Do you know how Instagrammable Edmonton really is? Wondering where to take good (‘gram worthy) photos in Edmonton? We’ve rounded up a list of where to take a photo to up your Instagram Game! Exploring my new city and documenting it on the blog and Instagram has been the best part of moving to Canada. We’ve found a few hidden gems and we’d love to share our finds with you! These are definitely some of Edmonton’s best photo spots.
Pssssst! If you love all of our Edmonton content, you’d love our dedicated page to exploring our local city. We’re trying our best to make all these spots easily accessible to anyone else needing to explore, try new places, or just to have fun documenting their adventures on the gram like us.
Instagrammable Spots in Edmonton:
Because everyone is doing it for the #GRAM, we thought we would help everyone out with cute and Instagrammable spots in Edmonton that we love! Comment below with your favourite or any other suggestions that we should check out. Let’s show off Edmonton! If you do #selfie in these spots, or try recreate the photos, tag us on Instagram or hashtag #IGGuidetoYEG to be featured on this page. If you aren’t following us yet, we’d love to connect with you over on the gram.
1. The Legislature, a.k.a. ‘the leg’ (pronounced ‘ledge’)
Our favourite building in Edmonton is the Alberta Legislature, also lovingly known by locals as “the leg”. The immediately recognisable landmark features marble pillars and carved oak intertwining along it’s structure. Everyone can visit and go a daily, free tour offered hourly, to learn more about the Alberta government and history. But don’t forget to enjoy the grounds — featuring a pool, many picnic spots and a walkway of fountains that light up at night!
P.S. Taking a second to brag about our feature, one of our Legislature photos appeared in the October issue of the Westjet Magazine and we’re so excited about it! See the photo here.
2. The Muttart Conservatory
These four beautiful pyramids are iconic to Edmonton and it’s for that reason that they have to feature on our #IGGuidetoYEG. Each of the pyramids show off a different type of climate and biome. My favourite, of course, is the tropical pyramid that feels a lot like back home (Durban, South Africa).
That said, the feature pyramid is always incredible. In fact, at the moment, it features a giant moon hanging from the ceiling which makes for awesome Instagrammable shots in the Conservatory! Side-note: Doesn’t it remind you of the Louvre in Paris?! I’m pretty sure we could fool a few people 😉
Note: The Muttart Conservatory is currently closed for renovations until early 2021, but you can still snap a pic of the exterior, like we did!
3. The Walterdale Bridge
The new bridge is one of my favourite developments in Edmonton in the past year. It towers along the River Valley and adds a new dimension to our skyline, which in itself, is the perfect Instagrammable Spot.
They have recently developed the sidewalk area as you enter and exit the bridge which reminds me a lot of how the City of San Francisco have landscaped the Golden Gate Bridge area. The area now boasts even more Instagrammable Spots in Edmonton. Don’t be surprised if you see more photos on #WaterdaleWednesday!
4. The High Level Bridge
In contrast to the beautiful, feminine Walterdale Bridge, I also love it’s masculine neighbour, the High Level Bridge. The dark, steel bridge, unmissable along the River Valley, literally bridges the gap between our cities two hotspot streets, allowing cars and pedestrians to go between Jasper Avenue and Whyte Avenue.
The High Level Streetcar, that runs during the summer months, also runs along the upper deck of the bridge — and also offers up another fun Instagrammable Op!
5. The River Boat and River Valley
The Queen River Boat is newly renovated and roaring to go! Anyone can visit for a brunch cruise on the weekend or a sunset cruise on a weekday — we’re so excited to try both.
6. The Fairmont Macdonald Patio + Garden
Head to the patio at the Fairmont Macdonald for drinks and a view overlooking the North Saskatchewan River. Unsurprisingly, there are several Instagrammable Spots on this stunning Fairmont property including the historical hotel as your backdrop and there perfectly manicured gardens too!
7. The End of the World, now known as ‘Keillor Point’
The popular lookout over the North Saskatchewan River known as the ‘End of the World‘ has featured all over local’s Instagram feeds so it’s not surprising that it is considered one of Edmonton’s Most Instagrammable Spots. The lookout was previously a restricted area due to it’s dangerous drop, but the city has since renovated the site to turn it into an official viewing point with a much needed hand railing to avoid any accidents. (Our photos below were pre-construction).
8. Instagrammable Wall on 124th Street
There are so many Instagrammable Walls in Edmonton that our friend, Linda (also known as Lindork), has blogged about extensively here. (She also hosts IG Wall Walks!) I’ve listed my two favourite Edmonton IG Walls below that will fit any Instagram feed. The IG Wall on 124th Street in Edmonton is sort of hidden in an alley near the So Pretty Cara Cotter Shop. I also love that it encourages shopping local!
9. Instagrammable Wall at the Oliver Exchange Building
The newish Instagrammable Wall at the Oliver Exchange Building is another favourite IG Wall in Edmonton. You can find it in the foyer of the building, right outside the door to one of my favourite coffee shops, Iconoclast.
Wilfred’s is definitely the most Instagrammable cafe in Edmonton because of this cute wall backdrop that locals can’t get enough of. The bright and modern style is perfect for your feed — no wonder there are so many pictures on Insta. They’re open really early and serve our favourite local coffee, Ace. We blogged all about it here.
11. The U of A Botanic Gardens
The U of A Botanic Gardens (formerly known as the Devonian Gardens) is a must-visit attraction that all locals and tourists would find picture-perfect. The newly finished 4.8 hectare Aga Khan Garden is particularly impressive and is where we spent most of time during our recent visit in last few summer days. I’d say that this Instagrammble spot is one of the best locations for multiple photo backdrops in one place.
12. The Edmonton 100 Street Funicular
Catch a free ride on the 100 Street Funicular from Downtown to the River Valley — and snap some pics! We took these on a very cold (but sunny) day but still had so much fun exploring this new addition to Downtown.
Check here to see when it is open.
13. Ace Coffee Shop Headquarters
If you’re looking for places to take photos in Edmonton, check out our Pinterest board here.
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