Luminaria FAQs

I heard there was construction at the Garden in 2019. How will that affect Luminaria?

A new entry pavilion is being built at the Garden, so there will be signs of construction near the visitor entry. However, we’re making plans to manage patron entry so it’s smooth and easy, and event activities will take place in the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and Aga Khan Garden, areas unaffected by construction.

Where is the Garden located? Are you on the University of Alberta campus?

The University of Alberta Botanic Garden is located in Parkland County – only 15 minutes from West Edmonton Mall or SW Edmonton (5 km north of Devon on Highway 60). We are not located on the University of Alberta campus.


How can I get to Luminaria? What about parking?

There are several ways to get to the event.  Visit our Getting Here and Parking Page for details.

I’m taking the shuttle. What time should I arrive for my bus?

  • If you are leaving from Corbett Hall on the U of A Campus, allow approx. 45 minutes to get to the Garden.
  • If you are taking the shuttle from the Devon Shopping Centre, allow approx. 8 minutes to get to the Garden.
  • If you are taking the shuttle from Clymont Hall, allow approx. 8 minutes to get to the Garden.


Is Luminaria wheelchair accessible?

Accessibility will depend on weather conditions. Luminaria is an outdoor event and subject to winter weather conditions, which might include freezing rain, compacted snow etc. Visitors should be aware there are some areas with steep grades where assistance is recommended for wheelchairs.


Can I use coupons or passes?

Coupons and passes are not accepted during the Luminaria event, which is an important fundraiser for the Garden.


Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, with the exception of certified service animals, pets are not permitted at the Garden.


Can I take my wedding or engagement photos during Luminaria?

We don’t take photography bookings during Luminaria, as it is a very popular and busy event.


How many volunteers does it take to light all those candles?

Tons! We have a fantastic army of volunteers who help out with many behind-the-scenes aspects of the event. If you’re interested in joining the fun, visit our Volunteer Page.


Is there anything to eat or drink?

There will be hot food and beverage available for purchase, along with the famous free hot apple cider beside the bonfires.