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Alberta Legislature Building

Visit the city’s iconic beaux arts-style political building to see important relics and portraits, and let the kids wade in or skate on its parkland pools.

The iconic Alberta Legislature Building is a large granite, sandstone, steel and glass structure with a massive dome. It’s surrounded by 57 acres (23 hectares) of immaculate parklands. Join a free tour to see its marble and carved wood interiors and painted portraits. After learning about Alberta’s political history, take the children outside to spot squirrels and rabbits. The whole family can wade in the reflecting pool in summer and skate on the ice in winter.

The classic Alberta Legislature Building was built between 1907 and 1912, after Alberta became a Canadian province in 1905. To fully appreciate its interior, start at the rotunda on the second floor of the building. Admire the large solid Canadian marble pillars, which weigh 16 tons (14.5 tonnes) each.

Listen to the echoing fountain in the center of the rotunda. It was built to commemorate the first official visit of Queen Elizabeth II, as the Head of the Commonwealth. The Regimental Colours circling the rotunda represent Alberta’s military units.

Read the memorial plaques for lost soldiers and see portraits of historically significant local leaders. Don’t miss the statue of the province’s namesake, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, and the one of Chief Crowfoot, an important Native American leader.

Make your way up the Grand Staircase to the Legislature Library. It’s still in use by the Members of Assembly, but remains open to the public and displays interesting relics, including a preserved hamburger from 1969. Stop by the door to the Legislative Assembly Chamber to see the intricate carving of the Alberta Coat of Arms.

Some people come to the stately Legislature Building just to enjoy the surrounding parklands. Relax around the reflecting pools, see if you can spot the local wildlife and take photos of the colorful natural displays.

The Legislature Building near Victoria Park is a five-minute drive from downtown, or 10-15 minutes by public transport. It’s open daily, except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Entry is free and complimentary English and French tours run throughout the day, lasting about 45 minutes.

Popular Activities at Alberta Legislature Building

Get the most out of your time at Alberta Legislature Building. Below is a list of the most popular activities:

Trying out an Edmonton Legislative Lights Tour will help make the visit to this famed attraction even more memorable!

For more things to do, have a look at our Edmonton things to do page.


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Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA ¥9,232
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA

Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA

10155 105th Street, Edmonton, AB
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Edmonton, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rogers Place, Edmonton City Centre, and Shaw Conference Centre. Royal Alexandra Hospital and Kingsway Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bay-Enterprise Square Station and Corona Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Matrix Hotel ¥11,495
    Matrix Hotel

    Matrix Hotel

    10640 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Edmonton, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alberta Legislature Building, Rogers Place, and Edmonton City Centre. University of Alberta and Shaw Conference Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Corona Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bay-Enterprise Square Station is 7 minutes.

      Chateau Lacombe Hotel ¥7,660
      Chateau Lacombe Hotel

      Chateau Lacombe Hotel

      10111 Bellamy Hill Nw, Edmonton, AB
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located near the slopes, this Downtown Edmonton hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Conference Centre, Citadel Theatre, and Winspear Centre. Art Gallery of Alberta and Rogers Place are also within 15 minutes. Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bay-Enterprise Square Station is 7 minutes.

        Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown ¥8,191
        Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown

        Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown

        One Thornton Court, 99 Street & Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located near the slopes, this Downtown Edmonton hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Shaw Conference Centre, Rogers Place, and Edmonton City Centre. Commonwealth Stadium and Royal Alexandra Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bay-Enterprise Square Station is 10 minutes.

          Days Inn by Wyndham Edmonton Downtown ¥8,548
          Days Inn by Wyndham Edmonton Downtown

          Days Inn by Wyndham Edmonton Downtown

          10041-106 street, Edmonton, AB
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located near the slopes, this Downtown Edmonton hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Alberta Legislature Building, Rogers Place, and Edmonton City Centre. Shaw Conference Centre and Art Gallery of Alberta are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bay-Enterprise Square Station is only a 4-minute walk and Corona Station is 5 minutes.

            JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District ¥12,895
            JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District

            JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District

            10344-102 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Edmonton, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rogers Place and Shaw Conference Centre. Commonwealth Stadium and University of Alberta are also within 3 mi (5 km). Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Bay-Enterprise Square Station is 9 minutes.

              The Sutton Place Hotel - Edmonton ¥11,175
              The Sutton Place Hotel - Edmonton

              The Sutton Place Hotel - Edmonton

              10235 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Edmonton, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Edmonton City Hall, Rogers Place, and Edmonton City Centre. Shaw Conference Centre and Royal Alexandra Hospital are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central Station is 7 minutes by foot and Bay-Enterprise Square Station is 10 minutes.

                Fairmont Hotel Macdonald ¥14,407
                Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

                Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

                10065 100 St Nw, Edmonton, AB
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located near the slopes, this Downtown Edmonton hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Shaw Conference Centre, Royal Alberta Museum, and Rogers Place. Muttart Conservatory and Commonwealth Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km). Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bay-Enterprise Square Station is 8 minutes.