Destination guide

Alberta’s concert capital

Modern and upbeat, Edmonton is often overshadowed by charismatic Calgary. But dig a little deeper and the Canadian city is full of surprises. Sitting on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, it’s dotted with contemporary landmarks. The highly anticipated Rogers Place has put Edmonton on the international map, hosting everything from music concerts to ice hockey matches. If you’ve scored tickets to an event, why not stay local with Edmonton vacation rentals just steps from the arena? Beyond its urban attractions, Edmonton is a popular stopover for travelers en route to Jasper National Park.

Things to do

A glimpse of colonial Canada

Dating back to 1846, Fort Edmonton Park is a living history museum that offers visitors a fascinating glimpse at life in colonial Canada. Meanwhile, with its glass facades, zinc ribbons, and stainless-steel sail, the Art Gallery of Alberta is one of Canada’s most ambitious buildings. Inside is a treasure trove of art, including First Nations masterpieces. The Royal Alberta Museum is another cultural highlight, while – if you want to venture further afield – Edmonton is an easy day trip to the Ukrainian Cultural Village and Elk Island National Park.


Food trucks and trendsetters in Edmonton

Anchored by a bubbling fountain, Sir Winston Churchill Square is Edmonton’s busiest public space. It’s a great place to people-watch, or challenge a stranger to a game of giant chess. When hunger pangs hit, head to 124 Grand Market for a smorgasbord of food trucks. And one you’ve explored the downtown district, you’ll love upbeat Whyte Avenue in the historic Old Strathcona quarter. It sits on the south side of the river and is lined with an eclectic mix of cafés, bars, and theatres. You’ll also find a great selection of Edmonton vacation rentals in the area.


Fringe Festival fun in Edmonton

Second only to Edinburgh, Edmonton throws one of the biggest Fringe Festivals on the planet. Spanning many dynamic days in August, it sees almost half a million people descend on Old Strathcona. Summer also brings other global events like the International Street Performers Festival. Hockey season runs from October to April, with Edmonton Oilers fans descending on the city. If you’re traveling as a group, Edmonton vacation rentals are the perfect way to keep your crew together.

Natural features

A gateway to the Rockies

Surrounded by rolling hills, steep ravines, and deep river valleys, Edmonton is part of the Canadian Prairies Ecozone. It’s built on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, which flows from Jasper’s mighty Columbia Icefield. The Canadian Rockies sit to the southwest, which makes Edmonton a popular stop-off point for travelers heading to Banff, Jasper, and beyond. It may be known as an oil and gas city, but Edmonton doesn’t scrimp on green space, with urban parkland lining either side of the river.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Edmonton

Fly into Edmonton, AB (YEG-Edmonton Intl.), the closest airport, located 16.6 mi (26.8 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to Edmonton Station. It's easy to get around Edmonton by catching a ride on the metro at Central Station, Bay-Enterprise Square Station or Corona Station.

Where to stay around Edmonton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 326 vacation rentals near Edmonton. From 160 Houses to 127 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Edmonton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Edmonton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Edmonton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • West Edmonton Mall: 325 vacation rentals
  • Edmonton City Centre: 192 vacation rentals
  • University of Alberta: 326 vacation rentals
  • South Edmonton Common: 318 vacation rentals
  • River Cree Casino: 325 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Edmonton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Edmonton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 160 Houses in Edmonton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Edmonton include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 127 rentals available
  • Villas: 2 rentals available
  • Studios: 57 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Edmonton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 37 vacation rentals with pool available in Edmonton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.