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Staying in Edmonton overnight and wondering what to do? Luckily for you, it isn't one of those cities that closes the moment the sun sets. That means that there is no shortage of places to visit and things to see in Alberta's capital after it gets dark. Here's a roundup of the top five attractions by night. Grab a coffee, because you'll want to stay awake and not miss a thing.
Edmonton's Old Strathcona neighbourhood is home to shops, restaurants and a vibrant arts scene. And it only gets better in the evening. Head to 82nd Avenue or "Whyte" as the locals call it, to grab a bite to eat and listen to some of the best local music at over 100 pubs, eateries, nightclubs and lounges. Take your pick of musical genres and cuisine: whatever type of beats and grub you prefer, chances are you'll probably find it by wandering through Whyte.
If you like dining with a view, do not miss out on La Ronde Restaurant. Located at the top of the Chateau Lacombe Hotel, La Ronde holds the title of being the city's only revolving rooftop restaurant. Treat yourself to sockeye salmon from British Columbia, rack of lamb or "sterling silver" strip loins as La Ronde slowly turns high above the city lights. Don't skip dessert- La Ronde's pastry chef prepares all of his dishes fresh and in house on a daily basis. La Ronde is located at 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd. Call 780-428-6611 for reservations.
Looking for the best place to hang out in downtown Edmonton at night? That would be Jasper Avenue. The city's busiest strip boasts a number of nightclubs, pubs and lounges. Jasper Avenue offers dozens of venues, ranging from clubs where DJs spin the latest tracks to joints with a more laidback vibe, where the clientele might be relaxing to jazz tunes with a Scotch in hand. Wherever you go on this street, you're almost guaranteed to have a great evening.
The North Saskatchewan River weaves its way through Edmonton. Take advantage of the city's waterfront by booking a dinner cruise on the Edmonton Queen Riverboat. The Queen's dinner buffet menu features herb crusted prime rib roast with gravy and horse radish, lemon dill whitefish, a mashed potato bar with a variety of spuds seasoned with roasted garlic, milk, salt, pepper and parsley plus your favourite toppings, and mixed vegetables glazed with garlic butter. Save room for dessert- you won't want to miss the double chocolate caramel toffee cake if it's on the menu. The boat leaves from 9734 98 Ave., across from the Shaw Conference Centre on the south side of the river; call 780-424-2628 for reservations.
Technically, Elk Island National Park isn't in Edmonton- it's a little under an hour outside of the city. However, that shouldn't stop you from enjoying one of Canada's treasures. The national park's slightly remote location means it's an excellent place for unobstructed stargazing, thanks to its distance from Edmonton's bright lights. The Royal Astronomic Society of Canada has established a dark sky preserve, where enthusiasts can go to look up at the heavens at night; the organization holds occasional events, too. Elk Island National Park is located at Site 4 on Regional Road 1; call 780-922-5790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.