Alberta Legislature Building

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Alberta Legislature Building which includes central business district, heritage architecture and an administrative building

Visit the city’s iconic beaux arts-style political building to see important relics and portraits, and let the kids wade in or skate on its parkland pools.

The iconic Alberta Legislature Building is a large granite, sandstone, steel and glass structure with a massive dome. It’s surrounded by 57 acres (23 hectares) of immaculate parklands. Join a free tour to see its marble and carved wood interiors and painted portraits. After learning about Alberta’s political history, take the children outside to spot squirrels and rabbits. The whole family can wade in the reflecting pool in summer and skate on the ice in winter.

The classic Alberta Legislature Building was built between 1907 and 1912, after Alberta became a Canadian province in 1905. To fully appreciate its interior, start at the rotunda on the second floor of the building. Admire the large solid Canadian marble pillars, which weigh 16 tons (14.5 tonnes) each.

Listen to the echoing fountain in the center of the rotunda. It was built to commemorate the first official visit of Queen Elizabeth II, as the Head of the Commonwealth. The Regimental Colours circling the rotunda represent Alberta’s military units.

Read the memorial plaques for lost soldiers and see portraits of historically significant local leaders. Don’t miss the statue of the province’s namesake, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, and the one of Chief Crowfoot, an important Native American leader.

Make your way up the Grand Staircase to the Legislature Library. It’s still in use by the Members of Assembly, but remains open to the public and displays interesting relics, including a preserved hamburger from 1969. Stop by the door to the Legislative Assembly Chamber to see the intricate carving of the Alberta Coat of Arms.

Some people come to the stately Legislature Building just to enjoy the surrounding parklands. Relax around the reflecting pools, see if you can spot the local wildlife and take photos of the colorful natural displays.

The Legislature Building near Victoria Park is a five-minute drive from downtown, or 10-15 minutes by public transport. It’s open daily, except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Entry is free and complimentary English and French tours run throughout the day, lasting about 45 minutes.

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4 out of 5
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Holiday Inn Express Edmonton Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Edmonton Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
10010 104th Street, Edmonton, AB
The price is CA $80 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $105 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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3.5 out of 5
10235 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB
The price is CA $120 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $129 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Chateau Lacombe Hotel
3.5 out of 5
10111 Bellamy Hill Nw, Edmonton, AB
The price is CA $109 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
4 out of 5
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Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
10344-102 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
The price is CA $191 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 19
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2.5 out of 5
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The price is CA $84 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
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