About Edmonton

What makes Edmonton unique? Well, here’s what our friends at Explore Edmonton have to say

Why is Edmonton different? There are theories. Maybe it’s our northern home, where for years we’ve learned to make our own fun. Perhaps it’s our legacy of entrepreneurs dreaming up oddities: deep freezer races, winter patios and surfing indoors. Perhaps it’s the foundation of natural beauty, from which we’ve built something great. Take your taste buds on a journey to some of the hottest craft beer taprooms and hyper-local bistros, experience the glory of the northern lights from our dark sky preserves, or cruise through North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland. There’s a uniqueness to how Edmontonians do ordinary things, and we welcome you to be a part of it.
 
...the capital city of Alberta. We throw axes for fun, barbecue in blizzards, run with dinosaurs and camp with bison. From the continent's first, biggest and wildest Fringe Theatre Festival to a shopping mall that at one time had more submarines than the Canadian navy, Edmontonians have never been afraid to do things a little differently. Normal is for the other guys.
 
From our unique location to our long days and endless festivals, here are some fun facts about your host city:
 
  • Edmonton is the fifth largest city in Canada and the capital city of the province of Alberta. It’s also one of the youngest and fastest-growing cities in the country!
  • Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River and as the northernmost city in North America with a population of more than one million people, it truly is the gateway to Canada’s North.
  • Edmonton’s River Valley is 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park!
  • On average Edmonton receives 2,299 hours of bright sunshine per year and is one of Canada's sunniest cities. During the summer, Edmonton can have up to 17 hours of daylight! Then, in the wintertime, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) can be seen on a regular basis.