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The natural beauty of Edmonton city

The city of Edmonton is divided into two halves by the North Saskatchewan River. This river is another attraction to this city. It originates in the Columbia Icefield in Jasper national park. It empties via many water bodies. These are the Saskatchewan River, the Lake Winnipeg, the Nelson River and finally the Hudson Bay. The river runs from southwest to northeast. It is fed by a number of creeks in the city.

These are the Mill creek and the Whitemund creek. This process in turn creates many ravines, many of which have been made a part of the urban parkland. Edmonton city is located at the boundary of a boreal forest and a prairie. The prairie lies to the south whereas the boreal forest lies to the north. Edmonton is situated in an area mid way between these two places known as the aspen parkland. The aspen parkland is also another interesting locale. However, it has been much altered with time due to human activities like farming, mining, etc.

A few very interesting aspects of Edmonton city are the parklands and natural features. The river valleys of Edmonton make up the longest stretch of connected urban parkland in all of North America. Also, to add to this, Edmonton has the highest per capita area of parkland among any Canadian city. This river valley is 22 times larger than the central park of New York City. The public river valley parks are very popular, both among residents and tourists. This is because they provide an urban escape area. The park styles here range from fully serviced urban parks to campsites. This is known as the “ribbon of green”. This is also supplemented by a number of parks in the neighborhood. In all of Edmonton city, there are a total of eleven lakes, fourteen ravines and twenty two major parks. No wonder why the city is an attraction for all nature lovers. The city of Edmonton has also named five of its very famous parks in honour of “The Famous Five”.

The streets of Edmonton, as well as the parks, are home to a lot of beautiful elm trees. This happens to be one of the largest concentrations of elm trees in America. These trees are unaffected by the Dutch elm disease. A few other abundant trees of Edmonton city are Jack Pine, White Spruce, Lodgepole Pine, White Birch, Aspen, Mountain Ash, Amur Maple, Green Ash, Poplars, Russian Olive, Basswood, Willows, Flowering Crabapple, Manitoba Maple and Mayday tree. Some of the more popular trees are Bur oak, Silver Maple, Ohio buck eve and hawthorn. Some species of trees have been introduced.  These include White Ash, Blue Spruce, Norway Maple, Sugar Maple, Common Horse chestnut, Evans Cherry, McIntosh apple, etc. Three species of walnut trees have also survived in the beautiful city of Edmonton. These are the butternut, the Manchurian walnut and the black walnut. Thus you can easily gauge from the description, what a beautiful city Edmonton is. It is truly a storehouse of natural assets.

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