Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, Canada is a city located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton is the second largest city in Alberta and at the same time the centre of Canad's census metropolitan area. The population of the city is 730,372 according to the 2006 census. The 2009 civic census tells us that the city has a population of 782,439. Edmonton is also one of the cities to have the lowest population density in North America but it is considered to be Canad's second most populous provincial capital. Edmonton is the hub of cultural, governmental and educational activities in America. Throughout the year numerous festivals are organized in the city and this is why Edmonton is popularly known as the "Festival City". North Americ's largest mall, West Edmonton mall, is situated in the city, so there is no dearth of shoppers in this city.
Before the arrival of the European explorers and the Fur traders in the city Edmonton, it was inhabited by the Cree and Blackfoot Nations and this was some 5,000 years ago. Hudson's Bay Company was the first to establish a trading post in the year 1795 at Fort Saskatchewan. The Fort changed its place many times for settling permanently and in the year 1830, the Fort finally settled on the Alberta Legislature Grounds.
By the year 1904, the city of Edmonton has a population of 8,350. But, from the year 1892, the inhabitants of the place started to call Edmonton as their home town. After the discovery of oil in the city of Edmonton, the place became the oil capital of Canada and the population increased in a decade. Later the city became one of the vital economic sources of the city. The West Edmonton Mall was opened in the year 1981 and this booked a berth for the city on the Guinness Book of World record for housing the world's largest shopping mall and entertainment complex.
Edmonton is a great place for outing. It is sure that one will find the place most interesting for spending a holiday. The city is vivacious and it provides a mixture of down to earth attitudes of a small town and international sophistication centered round the area of Alberta. The area is blessed with the most fertile land on the prairies. The city is considered as â€œthe gateway to the Northâ€. As the city is the oil capital of Canada, it serves the other cities by providing the oil service continuously. The city provides huge choices of exciting indoor and outdoor sporting events throughout the year. The city has hosted the famous international events such as the 1996 World Figure Skating Championships, Labatt Brier in the year 1999 and in the year 2001 I hosted the IAAF World Athletics Championship.
The people, who are keenly interested in art and culture, can find various interesting things of their choice. There are many theatre companies, Ballet, folk and modern dance, symphony and opera that is a part of the deep rooted culture of Edmonton. So, a tourist can have the full taste of those only in the city of Edmonton. Art connoisseurs can get their share of city art from the 70 galleries and dealers throughout the city. The Arts District, located at Edmonton's Downtown area, is the home to Edmonton art Gallery that has some exquisite collection of historical and contemporary artworks (a real treat to the eyes if you buy my words). Theatre enthusiasts are also going to get their share of moving art bites from the Citadel Theatre that consists of five theatres. One can also get a satiating dose of music at the Francis Winspear centre for music that is the home to Edmonton symphony Orchestra.
At Edmonton, History can be heard at every corner of the city and there cannot be a better place than the provincial museum of Alberta. Every year the city attracts more than 300,000 visitors from all over the world.Â Various types of exhibitions and activities take place in the city that is loved by people from all age groups and interest. The Fort Edmonton Park is Canad's largest park and it helps you to revisit Edmonton's history and that too in its purest form.
If you are a lover of foods, the Edmonton city is the best option for this purpose as the city has nearly 2000 restaurants offering 30 different verities of cuisines. Your taste buds are certainly going to have a ball while you gorge down some of the best world cuisines that include:
- Italian foods
- Alberta Beef and bison
So, don't miss to taste the flavor of the Alberta Beef while paying a visit in the city. According to the Guinness Book of World records, the West Edmonton Hall is the world's largest Mall that has a total area of 5.3 million sq.ft areas on the two levels. So, the city is famous for its great opportunities for shopping and entertainment centre. There are 300 stores in the area of Edmonton including the Old Stratcona area with the facility of pubs, cafes and restaurants offering a unique party ambience to the visitors.
The climate of Edmonton is moderate enough and there are four different seasons having a distinct feature. So, you are suggested to bring necessary clothes suitable for the weather in which you are traveling. The city has short and cold winters while a very dry and warm summer. There is low moisture accompanied by the low winds and rain making the summers suitable for traveling.
Edmonton is one of the most scenic places on earth and this is why there are thousands of visitors to this place throughout the year. People generally flock this piece of land to watch its gorgeous skyline; the best Aurora borealis can be seen from Edmonton. People, from all over the world, trickle into Edmonton in order to get a glimpse of this natural extravaganza. Visiting Edmonton during the winter can provide you with a lifetime experience.