February March 2020

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Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton, The sun is almost always shining in Edmonton, with a warmth that radiates to its welcoming embrace. From its innovative economic sectors to its vibrant city centre and array of exhilarating outdoor activities, visitors will be wowed by Canada's youngest and fastest- growing capital city. by Rose Filice WEBSITE: exploreedmonton.com POPULATION: 972,223 ACCOMMODATION: 3,000 guestrooms in the downtown core, 12,000+ citywide ACCESSIBILITY: 60 destinations fl y non-stop to Edmonton International Airport DID YOU KNOW: Edmonton is known as Festival City. With more than 50 annually—from fringe and Shakespeare to jazz and craft beer—there's likely to be a festival happening during your visit. FAST FACTS A C T I V E E N G A G E M E N T TELUS World of Science has just opened the newly expanded Science Garage that delivers hands-on creative experiences. The latest maker tech, a Rigamajig set for building large-scale structures and upgrades to the magnetic marble wall and vertical wind tunnels will keep your guests engaged and challenged. The Science Garage is just one of many spaces available for workshops, meetings or events at this venue, including the 10,000-sq.-ft. Feature Exhibition Hall, IMAX theatre and S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. Fort Edmonton Park Slated for completion in 2021, the historically- themed attraction along Edmonton's river valley is undergoing a $165-million enhancement that includes a new Indigenous Peoples Experience exhibit, and the expansion of both the 1920's-style midway and the Hotel Selkirk, featuring a new ballroom accommodating 250, a more open lounge area and new room amenities. The park will remain open during construction for private events at several of the unique on-site venues, including the Blatchford Field Air Hangar and the Capitol Theatre. PHOTO: EDMONTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PHOTO: EDMONTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PH O T O : T EL US W O RL D O F SC I E NCE — E DM O N T O N A Place to Gather Canada's fi rst and only major Métis Cultural Centre will open this year at Métis Crossing, the 512-acre cultural interpretative attraction located an hour and a half northeast of Edmonton. Reminiscent of homes from the fur trade era, with state-of- the-art amenities, the stunning new centre will offer 10,000 sq. ft. of space to meet, gather and learn about the Métis people and their culture. While on-site, have your group enjoy an immersive cultural experience with an authentic Voyageur canoe trip along the North Saskatchewan River. 56 | Ignitemag.ca | February | March 2020

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