the crowds. You can visit the cozy Café Bicyclette, which offers delightful French-Canadian cuisine. Alternatively, you can try authentic Mexican street food from the family-run Calle Mexico. These spots offer a culinary adventure that will excite your taste buds.

Cultural Festivities Off the Main Stage

Edmonton boasts a rich and diverse cultural landscape. Many smaller communities host intimate celebrations that provide a more authentic experience than the city’s larger festivals. The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is one such place that hosts spring events, giving visitors the chance to step back in time and experience Ukrainian traditions through music, dance, and crafts.

Unwinding in Urban Green Spaces

If you’re looking for a calm and rejuvenating environment, Edmonton has some hidden parks and gardens that offer a serene retreat. While the Muttart Conservatory is a well-known destination, the Devonian Botanic Garden on the city’s outskirts is a fantastic option for those looking for a vast natural getaway with themed gardens and an extensive collection of plants. It’s the perfect spot to spend a leisurely spring day outdoors.

Get Off the Beaten Path

Edmonton has many hidden gems that provide a unique perspective on the city’s charm. These less-explored paths showcase the diversity and richness of Edmonton’s cultural and natural landscapes. Visitors can create unique stories by venturing off the beaten path. So, the next time you visit the city, explore beyond the usual and discover what makes Edmonton unique. And for those looking for the perfect base to explore these hidden gems, Edmonton’s best hotels offer comfort, convenience, and local insights to enhance your springtime adventure in Alberta’s capital.

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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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