I've had two very different experiences in Edmonton, both quite pleasant, each a decade apart.
The first time I stopped and enjoyed a respite in Alberta's capital city, we weren't in a hurry at all. We'd suffered all the worst the journey could throw at us, or at least so we thought, and all we really had to do at that point was make it down to Colorado by the time my grad school started. This was in early July, so we had plenty of time.
Not in Edmonton.
It was cool to learn that my Blockbuster card from Anchorage would work in Edmonton. Granted, that's a relic these days, but at the time we didn't have a big Red Box to slide a credit card into and then catch the movie it spits out at us. The card had to work, or else, and the store manager was as surprised as I was that it did. Hell, my Blockbuster card from Anchorage didn't even work in every store in Anchorage.
After a few enjoyable days in Edmonton, we continued our journey with two new tires on the cargo trailer.
The next trip was focused entirely on the mall; no power bingo for us. I'd been telling the family about the great big mall up there in Edmonton and they were really excited to get there.
Funny thing is, you wouldn't expect the biggest mall in the world to be difficult to find, but it was. The first trip I'd been driven there by friends. Also, there some construction along the way that my GPS didn't know anything about, and it didn't help that it's actually called the West Edmonton Mall. Bertha (my GPS) didn't know which mall I was talking about until I added the "West" part, and saucy disembodied voice that she is, she didn't seem to give a crap which mall is biggest.
Fantasyland Hotel with almost giddy elation, selecting as we did to stay in the Polynesian themed room. See, the themes rooms cost a bit more, but they have killer amenities. The Polynesian room, in fact, had just what we were looking for: a deep jetted tub. We hadn't been in the room for five minutes before we were filling the tub up with hot water. Everybody put on our bathing suits (hey, the teenage girl was with us, and--well, you know) and we shared a heavenly group soak that was as relaxing as it was cleansing.
Ahhhh.... There's just no feeling in the world like going from as grimy as we were to a hot jacuzzi tub.
The next day we really enjoyed the mall. The water park there is incredible, as are many other parts. My cell phone's camera was acting up, though, so most of the pictures I took weren't worth saving. Ah, well--you'll have to just believe me.
We slept well again the next night, and then, so emboldened, we turned the nose of the UHaul due south and continued the journey.