Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta.
Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region.
The Estimated Population of Edmonton is 1,491,000, as of 2021.
Edmonton hosts a year-round slate of festivals reflected in the nickname “Canada’s Festival City”.
A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.
On the first day of summer, Edmonton enjoys 17 hours and three minutes of daylight.
The earliest known inhabitants arrived in the area that is now Edmonton around 3000 BC and perhaps as early as 12,000 BC when an ice-free corridor opened as the last glacial period ended and timber, water, and wildlife became available in the region.
Edmonton was incorporated as a town in 1892 and then as a city in 1904.
Edmonton was established in 1795 as a Hudson’s Bay Company post.
Edmonton became the capital of Alberta when the province was formed a year later, on September 1, 1905.
The Great Divide Waterfall, was installed in 1980 to celebrate Edmonton’s 75th anniversary.
Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River, at an elevation of 671 m.
The city built the world’s first UFO landing pad in 1867.
The highest temperature recorded in Edmonton was 37.2 °C on June 29, 1937
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Edmonton was −49.4 °C on January 19 and 21, 1886.
Edmonton has the highest amount of parkland per capita of any Canadian city.
Edmonton has a number of professional sports teams, including the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, and FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League.
Edmonton has a fairly dry climate. On average, it receives 455.7 mm of precipitation, of which 347.8 mm is rain and 111.2 mm is the melt from 123.5 cm of snowfall per annum.
Edmonton is divided into 375 neighbourhoods within 7 geographic sectors.
Edmonton embraces its deep Ukrainian heritage.
Edmonton has a land area of 685.25 km2.
There are several key areas of nightlife in the city of Edmonton. The most popular is the Whyte Avenue (82 Avenue) strip
Edmonton is home to Canada’s largest living history museum.
Edmonton traditionally has been a hub for Albertan petrochemical industries, earning it the nickname “Oil Capital of Canada” in the 1940s.
Edmonton has five sister cities: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada; Harbin, China; Nashville, Tennessee, United States; Wonju, South Korea & Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands.
Edmonton is home to North America’s largest mall, the West Edmonton Mall.
There are no rats in Edmonton.
Built-in 1912, the High-Level Bridge Streetcar is the tallest in the world.
The Art Gallery of Alberta was founded in 1924 and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta.
Elk Island National Park has the second largest number of hoofed animals anywhere in the world.
The town’s name is derived from “ohkotok”, the Blackfoot First Nation word for “rock”. The name may refer to Big Rock, the largest glacial erratic in the Foothills Erratics Train.
First Nations people led a nomadic existence in the Okotoks area for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the Europeans.
Okotoks is a town in the Province of Alberta, Canada.
Okotoks was Incorporated as a village on October 25, 1899, and a Town on June 1st, 1904.
The town is a member of the Calgary Regional Partnership, a cooperative of municipalities within the Calgary Region.
The Estimated Population of Okotoks is 28,881, making it the largest town in Alberta.
Okotoks has experienced three major flooding events, in 1995, 2005 and 2013.
Okotoks has emerged as a bedroom community of Calgary.
There are 19 Neighbourhoods in Okotoks: Air Ranch, Central Heights, Cimarron, Cornerstone, Crystal Shores, Crystal Ridge, Downey Ridge, Drake Landing, Hunter’s Glen, Mountainview, Rosemont, Ranchers Rise, Sandstone, Sheep River Ridge, Suntree, Tower Hill, Westmount, Westridge & Woodhaven.
From approximately 1892 to 1896 the fledgeling community was called Dewdney, after the Lieutenant Governor of the North West Territories. However, it was changed back to Okotoks because there was another Dewdney in the North West Territories.
Spruce Grove is a city, west of Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. The city is adjacent to the Town of Stony Plain and is surrounded by Parkland County.
Spruce Grove was incorporated as a village on March 14, 1907, but it was dissolved on August 30, 1916. Spruce Grove was re-incorporated as a village on January 1, 1955, and incorporated as a town on January 1, 1971, and as a city on March 1, 1986.
The Estimated Population of Spruce Grove is 35,766, as of 2018.
Spruce Grove was settled by French and Scottish families in 1891 and originally comprised a general store, livery stables, blacksmith shop, hotel and the Roman Catholic Church.
Spruce Grove is home to the Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, a local theatre, and the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, a recreation facility shared with Stony Plain and Parkland County.
Spruce Grove is 709 m (2,326 ft) above sea level.
Jennifer Heil, the freestyle skier who won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics is from Spruce Grove.
In 1908 the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway came through Spruce Grove and a train station was built south of Baseline on the north side of the tracks, directly in line with what is now Main Street.
Spruce Grove is located near the province’s geographical centre, 30 kilometres from downtown Edmonton and 14 km from Edmonton’s city limits. Spruce Grove is part of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
The Spruce Grove Art Gallery is located in the Melcor Cultural Centre and is operated by the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove.
Fort McMurray is an urban service area in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta, Canada.
Fort McMurray is located in northeast Alberta, in the middle of the Athabasca oil sands, surrounded by boreal forest. It has played a significant role in the development of the national petroleum industry.
The 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire led to the evacuation of its residents and caused widespread damage.
Fort McMurray was known simply as McMurray between 1947 and 1962.
The Estimated Population of Fort McMurray is 66,573.
On April 1, 1995, the City of Fort McMurray and Improvement District No. 143 were amalgamated to form the Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The new municipality was subsequently renamed the Regional Municipality (RM) of Wood Buffalo on August 14, 1996. As a result, Fort McMurray was no longer officially designated a city.
The average annual precipitation is 418.6 mm and falls mainly in the summer months.
Neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray include Abasand Heights, Beacon Hill, Gregoire, Lower Townsite, Thickwood Heights, Dickinsfield, Eagle Ridge, Stonecreek Village, Parsons Creek, Timberlea and Waterways.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Fort McMurray was 38.9 °C on July 18, 1941. The lowest temperature ever recorded was −53.3 °C on February 1, 1917, and December 31, 1933.
Airdrie is a city in Alberta, Canada within the Calgary Region. Airdrie is located north of Calgary within the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth II Highway 2 and Highway 567.
The City of Airdrie is part of the Calgary census metropolitan area and a member municipality of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board.
Airdrie was first established as a railway siding in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland.
Airdrie is divided into four civic addressing quadrants.
Airdrie is a bedroom community and industrial centre.
The population of the City of Airdrie according to its 2019 municipal census is 70,564
Airdrie is twinned with Gwacheon, South Korea & Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Airdrie was incorporated as a city on January 1st, 1985.
Airdrie is 1,098 m above sea level.
Airdrie is served by the Airdrie Airport, with the closest major airport being the Calgary International Airport
The Grande Prairie Airport is located at the west end of the city and serves the region with daily scheduled flights to Calgary and Edmonton.
Grande Prairie is a city in northwest Alberta, Canada within the southern portion of an area known as Peace River Country.
The city receives 445 mm of precipitation annually, including 322 mm of rain and 154 cm of snow.
The city adopted the trumpeter swan as an official symbol due to its proximity to the migration route and summer nesting grounds of this bird.
Grande Prairie is sometimes nicknamed the “Swan City”.
The dinosaur has emerged as an unofficial symbol of the city due to palaeontology discoveries in the areas north and west of Grande Prairie.
The Estimated Population of Grande Prairie is 63,166.
Famous and Notable People from Grande Prairie: Chris Warkentin, Alex Zahara, Kelly Sutherland, Tenille Townes & Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Grande Prairie was named for the large prairie which lies to the north, east, and west of it. In the 18th century, the prairie was occupied by bands of the Dane-zaa (Beaver) peoples, who began trading with the North West Company at Dunvegan in the early 19th century.
In 1995, the city hosted the Canada Games. The event was televised nationally on CBC Television. The city played host to the 2010 Arctic Winter Games from March 6–13, 2010.