Plan Your Trip
As a big star, you may be tempted to use your lear jet to come to Unifursal Studios, but commercial air travel is generally a better choice. You’ll be landing at the Edmonton International Airport (YEG), located south of the City of Edmonton. YEG is served by major airlines including Air Canada, WestJet and their code-share partners (United, Delta, American, etc). New “Ultra Low Cost Carriers” such as Flair airlines & Swoop airlines now also operate to/from YEG from a number of North American Airports.
Once you’ve arrived at YEG, you’ll need transportation to/from the convention hotel. Check http://flyeia.com/coming-and-going for a great resource on your various options to make your travels as simple as possible!
Edmonton is served by several major highways including Highway 2 which is the main link between Edmonton and Calgary. Highway 16 to the east and 16 & 16A to the west are also major routes. Motor coach service is on the Red Arrow is an option if travelling from/to Calgary. Consult their website for more information, for rates and to book fares.
GETTING AROUND EDMONTON:
While you could use a limo, which would totally suit your status, Edmonton also has a major public transportation system which includes both bus and light rail transit options if you wish to remain incognito. Detailed route planning and fare information can be found at http://etstripplanner.edmonton.ca/PlanYourTrip.aspx
Uber is also operating in Edmonton and you always have the option to take a taxi cab. Use your Uber app for the former option or contact a local taxi provider for the latter option.
While we know you’ll be spending much of your time at Unifursal Studios, there’s a whole city outside of the convention’s doors just waiting to be explored! Just watch out for paparazzi!
Featured attractions in the Edmonton area include:
West Edmonton Mall – The world-famous shopping and entertainment complex features a multi-screen movie theatre (Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatres), a massive indoor waterpark, a full-sized ice skating rink, sea lion shows, an indoor theme park (Galaxyland), two mini-golf courses, a state-of-the-art casino (Starlight Casino), bowling centre (Ed’s), a mirror maze and much more.
“At 5.3 million square feet, the Mall is the size of a small city and is accredited as a zoo.
West Edmonton Mall is home to more than 800 stores and services including nine world-class attractions, two hotels, over 100 dining venues, the widest variety of one-of-a-kind retailers, and entertainment for all ages. Average yearly visitation is approximately 30.8 million, making West Edmonton Mall the province’s number-one tourist attraction.”
Fort Edmonton Park – “Fort Edmonton Park is nestled on 64 hectares (158 acres) of wooded parkland along Edmonton’s River Valley. What began as a Canada Centennial project in 1967 to reconstruct the old Fort Edmonton, quickly grew to encompass much more. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Rotary Club of Edmonton and the Fort Edmonton Foundation, the Park now includes the 1846 Hudson’s Bay Fort as well as the Streets of 1885, 1905, and 1920, depicting the evolution of Edmonton’s early history. Fort Edmonton Park is owned by the City of Edmonton and operated by the Fort Edmonton Management Company.”
Whyte Avenue – “Whyte Avenue (also known as 82 Avenue) is an arterial road in south-central Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It became the main street of the City of Strathcona as it formed, and now runs through Old Strathcona. It was named in 1891 after Sir William Whyte, who was superintendent of the CPR’s western division from 1886 to 1897 and was knighted by King George V in 1911. Old Strathcona is Edmonton’s main arts and entertainment district, and is also a shopping hub for local residents and students at the nearby University of Alberta. Whyte Avenue, now a heritage area, is at the heart of this district, housing many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.” – Trip Advisor
Royal Alberta Museum – “Our gallery spaces include two 30,000 square foot history halls chronicling millions of years of Alberta’s natural and cultural history; a 12,000 square foot feature gallery that will play host to touring exhibits from around the world; A 7,000 square foot Children’s Gallery where hands-on play is found in every corner; and a 3,000 square foot Bug Gallery where visitors can have close encounters with live invertebrates. Feed your curiosity.”