West End is a part of Edmonton. It is probably most known for West Edmonton Mall, which is the largest mall in North America. It is a largely suburban area built mostly in the 1970s, with the exclusion of the west central, inner suburbs like Crestwood and Glenora.
The West End can be easily accessed by both of Edmonton's major east-west expressways, Yellowhead Trail (Hwy 16) and Whitemud Drive, as well as Anthony Henday Drive (Hwy 216), Edmonton's ring road. Stony Plain Road and 107 Avenue are the major connections to downtown. 170 Street is the major north-south thoroughfare through the west end, with most commercial and retail development being focused between Stony Plain Road and Whitemud Drive.
More recent development like Lewis Estates and La Perle are much harder to navigate, like most suburban areas in North America. They use windy roads and you may feel like you are in a maze. A roadmap would be suggested.
Using bus in the area is relatively simple. Only recent developments do not have bus connections. Bus waits are usually between 7 (peak)-45 (night)minutes. Check ETS for times and routes. Information on the bus system, including wait times, is available at 780-496-1600 or online. The West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre serves most West End routes, and offers express service to downtown.
- 1 Crestwood (south of Jasper Place-Glenora (bordered by Stony Plain [101st Avenue] Road in the north, Buena Vista Road/87th Avenue to the south, 149 Street to the west, and the North Saskatchewan River and River Valley to the east) and north of Whitemud). This area was settled mostly around the 1960s and 1970s and includes many new projects from housing to commercial strips that keeps the area modern. Despite the area being shrouded by infill of modern mansion, the place still tends to keep a 1960s-style charm. It has a number of funky buildings especially west of 149 St. and has great skyline views.
- 2 Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park (Laurier Park). It's on the river valley and is a nice park to sit and enjoy.
- 3 Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd, ☏ . 350 animals on 110 acres, including (according to its critics) "the northernmost captive elephant in the world". A nice small mix of animals and a quiet experience.
- Candy Cane Lane, 148 St. NW between 100 and 92 Avenue NW (December 10, 2010 to January 4, 2011). For three weeks in December, 8 blocks of residential get transformed into a big Christmas light display. Houses bring out their best lights and decorations. Many people drive the street, but you can also walk as an alternative way to enjoy an Edmonton tradition. It is best to view after dark (Sunset is around 5PM in December) so everything can be seen in action. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation to place in boxes set up along the lane for the Edmonton Food Bank [dead link], a charity that helps families in need.
- 4 Galaxyland, West Edmonton Mall. vary by day/season, usually open from at least Noon-6PM. The world's largest indoor amusement park. Home to the world's largest indoor roller coaster, the Mindbender (opened in 1983 as "Fantasyland", and its was name changed to "Galaxyland" in 1995, after a lawsuit from Disney. $45/adult day pass.
- 1 Lewis Estates Golf Club, 260 Suder Greens Drive, ☏ . (Public: 6220 yards, par 72) This course is embedded in the Lewis Estates housing development, and most of the fairways snake between rows of homes. Some "wild" fairways cut through the natural forest that still exists in the middle of the first nine holes, and they are a welcome respite from the fences, yards, and all-too-vulnerable windows of the remaining holes.
- 2 Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615 109 Ave, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Scotiabank Theatre, #3030, 8882-170 Street (located in West Edmonton Mall, phase 4 (near 178 St)), ☏ . Well kept theatre, at busy times expect to wait in lines (especially concession). The picture of the screen is very good. Shows the standard of regular Blockbuster movies.
- The Edmonton Corn Maze.
- 3 Edmonton River Cree Resort and Casino, 300 East Lapotac Blvd, Enoch, AB (near Whitemud Dr & 215 St (Winterburn Rd)).
- Professor Wem's Adventure Golf, Galaxyland, WEM (located in West Edmonton Mall), ☏ . hours vary, but usually open 10AM-8PM. Minigolf $12/adult, $8/child, $10/senior.
- 1 West Edmonton Mall (WEM), 8882 170 St NW, ☏ . vary by day/season, usually open from at least Noon-6PM. Largest mall in North America with an indoor amusement park, waterpark, ice-rink, minigolf, and bowling. The main shopping part of the mall has all the standard multi-national brands in a typical mall setting. It has a newer "Bourbon St" indoor eat-street and food court. The additional space to make it the "largest" is mostly to accommodate the recreational features. Otherwise it's easy to negotiate, and looking perhaps just a little tired. It's a very much a mix of locals and tourists here - it's not about premium brands and you can do value shopping here.
- 2 Mayfield Common (170 St / Stony Plain Rd / Mayfield Rd). Power centre, suburban shopping.
- 3 Depot 170 / Terra Losa Shopping Centre (170 St between 95 Ave and 95). Power centres, suburban shopping. The two power centres are separated by 99 Ave.
- 4 Westpoint Centre (178 St between 100 Ave and Stony Plain Rd). Power centre, suburban shopping.
- Cactus Club Cafe, North Side of West Edmonton Mall - 2715 8882 170 St NW, ☏ . Good American food, with a modern atmosphere. Accessible directly from the WEM parking lot.
- Chop, 17635 Stony Plain Rd NW (Behind a Best Buy), ☏ . M 11AM-11PM, Tu-Th 11AM-midnight, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 4PM-1AM, Su 4PM-11PM. A steakhouse and seafood palace. It keeps its modern style clean and yet, casual. The prices are generally high.
- Delux Burger Bar, 9682 142 St. (In a tiny modern retail strip), ☏ . Open at 11AM everyday. This cool, contemporary room serves urban comfort food. Gourmet burgers of every kind dominate the menu, but there's room for trendy treatments of favourites like the grilled cheese sandwich and macaroni and cheese dish. Try the shopping cart of fries, a unique experience. Moderate item prices, but everything is a la carte and it adds up.
- Jungle Jim's, #1648 8882 170 St. NW, ☏ . A cool little restaurant in West Edmonton Mall gives a somewhat tropical interior along with Caribbean inspired foods to the area. It is kind of tacky, but neat nonetheless.
- Piccolino Bistro, 9112 142 St NW, ☏ . This busy location serves casual Italian food in a small but attractive room. Portions are generous, and while the recipes are not adventurous, they are tasty and satisfying. The owner is often present and very hospitable, service is friendly and professional, and the restaurant is popular enough to require reservations on the weekends. Mid-range prices.
- Tasty Tomato, 14233 Stony Plain Road NW, ☏ . An owner is almost always present, and the homy atmosphere combined with friendly service make this a neighbourhood favourite. There are more sophisticated Italian restaurants in the area, but simple, pleasing dishes delivered in hearty servings win out over refinement for many. The room is informal and small, so line-ups out the door are common on busy nights. Low-mid prices.
- Gini's, 10706 142 St NW (At the traffic circle where 111 Ave intersects 142 St, exit on the west and take your first right into the strip mall parking lot - Gini's is on the west end of the strip), ☏ . Set unobtrusively in a strip mall, Gini's provides a menu of classic French cuisine at the city's highest level of quality. Service is very professional, course delivery is well-timed, and the airy, high-ceilinged rooms create a Continental atmosphere in the most unlikely of locations.
- The Sawmill - Edmonton Terra Losa, 9504 170 Street (Terra Lossa Shopping Centre), ☏ , email@example.com. Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight. “AAA” Alberta Prime Rib; Sunday brunch (10AM-2PM).
- Fantasy Lounge, 17700 87 Avenue NW, toll-free: .
- Doc's Restaurants & Lounge, 15203 Stony Plain Road NW, ☏ .
- Flamingo Restaurant and Lounge, 15835 87 Avenue NW, ☏ .
- Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant, 15820 87th Avenue, ☏ . Typical Western cuisine done in a moderately upscale fashion. $20-30.
- 1 Comfort Inn West, 17610 100 Ave, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 2 Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton, 10010 178 Street NW, ☏ .
- 3 Quality Inn West Edmonton, 17803 Stony Plain Road NW, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 4 Ramada by Wyndham Edmonton West, 10017 179A Street, ☏ . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 5 Sandman Hotel Edmonton West, 17635 Stony Plain Road, ☏ , toll-free: , email@example.com.
- 6 Super 8 by Wyndham Edmonton/West, 16818 118 Avenue (near Yellowhead Trail & 170 Street), ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Popular with truckers or people just staying the night. Good quality, and good highway access and awesome prices.
- 7 Travelodge by Wyndham Edmonton West, 18320 Stony Plain Rd, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 8 Bedfort Inn & Suites (Formerly Howard Johnson by Wyndham Edmonton), 15540 Stony Plain Road, ☏ , toll-free: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 4:00 PM, check-out: 11:00 AM.
- 9 Candlewood Suites West Edmonton, #1 18520 100 Avenue, ☏ , email@example.com.
- 10 Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton West, 10011 184 St, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: .
- 11 Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham West Edmonton, 10010 179A St, ☏ . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 12 Element Edmonton West, 18540 100 Ave, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 13 Hampton Inn Edmonton, 18304 100 Ave, ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Luxurious suites and friendly staff-definitely a good deal.
- 14 Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Edmonton-Mall Area, #2 18520 100 Avenue, ☏ , toll-free: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 15 Holiday Inn & Suites West Edmonton, 11330 170 Street NW, ☏ , toll-free: , email@example.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 16 Hyatt Place Edmonton West, 18004 100 Avenue, ☏ , fax: .
- 17 West Edmonton Mall Inn, 17504 90 Avenue NW, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Separate from the mall but part of the mall property. An excellent alternative if the Fantasyland Hotel is too much for your budget.
- 18 Wingate by Wyndham Edmonton West, 18220 100 Avenue, ☏ , fax: , email@example.com.
- River Cree Resort and Casino, 300 East Lapotac Boulevard, ☏ , toll-free: . The hotel features 4 restaurants, an on-site casino, 2 NHL-sized hockey rinks, indoor pool, and state-of-the-art fitness centre. From $139.
- 19 Fantasyland Hotel, 17700 87 Avenue NW (in West Edmonton Mall), ☏ , toll-free: , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps the one of the most unusual hotels in Canada, featuring exotically themed rooms such as Hollywood, African Safari, Polynesian, Trucks, Trains, and so on. It is convenient if you plan to spend several days inside the enormous shopping center.
- 20 Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton, 17610 Stony Plain Rd, ☏ . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 21 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton (formerly Mayfield Inn), 16615 109 Ave, ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. Quality rooms, consistent with the best of this brand. A few surrounding eateries. No practical public transport or shuttles, but a large, free parking lot. Attached to a theatre, with a bar and restaurant in the foyer.
Edmonton's West End is relatively safe, but normal precautions should be followed. If out at after dark, it is advisable to have company. Jasper Place area can be an area of concern, yet West Edmonton Mall (WEM) is the biggest area to be wary of. After closing hours, leave quickly to avoid mugging or assault. If parking at WEM, be wary to keep valuables out of sight and preferably with you as theft from cars is higher than average here than in many other places in Edmonton.
|Routes through West End (Edmonton)|
|Jasper / Grande Prairie via ← Spruce Grove ←||W E||→ North Edmonton → Lloydminster|
|Peace River ← St. Albert ←||N S||→ South Edmonton → Calgary|
|Stony Plain ← Spruce Grove ←||W E||→ ENDS at|
|North Edmonton ← St. Albert ←||N S||→ South Edmonton → Sherwood Park|