62 Facts About Edmonton Alberta

1. Edmonton Alberta is located within the "Fertile Belt" of the Canadian prairies, a region with optimal soil and sufficient moisture for growing grain.

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2. Edmonton Alberta has four major industrial districts—the Northwest Industrial District, the Northeast Industrial District, the Southeast Industrial District and the emerging Edmonton Energy and Technology Park, which is part of Alberta's Industrial Heartland.

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3. Edmonton Alberta is located within the "Fertile Belt" of the Canadian prairies, a region with optimal soil and sufficient moisture for growing grain.

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4. Edmonton Alberta has four major industrial districts—the Northwest Industrial District, the Northeast Industrial District, the Southeast Industrial District and the emerging Edmonton Energy and Technology Park, which is part of Alberta's Industrial Heartland.

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5. Edmonton Alberta has diversified into other areas as well, notably high technology and software development.

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6. Edmonton Alberta is located within the "Fertile Belt" of the Canadian prairies, a region with optimal soil and sufficient moisture for growing grain.

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7. Edmonton Alberta is situated on a relatively flat prairie landscape distinguished by the meandering North Saskatchewan River.

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8. Edmonton Alberta hosts several large festivals each year, contributing to its nickname, "Canada's Festival City".

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9. Edmonton Alberta has four major industrial districts—the Northwest Industrial District, the Northeast Industrial District, the Southeast Industrial District and the emerging Edmonton Energy and Technology Park, which is part of Alberta's Industrial Heartland.

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10. Edmonton Alberta is known as the city of champions, and is home to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

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11. Edmonton Alberta has more sun than all other cities in Canada.

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12. Edmonton Alberta has of one of the world's largest shopping malls.

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13. Edmonton Alberta turned into a city mostly over the last 100 years.

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14. Edmonton Alberta became Canada's second province to adopt a Tommy Douglas-style program in 1950, a precursor to the modern medicare system.

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15. Edmonton Alberta provides a publicly funded health care system, Alberta Health Services, for all its citizens and residents as set out by the provisions of the Canada Health Act of 1984.

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16. Edmonton Alberta is well-connected by air, with international airports in both Calgary and Edmonton.

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17. The City of Edmonton Alberta is the seat of the provincial government—the capital of Alberta.

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18. Government of Edmonton Alberta is organized as a parliamentary democracy with a unicameral legislature.

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19. Edmonton Alberta is one of the top producers of plains buffalo for the consumer market.

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20. Edmonton Alberta is the world's second-largest exporter of natural gas and the fourth-largest producer.

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21. Edmonton Alberta is the largest producer of conventional crude oil, synthetic crude, natural gas and gas products in Canada.

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22. In 2014, Edmonton Alberta had the second-largest economy in Canada after Ontario, with a GDP exceeding C$376 billion.

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23. Edmonton Alberta has a population of Hutterites, a communal Anabaptist sect similar to the Mennonites, and has a significant population of Seventh-day Adventists.

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24. Edmonton Alberta has one of the greatest diversities and abundances of Late Cretaceous dinosaur fossils in the world.

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25. Edmonton Alberta is the only province in Canada—as well as one of the few places in the world—that is free of Norwegian rats.

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26. Edmonton Alberta is home to only one variety of venomous snake, the prairie rattlesnake.

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27. Edmonton Alberta has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters.

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28. Edmonton Alberta is one of three Canadian provinces and territories to border only a single US state and one of only two landlocked provinces.

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29. Edmonton Alberta is bounded by the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north, and the US state of Montana to the south.

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30. Edmonton Alberta is a gateway to the magic of the Aurora Borealis in the spectacular North.

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31. Edmonton Alberta is the only province in Canada that doesn't make inhabitants, and tourists, pay these taxes.

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32. Edmonton Alberta is one of Canada's sunniest cities with 325 days of bright sunshine every year.

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33. The University of Edmonton Alberta has grown and thrived in step with its host for more than 100 years.

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34. Edmonton Alberta is a city with one million residents and one of Canada's strongest economies.

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35. Edmonton Alberta is nicknamed as a Festival City in Canada because many festivals are held all year around in the city.

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36. Edmonton Alberta is always known as the Gateway to the North.

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37. Edmonton Alberta has a population of 712,391 making it the 2nd biggest city in Alberta.

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38. Edmonton Alberta is the first province to showcase the national exhibit, and North Peigan hopes it will tour other provinces in the near future.

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39. Edmonton Alberta was Nashville's first sister city and in 2015, the cities celebrated the 25th anniversary of their partnership.

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40. Edmonton Alberta has five sister cities, with one American city listed by Sister Cities International.

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41. Edmonton Alberta has two large-circulation daily newspapers, the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun.

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42. Edmonton Alberta has seven local broadcast television stations shown on basic cable TV or over-the-air, with the oldest broadcasters in the city being CTV and CBC (1954).

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43. Edmonton Alberta serves as a major transportation hub for Canadian National Railway, whose North American operations management centre is located at their Edmonton offices.

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44. Edmonton Alberta is a major air transportation gateway to northern Alberta and northern Canada.

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45. Edmonton Alberta shared hosting duties with Calgary for the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

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46. From 2005 to 2012, Edmonton Alberta hosted an annual circuit on the Indy Racing League known as the Edmonton Indy.

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47. The University of Edmonton Alberta operates its own internal Museums and Collections service.

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48. The City of Edmonton Alberta has named five parks in its River Valley Parks System in honour of each of "The Famous Five".

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49. Edmonton Alberta has a high demand for pub crawl tours in the city.

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50. Edmonton Alberta plays host to several large festivals each year, contributing to its nickname, "Canada's Festival City".

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51. In contrast to suburban centres, Edmonton Alberta has many urban retail locations.

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52. Edmonton Alberta has many big box shopping centres and power centres.

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53. Edmonton Alberta is the major economic centre for northern and central Alberta and a major centre for the oil and gas industry.

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54. Edmonton Alberta has four major industrial districts—the Northwest Industrial District, the Northeast Industrial District, the Southeast Industrial District and the emerging Edmonton Energy and Technology Park, which is part of Alberta's Industrial Heartland.

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55. The City of Edmonton Alberta was poised to annex 29,900 acres of land from Leduc County and Beaumont, including the Edmonton International Airport, as a result.

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56. Edmonton Alberta is at the centre of Canada's sixth largest census metropolitan area, which includes Edmonton and 34 other municipalities in the surrounding area.

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57. At the summer solstice, Edmonton Alberta receives seventeen hours and three minutes of daylight, with an hour and forty-six minutes of civil twilight.

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58. Edmonton Alberta is the most northerly city in North America with a metropolitan population of over one million.

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59. Edmonton Alberta is located on the North Saskatchewan River, at an elevation of 671 metres.

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60. Edmonton Alberta was incorporated as a city in 1904 and became the capital of Alberta in 1905.

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61. Edmonton Alberta is North America's northernmost metropolitan area with a population over one million.

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62. Edmonton Alberta is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region.

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