Big E Tours is owned and operated by two Edmontonians, Gary and Amber. Gary has been involved in hospitality and tourism for over 25 years. Amber has been working as an educator for 15. Together, their vision for Big E Tours is to highlight the unique people, and places that make Edmonton great. In addition to the two city based tours, they are developing seasonal and school related tours.
Take a journey in time through this Prairie city. Explore when Edmonton was a fur trading fort, and growing with the use of coal, all the way to today’s powerhouse of the petroleum industry. Conclude with the growth of the city with the expansion of the railroad and explore some interesting neighbourhoods. See the city in parts: gritty, and workmanlike to cosmopolitan. This tour shows the industry and people that helped to shape the city, and highlights some of the diverse economy and technologies.
Old Town Beverly
Edmonton Wastewater Treatment
Edmonton River Valley
Edmonton Waste Management Centre
From September 24, 2018 until May 31, 2019, if a tour has no bookings up until 90 minutes before boarding, that specific tour will be cancelled.
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From political intrigue in civic politics to being the capital of Alberta, Edmonton has stories to tell. See the city from the perspectives of the characters that have helped to shape our city into what it is today. Traverse the sights and sounds of the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley to the old town called Strathcona. Edmonton has secrets. Let us tell you a few! This tour is a good overview of the main features of our capital city.
Edmonton Sport Hall of Fame
Whyte Ave Entertainment/Shopping District
Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market/Radial Railway start/end
University of Alberta
West Edmonton Mall
124 St Gallery/Shopping District
From September 24, 2018 until May 31, 2019, if a tour has no bookings up until 90 minutes before boarding, that specific tour will be cancelled
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Ready to step back in time with some of Alberta's pioneers, and to explore one of Canada's coolest National parks? You can do both in the same day with Big E Tours. Visit Ukrainian Village first for a 90 minute walk through time then sit for a lunch to talk about your experiences. From there head to Elk Island National Park to kayak, canoe or paddle board on Astonin Lake or a take a guided hike around some of the trails. Don't miss the chance to see the majestic bison and other wildlife in this hidden gem of a park. Cost is from $55 to $86 plus GST for a 6 hour tour.
This tour requires a minimum of 2 guests to run. If we do not have a minimum of 2 guests by 6 pm the the evening before the tour, we will provide a full refund. The 930 AM 12 PM and 230 PM city tours would then be reinstated.
Schedules are subject to change. Please confirm prospective tour time/dates by clicking "Book Now".
There are several ways that you can book a tour with Big E:
*Online reservations for city tours close 30 minutes prior to departure time. Depending on availability, bookings can be made in person 15 minutes prior to departure at the bus.
City Tours (Roots & Resources & The Best of the Big E Tours):
Adults: $25.00 + GST Seniors/Students: $20.00 + GST Children (6-15): $12.50 + GST Children (0-5): Free with paying adult
Grandparents Rate (2 grandparents + 2 grand kids): $45.00 + GST Family Rate: (2 Adults + up to 4 kids): $60.00 + GST
Rates for Seasonal Tours:
Please see seasonal tour information for the rates and times.
Group rates are available for groups of 8 or more. Please contact us at email@example.com for further information.
Our pickup/dropoff location is located at the transit stop outside of the Tix on the Square store on 100 St just north of 102 Ave. Look for the Big E logo on the transit sign and for our sandwich board.
We require 48 hours notice prior to departure to cancel or change a tour without penalty. i.e. You have anytime up until 48 hours prior to your tour to cancel or change and receive a full refund, no questions asked.
*Cancellations or changes within 48 hours, late-comers or no-shows for any tour, will not be rescheduled or refunded.
**We require a minimum of 7 days advance notice to cancel group bookings of 8 or more guests OR custom/private bookings with full refund.
We or the supplier reserve the right to cancel tours or change location due to unforeseen circumstances.
In the event of a cancellation on our part you will be refunded by Big E Tours.
Big E Tours cannot be held liable for any injuries, losses or damages in any such way.