51 Facts About Edmonton


Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta.

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Edmonton is situated 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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Edmonton is North America's northernmost large city and metropolitan area comprising over one million people each.

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Fort Edmonton was called Fort-des-Prairies by French-Canadians, trappers, and coureurs des bois.

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In 1876, Treaty 6, which includes what is Edmonton, was signed between First Nations and the Crown, as part of the Numbered Treaties.

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In 1912, Edmonton amalgamated with the City of Strathcona south of the North Saskatchewan River; as a result, the city held land on both banks of the North Saskatchewan River for the first time.

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World War II saw Edmonton become a major base for the construction of the Alaska Highway and the Northwest Staging Route.

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Edmonton was incorporated as a city in 1904 and became Alberta's capital in 1905.

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The terrain in and around Edmonton is generally flat to gently rolling, with ravines and deep river valleys, such as the North Saskatchewan River valley.

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The aspen woods and forests in and around Edmonton have long since been reduced by farming and residential and commercial developments including oil and natural gas exploration.

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Edmonton has a humid continental climate with typically freezing, dry winters and warm, sunny summers, prone to extremes and large swings at all times of the year.

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Much of the precipitation that Edmonton receives in the summer comes from late-day thunderstorms, which are frequent and occasionally severe enough to produce large hail, damaging winds, funnel clouds, and tornadoes.

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Edmonton 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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The City of Edmonton announced in March 2013 its intent to annex 156 square kilometres of land from Leduc County.

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Edmonton is divided into 375 neighbourhoods within seven geographic sectors – a mature area sector, which includes neighbourhoods that were essentially built out before 1970, and six surrounding suburban sectors.

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Edmonton's Downtown is within the city's mature area or inner city.

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Edmonton 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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The Hindu Community in Edmonton is served by the Hindu Society of Alberta and the Maha Ganapathy Society of Alberta .

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Edmonton is home to two of Alberta's five Unitarian Universalist congregations – the Unitarian Church of Edmonton and the Westwood Unitarian Congregation; the other three are located in Calgary, Lethbridge, and Red Deer.

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

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Edmonton traditionally has been a hub for Albertan petrochemical industries, earning it the nickname "Oil Capital of Canada" in the 1940s.

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The 1990s saw a solidification of the economy, and Edmonton is home to Canadian Western Bank, the only publicly traded Schedule I chartered bank headquarters west of Toronto.

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Edmonton has been the birthplace of several companies that have grown to international stature.

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Edmonton is home to several shopping malls and the largest mall in North America, West Edmonton Mall, which is considered to be the 10th largest mall in the world.

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Edmonton has many big box shopping centres and power centres.

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In 2012 Edmonton Northlands conducted a poll to rename the festival that resulted in changing the name to "K-Days".

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Edmonton has a history of opera and classical music performance; both have been supported by a variety of clubs and associations.

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Downtown Edmonton has undergone a continual process of renewal and growth since the mid-1990s.

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West Edmonton Mall holds several after-hour establishments in addition to its many stores and attractions.

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Edmonton is known for its natural scenery, food, history and facilities.

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

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Edmonton's heritage is displayed through historical buildings, costumed historical interpreters, and authentic artifacts.

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Edmonton is home to four artist-run centres all located in the downtown core Harcourt House, Latitude 53, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists .

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Edmonton's teams have rivalries with Calgary's teams and games between Edmonton and Calgary teams are often referred to as the Battle of Alberta.

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

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Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta and holds all main provincial areas of government such as the Provincial Legislature of Alberta.

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Edmonton is represented by nine Members of Parliament, with one being elected to represent each of its federal electoral districts.

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Edmonton Fire Rescue, established in 1892, is a full-time professional firefighting department which provides a variety of services in Edmonton and the surrounding region.

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Canadian Forces Base Edmonton is home to 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, the Regular Force army brigade group of 3rd Canadian Division of the Canadian Army.

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Edmonton has a large army reserve element from 41 Canadian Brigade Group, including The Loyal Edmonton Regiment ; 41 Combat Engineer Regiment; HQ Battery, 20th Field Artillery Regiment; and B Squadron of The South Alberta Light Horse, one of Alberta's oldest army reserve units.

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Edmonton experienced a decrease in crime in the 1990s, an increase in the early 2000s, and another downturn at the end of the decade.

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

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Edmonton 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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Edmonton currently constructing the southeast leg of the Valley Line, which starts in Mill Woods and ends in the downtown core.

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Edmonton is a member of the Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission, which will begin service in mid-2022.

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Edmonton delivers source-separated organics waste collection to all single-unit, and some multi-unit homes.

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Edmonton Composting Facility was the largest of its type in the world, and the largest stainless steel building in North America.

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Those post-secondary institutions based in Edmonton that are publicly funded include Concordia University of Edmonton, MacEwan University, King's University, NorQuest College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Alberta .

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Edmonton 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 .

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The Edmonton Examiner is a citywide community-based paper published weekly.

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In 2015, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean visited Edmonton, addressing the crowd at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, celebrating the 25th anniversary of becoming sister cities.

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