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Overview of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Located near the center of Alberta, Edmonton is the provincial capital. It is the fifth largest municipality in Canada, and the sixth largest metropolitan area. Edmonton has one of the strongest economies in the country and a full range of services and amenities are available in this city. There are a number of places to visit, such as the famous West Edmonton Mall, as well as a variety of activities to engage in at any time of the year. Known as Canada`s Festival City, Edmonton hosts over thirty annual festivals that celebrate music, food, culture, sports, theatre and more! Indoor attractions include world class galleries and museums and a choice of dining at one of over 1600 restaurants throughout the city.

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  • Population: 712,391 (2005)
  • Population Density: 974.0
  • Area: 670 km2
  • Latitude: 53°34?N
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 668 MSLl
  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton was founded in 1795 when a Hudson`s Bay Company Trading Post was established with the construction of Fort Edmonton. It officially became a town in 1892, booming during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. It was incorporated as a city and declared the capital of Alberta in 1905. Located on the north side of the river, Edmonton joined with Strathcona on the south in 1912, and with the completion of the High Level Rail Bridge in 1913, the link between the two was cemented.

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Edmonton's Demographics

Edmonton is a young city. Around twenty per cent of the population is under 14, while those who are over 65 make up eleven per cent. High fertility has contributed to much of the city`s growth, especially among the Aboriginal population. Caucasians comprise just over seventy-five per cent of the population while aboriginals constitute four and a half per cent.

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Edmonton's Climate

Edmonton experiences extreme seasonal temperatures due to its northern continental climate, although not to the same degree as Regina or Winnipeg. But it does have one of the greatest temperature ranges in the country. The city has relatively dry winters, receiving less snow on average than most other cities in North America, and significantly less rainfall in the summer months.

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Education in Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton has two publicly funded school systems: the Edmonton Public School Board and the separate Edmonton Catholic School District. Both are funded through provincial grants and property taxes. The University of Alberta has its main campus on the south side of the river and has an enrollment of over 35,000. Other Edmonton post-secondary institutions include Grant MacEwan College, Concordia University College, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

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Transportation around Edmonton, Alberta

The Yellowhead Highway, also known as the Yellowhead Trail and Highway 16, connects Edmonton to British Columbia and Saskatchewan on either side, while the Queen Elizabeth II highway leads to Calgary and Red Deer in the southern part of the province. Around the city, The Edmonton Transit System operates numerous bus routes as well as a Light rail transit line. Edmonton is also served by VIA Rail passenger trains and the Edmonton International Airport.

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Tourism and Attractions of Edmonton

The West Edmonton Mall opened in 1981 as the largest shopping mall in the world. The mall is the most popular tourist attraction in Alberta, and in addition to the typical shops and services, also contains an amusement park, waterpark, and luxury hotel. Edmonton is known as the city of festivals, with events of all kinds taking place throughout the year.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Edmonton
  • Sherwood Park
  • Stony Plain
  • Leduc
  • Tofield
  • Nisku
  • Devon
  • Calmar
  • Rolly View
  • Lindbrook
  • Spruce Grove
  • Beaumont
  • Kavanagh
  • Millet
  • Pipestone
  • South Cooking Lake
  • New Sarepta
  • Hay Lakes
  • Ardrossan
  • Spruce Grove
  • Fort Saskatchewan
  • Josephburg

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Geography of Edmonton, Alberta

The North Saskatchewan River, originating from the Columbia Icefield in Banff, divides the city of Edmonton into north and south. Edmonton is located in what is known as aspen parkland, a transitional area between southern prairie and northern boreal forest. As a result of the river flowing through the city, numerous ravines are created, adding to the overall landscape of the city.

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Edmonton's Government

The civic government of Edmonton consists of thirteen elected representatives, including the mayor and twelve councillors. The city has six different wards, with each ward represented by two councillors. Council members are elected for three-year terms, with the most recent election held in 2004. The current mayor of Edmonton is Stephen Mandel.

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Edmonton's Economy and Industry

The most significant aspect of the regional economy is its wealth of natural resources, in the form of oil, gas and the oil sands. Construction in the province and Edmonton itself is booming, with over one billion dollars in projects scheduled and currently underway. A healthy economic growth is expected for the region in the next five years, with the energy industry making a strong contribution.

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Edmonton's Culture and Significant Events

Many of Edmonton's cultural events take place in the downtown Arts District, centered around the newly renovated Churchill Square. The Francis Winspear Centre for Music opened in 1997 after years of planning and fundraising. Recognized as one of the most acoustically perfect concert halls in Canada, it is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and hosts a wide variety of shows every year. It holds the 3 million dollar Davis Concert Organ and has seating for up to 1916 patrons.

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Sports in Edmonton, Alberta

The Edmonton Oilers are known as one of the great hockey dynasties, winning five Stanley Cup Championships between 1984 and 1990, and boasting players Wayne Gretzky and Grant Fuhr. Commonwealth Stadium is home to the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, and the city also hosts two Canadian Junior Football League teams, the Edmonton Huskies and the Edmonton Wildcats. Starting in 2006, the Edmonton Rush franchise will be playing in the National Lacrosse League.

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Media of Edmonton

Edmonton has 6 broadcast television stations, several radio stations, including Aboriginal and Asian stations, and two local newspapers, the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun. The cable television provider in Edmonton is Shaw Cable.

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