Sure, the Lonely Planet nodded to a few of Edmonton’s highlights:
“For the soul of the city, head south of the river to the university district and happy-go-lucky Whyte Ave, home to small theatres, diners and a spirited Friday-night mood.”
But much of the city’s introduction sounded extremely unenthusiastic.
“[Edmonton] is a government town that you’re more likely to read about in the business pages than the travel supplements.
And then there’s this:
“Downtown is for the moneyed and the down-and-out. There’s hope that the much-lauded Rogers Place will breathe life into it, but this seems like a tall order.”
At least they made sure to include that Edmonton has a few “decent” museums.
Residents of Edmonton have since taken notice, blasting Lonely Planet on social media for what they say is an unfair assessment of their city.
— Jeff Behrens (@votejeffbehrens) September 7, 2017
— Karl (@kunnumunu) September 7, 2017
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) September 6, 2017
— Dave Mitchell (@mitchee69) September 6, 2017
— bobby smith (@trelfish) September 6, 2017
Perhaps the Lonely Planet needs to schedule another trip out to YEG.