Christmas on the Square Holiday Light-Up

Christmas on the Square Holiday Light-Up

It’s a mouthful but it’s a whole lotta fun as the annual Christmas tree gets lit up in Churchill Square. Holiday Light Up On The Square this year is Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 from 4-7pm and is free. Organized by the Downtown Business Association, there will be family fun (including family-friendly burlesque) after the City Market closes with extended hours. Fireworks will launch as the tree is lit up. Food bank donations will also be accepted…

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Streetcar Reimagined + Buena Vista Cable Car

Streetcar Reimagined + Buena Vista Cable Car

Here’s a proposal of the historic Edmonton Streetcar reimagined. Taking the model of the Portland Streetcar or Trams in Rome (a one-car low-floor LRT train), I’ve extended the route and connected it to several historic Edmonton communities and current high-floor and future low-floor LRT lines. It extends the current High Level Bridge Streetcar Line southbound through the old CN corridor in Old Strathcona East towards the Wagner/Davies Station of the Valley Line LRT. Northward, it crosses…

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Ultimate List of Free Museums in Edmonton

Ultimate List of Free Museums in Edmonton

Learning can become a costly affair if you’re into local history and wish to visit museums to increase your knowledge. Luckily, there’s plenty of museums in Edmonton which are free admission. Here is a compilation of free museums in Edmonton. If any are missing, please comment below. University of Alberta Museums Collections You can call this the Smithsonian Institute of Edmonton. The University of Alberta Museums is a group of roughly 30 different museums and collections,…

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Vegreville Pysanka at 40/ Mazankowski Way

Vegreville Pysanka at 40/ Mazankowski Way

In this exclusive, we traveled to Vegreville to a ceremony celebrating the Pysanka’s 40th Anniversary, and a special street dedication to the Right Honourable Don Mazankowski. The town of Vegreville took this opportunity to make the entire weekend a festival known as vEGGfest. There was a long concert line-up leading to this official event with a ceremony. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries including former premier Ed Stelmach, who is also from the region. During this…

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Riding Metro LRT’s First Train Ever

Riding Metro LRT’s First Train Ever

Edmonton LRT had its Metro Line soft opening on September 6, 2015. The first public train on the line left Health Sciences station at 5:42 am. Being the only media source covering the historic opening day journey, here’s an exclusive look and ride on that early morning train. Later on in the video, there is a clip from the press conference where the General Manager of Transportation Dorian Wandzura explains the operation of the Metro Line on…

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LRT Exit Maps

LRT Exit Maps

Here are wayfinding maps of the LRT stations for the Edmonton LRT. Wayfinding using letter exits saves time, eliminates taking the wrong exit when they’re on the same street (Jasper Avenue), great for people not fluent or illiterate in English, helps people to get to their destination efficiently. This system has proven to work in cities with millions of people like Hong Kong where the MTR is among the top 10 most used mass transit systems…

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Rewind: Legislature Centennial Celebration

Rewind: Legislature Centennial Celebration

While Alberta celebrated her centennial in 2005, the Legislature building lagged a few years behind. The structure had it’s 100th anniversary celebration with the Party Under the Dome, a bash few buildings reaching 100 would have. Complete with the past vintage cars and period tour guides, along with the present LED projections and fireworks, it was a memorable day on September 2, 2012. Shortly after, the dome was closed for a few years and a…

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Yegventures TV Interview

Yegventures TV Interview

Part 3 came up sooner than expected. A local community channel has featured Yegventures to complete the 3 part webisodes. This one was released today about the fossils you can find around Churchill Square. That’s correct, in a province where the most dinosaur fossils are found in Canada, even our building materials have embedded fossils in them. Although not dinosaurs, the fossils on display are just as impressive.   If you missed it, here are the…

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Middle Earth Comes Alive

Middle Earth Comes Alive

The current show at Muttart Conservatory will take you to the greatest of fantasies. Journey to Middle Earth is a Lord of the Rings inspired show which brings you into Hobbiton. You’ll find Bilbo Baggin’s home in the Shire, Smaug the Dragon, and a few other surprises from J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless classic. See the video for scenes from the show. It runs until August 16, 2015.

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These Urban Waterfalls Will Blow Your Mind

These Urban Waterfalls Will Blow Your Mind

These are the Urban Waterfalls of Edmonton, including the city’s best kept secret. From an historic Great Divide Waterfall higher than Niagara Falls, to one out of thin air, to hanging cascades downtown, to the final hidden wonder, these waterfalls of River City will blow your mind. We’ll start with the Great Divide Waterfall. Originally planned for the 78 commonwealth games, the half a million dollar landmark was opened September 1, 1980 in time for…

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