The energised city of Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta, a province of Canada. With over 933,000 residents, it is Alberta’s second largest city. Edmonton takes full advantage of its long summer days to host numerous fantastic festivals and throws in some great natural scenery too. Tourist attractions include Fort Edmonton Park, Whyte Avenue and Muttart Conservatory.
Cheap flights to Edmonton are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to dance like nobody’s watching! Edmonton is home to Edmonton International Airport (YEG), which is located on a 35-minute drive from the city centre, or a 1-hour scheduled bus ride. Edmonton International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including KLM, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada and WestJet. Connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town, and the flight duration is approximately 24 hours.
Popular flights to Edmonton
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Edmonton
The city of Edmonton is perfectly situated between the Jasper National Park and Elk Island National Park. For any wildlife enthusiast, this city is your ideal rest location.
Throughout the year, the city of Edmonton clears its streets, calls everyone together and hosts festivals that few destinations can rival. The Fringe and Latin festivals are unmissable.
Whyte Avenue in Edmonton is filled with local eateries, quaint coffee cafes and streets filled with art. Spend an afternoon wandering its streets.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
1 ZAR = 0.10 CAD
Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
Canadian North / Alta Flights / North Cariboo Air
Type A and Type B
Best time to visit Edmonton
Edmonton is the northernmost city of North America, so it gets really chilly in winter but also experiences a pleasant, warm summer season.
The best time to visit this city would be in summer and autumn, when you can catch some of the exciting festivals that take place over this time. The temperatures over this time (May to September) range from 12°C to 23°C.
For a great Canadian experience though, visit between the colder months of November to March. It gets cold (-3°C!), but you will be able to experience some fun winter activities such as skiing, dog sledding and much more.
Weather & Climate in Edmonton
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month
The city of Edmonton is vibrant, edgy and alive with the pulse of diversity and creativity. The city hosts more than 100 festivals each year, from Latin and Caribbean street parades, to film and music open concerts for the whole city to enjoy. There is always something to look forward to in Edmonton.
It is also situated just four hours away from two of Canada’s major national parks, the Jasper National Park and the Elk Island National Park. If you’re keen to see majestic wildlife like bison and partake in some dog sledding with Alaskan Huskies, then book your stay in Edmonton, enjoy the local sites and then head off to either of the parks for a life-changing experience.
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South Africans who wish to visit Edmonton in Canada need a visa to do so. The visa can take up to 30 days to process and you might need to visit the Canadian Embassy for an interview.
You will need two photographs, bank statements, your passport with at least six months left on and various other documents to complete your application.
For more information, please contact the Canadian Visa Application Centre:
Brooklyn Office Park,
1109 Jan Shoba (Former Duncan) Street,
Tel: 012 425 3002
As with many big cities, petty theft and begging is sometimes a problem in Edmonton. The city is relatively safe though, and as always, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables out of sight. The neighbourhoods of Colosseum, Abbotsfield and Millwood have a slightly bad reputation and should be avoided, especially when you are alone or at night.
It is always important to have your vaccines up to date when you are travelling. When visiting Edmonton, it is recommended to get a vaccination for hepatitis A if you think you’ll be eating any exotic food and then also a shot for rabies if you plan to spend some time doing adventurous activities.