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Edmonton, founded in the late 1800’s, founded the capital city for Alberta. Found along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton hosts the Provincial Legislature and brings forth a diverse and historic cultural story. Illustrated through the strong aboriginal culture displayed within the Royal Alberta Museum to the future focused design of the city highlight in the Art Gallery of Alberta or the new Roger’s Place, this sports minded city is home to around 1 million people and growing. Numerous new subdivisions with Builders leading the world in environmentally sustainable homes there is something for everyone. Surrounding the City of Edmonton include other growing communities such as Leduc, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, and St. Albert.
Edmonton is home is the OId Strathcona district for many festivals such as theatre, music, and dancing. The Farmers’ Market is always pleasing with galleries and shops for each type of local consumer. When the snow hits, you can embrace the city’s passion for winter with the wonderful Winter Festical. You can join in with downhill skiing right in the river valley.
Edmonton is Alberta’s capital and is known as Canada’s Festival City. You will come across an abundance of celebrations from the fine arts and culture to food and wine. Even winter events do not fall short in this wonderful city. With more than 50 occasions throughout the year, you are bound to find something to satisfy your celebratory appetite. With the wide variety of events and the major tourist attraction named West Edmonton Mall, the entertainment does not fall short in Edmonton, Alberta.
22 major parks make up Edmonton’s scenic areas along the North Saskatchewan River. It is in fact the largest expansion of urban parkland in North America. That is the great reason as to why summer festivals thrive in Edmonton. Along the 150 km of multi-use trails, you’ll stumble across many happy activity goers. (Photo: Huffingtonpost)
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The Art Gallery of Alberta is a great architectural achievement to definitely go and visit. You can also tour the historic Legislative Assembly of Alberta and discover the city’s origins at Fort Edmonton Park. Be sure to visit the historic High Level Bridge in a vintage streetcar 49 m (160 ft) above the North Saskatchewan River or the Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site, the 1911 home of our first premier.
The attractions are endless with activities such as the Edmonton Valley Zoo and West Edmonton Mall. For the shopping mall, you’ll need at least a day or two to discover all the amenities in store. West Edmonton Mall contains 800+ shops and services, a large-scale indoor water park, skating rink, hotel, and the world’s biggest indoor amusement park. You can continue on the city’s pride with a live Oilers game, or an Eskimos football game. The Canadian Final Rodeo is an even where you can catch the best of bull riding and steer wrestling. Lastly but not least, feel like taking a spin on the courses? You have lots of choice with over 70 courses in the metropolitan area!
Quick facts about Edmonton
Origination - Edmonton was established in 1795 as a Hudson’s Bay Company post.
North Saskatchewan River Valley - is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America and divides Edmonton.
Edmonton was once home to North America’s largest mall – the West Edmonton Mall, spanning the equivalent of 48 city blocks. It was the world’s largest mall until 2004.
The Art Gallery of Alberta - was founded in 1924 and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects.
The Edmonton Oilers - are a NHL franchise team but they started out as the Alberta Oilers and an original member of the World Hockey Association.
Golf Courses Galore - there are over 70 golf courses in metropolitan Edmonton.
Surface Area Matters - Edmonton is one of the largest cities by area in North America. It’s slightly larger than the country of Cyprus in the Mediterranean.
The Great Divide Waterfall - was installed in 1980 to celebrate Edmonton’s 75th anniversary. It’s 64 meters high, seven meters taller than Niagara Falls. It’s turned on every long weekend during the summer – and pumps out 50,000 liters of water per minute.
Paths and Sidewalks for Cyclists - there are 275 kilometers, but are shared with walkers.
Telus World of Science – is Canada’s largest planetarium, right here in Edmonton.