Is West Edmonton Mall Really Worth the Hype? An Insider’s Perspective

West Edmonton Mall – An Overview

West Edmonton Mall is a destination unlike any other. It’s not just a shopping centre, it’s an adventure! With its many attractions, shops, restaurants, and entertainment, it’s an experience like nothing you’ve ever seen before. 

Did you know that the WEM is the only mall in North America that features an indoor roller coaster, an indoor lake, a mini golf course, and a water park? It’s true! It’s also home to an NHL-sized ice rink, a bowling alley, and a 9-screen movie theatre. West Edmonton Mall is truly a one-stop shop for everything you need for a fun-filled day with family, friends, a date, or just yourself.

Pro-tip: You’ll probably need at least two days to see and do everything that West Edmonton Mall has to offer–if you plan to do everything, of course.

WEM Cool Fact: West Edmonton Mall is bigger than the smallest country in the world. WEM rounds out at 5.3 million square feet, while Vatican City is only 4.7 million square feet.

Activities and Attractions

West Edmonton Mall offers far more than just shopping, with a plethora of exciting attractions available to keep you occupied for days! If you’re looking to take advantage of multiple activities, consider investing in a Multi-Play Pass. These passes provide access to almost all the attractions, such as Galaxyland, World Waterpark, Ice Palace, mini-golf, and Ed’s Bowling, and start at $119 CAD for a two-day pass. Want more bang for your buck when you’re visiting West Ed? Booking a two or three-night stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels gives you the opportunity to choose your rewards! Opt for the $150 or $225 prepaid Mastercard reward when you’re choosing your deal, and it’ll pay for your Multi-Play Pass with some spare change left over to treat your family or friends to a bite in the more than 100 restaurants currently open at WEM! 

But let’s take a deeper dive into some of WEM’s most popular attractions!

World Water Park: Boasting the world’s largest indoor wave pool, the World Water Park in West Edmonton Mall is not to be missed! This incredible attraction has 20 different waterslides, a splash park and climbing structure for the littlest members of your family, and the Sky Screamer Extreme, a massive vertical drop slide that looms 85 feet above the park. Riders are placed into pods, and a trap door opens, sending them shooting down the slide at speeds that can reach 60 km/h!

Galaxyland: Have you ever gotten all ready to head out to your favourite amusement park only to be stopped by bad weather? That doesn’t happen at Galaxyland! You can even visit this huge indoor amusement park during Edmonton’s signature freezing winters! Galaxyland is North America’s largest indoor theme park. As a result, it is one of the most popular things to do in West Edmonton Mall. It features over 27 rides, including four amazing roller coasters, a funhouse, a carousel, and the Space Shot, which launches passengers 120 feet into the air on the country’s tallest indoor tower attraction. And, as with any great amusement park, there are carnival games and food galore!

DRIVE: WEM’s newest attraction is the best bet for those of you who want to channel your inner Fast & Furious. Boot around this three-level indoor race track and take in the New York streetscape as you go. Fair warning, though, these are NOT the go-karts you grew up with! Each race lasts around seven minutes and consists of 14 laps around the expansive track. The age minimum for racers is 14 years old.  Races are often done on a walk-in basis, but you can purchase tickets up to 24 hours in advance. Just ensure that you don’t miss your race time—there are no refunds at DRIVE.

These are three of the most popular attractions at WEM, but believe me, they are far from the only ones. Grab a club and hit up Dr. WEM’s Adventure Golf (or Dragon’s Tale if you’re more of a glow-in-the-dark mini golf fan), join the party at Ed’s bowling, let your inner child come alive at the Rec Room Arcade, or take in a sea lion show at Marine Life.

Pro-Tip: You’re never too old to zoom around the mall on giant, motorized stuffed animals.

WEM Cool Fact: Galaxyland is home to four rollercoasters (there’s one for every age & every level of thrill seeker), including the Mindbender, the tallest indoor rollercoaster in the world and the only one that features three complete loops.

Hotels Near West Edmonton Mall

West Edmonton Mall is conveniently located in the heart of Edmonton, just a short drive from the city’s main airport. There are plenty of hotels and accommodations near the mall, ranging from budget-friendly to luxury. No matter what kind of hotel you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it close to the mall. 

So what’s the best hotel to stay in then? Book your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels! You can choose from 15+ of our West Edmonton member hotels (we have something for every budget!) and even take advantage of our 1, 2, 3 Pick Your Rewards Deal, where you’ll get up to $225 in rewards back for staying one, two, or three nights. That’s more money in your pocket to spend on your trip, after all!

WEM Cool Fact: Canada’s first Victoria’s Secret store is in West Edmonton Mall.

An Insider’s Perspective

As mentioned earlier, Edmontonians are all too familiar with non-Albertans asking us about West Edmonton Mall. So, as an insider, do I think West Ed is worth all the hype it gets? The short answer is yes, absolutely

There are, of course, so many cool things to see and do in this amazing city of ours, but if you’ve got an extra day (or two, or three, depending on what you want to see and do at WEM) while you’re here, then definitely check it out. I could write an entire second blog just about the food and shopping experiences at West Ed – it’s not just about attractions!

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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, 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 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 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 

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