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LIVING IN EDMONTON

Province: Alberta

Population: 812,000

Climate: Continental, with cold winters and mild summers.

Overview: Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta, and the sixth largest city in Canada by population. It is located on the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton has grown quickly in recent years, due to its booming oil industry and diamond mines.

Edmonton is divided into 375 different neighbourhoods, which means there is no shortage of different areas to live in to suit your needs. Each area represents something different, whether it is a spacious, family friendly neighbourhood (such as Brookside and Queen Alexandra) or a vibrant, lively hub for young singles in the city centre (e.g. Downtown Rossdale and Central McDougall).

Edmonton is commonly called the ‘Festival City of Canada’, as it hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Some of the most famous include the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, K-Days, Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the International Street Performers Festival.

Sports and recreation plays a big part in the life of residents of Edmonton, which is no surprise due to the city’s fantastic location in the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Winter sports such as ice hockey are very popular, as is lacrosse, football, basketball and motor racing.  The city has hosted many large sports events and tournaments.

Transport: The Edmonton Transit System (ETS) provides buses and light rail transit for residents. Approximately one third of the city’s population use the ETS every day. Edmonton is also part of the Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Economy: As previously mentioned, much of Edmonton’s GDP comes from the oil sands located north of the city, as well as diamond mines in the area. The city has often been called the ‘Oil Capital of Canada’, and the region’s industry is said to be worth over $30 billion. Aside from oil and gas production, other leading industries include agriculture, forestry and technology. Much of the technology sector’s growth is due to the abundance of excellent research initiatives, led by the local universities and the government.

For more information on Edmonton, take a look at the official city website