Edmonton is a thriving and exciting capital city! We have quirky and little known facts about our city that may surprise you. Check ‘em out…
- Edmonton is the northernmost city in North America with a population of over 1 million.
- Edmonton is one of Canada’s sunniest cities with 325 days of bright sunshine each year. In June, Edmonton enjoys up to 17 hours of daylight per day! - Summer isn’t a season here, it’s a legend.
- Edmonton has the longest stretch of urban parkland in North America, which is 22 times larger than New York’s Central Park. - Ever experienced Edmonton’s river valley after a snowfall? Ever seen a Segway with winter tires? See how they make a beautiful pair.
- Edmonton is one of the youngest of Canada's major cities, with 40% of its population between the ages of 20 and 44. - Just the right amount of cool, in our cocktails too.
- Alberta boasts no provincial sales tax, making Edmonton one if the best places to shop in Canada. - 48 city blocks of shopping under one roof? Check.
Top places to see and top things to do in Edmonton:
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
For ten days in late August, thespians, theatre-lovers, street performers, artisans, beer slingers and local food vendors converge on Edmonton’s Old Strathcona neighbourhood. North America’s largest and oldest Fringe Festival, we’ve had 33 years to perfect the art.
Ice on Whyte Festival
When the temperature drops, the creativity rises. Picture icy masterpieces that would impress the likes of Michelangelo. A giant ice slide, art, music, food, design and live concerts await you at Ice on Whyte Festival. You gotta give it to us – Edmontonians know how to do winter right.
Learn about all of Edmonton’s festivals and events here.
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River Valley Adventure Co.
What better way to explore North America’s longest urban parkland than by Segway? Summer or winter, wind your way through our river valley trails, taking in the scenic landmarks and breathtaking vistas on a Segway trekking tour. Your guide will share some of Edmonton’s history and provide tips and tricks as you partake on your journey.
Elk Island National Park
One of 43 national parks and reserves administered by Parks Canada, Elk Island National Park is just a hop, skip and a jump from Edmonton. Wildlife lovers, watchers and photographers take note. Elk Island is home to free roaming plains bison, moose, deer, elk and over 250 species of birds. Hike, camp, picnic, golf and kayak in the summer and cross country ski and snowshoe in the winter. Make sure to stay in the evening for a glimpse of the beautiful starry skies and maybe even the aurora borealis (or northern lights).
Prime Retail Picks
Named one of Canada’s five best shopping neighbourhood, come enjoy the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona where historic buildings blend with youthful exuberance. The city’s celebrated arts and cultural community makes its home here, as does a plethora of unique local boutiques, music shops, trendy restaurants, cafes, pubs and nightclubs.
West Edmonton Mall
We call it a “mall”. What it is really is North America’s Mt. Everest of shopping, indoor entertainment and attractions. Surf the prairies at the World Waterpark, then hit the zip line, rip down the 17+ waterslides or simply splash around in the wave pool. And if you’re in the mood for shopping, grab your sneakers and hit the 800+ retailers and boutiques spanning the equivalent of 48 city blocks. If this isn’t enough, check out the casino, movie theatre, Galaxyland Amusement Park, or one of the many other attractions.
Old Fashioned Favourites
Fort Edmonton Park
Step back 150 years to the original Edmonton at Fort Edmonton Park. Ride the hand-carved carousel horses at the midway, catch a Klondike melodrama and spend a night in the past at the luxurious Hotel Selkirk. You’ll experience four eras in Edmonton’s past, who knew a time without tech could be so… invigorating?
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
One word: perogies. Four more: roving musicians, quilting demonstrations. More? A fully functioning grain elevator! Ukrainian culture has undeniably informed ours, and you’ll get the whole story in just one visit to this fascinating living museum. Every day there’s something new to discover at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
Make sure to stop by the sophisticated neighborhood of 104th street promenade in the heart of Edmonton for an urban experience filled with arts, fine food and unique local boutiques. Once you arrive in this historical warehouse district, you’ll want to stay and enjoy some quality time. Grab a coffee from Credo and weave in and out of high end clothing stores like The Helm, Workhall, and High Grade Denim Gallery. After you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping and sightseeing, live a foodie’s dream at Corso 32 or Rostizado, or design your own epic burger at The Burg.
A mecca for art lovers, Edmonton’s Art District has a wide variety of visual displays, theatrical performances and creative entertainment! The Art Gallery of Alberta is itself a masterpiece of architecture with plenty of unique international travelling exhibits and late night art parties. A hive of live theatre, the Citadel Theatre is Edmonton’s multi-stage entertainment hub where the city’s finest actors and comedians strut their stuff. And the Francis Winspear Centre for Music is home to one of the highest regarded orchestras in the world, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
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