Weekend Wanderer: San Jose, California To Edmonton, Alberta

Based out of San Jose, California, Wayne Nguyen is a travel and landscape photographer who has an eye for capturing extraordinary moments through his lens. He just returned from an Instagram takeover in Edmonton, Alberta as part of Alaska Airlines’ Weekend Wanderer series. For more Weekend Wanderer posts, make sure you’re following Alaska Airlines on Instagram.

I’ve always wanted to visit Alberta, so imagine my surprise when I received an email from Alaska Airlines inviting me to spend a weekend there as part of the airline’s Weekend Wanderer series. Several weeks later, my friend Emerick and I were on our way from San Jose, California to Edmonton, Alberta.

Good Morning everyone, Wayne @potatounit here. I’m very excited to be a #weekendwanderer for this weekend. My buddy Emerick and I will be traveling to Edmonton, Alberta and I can't wait to show you what I captured.

Good Morning everyone, Wayne @potatounit here. I’m very excited to be a #weekendwanderer for this weekend. My buddy Emerick and I will be traveling to Edmonton, Alberta and I can’t wait to show you what I captured.

We arrived late in the evening and couldn’t wait to explore downtown Edmonton. We asked around for a point of interest and many people suggested walking the High Level Bridge for a good view of the river and the skyline. We saw a spectacular sunset to end our first day.

Arrived in Edmonton which welcomed us with an awesome sunset! Can you say wow?

Arrived in Edmonton which welcomed us with an awesome sunset! Can you say wow?

The next morning we wanted to check out the glass pyramids at Muttart Conservatory. The botanical garden was amazing to visit and explore.

After breakfast, we drove around the city to explore. This glass pyramid caught our attention. I'm glad we could stop by and spend a couple of hours in the Muttart Conservatory!

After breakfast, we drove around the city to explore. This glass pyramid caught our attention. I’m glad we could stop by and spend a couple of hours in the Muttart Conservatory!


Just another day enjoying the views in Edmonton. Tonight we’re heading to Jasper National Park.

Just another day enjoying the views in Edmonton. Tonight we’re heading to Jasper National Park.

At lunch, we planned our camping trip into Jasper National Park. After arriving late and setting up camp, we woke up early for a hike and to explore the town. We drove down the Icefields Parkway and were awe-inspired by the landscape.

What a drive from Edmonton, we are in Jasper National Park! Can't wait to explore more of this park over the next couple days.

What a drive from Edmonton, we are in Jasper National Park! Can’t wait to explore more of this park over the next couple days.

The beautiful blue lakes were surrounded by gigantic mountains.

We woke up around 6 AM and left our campsite to start hiking to the Cavell Glacier.

We woke up around 6 a.m. and left our campsite to start hiking to the Cavell Glacier.


What an awe-inspiring place.

What an awe-inspiring place.


We could have easily drove to Pyramid Island, but we opted to enjoy the view.

We could have easily drove to Pyramid Island, but we opted to enjoy the view.


It's time to paddle for 15km to Spirit Island.

It’s time to paddle for 15km to Spirit Island.


Dawn at Cavell Lake.

Dawn at Cavell Lake.

Everything in Jasper was amazing, and time flew as we explored. Before we knew it, our weekend was over and it was time to head home. I suggest everyone fly into Edmonton to enjoy the city and take the road to the national park – it was a fulfilling way to get to a new destination. Thanks again, Alaska Airlines – you made a trip that I won’t forget!

Last place to see before signing out as WeekendWanderer. Thanks so much for following along! Jasper and Edmonton was wonderful!

Last place to see before signing out as WeekendWanderer. Thanks so much for following along! Jasper and Edmonton was wonderful!

2 Comments on “Weekend Wanderer: San Jose, California To Edmonton, Alberta

  1. Had the pleasure of visiting Edmonton last year. Need to go back to spend a whole day at the Royal Alberta Museum. Edmonton reminded me of Anchorage as far as the landscape goes. Hope you have a clear day when you are flying up there 🙂

  2. The Museum isn’t open at the moment. They are completing a new building nearby the Art Gallery/City Hall and it is slated to open some time next year (to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary). But the new Art Gallery and Fort Edmonton are worth a visit in the meantime, aside from the attractions mentioned in Wayne’s report. Best time to visit is late July through August when the city’s festivals are in full swing. There’s food in City Hall square in late July, a heritage multicultural gathering of food and performances over the August holiday weekend, the Folk Music Festival in early August and Fringe Theatre Festival the final two weeks of that month. Edmonton is known as Festival City, kicking off with a Street Performers Fest in early July.

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