How Safe Is Edmonton for Travel?

Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. It is famous for its beautiful river valley park system, the North Saskatchewan River Valley, which offers over 100 kilometers of recreational trails, wildlife viewing, and city views.

The river valley also contains many parks, including Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s most significant historical park.

Also, travelers come here to visit West Edmonton Mall – the largest shopping mall in the Western Hemisphere.

On top of that, Edmonton has a vibrant theater community, a busy cycle of annual festivals, national sports teams active year-round, and excellent winter recreational opportunities.

Edmonton’s downtown is relatively eclectic, home to numerous Government of Alberta buildings as well as modern office towers

Warnings & Dangers in Edmonton

Overall Risk


The city is quite safe; there are no serious criminal incidents. It is necessary to adhere to common sense and not to walk in dangerous places at night.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxi is safe, use it at night rides. Public transport is quite convenient and secure, but there are cases of pickpocketing.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpocketing cases are rare, but they do happen. Should be alert in crowded and tourist places.

Natural Disasters Risk


Hazards in Edmonton can be from avalanches, earthquakes, floods, and landslides. Explore the news about these hazards before your visit.

Mugging Risk


Cases of armed robbery do not often happen in Edmonton, but they do. Tourists should be careful and avoid political and other demonstrations.

Terrorism Risk


There were no severe terrorist attacks in the city, but there were threats, and there is a chance of attacks in the future.

Scams Risk


Scam rarely happens. If you use common sense, you are unlikely to encounter fraud here.

Women Travelers Risk


Traveling women are generally safe in Edmonton. Be cautioned in public transport at night, and you'll be safe.

So... How Safe Is Edmonton Really?

Edmonton is enough safe place to visit.

The index of crime is moderate to low here.

And, compared to other North American cities, the town is safer.

Pick-pocketing and scams are almost non-existent in the city.

But, there are some areas where you should be more cautious.

In some parts of the city, such as the Inner City area, there are many homeless and low-income people.

In such places, it is safe during the day, but it may not be very safe at night.

Extortion, theft, or assault from drunk people are not uncommon here.

Try to avoid this area.

Another danger can be drunk people staggering late at night at the bars.

Be vigilant, and do not get involved in drunken fights.

Another danger in the city may be imperceptible ice in the cold season.

The so-called “black ice” is almost invisible on the road and is very dangerous when driving by car.

Explore traffic and weather conditions in advance.

The rest of the movement is quite calm and understandable, and the drivers are polite and follow the rules.

With that said, you shouldn’t have too many problems in most areas of the city.

While violent crimes do happen, they are most often crimes against other criminals and gangs.

Useful Information

  • Visas - A visa to enter Canada for tourists that stay less than 180 days is not obligatory for certain nationalities and that can be checked online. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The official currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar(It is often called "loonie"). The Canadian dollar has a symbol: $ and code: CAD. It is divided into 100 cents.
  • Weather - The best times to visit Edmonton for ideal weather are from June to October. Temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year.
  • Airports - Edmonton International Airport is the primary air passenger and air cargo facility in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region of the Canadian province of Alberta. It is located 26 km from the city.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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Edmonton Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -12° C
Feb -8° C
Mar -3° C
Apr 5° C
May 12° C
Jun 16° C
Jul 18° C
Aug 17° C
Sep 12° C
Oct 6° C
Nov -4° C
Dec -10° C
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1 Review on Edmonton

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    Handfield Golding says:

    A very safe exciting place to visit in the summet

    There is so much bad information on this page. The only natural disasters you need to worry about are tornados and floods. Both of which have happened once in the last hundred years.
    There was an ISIS stabbing and vehicle ramming attack in Edmonton in 2017 and they have a very large Muslim population with several reintegrated overseas fighters residing there.
    Stay out of the downtown core and west side and you will not be mugged.
    The average summertime temperatures in Edmonton are 20°-25°C with several days 30°+.
    If you go to Edmonton you will need to rent a car. They do have a bus system however it is a very spread out city and not a very good system.
    West Edmonton Mall is basically a huge overpriced clothing store with a Casino, Waterpark and Amusement Park.
    The river valley trail system is awesome. You van travel them by foot, skateboard, rollerblade, bike, ebike,or pretty much any other unmotorized option. Just stay off them after dark and avoid the downtown core. Many homeless living along the river in the downtown.

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