Posted by: James Shannon | April 22, 2012

Photo: Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 The Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in February 2008.

Edmonton isn’t a city that springs to mind when friendly folks from the globe plan their travels to Canada (heck, it usually doesn’t figure in the plans of many people who live here!)  A small part of me hopes it stays this way, because there are many aspects of this metropolis, the most northerly metro of 1,000,000 people in all of North America, that would certainly draw more visitors to this sedate, yet hard working burg.

The Muttart Conservatory, designed by master architect Peter Hemingway, is a futuristic complex of glass pyramids located in the River Valley of Edmonton, on the opposite side of the North Saskatchewan River from the Central Business District.  Contained within this compound are a variety of gardens, ranging from temperate climates, to tropical and desert biomes.  The fourth pyramid contains a feature garden, which changes every month or two to a different theme.

A source of weekend entertainment and temporary winter escape for many Edmontonians, be sure to drop in if you find yourself passing through my former home … it’s a fine way to spend an afternoon indulging your green thumb, without having to get dirty!



  1. I spent about two weeks in Edmonton in August 2001. It was all work and very little play but enjoyed what little I did see. And most of the people were waaaaay to friendly. 🙂

    • One of E-Town’s most prominent traits … glad you enjoyed your time there!

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