THE REASON BEHIND THE STAYCATIONS
After several months of visiting with family and friends, and living out of our suitcases in various people’s space, we were starting to crave a mini vacation.
It didn’t have to be anything extravagant (but it sort of ended up that way anyways!). We just needed some time to come together as our unit of four and regroup. Also we wanted to completely spoil our girls with fun, love, and attention.
Instead of whisking our family away to a new spot, I thought it would be fun to enjoy the touristy side of the city we used to call home (before our boating days.) Edmonton is home to several attractions that bring people from around the world in for a peak, so we decided to go for our very own STAYCATION.
THE WEST EDMONTON MALL
We went to the one place where you can pretty much do it all, the West Edmonton Mall. It’s not just a mall, at 5.3 MILLION square feet it is, in itself, a small city.
This place has everything from entertainment attractions, to dinning, to hotels, to (of course) never ending retail. With a two-day Multi-play pass we managed to bank about 20hours at the mall over our two days spent there.
Had it not been for our exhausted feet (and children) we had plenty of attractions that we didn’t even make it to, and we didn’t do any shopping at all!!!
Marine Life Cavern of West Ed
The Marine Life cavern is home to more than 100 species of sea life and amphibians, which is super impressive, however, being that our boating lifestyle brings us in contact with many of these species on a regular basis, we skimmed over a lot of them and found ourselves giving most of our attention to only two of their exhibits, their penguin conservation program (we could have watched these waddling guys for hours!) and their touch-pools.
Kids are hands-on, so having two shallow pools where they could rub their fingers over a couple of friendly sharks, a sea-cucumber, and some sea anemone, was awesome. I especially loved listening to Ellia trying to properly say “ANEMONE” while she tickled their tentacles.