Located in Edmonton Alberta is a hidden commercial gem called West Edmonton Mall. It is currently the largest shopping mall in North America, boasting an area of approximately 5,300,000 sq ft. It is home to over 800 stores, as well as an indoor amusement park, skating rink, wave pool, golf course, Santa Maria ship replica as well as sea life caverns (which offers sea lion shows). There are also 4 themed streets in the mall, China town, Bourbon street, Europa Boulevard, and WEM main streets. China Town features Asian stores and restaurants. Bourbon Street features vibrant nightlife and restaurants. Europa Boulevard has one-of-a-kind stores featuring incredible fashions by some of the worlds best designers. Last but not least, WEM main streets have a great selection of stores.
You will need plenty of time when visiting so plan accordingly, and maybe you will choose to book a room in one of the two hotels connected to the mall. The mall receives 32.2 million visitors per year; it also attracts between 90,000 and 200,000 shoppers daily, depending on the day and season.
Here is a list of the attractions mentioned above…
Indoor amusement park (GalaxyLand)-
It is the second-largest indoor amusement park in the world and features 24 rides and attractions. There are 8 beginner rides, 9 intermediate rides, 7 thrill rides and it is home to the worlds largest indoor triple loop roller coaster called mind bender.
World’s largest Indoor Wave Pool-
This is my favourite attraction at the West Edmonton Mall! Although it isn’t great for people with Chlorine allergies or sensitivities, it is nice place to get away during Alberta’s harsh and very long winters. The water is kept at a constant temperature as well as the air, which are kept at a constant 28 degrees.
You can pay a fee to rent and/or skate at this great Indoor Skating rink! It even used to be the practice skating rink for the Edmonton Oilers!
Santa Maria Ship Replica-
The Santa Maria Ship replica is a great attraction to view. The ship is open occasionally for special business functions and or birthday parties. If someone is having a birthday party there please invite me!
Sea Life Caverns/Sea Lions Rock-
Beside the Ship you will find occasional sea lion shows such as the one above!
If you are interested in the hours and prices for each of the featured attractions check out http://www.wem.ca/hours-rates/ where you can also find additional attractions such as Ed’s Rec Room, Professors Wem’s Adventure Golf, and Dragon Tale Backlight Mini-Golf!