Overview of Edmonton
Edmonton is a vibrant urban centre in the heart of the wilderness, the largest northernmost metropolis, and a hotbed of cultural diversity. As one of Canada’s youngest, and fastest growing major cities, Edmonton embraces new ideas and experimentation. A national hub for post-secondary education, medical health, and arts and culture, Edmonton is an economic engine – fuelled by a spirit of creativity, entrepreneurialism and a commitment to working together to achieve great things
Spend five minutes in Edmonton and you’ll be considered one of us. The city is proof that a vibrant, dynamic metropolis can also have the warmth of a small town. Friendly, welcoming and collaborative, Alberta’s capital city is recognized as a place for creative thinking with a long track record of firsts, including Canada’s first Food Bank and Mosque, North America’s first LRT system and pioneering community leagues. It is also one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities, with more than 60 ethnic and cultural groups that inform the city’s vibrant cultural life. Edmonton’s prized river valley weaves its way through the city’s identity, creating a focal point for recreation and community gathering throughout the year. The river valley constitutes the longest stretch of connected urban parkland in North America and is 22 times larger than New York City’s Central Park.
The City of Edmonton has consistently been one of the nation’s fastest growing municipal centres. Edmonton is home to top-ranked public-school systems, many excellent post-secondary institutions and a diversified economy with leading-edge research and development in sectors ranging from health care and nanotechnology to financial services and telecommunications. The City of Edmonton also serves as a hub and service centre for the north, which has a vast wealth of natural resources, and a rapidly growing and youthful population.
Edmonton continues to emerge as a tourism destination thanks to over 400 local festivals, including the world-renowned International Fringe Festival, which has contributed to the city’s reputation as ‘Festival City’. The city has been the host for many international events such as the World Masters Games, the IAAF World Championships, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and Red Bull Crashed Ice.
A university town, an arts and culture hub, a government town, an energy and service centre, a technology and creativity centre and a service centre for the north are just some of the monikers that describe Edmonton. Edmonton provides a rare opportunity for a leader to work with a wide and diverse array of partners in a community that people are proud to call home.
Top 10 Reasons to visit Edmonton
- Edmonton has a booming culinary scene Take your taste buds on a journey to some of the best craft beer taprooms, hyper-local bistros and indie bakeries. Edmonton is the youngest capital city in Canada, and that means our chefs aren’t afraid to experiment a little. Our restaurants, like the Duchess Bakeshop (one of Buzzfeed’s top bakeries in the world), are gaining international recognition—so pack your stretchy pants!
- They call Edmonton Festival City for a reason. Shakespeare under an open sky? You got it. A winter festival with sculptures made of ice and…fire? No problem. With over 50 festivals annually, there’s no shortage of excitement to fill your stay — whether it’s 30 degrees above, or below.
- Edmonton brings the wildlife. Elk Island National Park is home to free roaming plains bison, moose, deer, elk and over 250 species of birds. Also, both the largest and smallest terrestrial mammals in North America make their homes here, the wood bison and pygmy shrew. What are you waiting for? Gather the herd and get exploring!
- “We the North”? No, WE the North. Edmonton is the largest Northernmost metropolis in North America and the ultimate gateway to Canada’s wild, adventurous boreal landscapes. Our backyard has grizzly bears, waterfalls, canyons and glacier-fed lakes. Spend a couple nights in the city, then head out to the Rocky Mountains of Jasper National Park or Canada’s Northern Territories for the ultimate Canadian experience.
- Edmonton has the Mt. Everest of indoor entertainment, shopping, and attractions. West Edmonton Mall is part adventure park, part entertainment complex, shopping, and dining destination. The Mall spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks and at one time had more submarines than the Canadian Navy!
- Edmonton has an incredible hub for sports and entertainment downtown. Head to the ICE District downtown and conquer awe-inspiring acres that include local restaurants, nightlife, a state-of-the-art casino, luxury accommodations and of course, Rogers Place. This architectural and technological marvel hosts the biggest names in music and is home to the Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings hockey teams.
- There’s green space, and then there’s the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Coming in at 22 times the size of Central Park, Edmonton’s river valley and park systems have over 150 km of trails waiting to be used. Cruise through North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland by foot, bike, canoe, snowshoe or even Segway.
- Edmonton has long, glorious sunny days. June through August, the sun can rise as early as 5:00 am and sets as late as 10:00 pm. That’s 17 hours of vitamin D, and plenty of time to pack in warm-weather activities. The sun even sticks around when the temperature drops in the winter, which makes for Instagram-worthy shots of our snow-covered landscapes.
- Edmonton knows how to do winter right. We make Old Man Winter proud with outdoor patios, city-wide snowball fights, deep freezer races, and our spectacular view of the Northern Lights. Cold? Yes. Boring? Never.
- Normal is for the other guys. We’ve always stood out from the rest of the Canadian crowd, but that’s okay. Edmontonians aren’t afraid to think outside the box— just look at our boundary-pushing arts scene. We camp with bison, party under the aurora, and surf on the prairies. There’s a uniqueness to how Edmontonians do ordinary things, and we welcome you to be a part of it.
Upcoming Confirmed Key Events
- Alberta Urban Municipalities Association – AUMA Annual Conference 2021
- Alberta Urban Municipalities Association – AUMA Annual Conference 2023
- Canadian College of Health Leaders – National Health Leadership Conference 2020
- International Planetarium Society – IPS Annual Conference 2020
- Canadian Cardiovascular Society – Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2020
- Youth Science Canada – Canada Wide Science Fair 2020
- The Association for Preservation Technology International – 2020 APTNTC Joint Conference
- Canadian Nutrition Society – CNS Annual Conference 2020
- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada – Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Festival and Conference 2020
- Solution Tree – 2020 All Things Assessment Institute
- 2020 Volleyball Canada National Championships (Super Nationals)
- 2020 Canadian Senior Taekwondo Championships