Family Vacations in Canada

Family Vacations in Canada: West Edmonton Mall

West Edmonton Mall is much more than just a mall, with its indoor lagoon, ice rink, and amusement park.

Even though this mall in Alberta, Canada contains 800 retail stores and businesses, it's more reminiscent of a theme park than a shopping center. It features the world's largest indoor amusement park, a lagoon with a sea lion show, a professional-size ice rink, and 21 movie theaters -- and that's just for starters. The huge mall offers electric scooters for rent to help visitors get around.

Even in the dead of Canadian winter, kids can spend the day in their swimsuits at World Waterpark, which boasts North America's biggest wave pool. It has waterslides, rapids rides, play areas for young children, and all kinds of traditional water park fun. Galaxyland Amusement Park's 25 rides include Mindbender -- a 14-story, triple-loop roller coaster -- and Space Shot, a 120-foot, heart-pounding free fall.

The mall aquarium houses a shark exhibit as well as an assortment of other interesting creatures. Another popular attraction is an indoor lake where you can take scuba-diving lessons, go on a tour by self-propelled submarine, or rent a canoe. Compared to all these glitzy and elaborate entertainments, some of the mall's other amusements -- a 25-lane bowling alley, a miniature golf course, numerous video game arcades, a casino, and an exact replica of Christopher Columbus's ship the Santa Maria -- may seem like small change but are actually great fun.

West Edmonton Mall Information

Canadian Tourism Commission

Suite 1400, Four Bentall Centre

1055 Dunsmuir St./Box 49230

Vancouver, BC V5P 1L2 Canada

Telephone: 604-638-8300

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