Although too small to have it's own airport, The Edmonton International Airport is situated outside of the city of Edmonton, and is technically located in Leduc County. There are daily flights from Edmonton International (airport code: YEG) to many cities across Canada, The US and international destinations. Car rental companies are found on the lower level of the parkade and include; Budget, Hertz, National, Thrifty and Avis. The Airport Taxi Company will drive people from the airport to Leduc and are located on the arrivals level by ground transportation. It is only a five minute drive from the airport to the city of Leduc.
Probably the most common way to get to Leduc is by car. Leduc is situated along Alberta Highway 2, and is between the province's two largest cities Edmonton and Calgary. This section of Highway 2 has been renamed Queen Elizabeth 2 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The QE2 is still often referred to as Highway 2. It is only a 15 minute drive from the south side of Edmonton going north on QE2 to Leduc. It is about a 2 hour drive from Calgary to Leduc on QE2 north.
Leduc also resides along the north end of Alberta Highway 2A and goes south all the way along to Red Deer which is also located along Alberta Highway 2.
Leduc is also situated along the east end of Alberta Highway 39. From Leduc Highway 39 runs east going through communities like; Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and ends just east of Drayton Valley. The newly built shopping complex Leduc Common is located on the west side of Leduc along Highway 39.
Secondary Highway 625 also leads into the west side of Leduc and turns into Rollyview Road in the city.
Leduc is a small city and has no public transit system, except special buses reserved for the elderly and those with mobility disabilities. Major roadways in Leduc include; Blackgold Drive which runs from Leduc Estates in the west to the Black Gold Recreational Centre in the east, 50th Street which runs south and north and 50th ave which runs east and west.
When the weather is nice in Spring, Summer and Fall it is common for residents, to walk, bike or rollerblade around town. There are several kilometres of bikepaths in Leduc, making it an ideal way to see the city.
For residents without a vehicle there are several taxi companies with Leduc.
Leduc has splendor to offer to visitor's all year round. The City Hall building, located along 50th Street are very lovely. There is a manmade lake with water fountains in the summer. During the winter (when the ice is thick and frozen, always check ice conditions) people like to skate on the lake. There are lights on the pine tree on the island in the lake to start the holiday season. Inside the city hall building is the atrium, with its beautiful greenery even in the cold winters. Don't be surprised to see a photoshoot for a Wedding there, especially on the weekend.
Leduc has several kilometers of Multiwayas for biking, rollerblading and walking. Common interest areas include by Fred John's Park, another man made lake which also has a park and Telford Lake. There are several walking piers by Telford Lake and it is common for bird enthusiasts to spend time here. Please note Leduc's lakes are for seeing and not swimming in.
There are several historic buildings along Main Street, including where the old post office used to be. Best to just take a walk on a warm sunny day and see what wonders awaits you.
Leduc has activities for people of all ages. The Leduc Recreation Centre (also known as Black Gold Centre) has a pool, skating rink, curling rink and is being expanded to include a soccor field and more. L.A. Crude have two rugby pitches just behind where matches can be viewed throughout the summer. During the summer, the spray park is opened outside (admission only for those who buy tickets for the swimming pool). The Black Gold Arena is home to The Leduc Riggers Hockey Team... Go Riggers!! The Alexendar Arena is also another skating complex located on 50th Street. Beside it is the outdoor pool which is open from the May Long Weekend to the September Long Weekend.
Across the street from the Alexander Arena is Leduc Cinema's. This is Leduc's only cinema showing 4 or 5 movies a week on four different screens. Tickets are much lower than what you would pay for a show in Edmonton. They always try to have at least one family movie, so kids can have a good time, and several of the upcoming blockbusters. Leduc Cinema's Showtimes And Prices
For performing arts, most shows take place at the Maclab Centre For The Performing Arts Website. The billboard outside advertises for upcoming plays, performances and concerts. Tickets can often be bought at the box office or the Library.
The Leduc Public Library is located in the City Hall building and is a good place to sit down and read a book. There are also computers with internet access. There are often several events, lectures and activities that take place. Ask a librarian what's happening when you're around.
The Dr. Wood's Museum is the oldest home in Leduc and has great marvels from a by-gone era. Located only a few blocks away from main street, its address is 4801-49 Ave. Its admission is by donation and there are often special events planned throughout the year.
The first weekend in May is Rodeo Weekend. During this time there are several events that take place including; a parade, pancake breakfast, fair, and of course Rodeo events. These are held at The Black Gold Center - now known as the LRC (Leduc Rec Centre). The fair is located on the outside grounds. Best night to go to the fair is on Friday, known as 'Buddy Night' because you and a friend only pay half price to ride the rides.
Of course the most famous Leduc Landmark is The Leduc No. 1 Oilwell which is located in Leduc County. No trip to Leduc is complete without seeing this famous site, which started the Alberta Oilboom to begin with. It is only about a 15 minute drive from the city, right close to the town of Devon. It has an interpretive center for people to learn all about the discovery that made Leduc so famous. The Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre
Leduc Representative Newspaper has more event listings and activities in the community.
Because of its close proximity to Edmonton, Leduc doesn't have as much shopping as a city further away like Camrose might. People from Leduc will often drive into Edmonton to go to stores that are not in town. Nonetheless there are still several shopping options in Leduc. All of the stores are located pretty much along 50 Street or 50 Avenue.
Along 50 Street there a few shopping centres. On the north end is Safeway, Safeway Liquor Store, Shoppers Drug Mart, Money Mart and The Canadian Tire Gas Bar. Please note the actual Canadian Tire was moved to Leduc Common on 50th Street. Further down south there is Sobeys, Blockbuster and Western Cellar. And on the far south end of 50th Street is No Frills (formerly Extra Foods) as well as a 7-11 Gas Bar.
50th Ave between 47th and 50th Street, is commonly referred to as Main Street. There are several independently owned and operated business along this route. This includes; Legs 'N Things Boutique, A Chip Off The Old Crock (furniture store and also Ice Creamery in the summer time), Black Gold Frames and Gift Solutions. Further west on 50th Ave there isn't much for shopping (several restaurants though) until you hit Leduc Common. This has some of the newest stores to be opened in Leduc. They include; Wal-Mart (which is now a supercentre), Canadian Tire, Rona, Peavy Mart, Staples, EB Games, Fabutan, The Dollar Store, Dollar Rama, Reitman's, Pennington's, Mark's Work Warehouse, The Source and others. Leduc Common is always growing and is frequently under construction to make way for new stores.
Several dining options exist in Leduc. Along 50 Street are several fast food locations; McDonald's, Wendy's, A&W, Taco Bell/KFC, Pizza Hut, Joey's Only, Tim Hortons, Panago, Subway and Extreme Pita. There are also several new Fast Food restaurants in Leduc Common; Dairy Queen, Booster Juice, Quizno's, Tim Hortons (again), Subway (again), Domino's and Wok Box.
As well Leduc has well known dining chains like; The White Spot, Ricky's All Day Grill, Smitty's and Boston Pizza. There are several independently run and family owned dining establishments. Zambelli's by Safeway specializes in Western, French and Greek cuisine. Katouki Taverna located just off main street is a family run Greek restaurant... with locations in Edmonton. Moroccan Cuisine is a buffet style restaurant located just behind the A&W in the strip mall. Kosmo's has steak and pizza and is located on 50th just before Pizza 73. For those looking to send an email whilst enjoying a coffee, head down to The Bits And Bytes Cafe on main street. It's always a good idea to ask a local about a a restaurant they enjoy. Mmm Leducian food.
In Alberta liquor must be sold in private liquor stores. Therefore you cannot expect to step into a 7-11 and buy yourself a six pack. Not to worry there are several liquor stores in Leduc. And once again using the fail proof system they are located along either 50 Street or 50 Ave. So just head down one of these main roads and keep an eye out, and you'll find a place to quench your thirst soon enough. The drinking age in Alberta is 18, and you may be asked to provide vaild photo ID when purchasing liquor.
If you are looking enjoy a drink at a bar there are several options. Many restaurants have lounges or bars in them including; Kosmo's, Boston Pizza and Smitty's. And there are bars located in hotels such as The Best Western, Days Inn (Slate with Tuesday and Thursday being Karaoke night), and The Waldorf or also known as The Dorf. There is also a bar called Yote's (pronounced "yo-tees" not Yote as in rhymes with vote) which is just next to the Boston Pizza. If you are a veteran you can head to The Legion by The White Spot... it's the building with the big airplane in front of it, so you can miss it. Once again the drinking age in Alberta is 18 and you may be asked to provide valid ID showing proof of your age.
As always drinking and driving is against the law and you can be fined, sent to jail and even have your license revoked. So be safe and have a Designated Driver or call a cab. Because Leduc isn't very big, cab fares tend to be pretty low... especially if it's split between a few people sharing a ride.
There are several hotels in town like The Best Western Denham Inn The Travelodge and The Days Inn & Conference Center. Because Leduc is close to the airport there are several hotels on the edge of town, close to/in Nisku and only minutes away from the airport. They include; The Western Budget Motel (3 locations), The Holiday Inn Express & Suites The Crystal Star Inn, The Ramada, The Super 8, The Royal Executive Inn, The Quality Inn, The Nisku Inn, and The Hampton Inn.
Please don't. We'd love to have stay and enjoy our small city charm. But there are other activities nearby you might enjoy. Edmonton is only 15 minutes away and includes the world famous West Edmonton Mall one of the largest shopping centres on earth. Or you can go down to Cowtown or west to Jasper.