Sports & Fitness
NHL hockey is the big-ticket event in Edmonton. Don’t leave the city without taking in a game.
Roger’s Place, 10220 104 Avenue
When you think about pro sports in Edmonton, the first thing you think of is the Edmonton Oilers. After spending more than four decades on the Northlands fairgrounds, in 2016 the city’s NHL hockey team moved to its shiny new digs at Rogers Place. The building has loads of amenities to give fans more choice on how they watch the game. Sure, you can choose to sit in old-school arena seats, but you can also reserve a loge table, where you enjoy a clear view of the game and have food and drinks brought to the table. Or try the Sportsnet lounge, with a buffet included in the ticket price. Even though it’s been almost 30 years since the Edmonton Oilers have won a Stanley Cup, Rogers Place does feature tributes to the team’s winning history. Get your photo taken at the Wayne Gretzky statue outside the main entrance on 104 Avenue. Just inside the front entrance is a small collection of artifacts from Oilers history. And, in Studio 99, an eatery located on the second level above the main entrance, you can chow down while you admire the memorabilia donated by Gretzky from his collection.
The Edmonton Oilers aren’t the only team to call Rogers Place home. The Edmonton Oil Kings won the Memorial Cup in 2014, emblematic of junior hockey supremacy. The Oil Kings play in the Western Hockey League, one of three “major junior” leagues in Canada. This is where future NHL talent is nurtured; so you can see the stars of tomorrow at Rogers Place for a fraction of the cost of Oilers tickets.
Downtown Community Arena, 10245 105 Ave
So you’ve watched the Oilers and Oil Kings skate under the lights, but did you know you can take to the ice at Rogers Place? Put on your favourite jersey and dream big as you skate at the Downtown Community Arena. It’s a rink located inside Rogers Place, just down the hall from the NHL ice surface. There are open public skates, adult skates and skating session for parents and tots — plus sessions where you’re allowed to bring your stick onto the ice. All of these services are free. Yup, as in, no cost to you.
MacEwan Griffins, 10700 104 Ave NW
Sports action Downtown, though, isn’t limited to Rogers Place. Just a couple of blocks away from Rogers Place, the MacEwan Griffins take on the best the Canada West conference has to offer in basketball, hockey and volleyball. The big ticket? When the crosstown rivals from the University of Alberta take on MacEwan University, the atmosphere promises to be absolutely electric.
Hive Fit Co., 10343 Jasper Avenue
At Hive Fit Co., it’s no guts, no glory, as rowers are put through their paces on state-of-theart rowing machines. It’s a high intensity, low impact, full body workout at Edmonton’s only row studio. For $7 per class you can access virtual classes on demand or during a livestream.
Soul Strength Yoga and Fitness, 10180 101 Street
Get personal Soul Strength Yoga and Fitness. They offer personal fitness training, yoga and workplace wellness consulting conveniently located in Manulife Place. They offer online yoga and bootcamp classes. Still wanting to have a more personal experience? They’re doing online and mobile personal training so you can kick start your fitness journey.
Xtherapy, 10041 103 Street
More than a gym, this boutique fitness club will give you a community experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert athlete, Xtherapy will challenge and engage you from the moment you step foot through the doors. They offer HIIT, spin, yoga and barre in an uplifting and motivating environment.
Crunch Fitness, 10303 Jasper Ave
Feel your best on a budget at Crunch Fitness. Whether you want to lift weights or join a class, you’ll find everything you could need and more. With memberships starting at low as $9.95 a month you’re sure to find a membership that fits you. Can’t make it to the gym? Don’t fret! They offer Crunch Live – over 85 virtual classes guaranteed to make you sweat - free with your Crunch membership, or get a 45-day free trial for new members.
Don Wheaton YMCA, 10211 102 Ave
Looking to shoot some hoops, join a spin class, take a few laps in the pool or soak in the hot tub? The Don Wheaton YMCA has a full 25-metre pool for you to chase your Olympic dreams or float leisurely in the teach pool. There’s also a
fleet of stationary bikes and a full weight room. Check the schedule for floor hockey and basketball sessions or come to one of the open gym times to do as you please. YMCA memberships can be combined with its underground parking, and it might be the best value for a parking pass you’ll find in the city.
MacEwan University, 10700 104 Ave NW
MacEwan University also opens its fitness centre, gym and aquatic centre to the public. There are basketball courts, a full pool and lessons for kids. Members of the public can buy memberships for less than $600 a year, or you can get 10-visit passes or pay $10 for the day. Because it’s tucked away in the university, the world-class weight room and six-lane, 25-metre competitive pool aren’t utilized by the public as well as they should be.
Archetype, 10344 102 Street
Staying fit in the ICE District isn’t just for hockey players. Archetype is a fitness facility located in the JW Marriott and has thought of everything when it comes to working out. Workout in their gym with a diverse selection of equipment and training tools all while overlooking Downtown. If you’re more into group classes, Archetype has yoga, HIIT, spin and boxing. Once you’re done head over to their fuel bar where you can recharge with healthy grab and go smoothies, snacks and salads.
Champs Boxing Studio, 10251 109 Street
Wanna float like a butterfly and sting like a bee? Then head over to Champs Boxing Studio, started by Jelena Mrdjenovich, an eight-time Canadian women’s world boxing champion. For $30, sign up for a first-timer boxing package to get yourself fighting fit.
Orange Theory, 10811 Jasper Avenue
Perfect for busy schedules, Orange Theory packs in total-body workouts in 60 minute classes to maximize your time. Get your heart rate up with high energy, instructor-led workouts in an orange lit room that will motivate and challenge you.
Goodlife Fitness, 10150 Jasper Avenue
With over 300 locations in Canada, the largest health club in Canada is coming to Downtown Edmonton. Goodlife Fitness will be conveniently opening up in Commerce Place in 2020 which will give people a place to take advantage of on their lunch breaks.
Shala Ashtanga Yoga Centre, 10018 105 Street
Edmonton’s only yoga studio dedicated to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, Shala Ashtanga Yoga Centre offers classes for every level.