Edmonton, Alberta – Records don’t always improve things

Today, we wanna know it: We are going to West Edmonton Mall (WEM). Al lent us a car to not have parking problems. Opened in 1981 WEM is and was – allegedly – world’s largest completely roofed mall with 800 shops, 100 restaurants, six department stores, 21 cinemas including IMAX, and 58 entrances. For those needing more there is the absolute entertainment. An amusement park with world’s biggest indoor roller coaster, a water park with artificial beach, surf bath and 14 water-chutes, an all-year ice stadium, a mini-golf area, sea lion shows and shark aquarium, two hotels and many more attractions shall lure the visitor willing to spend money. Upshot? From outside the komplex is an architectonical sin. And inside it’s just a mall, not even a very beautiful one. Most modern Malls in the world’s metropolis probably do not have much less shops but are more attractive. WEM is big but not much impressive. Also the following visit of downtown that is of manageable size is not able to really win us over for Edmonton. The new mall shall be more modern; but for today we’ve got enough malls. We are going back to the outskirts to care for our purchases, but actually the whole city is a single mall. You don’t know where one ends and the other starts. Somehow everything seems a bit scruffy.

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