Destinations: Calgary | Banff | Lake Louise | Icefield Parkway | Jasper | Northwest Territory | NW Alberta | Fort McMurray | Edmonton | Drumheller | Fort MacLeod | Buffalo Jump
We arrived in Edmonton Saturday evening. Had a little problem finding a motel room, finally settled on a Travelodge not far from the West Edmonton Mall. We spent 2 nights in Edmonton since all day Sunday was spent in the mall.
The largest mall in the world lived up to its billing: ice skating/hockey rink, amusement park, huge swimming pool/water sports park, dolphin tank, submarine ride, hotel with rooms overlooking the mall, tiger cubs and lots of stores (over 800). We counted 3 McDonald's and most restaurants had more than one presence in the mall. They also had two multiplex movie theaters. People were walking into the mall with picnic/ice chests to spend the day at the huge wave pool. Click on Mall 1 and Mall 2 to see the pictures.
We drove around Edmonton a little and got lost. The view of the city from the other side of the river is spectacular. Driving south we encountered a cattle drive along one of the country roads. One of the riders stopped so I could take his picture.