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There's lots to do and fun to be had

Witnessing live theatre, watching a movie or the game, taking in the latest art opening or trying a fitness class—you can find your kind of fun in Walkable Edmonton.

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Take a trip across the High Level bridge and back in time, on the Edmonton Street Car. Operated by the Edmonton Radial Railway Society, the Street Car runs during the warmer months, between the Alberta Arts Barn (Gateway Boulevard and 84 Ave) over top of the North Saskatchewan River to Jasper Plaza (109 Street and 100 Ave).

Well-engineered float tanks providing quiet and secluded environment to relax in the heated waters and dissolved Epsom salts.

A family-friendly festival celebrating all things winter. Held at the end of January every year, it features a giant ice slide, an Ice Carving Competition, an ice castle, a live entertainment tent and a kid’s play area.

Lilliput Park

A modest little playground with open space for kids to run off some steam.

Close to three decades worth of local experience in instrument sales, repair and musical instruction.

Offering horticultural products, services and advice year-round to experienced and novice gardeners for almost 20 years.

The AGA presents an ongoing series of contemporary and historical exhibitions from across Canada and the world, in five gallery spaces. Attend the AGA free-of-charge on the last Thursday of every month, courtesy of Servus Credit Union. Classes and public programming related to the exhibitions are available for children, school groups, families and adults.

A cozy treasure trove of vintage, one-of-a-kind garments, furniture, art and jewellery.

An eatery doubles as a live music venue showcasing local and touring folk and jazz acts.

Go head-to-head with pals over a board game and a cup of coffee (or pint of beer). Pay the $5 entry fee, grab a table and take your pick of more than 250 games at the downtown gaming space.

Injecting virtual reality into the gaming experience - the arcade has solo and multiplayer games, ranging from first-person shooters, puzzles and horror. Bookings and walk-ins are both welcome.

A collection of railway artifacts help tell the story of the small southside railway station which operated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Visitors can tour the replica of the original building complete with period furnishings, clothing and photographs.

The Citadel Theatre complex boosts five performance spaces for a wide-range of entertainment experiences. Beyond the stage, the Citadel fosters the love of performance through their Academy which includes The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, the Young Companies, The Eldon and Anne Foote Theatre School and the Play Development program.

Arts and craft classes are available for all ages and skill levels. If you want to try your hand at painting, drawing, pottery, dance, stained glass, cooking or silversmithing, the City Arts Centre has friendly instructors to teach how.

A pottery workshop and studio with classes for all ages and skill levels.

Unlimited studio time and paints welcome customers to the open pottery studio. Both reservations and walk-ins can partake in creative sessions personalizing a ceramic piece.

Not a typical Whyte Ave bar --- this laid back neighbourhood pub has a no-ego atmosphere paired with a great selection of beer and always active dart boards. Weekly comedy and trivia nights along with occasional free live music make it a welcoming place to gather.

An performing arts centre with exceptional acoustics, hosting rock bands, TED Talks, comedians, school concerts and choirs. The 1700 seat auditorium houses the Davis Concert Organ and is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Pro Coro Canada.

11 vibrant mid-August days featuring 1,600 live theatre performances hosted by close to 40 venues, plus buskers, outdoor performers, artisans and vendors.

Side by side in Garneau Park, sit seven clay tennis and three sandy beach volleyball courts. They're the site of one-off recreational games as well as leagues, tournaments and lessons for all ages and skill levels.

The seven clay tennis courts host tournaments, group as well as private lessons and club events for children and adults.

Hosting 1000+ curlers each week in regular play on 8 sheets of ice, this club promotes the sport of curling among all age groups by providing classes, tournaments and games for all community members.

A locally-owned bike shop carrying mountain, road, cyclocross and commuter bicycles plus gear with an on-site repair shop.

Get your karaoke fix downtown at this no-frills joint, with draft brews and bar fare on offer.

Down in the valley, just north of the Garneau boundary, are facilities for year-round recreation. Picnic sites sprinkle the massive green space, with a network of hiking, cross-country skiing and cycling trails woven throughout. Hidden in the forest is the 18-hole Kinsmen Pitch and Putt golf course. A playground, water spray park and sports fields available for public use. Get your workout in inside the Kinsmen Sports Centre with its 200m track, extensive weight-lifting and fitness room. Swim or dive in the many indoor pools and diving tank. For a more laid back swim in the summer months, soak in the sun and water at the Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool. Or get caught up on the local history of the area at the John Walter Museum.

An artist-run centre committed to exploring and showcasing the boundaries of contemporary art. Attend one of the many visual art exhibition openings throughout the year, artist talks, workshops and their Summer Patio party series.

A once forgotten and overgrown bridge is now enlivened with flowers and vegetables. The LIVINGbridge is an urban garden located atop the abandoned 97 Street rail bridge in downtown Edmonton where volunteers tend the garden plots.

The historic movie house, Garneau Theatre is home to Metro Cinema, a community-based non-profit society devoted to screening Canadian, international and independent film and video.

A homage to Edmonton’s past when neon signs once lined busy streets --- that's before a bylaw prohibited them. The more than a dozen neon signs have been restored and installed along 104 Street. You can see them lit up nightly.

Northern Chicken

Southern comfort food comes North, with soul food classics given a modern twist in this casual eatery.

A neighbourhood garden inviting locals to participate in organic gardening. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used in the 87 garden plots tended to by community members.

A stylish pub with lots of beers on tap and solid djs picking the music.

A well-loved park visited by residents throughout the year. The rink is the place for ball hockey and bicycle polo during the warmer months and skating and shinny in the winter. Ritchie Park also has two paved tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground, spray park and open field with heaps of room to run and play.

A 20,000+ seat indoor arena opened in Fall 2016. Home to the NHL hockey team, The Edmonton Oilers, a practice arena for community teams and a venue for large-scale concerts and productions.

An Edmonton yoga studio teaching its own kind of practice, Sattva. The studio sits in the top floor of the Roots on Whyte building - flooding it with natural light while the classes focus on physical postures, breathing and meditation.

A no-ego, all-are-welcome pub for the university crowd and locals.

The place to learn printmaking in a collaborative setting. The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists' space is home to seasoned print-makers, public classes, studio space and an art gallery.

An innovative place for the learners of all ages. Patrons can borrow books, music, movies from the massive collection as well as access many services and programs. The Makerspace provides technology and guidance to make books, films, record podcasts, make animations and more. The Outreach Program, staffed by registered social workers, helps clients find social support and much needed assistance.

*It's in a temporary location at Enterprise Square while the original location is renovated

A private, live music venue hosting local, national and international acts. To get around city bylaws, all attendees must be members (a yearly membership costs $5). The lower level of the establishment is The Brixx Bar & Grill for more intimate shows. Attendees don't require memberships for entry.

The very first library in the City of Edmonton, the Strathcona branch continues to welcome learners of all ages to check out books and various other materials. The historic building houses programs, computers for public use, Wi-Fi, a meeting room, tech help as well as printing and scanning services.

73 families from the Garneau, Strathcona and Queen Alexandra communities are tilling the soil of the Strathcona Rail Community Garden in 2016. They're part of a 50+ year tradition. Around since the 1960s, the garden is meant for all ages to share in the great contentment of gardening.

The Strathcona Streetcar Barn and Museum showcases artifacts, pictures and stories of Edmonton's streetcar history.

A sports bar meets live music venue. Committed to supporting the local and national music scene, the venue hosts music nearly every night of the week. Patrons can enjoy the music, a pint and classic tavern fare while keeping tabs on the score of the big game.

The independent art supply shop helping artists, from beginners to professionals, to realize their artistic vision. Since 1985, the artist-run centre has been a great place to buy art supplies, browse the gallery or attend one of the many art classes.

For all your printed matter needs, The Prints & The Paper offers stationery, artwork and framing services.

A 150-seat live theatre venue—home to the local company, Theatre Network.

In an assuming locale, this large and airy studio is dedicated to the practice of traditional yoga and continual study of the Ashtanga Yoga System.

An adult toy boutique promoting happy, healthy sex lives. The sex-positive shop encourages learning and openness about sexuality with literature, supplies, informative workshops and educational presentations.

Buy or rent quality outdoor gear and sporting goods for every season and terrain.

Kitting out outdoor enthusiasts since 1984, this family-run shop carries cross country and backcountry skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, camping, trail running, ice and rock climbing gear.

The newly-renovated Varscona Theatre is home to eight professional theatre companies as well as many independent productions and Fringe shows.

An amateur live performance venue presenting theatre for 50+ years, starring members of the community.

A comics and games store great for browsing the latest in comic books, seeking out pop culture swag or joining in on a role-playing game.

The Edmonton Jazz Society's volunteer-run lounge devoted to presenting local, national and international jazz in an intimate setting.

50-minute spin classes with high-energy music motivate participants to boost their cardiovascular health and strengthen their muscles.

A yoga, meditation and movement studio with sessions in Hatha, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Akhanda Flow, Yin, Restorative, Partner and Acro Yoga. Located on the lower level, below the Noorish Restaurant, the studio builds upon the health-focused lifestyle promoted by eatery.

A second-hand book store stocking all kinds of reads for all interests and ages.

A rock music school offering private lessons, band opportunities and camps for students to develop skill and confidence with guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals.

A community centre for bike enthusiasts with second-hand bikes for sale, bicycle rentals and workshops.

A restaurant meets coffee shop and pub.

A cafe offering ACE Coffee and comfortable nooks to snuggle with adoptable cats.

A casual eatery with southern comfort on the menu, from fried chicken, burgers and grits to whiskies and craft cocktails.

Kent of Inglewood supplies the tools and classes to embrace the old way of doing things—from a clean shave, to chopping wood and cleaning a fish.

Knowledgable staff assist customers in search of a new or used instruments and equipment, to buy or rent.

More than 130 vendors bring their artistry, produce, breads and meats to market every Saturday. The year-round indoor bazaar is a weekly tradition for many to support local and buy fresh.

A bike shop devoted to Road, Cyclocross and Track disciplines for more than 15 years. They sell bikes, helmets and apparel, provide bike servicing and have a biking club, sponsored by Da Capo Caffe.

A full service bike shop with expertise in all kinds of bikes, from mountain to single speed. The shop hosts group rides and heads up a race team too.

Every year, Ritchie residents and other Edmontonians gather to sample chili cooked up by near-by businesses and families. Awards for the best traditional and vegetarian chili recipe are voted on and handed out at the end of the night.

A tattoo shop staffed by skilled artists with diverse styles.

Play one of more than 400 available board games while sipping on an espresso or beer and snacking on some light eats, at this modernly designed cafe.

Finely crafted coffee and eats at the community hub, Ritchie Market. One of the two cafes run by and offering up coffee from the Edmonton-based micro coffee roaster - roasted onsite.

A delightful little tea and gift shop full of pretty sights, smells and tastes.

A boutique hair salon and barber shop offering styling and cuts for men and women.

The town square of Edmonton. The massive, paved, tree-lined gathering place hosts events year-round including the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the New Year's Celebration, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton plus more. The City of Edmonton is committed to enlivening the site with fitness classes, light saber training, break dancing and other programs for all ages.

Oliver Arena

The single sheet indoor ice offers skating all year round. From public sessions, all-ages ice skating lessons, youth and adult pick-up hockey games to hockey camps and clinics, the inside rink keeps people skating and active regardless of the weather outside.

Bearclaw Gallery

A visual art gallery exhibiting Canadian First Nations art including traditional Native and Inuit arts and crafts, original paintings and sculpture.

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre

The centrally located artist run centre houses cutting edge exhibitions, artist studios, visual art education and workshops.

Scott Gallery

A commercial gallery showcasing contemporary Canadian fine art by emerging, mid-career and established Canadian artists, for more than 30 years.

9910

A 126-person live music and event venue just below The Common. Depending on the night, there'll be a gig of local and touring bands, DJs playing house music, a round of Hip Hop Karaoke or a Comedy showcase.

bē HOT YOGA

A yoga studio offering a consistent hatha yoga series practiced in a hot and humid environment. Accessible to all ages and fitness levels the studio also offers Yin Yoga classes.

Made Local Society

A little house full of works and wares by local artists, designers and makers. A place to shop, take a workshop or rent some studio space.

Carols' Quality Sweets

An Edmonton favourite! The family-run candy shop has been offering sweet treats and fine chocolates to Edmontonians for more than two decades.

Little Free Libraries

10 old newspaper boxes have been re-purposed to house Little Free Libraries. The Oliver Community League created the miniature libraries for passersby to take a book or leave a book.

Front Gallery

An airy street-level visual art gallery promoting more than thirty emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian artists.

Gamers’ Lodge

A game café for those who want to enjoy a drink and snack while playing board games. There are more than 500 board games to choose from as well as nerdy collectibles to browse in the retail shop.

Oliver Outdoor Pool

The outdoor pool provides a downtown spot to cool off during the hot summer months. Urban residents can swim in the 30 metre swimming pool, sun themselves on the sundeck or get playful on the deep water slide.

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