#HolidayHibernation – It’s fine here

It’s #HolidayHibernation, a good time to explore! Edmonton has a big mall, yes, but oh so much more! So pull on your boots, your mitts and your mask, step out for an adventure, you’re up to the task! Edmonton is Fine, says Vikki, find these gems, they’re not that tricky!

Vikki Wiercinski of the Royal Bison shares a list of outdoor Edmonton experiences for those who don’t want to see the same stuff everyone else sees in Edmonton.

Holowach Tree in the alley south of Jasper Avenue & 106 Street

Edmonton’s oldest chestnut tree is stuffed into a tiny parklet in a downtown alley with a small sign and fence around it. Seriously. As with many neat things in this city, you have to go looking for them. And they just might be located next to a dumpster.

Original Royal Alberta Museum Grounds

The Royal Alberta Museum has moved downtown, but the original RAM building and grounds just west of downtown are still there and as amazing as ever. The building’s south facade has huge carved panels reproducing petroglyphs by Niitsítapi (Blackfoot) and their ancestors from Áísínai’pi (Writing-On-Stone) Provincial Park. There’s also a gorgeous fountain and a traditional Korean pavilion.

Vaulted Willow in Borden Park

“Part architectural folly, part technical feat.” A 20-foot-tall technicolour public art piece by Brooklyn artist Marc Fornes and his experimental Brooklyn design studio, THEVERYMANY. Have a picnic nearby and gaze at this colourful masterpiece!

Indigenous Art Park ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞

Just south of the Walterdale Bridge is a sculpture garden like no other. Six giant works by Canadian Indigenous artists dot the side of the river valley. The artists were asked to tell a story of this place and the land the park sits on. Wander and gaze at the sculptures as you consider the meaning of the Treaty 6 land that we live on in Edmonton. The city is home to Canada’s second-largest urban Indigenous community, which is so rad. For starters, check out indie rock group nêhiyawak, artist Lauren Crazybull, and the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre.