Muttart Conservatory enriches the local soils of Edmonton with biomes crafted from cuttings, specimens and lush culinary creations from their comforting café. With two admissions ($11.50 for a regular adult ticket), botanical trailblazers trek across four pyramids blooming with exotic and domestic species. The tropical pyramid canopies gadabouts in a humid conservatory, its warm atmosphere steaming any visitors dressed as dumplings. After hours of vegetative globetrotting, savour local concoctions from Culina Café, such as the wild salmon and egg-salad sandwich ($9), served on a Portuguese bun and brimming with flavour and gentle allusions to a past life as a juggling salesman.
Nominated for two 2010 Juno Awards for Best New Artist and Songwriter of the Year, indie songstress Carly Rae Jepsen originally claimed fame in 2007 as a finalist on Canadian Idol. Performing gold-certified singles "Bucket" and "Tug of War" off her debut album and tracks off her latest studio release, Curiosity, Jepsen charms audiences with her pop sensibility, bubbly personality, and confessional lyrics about unpaid library fees. Solo guitarist Matt Webb from Vancouver-based pop-punk band Marianas Trench kicks off the evening with catchy ditties from his debut EP. Webb rouses crowds with his simple, ’80s-inspired rock songs, surprising Marianas Trench fans with a different sound and crowd slip 'n' sliding techniques.
West Edmonton Mall holds multiple world records. The one people notice first is the world's largest parking lot, but the one they tend to remember is the world's largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster, the Mindbender. It's one of the centrepieces of Galaxyland Amusement Park, and if the loops weren't enough to qualify it as an "advanced ride" on the park map, its 14-storey peak certainly would be. From its track, families can see more than 23 other space-themed rides and play areas, as well as the mall beyond, bustling with a city-sized stretch of attractions.
Another world record—world's largest indoor wave pool—can be found inside World Waterpark. Here, kids and adults alike careen down slides such as Cyclone, while smaller children play in the kiddie pool and even smaller children splash each other at Caribbean Cove. Regardless of the weather outside, the park's temperature holds at a balmy 31 degrees Celsius. To cool off without getting wet, though, patrons can always head underground to meet a few penguins. Alongside sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays, they're citizens of Sea Life Caverns, an aquarium that earns the mall its accreditation as a zoo.
In the face of all its theatres and thrills, it can be easy to forget that the mall began as a shopping centre modelled after an urban Persian bazaar. More than 800 stores and services serve as an easy reminder, however. They enable shoppers to browse apparel, electronics, and home accessories between refuelling stops at restaurants and pubs.
The hair services at Eternity Hair and Nails Spa range from easy-to-manage haircuts for an active lifestyle to sophisticated updos for special occasions such as prom or grocery shopping. Nail technicians treat digits to swipes of vibrant polish hues or, for a more dramatic look, acrylic nails.