Want to take a trip to the mall for some excitement? You may wonder what exactly you can do at a Mall that is exciting. well this is no ordinary mall. This is the one and only West Edmonton Mall! I was never bored at this large mall. It is one of the premiere attractions in Edmonton, Alberta and also North America’s largest shopping center. So what is so ‘exciting’ about this place anyway? Well let’s see. Between its hundreds of stores there’s an amusement park, movie theater, casino, skating rink, shooting range, miniature China town, indoor water park and rides. It has enough things to keep you occupied for days on end.
West Edmonton Mall Alberta
History of West Edmonton Mall
West Edmonton Mall was built by the Ghermezian family, and the Mall officially opened in 1981. Built on 49 hectares of land, the West Edmonton Mall was built in four phases. Phase 1 being the oldest, followed by phase 2 in 1983 where it added a NHL size skating rink and Galaxyland Amusement Park. Phase 3 was the grandest because it featured a dolphin pool (presently sea lion lagoon), replica of the Santa Maria ship, and of course the water park. In 1998, phase 4 came, which brought the IMAX theater.
How To Get There
West Edmonton Mall is located on the West end of Edmonton at 8882-170th Street. Once you are in the city of Edmonton, you wont miss getting there. If you get lost, ask few local and they will give you directions with their eyes closed.
Shops & Services
West Edmonton Mall has over 800 stores and services to offer you. You might need a check list with this amount of stores, don’t you think? The stores include the first Sephora store in Edmonton and the first Victoria Secret store in Canada. There are other high-end fashion retailers including Lactose, Hugo Boss and Fossil. Services in the mall vary but you can find Marketplace Chapel, Rucallen Shoe Repair and Newcap Radio.
West Edmonton Mall Attractions
There is more that shopping at the West Edmonton Mall. Main attraction at West Edmonton Mall is the Galaxyland Amusement Park. You can surround yourself with games like whack a mole. You can also enjoy rides that includes the Mindbender Rollercoaster. If you like to make a splash, check out the Waterpark. In addition to these two, West Edmonton Mall offers you mini golf, skating rink, casino and much more.
West Edmonton Mall Restaurants
You will have over 100 places to buy food from at West Edmonton Mall. So you won’t have to stick to burgers and fries. Here are some of the restaurants you can check out.
- Boston Pizza
- Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club
- L2 Grill
- Cactus Club Cafe
- Crepe Works
Fantasyland Hotel At West Edmonton Mall
If you think you ran out of time to check everything in West Edmonton Mall, you can check yourself into West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland Hotel & Resort. It has 354 rooms, where 120 of them have themes ranging from Arabian, Roman, African and Hollywood.
Have you been to West Edmonton Mall?