Missionaries first began proselytizing in Canada in 1830, although on the east coast. With the exception of a few members on Vancouver Island, it took some time for members to make their way to Alberta. It is widely known that Charles Card was sent to Alberta in 1887 to colonize and establish a settlement. (You can tour the Card Pioneer Home in Cardston.) After some hard work and pioneering, the first stake outside the United States was established in Cardston in 1895. And with the large number of conversions in the area, the Cardston Alberta Temple was announced in 1913. The Cardston temple took 10 years to complete and was first dedicated in 1923.
With time, members spread to central Alberta and the Edmonton Alberta Temple was completed in 1999, which was the 5th Temple in Canada and the 67th Temple worldwide.
More recently, the Calgary Alberta Temple was completed in 2012, which was the 8th Temple in Canada and the 140th Temple worldwide. These three temples are within less than 6 hours of each other all along AB-2. You may want to make a day of it and see three beautiful temples while exploring Alberta.
Fort Edmonton Park offers the chance to live history and speak with costumed period actors. See where Alberta government happens at the Alberta Legislature Building and take a free tour. The West Edmonton Mall is one of the world's biggest featuring not only shops and restaurants, but an aquarium, an amusement park and a water park. Step inside the pyramids at Muttart Conservatory to experience plants, flowers and trees that can survive in different climates. Take part in hands-on exhibits that make learning about Science and the world fun at TellUs World of Science.
Edmonton has plenty of appealing food to nosh. If you're keeping it simple, stop by Jack's Drive-In and pick up some burgers and soft-serve. Another casual take-and-go spot is Elm Cafe where you'll find gourmet sandwiches for breakfast and lunch that change daily. For a more upscale experience, try Canteen for beautifully presented gourmet entrees or the fabulous weekend brunch. Zenari's hits the mark as a deli and Italian eatery all inside a cooking supply and food store. If you want to go ethnic, Thanh-Thanh Oriental Noodle House has all the Vietnamese favorites your group will love.
Enjoy this modern, large, authentic city and the cold weather (located somewhat near the arctic circle) you'll likely find. Explore the hidden areas of the less populated areas. Get out in nature - see the Saskatchewan river or Old Strathcona. Take in a festival or feel the downtown area vibe. Edmonton will keep you busy, but most of all, enjoy your time with friends and family.