With the recent passing of black Friday sales and the upcoming holidays, many people are now opting to choose an experience as a gift, rather than an object. This is a trend that has been studied throughout the years based on the behaviours of millennials. Millennials, aged between 23-36, have increasingly been choosing experience over material objects. This trend in behaviour assisted in studying why people tend to enjoy an experience more.
In a recent study from the University of Toronto, a publication was recently released in the Journal of Consumer Research shedding light on what the best ‘gift’ for the holiday season would be. The results of the study were evident, whether you are looking for a gift for children or adults, the gift of an experience is a better option than a physical object.
The reasoning behind an experience being a better gift was due to the stronger emotions attached and the personal bonds it creates. Experiences such as visiting a spa, having a staycation in a hotel in Edmonton, taking the kids to the Ice Castles, or to attend their favourite show, gives the receiver something to look forward to. Children, in particular, have also shown strong responses to experiences rather than toys.
Also on the rise, is the attention and dedication to health and well-being. Focus on well-being, both mental and physical have seen a significant increase over the years, pushing meditation apps such as Headspace and Calm to the forefront.
One of the most stressful times is the Christmas season. The added pressure of family, travels, finances and more can all contribute high levels of stress. Reducing stress, relaxing and taking care of our bodies are areas that more people have been researching and implementing. Of course, the experience as a gift movement is not limited to only Christmas, but to any occasion throughout the year, including birthdays, anniversaries and for Mother’s and Father’s Day.
Whatever you decide to give, or receive, we hope it’s a good one.
Earlier in November, it was announced that Edmonton would be hosting the Canada-wide STEM event, for the next eight years. Youth Science Canada has selected Edmonton to host 2020, 2023, and 2026 editions.
Edmonton’s popularity, even among tourists, has been steadily increasing over the years. Last year, travel to Edmonton increased by 3.5%, according to Alberta Tourism.
The city will be busy during the week-long Canada-Wide Science Fair, which is set to attract more than 10,000 visitors. Over 500 students will exhibit their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects. In addition to the student developed projects, visitors will also get a chance to attend workshops, interact with hands-on exhibits from colleges and private sectors and much more.
The event will be held at the Edmonton Expo Centre, which is only steps away from Coliseum Inn, including the official awards ceremony. Event organizers were very confident in Edmonton’s ability to host and deliver a wonderful experience for the visitors and exhibitors. “We’re very happy for the City of Edmonton and especially for our participants and their families,” says Reni Barlow, executive director at Youth Science Canada. Members of Youth Science Canada have been putting Canada on the map in 2018, by winning two of the three First Place Awards at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Dublin, Ireland. Fifteen-year-old Brandon Matusch and Seventeen year old Nicolas Fedrigo made history as Canada became the first non-EU country to win these awards. Brandon won for their self-driving electric go-kart, while Nicolas developed an improved version of the awl-like tool surgeons use to create holes in vertebrae during spinal surgery.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had invited some of Canada’s top scientists and researchers to Parliament Hill this past September, to present their projects.
Youth in Edmonton, and across Canada, can join the Youth Science Canada membership by completing an online form, along with a one time of $50. You can click here to access the form details.
The cold weather and snow can play to your advantage when it comes to making memories in Edmonton. The city is a beautiful place to explore during the winter season, offering a new set of adventures during this time of year.
Whether you’re visiting Edmonton during the holiday season or are planning winter activities for the family, we’ve created a list of some of the best winter events in Edmonton that are worth checking out:
Candy Cane Lane
This is an annual tradition for Edmonton, which brings to life a colourful holiday season. Candy Cane Lane is open from December 7 to January 1. Although the tradition started more than 40 years ago, every year the community always finds a way to make it more spectacular than the year before.
When: December 7, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Time: Nightly from sunset to midnight
Where: 148 Street between 100 Avenue to 92 Avenue, Edmonton
Click here for the Candy Cane Lane Website
Victoria Park Iceway
Grab your skates and get some fresh air and exercise with another Edmonton favourite winter activity. During the open season, you’ll be able to use the rink from 10am-10pm. Best of all, this family favourite is also free.
Where: 11004-12004 River Valley Road // River Valley Victoria
Click here for the Victoria Park Iceway Website
Dubbed as the ‘Ultimate Winter Wonderland,’ the giant Ice Castles are a magical place to visit in Edmonton. Although the timings are heavily dependent on weather, this would be a beautiful experience to be part of if you’re looking for things to do in Edmonton. Located in Hawrelak Park, the Narnia-like display is typically open from late December to March. Check out their website for up-to-date scheduling information and tickets.
Click here for the Ice Castle website
Table Top Cafe
If you’re looking for a warm and relaxing night in, Table Top Cafe is just place to visit. There is nothing more memorable than being around loved ones and keeping yourself entertained with games. Open seven days a week, Table Top Cafe provides a large selection of board games to enjoy for all types. This is an excellent spot for people of any age. This may not be a winter activity, but it can be a great place to stay warm while staying entertained, outside of the house. There are 2 locations in Edmonton, which you can check out by clicking here.
Edmonton is has a unique winter appeal. If you haven’t explored some of the winter favourites, be sure to do so this coming season. Each of these locations can be accessible with commutes ranging approximately 10 to 20 minutes away from the Coliseum Inn, making it more accessible to attend some of the best winter interactions.
Safe travels and have fun!