Go to West Edmonton Mall to get the shopping out of your system before visiting Jasper National Park

With many Jasper National Park visitors landing in Edmonton International Airport, talking about West Edmonton Mall makes a lot of sense. After a long flight, walking around West Edmonton Mall for a few hours is a good way to unwind.

And this is no ordinary mall.

It’s the largest mall in North America and was the largest in the world until 2004 (now the 5th largest in the world)!

It is so big, you almost need to plan your itinerary for what to do in the mall before you arrive.  Don’t worry, you can get a brochure with a map at the entrance.  That’s what 800 stores does to you.

West Edmonton Mall Map

West Edmonton Mall Map

West Edmonton Mall even has a few theme areas.  I thought the Chinatown area was pretty cool.  It is a collection of a handful of shops in its own wing.  For a moment, you feel like you’re in another world.  Then you exit Chinatown back into the main mall and again realize you ARE in another world.  Then, head to the Bourbon Street and Europe Boulevard theme areas for something entirely different.

And then there’s the indoor attractions:  ice skating, amusement park, waterpark, minigolf, and a whole lot more.  But that’s another story for another time.

After all of the walking around the mall, you need a treat.  The list of dessert places in West Edmonton Mall is seemingly endless.

  • A Piece of Cake
  • B Sweet
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Cinnamons
  • Cinnzeo
  • Cookies By George
  • Cosmo’s Snacks
  • Dream Tea House
  • Galaxy Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt
  • Galaxy Treats
  • Gelati Napoli
  • Kernels
  • Maple Sugar Shack, The
  • Purdy’s Chocolates
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Second Cup
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Tea Art
  • Tim Hortons
  • Yogen Früz
  • Yogi’s Yogurt

And if you find this place so amazing that you want to spend the night, there are 2 hotels on-site: Fantasyland Hotel and West Edmonton Mall Inn.

Check out the West Edmonton Mall website.

After all of this shopping within the mall, the contrast of visiting Jasper National Park afterward is  greatly intensified.

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