Edmonton SkylineEdmonton (pronounced /ˈɛdməntən/) is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. The city is located on the North Saskatchewan River, an area with some of the most fertile farmland on the prairies. It is the second largest city in Alberta after Calgary & is the hub of Canada’s sixth-largest census metropolitan area.  In the Canada 2011 Census, the city had a population of 812,201 & its census metropolitan area had a population of 1,159,869.  The City of Edmonton covers an area larger than Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, or Montreal. Edmonton has one of the lowest urban population densities in North America, about 9.4% that of New York City. A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.

Edmonton serves as the northern anchor of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor (one of four regions that together comprise 50% of Canada’s population). Edmonton is Canada’s second most populous provincial capital (after Toronto) & is a cultural, governmental & educational centre. It plays host to a year-round slate of world-class festivals, earning it the title of “The Festival City.” It is home to North America’s largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (world’s largest mall for a 23 year period from 1981 until 2004.), the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America & an array of diverse attractions, from the Great Divide waterfall (24 feet higher than Niagara Falls) to historic Fort Edmonton Park & Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest living history museum. In 2004, Edmonton celebrated the centennial of its incorporation as a city.

The millennium edition of Places Rated Almanac rated Edmonton ahead of 317 other major cities in North America & as one of the top-three places to live in Canada. This was based on a study of North America’s largest cities that surveyed living costs, transportation, job outlook, education, climate, crime, the arts, health care & recreation.

There are over 70 golf courses in Metro Edmonton including Victoria Golf Course, the oldest Municipal Golf Course in Canada (1907).

All information from Wikipedia.  Pic courtesy of Steven Mackaay

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