West Edmonton Mall

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In the world’s northernmost large city (or the largest northern city in the world), sits what was once the world’s largest shopping mall (until Dubai came along and took the prize). The West Edmonton Mall, in Edmonton, Alberta, is no longer the largest shopping center in the world but it does proudly retain the title of largest in North America!

The mall covers more than 6.1 million square feet (570,000 square meters) and is filled with more than 800 stores, 100 restaurants and food venues, an amusement park, a water park, a wave pool, mini golf, IMAX theatres, a zoo and several themed sections including an old Europe and a Chinatown! The mall is so huge that it takes several days just to see everything inside! More than 20,000 people work at the mall and it has the third largest parkade in North America, with spaces for 23,000 vehicles!

Edmonton is a city known for it’s pioneering ways, entrepreneurship, creativity, festivals and love for all four seasons of weather. However, after several months of bitter winter Edmontonians just want to escape. They can do this in WEM! Sitting on a tropical white sand beach is no problem, especially when a giant domed window above is covered with snow!

Check out West Edmonton Mall!

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The city of Edmonton, Alberta. With a population of 1.2 million, it is the most northern big city in the world!

The city of Edmonton, Alberta. With a population of 1.2 million, it is the most northern big city in the world!

Old World section of WEM looks similar to Moscow's GUM shopping center.

Old World section of WEM looks similar to Moscow’s GUM shopping center.

WEM Chinatown

WEM Chinatown

Christmas at WEM

Christmas at WEM

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Even pot-heads can have a home at WEM!

Even pot-heads can have a home at WEM!

All the major retail outlets are here.

All the major retail outlets are here.

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The opening of the largest Victoria's Secret store in Canada.

The opening of the largest Victoria’s Secret store in Canada.

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West Edmonton Mall from the sky.

West Edmonton Mall from the sky.

Waterpark

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Kids love the fully functioning pirate ship! This ship can be rented out for birthdays and other events, and when not rented kids can run around and explore it!

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The second largest waterpark in Canada, and only the world’s third looping waterslide! Not for the weak or timid!

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Galaxyland

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Possibly the only shopping mall in the world with a real fire-breathing dragon!

Skating and the Zoo

The indoor skating rink is open to the public but also hosts lessons, figure skating and hockey tournaments.

The indoor skating rink is open to the public but also hosts lessons, figure skating and hockey tournaments.

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When this little penguin escaped and wandered around the mall for several hours, it made  headlines across Canada.

When this little penguin escaped and wandered around the mall for several hours, it made headlines across Canada.

Dining and Performances

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The mall is filled with strange and wonderful sculptures, fountains, gardens and statues.

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Carly Rae Jepsen performs at WEM

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Food-Court

One of West Edmonton Mall’s food courts.

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Keith Urban performs at WEM

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Some strange statues

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Welcome to West Edmonton Mall! All hail Ceasar!

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Selena Gomez spotted in WEM

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