Edmonton: Visiting the City

If you are thinking about coming to Edmonton before the conference, or staying on after the conference, here is a list of information for your stay in the city. There is a lot to do in Edmonton and the province of Alberta - make the most of your trip and stay a while!

This information is just a resource; KIAS does not endorse any one accommodation and you should always research your trip well in advance.

City of Edmonton

For visitors to Edmonton, here is a great list of things to do and see while in the city. Make sure you check out at least one of the excellent festivals taking place every summer!



HI-Edmonton (Hostelling International)

"A great urban hostel for backpackers located right near the action in Edmonton's historic Old Strathcona neighbourhood. Travellers will enjoy our safe convenient location -  just off Whyte Avenue, the coolest strip for shopping, pubbing, clubbing, live music, live theatre, indie and foreign movies, near the University of Alberta, the river valley trail system and across the river from the downtown core. Everything you need is within walking distance with the famous West Edmonton Mall just a quick bus ride away.

HI-Edmonton's amenities include a private outdoor courtyard with BBQ, games room, TV room, meeting space, self catering kitchen, quiet library, private and shared rooms, free parking, free wireless internet and lots of programs and activities arranged by the hostel staff."

From $33 CDN to $89 CDN per night.


GO Backpackers Hostel

"Inviting, comfortable, cost-saving, friendly and fun, we are the quintessential meeting place for travelers from all over the world! As an introduction to Edmonton for many, we are a portal to our city and to our province and we do our best to make your time here exceptional! We have a wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable front desk crew that is happy to make your stay more enjoyable! If it’s music, art, culture, nature, eating out or nightlife that you’re looking for, our staff can definitely point you in the right direction!"

From $26 CDN to $79 CDN per night.


Parks Canada

Take a trip out to Jasper National Park and experience the beautiful Rocky Mountains!




Edmonton Transit System

Edmonton operates with a Light Rail System that connects the city from North to South, and on a comprehensive bus route system. Check out the ETS website for transit passes and routes!


Red Arrow Motorcoach

Interested in going to Calgary while you are in Alberta? Check out Red Arrow as a cheap way to get around.

"Red Arrow Motorcoach is Alberta's premier Motorcoach travel company, offering transportation to and from Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Fort McMurray. We pride ourselves on being able to offer comfortable transportation at an affordable price, and have earned the reputation as one of Alberta's best choices for transportation. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, sit back, relax and let Red Arrow do the driving."