Theresa Tesolin is a freelance writer based in Edmonton. She’s provided content for Fortune 500 companies, children’s magazines and everything in between. When she isn’t hanging out with her family, she’s snuggled up with a book or planning her next travel adventure, and is probably drinking way too much coffee.
So many nights are whiled away at the same local watering hole. You share some drinks and laughs and repeat, week after week. If you want to shake up your routine and have a memorable night out with your friends sans alcohol, check out this list of fun things to do around Edmonton. [Image credit: iStock.com/sanjeri]
For history buffs and anyone interested in learning about the past, Edmonton is home to many museums, some you’ve probably never heard of. While we all know and love the Royal Alberta Museum, you may be pleasantly surprised by what these lesser-known museums in Edmonton have to offer. [Image credit: iStock.com/wwing]
Whether you’re an ex-pat feeling homesick, looking for a gift for a British pal or simply a fan of British chocolates and “sweeties,” you’ll find something you like in this roundup of Edmonton and area stores that carry imported goods from the U.K. [Image credit: iStock.com/arinahabich]
Getting in shape is more fun if you have a partner to share the pain and sweat. If hitting the gym just isn’t your thing, here are a few ideas on fun classes to take together, or places to drop-in to get fit, in and around Edmonton. [Image credit: iStock.com/BraunS]
An Edmonton summer isn’t complete without a trip or two to a U-pick farm to stock up on fresh, locally-grown berries, apples and veggies. There’s something very satisfying (and delicious) about handpicking your own food while supporting local businesses. Happy picking! [Image credit: iStock.com/Joel Carillet]
 Hey green thumbs, if you’ve been dying to learn the art of pruning a bonsai or how to grow prairie fruit in your own backyard, there’s a workshop or two that’s sure to satisfy your horticulture interests. Get down and dirty with these Edmonton and area gardening workshops and courses. [Image credit: iStock.com/tdub303]
If you’re looking for unique treasures to add some character to your home, check out these Edmonton stores to discover the joys of digging through aisles of previously-loved furniture, trinkets, dishes, clocks, vintage posters and more. You might find exactly what you’ve been searching for. Or, you might emerge from a store with an armload of treasures that you never intended to buy (but love nonetheless).
For kids, summer means long sunny days running through sprinklers, playing in the sand and tumbling about in the grass (when they’re not glued to a screen, that is). Summer clothing for kids should keep your little ones cool, comfortable and protected from the sun, and are hopefully durable enough to last the whole season. These stores will help you outfit your kids during the hot months. [Image credit:iStock.com/Rohappy]
The Edmonton arts community is filled with artists, artisans and makers of every stripe creating homemade décor, crafts, artwork and textiles. In a digital age overrun by screens and flashy gadgets, handmade goods provide a much-needed return to something tactile and lovingly created by human hands. Support local artists and makers through these local arts and crafts shows.
With our wide open, green spaces, it’s no surprise that Edmonton and area is home to approximately 90 public and private (members-only) golf courses. I consulted with a couple of avid golfers, my ma and pa, to find some of the top courses. Here’s a rundown of a variety of golf courses within an hour’s drive of Edmonton –  for experienced golfers, beginners and everyone in between. [Image credit: iStock.com/MichaelSvoboda]
Look around and you’ll find a smorgasbord of good eats. If you’re new toEdmonton, you’ll be happy to see that food culture is alive and thriving. Celebrate Edmonton’s diversity by sampling dishes from international cuisines and restaurants sourcing locally-produced ingredients with a distinct Canadian flair. Here’s a list of top restaurants and eateries to check out for new Edmontonians. [Image credit: iStock.com/Adam Kulesza]
Whether you’re new in town or simply want to expand your social circle,there are oodles of clubs and groups in town that cater to all types of interests where you can meet new people. Get ready to unleash your inner social butterfly at these Edmonton clubs. [Image credit: iStock.com/Joseph C. Justice Jr.]
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