When I moved to Edmonton five years ago from a small town, I expected traffic, getting lost a lot and loud city people. Though, I was pretty excited about living close to West Edmonton mall and expected I’d be shopping every weekend.
In fact, over the span of five years I have learned that the traffic isn’t bad (unless it’s 5pm and rush hour). Each part of Edmonton is set up like it’s own mini community, which makes getting to know the area very simple. The “loud city people” I’ve met, I now hold life-long friendships with, and I’ve only visited West Edmonton Mall about ten short times in the 5 years of living here. Edmonton has taught me a lot, including that sometimes what we expect and reality are two different things.
Edmonton is split like a storybook by the Saskatchewan River. It leaves a recreational River Valley for Edmontonions to explore, while living the chapters being created in their personal bestseller. North America’s longest corridor of connected urban parkland runs along the city’s river valley, minutes from the long stretch of Whyte Avenue, where many of my treasured moments have taken place.
While walking down Whyte avenue is a mystery because each visit lays a new experience, you can always count on the talented local buskers, friendly community, and wide activity selection to remind you why it’s the best place to spend your Friday evening, Saturday shopping or Sunday brunch.
Whyte Avenue is Edmonton’s hosting area for fun and exciting events such as parades, concerts, local talent and so much more. Edmonton’s annual Art Walk held on the stretch of Whyte Avenue, is a place I like to describe as where memories are made and art comes to life.
Imagine a 4 km walk through the hearts and minds of artists. Cultural explorers and visitors are invited to see art creation in action on the streets of Whyte Avenue, a vibrant art district in the historic centre of Edmonton, Alberta. Over 400 visual artists bring their art supplies and artworks out into the streets. The Whyte Avenue Art Walk reveals Alberta’s hidden talent and provides an opportunity for people to curate their own art collection from many undiscovered masters. Together they create an outdoor studio and gallery spanning several blocks.
From food trucks, to live music, to art being created right before your eyes is nothing short of a spectacular learning and growing experience. Being a creative soul myself, I can appreciate the support Edmonton gives to local artists. The opportunities that flourish, the creations built, and the memories from Edmonton’s spectacular Art’s culture is something you cannot find anywhere else. The wide arts district that Edmonton has to offer is what makes for a unique city. You can always trust that the rare minds that call this city home won’t fail to keep it interesting. Edmonton’s Art District has had a large impact on who I am today and I hope to see you at next years annual Art Walk or for an evening of mystery on Whyte Avenue in the city I call home, Edmonton Alberta.
Miss Alberta World 2018