Several days ago we helped you start thinking about Valentine’s Day plans by giving you a few restaurant ideas where you can take your date out to dinner. But if you want to do something a little more adventurous than simply dinner, we have a few more ideas on what to do for 2017 Valentine’s Day in Edmonton AB.
What’s more romantic than an intimate dance? On Valentine’s Day at either 6 or 7:45 p.m. you can attend a Valentine’s Salsa workshop to learn how to salsa dance in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. For just $70+tax, you’ll get 90 minutes of instruction before spending the last 15 minutes simply dancing with your special someone.
Where the Wild Things Art
If you want something a little more relaxing, but just as adventurous, then you can head to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for Where the Wild Things Art. A special paint night, you’ll enjoy some wine and appetizers all while getting a chance to get close to their wonderful animals while painting a beautiful portrait.
Death by Chocolate
And finally, if you do want to go with the classic romantic dinner but want something… more, then you should check out Tom Goodchild’s Moose Factory’s Dinner & Murder Mystery called Death by Chocolate. For $89, you and your special someone will enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner and relaxing music while also getting to solve a Valentine’s-themed murder mystery with incognito professional actors interspersed into the patrons.
No matter what you decide to do for Valentine’s Day, we simply hope you have a wonderful day and night with your loved one.
Valentine’s Day is coming up just around the corner. If you’re looking for the perfect place to take that special someone in your life out to dinner, then we’ve got a few options for you to check out. These three restaurants should have 2017 Valentine’s Day specials, but you’ll want to make sure to book a reservation early.
CHOP South Edmonton
Located at 10111 Ellerslie Road SW, CHOP South Edmonton is an excellent place for steak, prime rib or seafood. Considered the ultimate steak experience across Canada, it has a wonderful environment for any occasion, including Valentine’s Day, plus an excellent selection of wine and cocktails.
Tom Goodchild’s Moose Factory
Tom Goodchild’s Moose Factory is an outstanding, traditional restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere. Not only do they recommend you make reservations, but they’ll even allow you to prearrange a personalized desert or perhaps a bottle of champagne. Located at 4810 Calgary Trail South, the restaurant is another excellent steakhouse option, though they have plenty of other foods to offer as well.
Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Finally, no restaurant list would be complete without the Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Located in the hotel at 10065 100th Street, the restaurant has a huge choice of different foods and beverages and the perfect atmosphere for any occasion.
Wherever you choose to have dinner, or whatever you plan to do on your Valentine’s Day, we simply hope that you and that special someone enjoy the day and night. Happy Valentine’s Day from the whole Wheaton Toyota on the Trail family!
New Year’s Eve 2016 Events Edmonton AB
With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to get ready for the new year. For those in Edmonton, what better way to ring in 2017 than by going to a New Year’s Eve celebration. Here are some of our favorite upcoming New Year’s Eve 2016 events near Edmonton, AB.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Canada 150 Kickoff
Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation by coming to the City Hall & Churchill Square New Year’s Eve party in downtown Edmonton, AB. The event is free and fun for the whole family, offering kid’s activities, magicians, balloon artists and live music from Uptown and the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The main activities at City Hall will take place from 6-10:30pm, while the main stage entertainment will start at 9pm. There will also be two fireworks shows, with one at 8:30pm and one at midnight to celebrate 2017.
New Year’s Eve Festival in Strathcona County
Strathcona County is hosting their New Year’s Festival with plenty of activities for everyone, including ice skating, bobsled racing and shinny hockey. There will also be two sleigh rides running throughout the night. The event will last from 4-8pm, but the festival will be capped off with a fireworks show at 8pm. The event is free and the sleigh rides cost $1 per person.
World Waterpark’s New Year’s Eve Beach Ball
The World Waterpark in the West Edmonton Mall is hosting their 26th annual New Year’s Eve Family Beach Ball. Guests will be treated to a magician, balloon artist and a DJ, as well as getting to enjoy the park’s indoor wave pool and waterslides. The countdown to 2017 will conclude with a spectacular indoor fireworks display. Tickets available after Christmas will cost $30 for a single person and $150 for a family of four.
Those were just a few of the places where you can celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 near Edmonton, AB. If we missed any of your favorites, let us and others know in the comment section below. We’d like to wish you all a happy new year from all of us at Wheaton Toyota on the Trail.
For many families, the tradition is to gather the family for Christmas dinner on Christmas day. For others, it might be on Christmas Eve, or some other tradition altogether. But if you’d like to go out for dinner on Christmas Eve 2016 instead of working hard in the kitchen all day or night, then we know of a few great restaurants that will be open that night.
The L2 Grill is located inside the Fantasyland Hotel, and will offer without a doubt the most exciting Christmas Eve experience. For starters, their chefs have won awards and promise to deliver a wonderful me no matter what day it is. But on Christmas Eve, they’ll offer a 5-course meal for $55 running from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. Plus, they’ll also be open for other meals for the holiday, including Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner. Check out their menu and specials online for more details.
West Edmonton Keg
While it won’t be offering a holiday-inspired 5-course meal, the West Edmonton Keg will remain open on Christmas Eve as well. They’ll begin seating for the evening at 3:00 p.m. and will sit their last table at 8:00 p.m. While some reservations will be allowed, adhering to the first-come-first-served policy is encouraged.
Lastly, you can head to the 4404 Restaurant in the Delta Marriott on Gateway Boulevard NW. They offer a pretty outstanding buffet that has become quite famous, and it will run from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. If buffets are your thing, then we definitely recommend the 4404 as it offers an outstanding selection that will have something for everyone in the family.
If you do decide to hit one of these restaurants up, we hope that you enjoy it. But either way, everyone here at Wheaton Toyota on the Trail would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!
Boxing Day – which is always December 26th, the day after Christmas – came about many moons ago. It was initially called Boxing Day because employees (or, back then, servants and tradesmen) would receive Christmas boxes from their employers, or even customers. Today, it’s more of a shopping day, with tons of great deals across the country, much like the United States’ Black Friday. If you’re looking for where to shop in Edmonton AB this year, then we’ve got a few ideas for you.
West Edmonton Mall
The largest shopping centre in the city, you can bet West Edmonton Mall will be a destination for shoppers on Boxing Day. We tried to find information on mall-wide sales or special deals for their big-name stores, but couldn’t find anything. We imagine there will be plenty to do and hope that all of your favorite stores will offer great sales prices if you decide to hit up WEM the day after Christmas.
If the West Edmonton Mall isn’t your scene or it’s already been picked clean, then Kingsway Mall would be your next-best bet, as it’s the second largest mall in Edmonton. It might not have as many stores, and we still don’t have any information on specific sales, but it still makes a great place to shop. So if shopping is your way to celebrate Boxing Day, stopping by Kingsway Mall is a great plan!
While malls are great, especially when it comes to bulk buying while taking advantage of major sales, it’s hard to be the experience of shopping on Whyte Avenue. Whyte Ave, a street filled with great little shops and stores, is one of the most popular places to shop in Edmonton regardless of what day it is. while we don’t know if any of the stores will be celebrating Boxing Day with crazy sales or deals, we do know you’ll find something you love no matter what.
Whether you plan on going shopping on Boxing Day or not, we simply hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing Boxing Day. Happy Holidays from the whole Wheaton Toyota on the Trail family!
Pictures with Santa Edmonton AB
One of the most memorable and fun events around Christmas time every year is taking the kids to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus. The looks on their faces when they actually get to meet the jolly old fella bringing them all their presents on Christmas are priceless. Just like last year, if you don’t feel like heading to the mall or anywhere else, then you can bring them right here to Wheaton Toyota on the Trail to get pictures with Santa in Edmonton AB.
When can I get their photos taken?
There are three days left to come get your photos taken with Santa Claus here at Wheaton Toyota on the Trail: December 3rd, 10th and 17th from noon until 5:00 p.m. every day, except the last day when he’ll stick around for an extra hour. There’s a few perks to getting your pictures with Santa from us, not the least of which is the fact that you won’t have to deal with lines that are anywhere near as long as at the mall. Another perk is that we’ll photograph adults, kids and even pets, so you can bring the whole family!
But the biggest perk is, of course, the fact that your photo will be free. Come in and take a look at some cars, and when it’s your turn you can get the family ready, introduce the kids to Santa Claus, and then get your picture taken for free. Your family will be allowed one picture, and you’ll get both a digital copy via email and a 4×6 printed copy as well.
Oh, and furthermore, if you share the digital copy of your picture on Facebook or Instagram and tag Wheaton Toyota on the Trail, then you’ll be entered to win a $250 Visa Gift Card. Don’t think they do that at the mall! So come check out some incredible new Toyota vehicles, introduce the kids to Saint Nick, get your free picture taken, and enter for a chance to win $250! Three weekends left, don’t miss your chance.
The weather has been a little strange this year. It’s still above 0° in November and there hasn’t been any snow yet, but we know it’s just around the corner. With that in mind, it’s time to start thinking about our favorite ways to get ourselves through the harsh winter season – namely, skiing and snowboarding. If you’ve been itching to bust out your skis or boards, you’re probably wondering exactly when the skiing season will kick off. We looked at some of the most popular resorts in Alberta to give you a better idea of when you can get back to the slopes.
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Norquay Banff Ski Resort
Banff is roughly a 4-hour drive from Edmonton, but if you’re itching to hit the slopes then a ski trip might be the best way to do that. An incredible ski resort located on Norquay Mountain, the Banff Ski Resort is an excellent place to kick off the season. While opening day is still official “to be determined,” Norquay has a pretty fantastic set up for fake snow, so they might open earlier than many other traditional mountains.
Sunridge Ski Area
If you want to stay in town, then you’ll be happy to know Sunridge Ski Area has stated they will be opening up in early November. We don’t know an exact date, but since we’re already a little over a week into November, we expect the slopes will open up right here in Edmonton any day now. With tons of slopes to try out and plenty of classes for everyone in the family to take – even 4 year olds with the new Mighty Mite program – this is an excellent place to ski or snowboard this winter.
Lastly, once again if you’re willing to make a weekend trip out of it, you can head to Castle Mountain in Pincher Creek, which is south of Calgary – about a 5-hour drive from Edmonton. While it’s a way’s off, Castle Mountain is the one resort whose opening day we know for sure. Opening on December 16th, Castle Mountain is another great option if you’re up for traveling.
No matter where you decide to shred this year, we simply hope you enjoy it and it gets you through this winter. Happy skiing (or snowboarding)!
2016 Halloween Trick or Treat Times Edmonton AB
Thanksgiving has come and gone, which not only means it’s time to start thinking about buying Christmas presents for family and friends, but that Halloween is just around the corner. When Halloween weekend arrives, the weather might be pretty cold. So if you don’t want your kids doing traditional trick or treating because they might freeze, then we’ve got some times and places for you to check out here in Edmonton where you can take them to trick or treat indoors away from the cold.
West Edmonton Mall
Considered the world’s largest indoor trick or treat festival, Halloween at the West Edmonton Mall might be one of the best choices for trick or treating inside this year. Kids will be able to collect a candy bag and map at the Centre Stage, and then they’ll be able to navigate the mall to find the best tricks and treats that participating retailers have to offer. Kids older than 13 are not allowed to participate, and trick or treating starts at 2:00 p.m. on Halloween day.
— West Edmonton Mall (@Official_WEM) October 21, 2016
While the Halloween Spooktacular at Northgate Center doesn’t offer the traditional door-to-door trick or treat experience like WEM, kids will get to decorate their own candy bag, play spooky games, win prizes and even take pictures with special guests. Plus, at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., Hazel the Witch will be sharing haunted tales. The event runs from 1-4:00 p.m. on Saturday the 29th.
Bonnie Doon Centre
Finally, you can take the kids to Halloween Thrills at Bonnie Doon Centre on Halloween from 5-8:00 p.m. This last event offers some form of trick or treating, a live bubble show, a photo booth, balloon artists, interactive crafts, games and much more!
All three of these shopping centres promise to deliver a very fun Halloween experience, with plenty of Candy to hold kids over for days to come. Wherever you choose to do your trick or treating this year, we hope you enjoy your Halloween 2016!
Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2016 Edmonton AB
Many people think that Thanksgiving means spending the whole day hovering in the kitchen, cooking turkey and a number of side dishes in preparation for your extended family to show up. Whether your extended family decides to come, or you just keep it to the household, you don’t have to spend the whole day in the kitchen.
Instead, there are plenty of restaurants around Edmonton that stay open and offer special Thanksgiving meals, either for brunch or dinner. We’ve come up with a small list of just three, but if you don’t like any of these options we’re sure you could find something else you like right here in town.
Italian cuisine might not sound quite right for a Thanksgiving dinner, but if you’re ready to try something different for Thanksgiving 2016… Violino Ristorante is the place to do it. Located at 10133 125 St. NW in Edmonton, you can get a family-style, five-course Italian brunch for $49.99 per person. This is a meal you do not want to miss out on, even if it’s not the generic turkey and stuffing.
The Harvest Room at Fairmont MacDonald
If you’d rather go with something a little more traditional, then you can head to the Fairmont Hotel MacDonal’s Harvest Room for a 4-course Thanksgiving dinner. The great thing is that even if you want to do the traditional cook-all-day on Thanksgiving, you can get this great meal from Oct. 7-10th, so you can do both! At $89 per person, it is a bit pricy, but spectacular food makes it well worth it.
— Fairmont Macdonald (@FairmontMAC) October 7, 2016
And finally, we come to the popular Ampersand 27. We’re not sure yet if they’ll have a special Thanksgiving Day menu, but we do know they’ll be open, and that their food is always terrific.
With these three choices, you’re guaranteed to have a delicious meal somewhere, even if you don’t want to spend the whole day cooking at home. If you know of any other great choices, be sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!