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Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta's Cultural Hub and Festival Capital

  • Author: Angie, Head Prairie Traveler
  • Date Posted: Jul 26, 2013
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  • Address: Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta’s second-largest city, Edmonton, Alberta is also the province’s cultural hub. No matter what you’re interested in, the city is sure to have an attraction or event related to it. It’s also close to Canada’s north and the mountains, so it’s a fantastic destination to include in your travel itinerary.

History of Edmonton, Alberta

People have lived in the Edmonton area since about 12,000 BC. However, the settlement only dates back to about 1754 and the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s explorer Anthony Henday as he attempted to establish the fur trade in the area. A few decades later, Fort Edmonton was built on the northern bank of the river. (It was named after Edmonton, London, which was the hometown of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s deputy governor.)

Edmonton, Alberta

Photo Credit : hobolens

It would be almost 100 years until the CPR arrived and the Klondike Gold Rush began, but when they did, the settlement spread to south side of the North Saskatchewan River and quickly became one of western Canada’s most important major centers. (In fact, it amalgamated with the city of Strathcona in 1912.) Today, the city is Alberta’s second largest with a population of approximately 1 million people.

Interesting Facts About Edmonton

  • Edmonton hosts more than 30 festivals annually.
  • It’s home Canada’s largest mall, which is equivalent to 48 city blocks.
  • Metropolitan Edmonton includes more than 70 golf courses.
  • You’ll get the best view of the city from the High Level Bridge.
  • The city is home to more than 30 species of mosquitoes.
  • Blatchford Field, which is now known as Edmonton City Centre Airport, is Canada’s first licensed airfield.

Edmonton Amenities

Events

Historic Sites

  • Fort Edmonton Park
  • Alberta Government House
  • Royal Alberta Museum
  • John Walter Museum and Historic Site

Activities & Attractions

Restaurants & Bars

  • Duchess Bake Shop
  • Continental Treat Fine Bistro
  • Hardware Grill
  • Normand’s Restaurant
  • Tzin Wine and Tapas
  • Izakaya Tomo

Accommodations

  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Courtyard Edmonton West
  • Green Acres Bed and Breakfast
  • Stained Glass Guest House
  • Shakers Acres RV Park Year-Round Campground