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North Saskatchewan river

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Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. This cosmopolitan centre hosts many popular cultural events and arts festivals, is well known for its scenic river valley and is home to the world's largest shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall ( www.westedmall.com) with over 800 shops and services, over 100 eating establishments, and nine themed attractions including Galaxyland and the World Waterpark. Go back in time at Fort Edmonton Park which recreates Edmonton's history in four eras. Take in the Art Gallery of Alberta, TELUS World of Science, Muttart Conservatory, and Royal Alberta Museum. 

Edmonton Festival City hosts more than 1000 festivals throughout the year that celebrate arts, culture and sports. Throughout the summer festivals are held for blues, bluegrass, folk, jazz and symphonic music. Winter festivals focus on ice sculptures, skiing and skating. One of the world’s leading Folk festivals, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is a four-day outdoor music extravaganza that attracts more than 80,000 music lovers. Situated in Gallagher Park in Edmonton's scenic river valley, the festival offers an eclectic mix of music for all tastes. Second only in size to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edmonton’s International Fringe Festival attracts 500,000 visitors each summer and some 1,000 performances.

Experience the eclectic shops, cafes, nightclubs, theatres and attractions of Old Strathcona, voted one of the five coolest neighbourhoods in Canada.  A portion of the Old Strathcona district has been designated a Provincial Historic Area.

Greater Edmonton is home to a wide dining selection with more than 3,500 restaurants.  Many of these restaurants mirror the diversity of more than 50 ethnic groups. Many of these feature regionally inspired menus while Alberta’s world famous beef is a star attraction for restaurant-goers. Alberta specialty products will also be found on Edmonton menus including locally grown bison, beef, deer, elk, deer, lamb and pork. Fresh fruits and vegetables from area growers along with the province’s world-renowned honey are also worth savouring.

Sports is also a key feature of city life. Best known as the city where Wayne Gretzky played his finest hockey, Edmonton is also known as "The City of Champions" because of the high number of local athletes who have gained national and international attention. 

In addition to the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) and Edmonton Eskimos (CFL), other Edmonton sport franchises include the Edmonton Cracker-Cats (baseball in the Northern League); Edmonton Rush (National Lacrosse League); and new in the 2007-2008 season, the Edmonton Oil Kings, a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League.

Edmonton also has a rich history in successfully hosting world-class events such as the World Triathlon Championships, the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Soccer Championship Canada Cup, the 2005 Tim Hortons Brier (Curling) and the 2005 World Masters Games. The Ford World Men’s Curling Championships called Edmonton home in 2007 when the city also hosted the FIFA Under 20 World Cup Canada .

This is a bustling, growing metropolitan center, among the most northern cities of this size in the world. It serves as a key supply base for much of northern Canada, and Edmonton's varied industries are very strong. Among the key industries are oil and gas, agriculture, construction, education, banking, research (esp. medical) and manufacturing.

Edmonton is home to 758,000 residents and with its neighbouring communities comprises a metropolitan region that is home to slightly more than one million residents at 1.04 million. It is the capital of the province of Alberta, Canada’s sixth-largest city, and has the longest stretch of urban parkland in Canada, which is 22 times larger than New York’s Central Park and eight times larger than Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

For more information, visit www.edmonton.com and www.festivalcity.ca.

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