Fly To Edmonton, Canada
Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta, Canada, and while it might be best known for housing the largest mall on the continent, it’s got plenty more going for it as well.
Exquisite river parkland runs down the centre of the city, offering easy escape from its energetic pace. Several golf courses take advantage of the long daylight hours in the area, and you can play well into the evenings in summer. There is also plenty of culture in Edmonton, although the city may be comparatively young. It’s known locally as “The Festival City”, and hosts several large festivals every year, showcasing everything from art and design to rodeo, folk music, and dragon boats. It also hosts the largest fringe theatre festival in North America, second only to Edinburgh’s.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Canadian Visa to visit Edmonton, or anywhere else in Canada. You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Edmonton is the South African Honorary Consulate in Vancouver. Suite 1700, 1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6E 3C9. Phone: + 1 604 609 3054.
See and do
There are plenty of museums and galleries to see in Edmonton, as well as great restaurants and vibrant nightlife, but it’s the natural beauty that sets this city apart. Bisected by the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton features the longest stretch of urban parkland in North America, 22 times larger than New York’s Central Park. You can hike, camp, picnic and fish, all mere minutes from the city.
When you’re glutted on nature, or just need some good old fashioned retail therapy, you can’t miss the West Edmonton Mall. With over 800 stores, you can find almost anything here, but keep an eye out for Saskatoon jams, jellies and syrups for a tasty and unique souvenir. When you’re all shopped out, head to the World Waterpark, also inside the mall. It’s got waterslides, hot tubs and pools for all ages, and you’ll have a blast with kids or friends.
Public transport is easy to use and very convenient in Edmonton. The combination of light rail and bus will get you anywhere you need to go. Tickets aren’t expensive, but consider multi-ride or all-day passes – you’ll save a few bucks and won’t need to worry about ticket confusion when you’re combining modes of transport.
Edmonton International Airport – YEG
Food and beverage: Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Euro Café, and Caffé Sorrentino.
Currency Exchange: ICE International Currency Exchange offices are located before security in Arrivals Level 1, and Central Hall and South Terminal Departures, Level 2. After security you’ll find bureaus in the Central Hall Departures Lounge, and the US Departures Lounge.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost within the airport can be reported to the Information Booth on the Arrivals level.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Ramada, Hampton Inn & Suites, Super 8, Crystal Star Inn, Executive Royal Inn Leduc-Nisku, Holiday Inn Express and Nisku Inn.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
Airport Hub: Edmonton International Airport (code YEG) is a focus city for WestJet, Air Canada and Air Canada Express.