09 Mar Location

Edmonton:. The City of Edmonton is a vibrant and exciting place. With over 30 different festivals throughout the year, it has earned its name of Festival City. Residents of and visitors to Edmonton can explore the beautiful river valley, where the green and gold of the fall trees inspired the University of Alberta’s own colours. Edmonton is home to 1.2 million people, over 20 theatre companies, and the new, visually inspiring Art Gallery of Alberta.  Old Strathcona next to the U of A campus is a bustling area, with a thriving Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a lively bar scene at night.


The city is located in the central region of the province and it is a major gateway to Northern Alberta, the Canadian Arctic and the oil sands.  Jasper National Park, Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains are located a few short hours to the west and southwest.  If you have a couple of extra days to stay on in Alberta, the mountains are a breathtaking destination.


Weather: September is usually a beautiful month in Edmonton, which is one of the reasons that we have chosen this date for the Petrocultures Conference.  The long days of July and August linger on even towards the fall: during the conference dawn to dusk will be from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. The days at the beginning of September are usually warm and sunny.


Closer to the event, you can check the forecast on the City of Edmonton Website: http://www.edmonton.ca/default.aspx (scroll down to bottom of page).


Campus Saint-Jean is one of the five University of Alberta campuses and the only Francophone campus.  It had a long independent history as a Francophone college until it joined the University of Alberta in 1977.


Campus Saint-Jean is located near Mill Creek Ravine, and the campus is small, easy to navigate, and has plenty of green space. It is located just minutes east of the North Campus (the largest U of A campus) by car or bus (the two campuses are separated by 4 kms).


If you wish to take a break during the conference there are picnic benches located near the organic community garden behind the main buildings. The campus itself has a café, and across the street at La Cité, the Francophone community centre, there is another café, a French bookstore, a post-office and several other amenities – even a little shopping! In the neighborhood, there are also a few restaurants within walking distance, including a Korean restaurant, a fusion restaurant, a French restaurant, and a cozy Irish pub.  Campus Saint-Jean and the North Campus are connected by Whyte Avenue—the major university district of the city, populated with numerous cafés, restaurants and trendy establishments in which to have a drink in the evenings. There will be plenty of life on Whyte Avenue during the conference, as the university term will have just begun. Equidistant, but to the north, is Edmonton’s downtown core. The atmosphere in the evenings is relatively tranquil after business hours.  Downtown Edmonton offers plenty of entertainment attractions including the Citadel Theatre, the Winspear Theatre, the Art Gallery of Alberta, several shopping malls, and various restaurants and bars.


The Winspear Centre: http://www.winspearcentre.com/

Citadel Theatre: http://www.citadeltheatre.com/

Art Gallery of Alberta: http://www.youraga.ca/#


Tomato, a local Edmonton food magazine, may give you some ideas about what is going on in the food scene in Edmonton.  http://thetomato.ca/current-issue




Here are a few suggestions:


Downtown Venues


Bistro Praha 

Blue Plate Diner http://www.blueplatediner.ca/

10145- 104 Street, (780) 429-0740 Casual Dining 

Clever Rabbit Vegetarian Restaurant 

Corso 32 http://corso32.com/ (must make reservations well in advance)


Duchess Bake Shop http://duchessbakeshop.com/

Hardware Grillhttp://www.hardwaregrill.com/

9698 Jasper Ave, (780) 423-0969 Fine Dining 

Louisiana Purchase : http://www.louisianapurchase.ca/

10320-111 Street, (780) 420-6779 Fine Dining 

mrkt cafeteriahttp://mrktcafeteria.com/

10542 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton  

Niche  http://experienceniche.ca/

Pamanadi (vegetarian) http://www.padmanadi.com/ 

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse http://pampasteakhouse.com/

Tiramisu http://cafetiramisu.ca/?tag=edmonton

Tres Canales Taqueria: Real Mexican Food: http://trescarnales.com/

10119 100A Street Edmonton, (780) 429-0911 Casual Dining  

Tzin Wine and Tapas http://www.tzin.ca/

Wildflower Grill http://www.edmontondining.com/wildflower_grill

10009- 107 Street, (780) 990-1938 Fine Dining 

Zinc – located at the Alberta Gallery of Alberta: http://www.zincrestaurant.ca/

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square,Reserve online at

http://www.zincrestaurant.ca/edmonton-restaurant-reservations-zinc.php Fine Dining


Whyte Avenue and Area Restaurants


Dadeo New Orleans Diner http://www.dadeo.ca/

Famonos Neapolitan Pizzeria http://www.famoso.ca/

Furusato http://www.furusatojapaneserestaurant.com/

Highlevel Diner http://highleveldiner.com/

Maki Maki http://makiedmonton.com/

Mucho Burrito http://www.muchoburrito.com/en-int/menu/

Narayannni’s http://narayannis.com/

Noorish  (Vegetarian)  http://noorish.ca/

Ousia http://www.ousiarestaurant.com/

Remedy http://remedycafe.ca/category/blog/edmonton/

Sugarbowl http://thesugarbowl.org/

Under the High Wheel

Upper Crust Café http://www.cafeuppercrust.ca/

Urban Diner http://urbandiner.com/cms/


Restaurants and pubs close to Campus Saint-Jean:



Culina Mill Creek http://culinafamily.com/

Make a reservation online at http://www.opentable.com/culina-millcreek

9914-89 Ave NW, (780) 437-5588

Dawaat http://www.daawat.ca/home.html

La Persaud http://lapersaud.com/

Red Ox Inn http://www.theredoxinn.com/

Sweet Mango http://www.sweetmango.ca/contact.html

Southside: Zaika Indian Bistro Bar – a little out of the way if you are travelling by taxi, but nice if you have a car.  http://www.zaikabistro.com/




Transcend http://transcendcoffee.com/

Da Capo (109 St.) http://dacapocaffe.com/

Da Capo (Whyte Ave.)

Leva http://levabar.com/


Pubs and Bars

CSJ – Devany’s Irish Pub La Persaud – a restaurant and also a nice place to have a glass of wine and a cheese platter