As Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton is a growing and vibrant urban centre. Edmonton is Canada’s northern-most metropolis and is just a short drive away from the Rocky Mountains. With a population of over one million people spread over 684 square kilometers (264 square miles), the City of Edmonton has a low population density but enjoys all the major amenities larger cities offer.
A little known fact about Edmonton is that it has the largest stretch of urban park space in North America (7,400 hectares). Trails and parks are woven throughout the city making it easy for residents to escape city life and enjoy nature.
Also known as Festival City, Edmonton is host to many events and festivals during the summer months and throughout the year, including the Taste of Edmonton, Heritage Days, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, The Fringe, K-Days, The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and more. Theatre and arts are a large part of Edmonton’s cultural fabric.
World-class arts centres such as the Winspear Theatre, Jubilee Auditorium, the Art Gallery of Alberta and The Royal Alberta Museum are pillars of the capital city.
Edmonton remains one of the most affordable urban areas within Canada. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the median sale price for a single detached home in Edmonton in 2021 is $415,000.
Part of the Alberta Advantage is enjoying no P.S.T. Edmonton is a hub of activity for the oil and gas, IT, and nanotechnology sectors. In 2007, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) magazine, a Financial Times publication, deemed Edmonton to have the “best economic potential” of any North American city with populations between 500,000 and 2 million. Edmonton also placed in the top 5 in FDI’s list of North American cities based on business development and investments.
Edmonton is home to many award-winning post-secondary institutions, such as the University of Alberta, NAIT, and Grant MacEwan.
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