If you’re like me, you were most likely inspired by Paula Simons challenge to take a #yegQuest and explore different areas of Edmonton that you don’t normally visit. Unfortunately many people won’t do it because the fear of a new experience or area can be intimidating.

Well if that’s you, you’re in luck! Thanks to Google’s Street View you can now explore any area in Edmonton before visiting. This can help you get a feel for the place and help eliminate the fears, as you will feel like you have already been there.

Since moving to Edmonton 8 years ago, I’ve lived in Millwoods, Downtown, and now Norwood, so I am going to share with you my top 7 things I think you should do on your #YEGQuest this summer, based on the places I have lived! But don’t take my word for it, check them out on Street View first!

1. Get Lost in the Pedway

Rainy day? Find your nearest Entrance to the Pedway and try to Get lost. See if you can go from one end to the other. I think you will be surprised by the places you never thought you would find!

2. Indulge your spiritual side at St. Josephs Basillica

You don’t have to be Catholic, or even religious to enjoy the beauty of St. Josephs Basilica. They are open most days for people to go in. Feel free to wonder in, sit at a pew, and enjoy the peace and quiet.

3. Try new foods at Lucky 97

Located at the Corner of 97street and 107 Avenue is the Lucky 97 Supermarket. Lucky 97 specializes in imported food from Asia. I can spend hours in this place, walking up and down the isles, discovering food I’ve never seen before, and using my smartphone to see what you can make with some of the rare ingredients. I particularly love to buy things from the frozen Dim Sum isle!

4. Open mic Night at the Carrot

Every Saturday night The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House (at the corner of 118 avenue and 94 street), a non profit- volunteer run cafe hosts an open mic night. This can be a great chance for you to experience the thriving arts scene along Alberta Avenue.

5. All India SuperMarket

I enjoy exploring the All India Supermarket for the same reason as I enjoy Lucky 97, except here you get more of the flavours and spice of the Indian Sub-continent! Also, this is the only place I have been able to find one of the best chip flavours in the world! Lays Spanish Tomato Tango! MMmm Mmmm Mmmmmmm!

6. Greasy Spoon at the Commodore

The Commodore is an Edmonton Staple. Located on Jasper Avenue, they have been in Business since 1942! I asked the owner when I was there photographing them “What is the secret to staying in business for so long” and he answered me with one word - Consistency. Long story short, you always know what to expect when you dine out at the Commodore.

7. Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha

This place fascinates me every time I walk or drive by. I moved to Edmonton from Saskatoon, and one of the first things that I loved about Edmonton was it’s cultural diversity, and the openness! Every year in May you can check out one of Canada’s largest gathering of Sikhs at the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan parade! 

That’s it, I hope you enjoyed my unique little look at Edmonton. Share your favorite places in the comments below or click Retweet on my tweet below to share with your twitter Audience.