Edmonton's own, Alphonso Davies (photo: SOPA Images/Alamy)

Things to Do in Alberta: November 2021

By Jeff Cummings

Welcome winter by visiting dazzling displays of holiday decorations, experiencing Alberta’s mountain parks, checking out a flick, or cheering on Canada’s men’s soccer team on the pitch in Edmonton.

CHEER ON CANADA
Witness Edmonton’s Alphonso Davies and the rest of the Canadian soccer team on the pitch as they try to have their tickets punched for the biggest sporting event in the world—the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It won’t be easy. Our country’s 51st-ranked team will play 44th-ranked Costa Rica on Nov. 12, and ninth-ranked Mexico on Nov. 16, for two crucial qualifying matches. Canada will have a home-field advantage—and a chilly, Alberta weather advantage—at Edmonton’s outdoor Commonwealth Stadium. 

ALPINE ARTS
Scale new cinematic and literary heights at the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival from Oct. 20 to Nov. 7—or do it virtually from your own home. Screen 75 movies, such as 3 Sisters on 7 Summits, a flick that follows three Nepali sisters attempting to climb the world’s highest summits. Or get moving yourself: Join sunrise hikes, take climbing or photography workshops, and explore all that Banff National Park has to offer. AMA members save $10 on annual Parks Canada Discovery passes

BLOCKBUSTERS RETURN
Speaking of films, Alberta cinemas want people back in their seats. Hollywood is pulling out all the stops in November with a blockbuster lineup that includes Marvel Studio’s Eternals on Nov. 5, Clifford the Big Red Dog on Nov. 10, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife on Nov. 19. If you’re watching the Ghostbusters sequel, you may spot familiar locations, as the flick was filmed in southern Alberta, including Fort Macleod and Drumheller. AMA members can save on Cineplex and Landmark movie passes for kids, adults, and seniors when you pick them up at your local AMA centre. 

James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger (photo: Andrew Frolows/Australian National Maritime Museum)

DEEP EXPLORING
Discover one of the most important and least explored parts on Earth—all from the TELUS World of Science Edmonton, beginning Nov. 6. The science centre is the first in North America to host Challenging the Deep—an exhibit featuring director James Cameron and his adventures on the bottom of the ocean. Discover shipwrecks, including the Titanic, and see artifacts from the design and construction of Cameron’s submarine, Deepsea Challenger. It’s able to withstand water pressure that’s about as heavy as a commercial airplane. AMA members can save 10% on regular admission or 10% on an annual TELUS World of Science Edmonton membership. 

GET LIT
Illuminate your holiday spirit by visiting holiday light displays across Alberta, including Castrol Raceway’s Magic of Lights, Nov. 19 to Jan. 8, just south of Edmonton. You can also brighten your nights at the Northern Spirit Lightshow, northern Alberta’s largest light display, from Nov. 19 to Dec. 31 in Grande Prairie.  

GET YOUR SHOP ON
AMA members earn 5% cash back when you purchase a Shopping.ca gift card at any AMA centre. This is a card that shoppers can use at Southgate Mall in Edmonton, The Premium Outlet Collection near the Edmonton International Airport, and CrossIron Mills just north of Calgary. These gift cards are the perfect tool to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping, particularly on Nov. 26, Black Friday. For more holiday deals, be sure to visit ama.ab.ca/Rewards