Hardly a week goes by without a festival bringing people together and our streets to life.
Some annual favorites include Heritage Festival, a celebration of multicultural sights, sounds and tastes; Folk Fest, four free-spirited days of eclectic music and great food; and The Fringe, North America’s biggest and oldest celebration of innovative theater and performance arts.
Western Canada’s largest and most ambitious theatre, The Citadel a cornerstone of Edmonton’s Art District, which offers Edmontonians their pick of plays, exhibits, concerts and symphonies, and is now capped by a new Royal Alberta Museum.
Across the river the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is home to the Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Ballet. And the Old Strathcona district features a plethora live theatre venues.
Edmonton is home to many professional teams including — the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos — and some of the best fans.
Grab a beer before the game in Canada’s largest mixed-use entertainment district, part of a $5 billion downtown revitalization effort.
Running throughout Edmonton, our river valley is the largest urban park in North America. Measuring in at 22 times bigger than Central Park, it covers 18,000 acres and links over 160 kilometres of maintained pathways.
Just minutes east of Edmonton is Elk Island National Park — home to free romaing plains bison, moose, elk and over 250 species of birds. It’s the perfect escape for picnics, camping, photography, and stargazing. A designated dark sky preserve, Elk Island is the perfect spot to take in the wonders of the night sky.
We’re also neighbours to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, some of the most gorgeous protected wilderness in the world. Spanning 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper is the largest and wildest park in the Canadian Rockies and one of only 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Spanning the equivalent of 48 city blocks, West Edmonton Mall is the largest mall in North America and attracts more than 30 million visitors every year.
The only Canadian city on the list, Edmonton was ranked #9 on the Top 10 Global Sports Cities Index — ahead of Melbourne and right between Tokyo and New York.
And don’t forget the food. With local ingredients, adventurous menus and unique interiors, our restaurants are getting noticed, including three of Enroute magazine's top new restaurants of 2017.
In the summer we enjoy up to 18 hours of sunlight a day
Relatively low home prices and high median incomes make Edmonton the most affordable major housing market in Canada. Alberta’s low personal tax and corporate tax and the absence of provincial sales tax also contribute to a low cost of living.
Edmonton is Western Canada’s foremost health-care centres and home to some of the country’s top research hospitals — specializing in cancer treatment, cardiac disease, rehabilitation, pediatrics, organ transplant, and more.
Alberta also boasts the a world-renowned K-12 curriculum that's the best in the country. With education specialists from across the world studying our public system to see just how it works.