LGBTQ+ Groups And Resources In Edmonton

Pride Center Of Edmonton

If you want to get involved with volunteering, need resources or are looking for a safe place, the Pride Centre of Edmonton is a great place to be. With varied events and programs that include counselling, roundtables, book clubs and welcoming newcomers events this centre is dedicated to being a safe and open space.

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The Rainbow Pages

This LGBTQ+ website acts as a direct resource for youth. With information regarding transgender support, upcoming events, non-discriminatory churches and more. It is an excellent source to find LGBTQ+ information.

Edmonton Gaycities

This website is designed to guide adults to LGBTQ+ safe bars, restaurants, shops and more. A great resource for visitors and locals alike.

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Team Edmonton

Team Edmonton is a great resource for activities throughout the year. With a strong belief that every one should be able to take part in sports, games and artistic pursuits it strives to maintain a safe environment where everyone can have fun.

YESS

YESS is the Youth Empowerment and Support Services in Edmonton. They provide short term emergency shelter and security for youth as well as daytime programs that include medical care, counselling and organizing for long term care. They also help with legal advocacy and human services. They are always in need of adult volunteers who are non-discriminatory.

Youth Line

This website allows content via calls, text and online chat with peer support for LGBTQ+ youth. Though this resource is based out of Toronto, it is available to all. They are not counsellors, but they are trained to help with questioning gender identity and/or sexual orientation, coming out, mental health, relationships, social isolation and more.

Edmonton is not yet an entirely accepting or tolerant city, but more safe spaces exist each year. If you are looking for more groups or social activities that are inclusive, check the Facebook groups for the region and you will find a lot of people who want the same. No one wants to feel left out or be marginalized, which is why more and more resources and locations are loudly promoting themselves as safe spaces. I hope this list was helpful and if I can find more resources I will update this post.

Things To Do In Edmonton

Edmonton is a sprawling city with a plethora of available activities to partake in across the seasons. With City maintained rinks, parks and trails every season is an outdoor season! With endless shops, cafes and restaurants it is a foodies dream. Celebrations, events and festivals occur all year round. It is a very fun city to visit and to live in!

Cross Country Skiing

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The River Valley trails are excellent for cross country skiing! Keller road leads into trails that reach Snow Valley, allowing hours of skiing without retracing your tracks.

Hockey / Free Skating

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With 7 city owned outdoor rinks and countless school rinks, opportunities for playing hockey or just getting out for a good skate are always just around the corner. For a list of Edmonton rinks click here.


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Whyte Ave

Source – Edmonton Commercial

Wandering down Whyte Ave can be a splendid day. With ice cream stands, comic stores, clothing boutiques and bizzars it’s a shopping dream. When in the area it’s always worth taking a walk through the enormous Strathcona Museum, an incredibly diverse store to find just about anything in. The Whyte Knight is also a favourite, being host to decades of collectables and comic books.

The Legislature Building

Source – Toronto Star

Tours are available through the building that go over the history of the Alberta government as well as the building itself. Be aware though, there is a haunted painting that might creep you out a little. Outside the building there are a couple seasonal wade pools, beautiful gardens, fountains, an outdoor stage and often food trucks in the summer.

Jasper Ave

Source – Transforming Edmonton

If you like good food, fun atmosphere and a good time dancing on a Friday night, Jasper Ave is the place for you. During the day the cafes and restaurants are a wonderful place to enjoy a meal, as night takes over, the dance clubs and bars come to life. Each has it’s own vibe and crowd. The downtown mall, City Centre, hosts a movie theatre and a lot of shops.

Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA – 2013 Eva Blakeman

With changing galleries, each visit will be different. With a variety of forms of art varying from paintings, sculptures, video and audio it’s always a thrill to visit. Not to mention a lovely little coffee shop on the third floor and a wonderful gift shop.

Edmonton is a great city with a lot to offer visitors and residents alike. With shopping, activities and entertainment to spare, your time here will be a lot of fun!

The Alberta Royal Museum

Source – Edmonton Consulting Engineer

The museum certainly got an upgrade! With it’s new downtown location the geology exhibit got a great upgrade. The dinosaur exhibit is interactive and the changing exhibits are a lot of fun to check out. Don’t forget to take a look at the bug room!

West Edmonton Mall

Source – Retail Insider

Waterslides, glow in the dark mini golf, rollercoasters and endless shops this mall will enthral you! After a long day playing in the waterpark or Galaxyland, you can even go upstair and catch a movie in the Scotiabank Theatre. You can find almost anything here from clothing to kitchen appliances to wedding dresses to comic books. This mall has it all.

If you have visited Edmonton or live there, let me know anything I missed that people should check out while they are there!

Things to do in Edmonton, Alberta