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Why Visit Edmonton?

Edmonton is the gateway to the province's north, and celebrates its history as the jumping off point to the Klondike Gold Rush, and more recently the start of the Alaska Highway. the city has an amazing diversity of cultures and restaurants, hosts a summer full of festivals, is home to Canada's largest shopping mall, and has no provincial sales tax, so what's not to love?
City Hall in downtown Edmonton Edmonton's High Level Bridge

Edmonton is a charming city of about 1,300,000 people. The Central attraction of the city is the deep, wide North Saskatchewan River Valley that carves its way through the city. Edmonton's downtown overlooks the north bank of the river, and its charming Old Strathcona historical and shopping & entertainment district (and the well-regarded University of Alberta) overlooks the south bank.

Edmonton has historical charm, that Calgary seems to lack, because it grew into city status earlier. So there are lots of older buildings scattered around the downtown core, older charming communities in the inner city (on both banks). Those who note it has smaller office towers, compared to Calgary, should realize that was because of height restrictions by the city's municipal airport just north of the downtown core, not for any business reason. To compensate, Edmonton has three downtowns: the civic one around City Hall, the business one where the office towers are clustered, and one clustered around the Provincial Legislature.

Edmonton's modern downtown overlooks the beautiful river valley and its parklands on both shores. Edmontonians are proud of their city and its reputation as "Canada's Festival City" with virtually non-stop summertime celebrations, which draw visitors from far and wide.

Europa Street in West Edmonton Mall

Edmonton is more famous for it being the home of the West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world, with over 800 stores and services. The WEM is located in the city's west end, and it seems all freeways point in its direction. The mall has the world's largest parking lot, indoor wave pool, indoor waterslide, indoor rollercoaster, indoor navy (4 submarines and a couple of boats), to name a few "world's bests." There's even a hotel in the Mall, as well as its own nightlife district (Bourbon Street) to make shopping even easier.

Edmonton History

Fort Edmonton Stockade Building Edmonton's development began in 1795 when the Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post was established. The North West Company arrived in Edmonton in 1804 and the two competed for plains Indian furs until their merger in 1820. Fort Edmonton became the major stopping point before pioneers headed up north or farther west nd by 180s Edmonton became a settlement. The city boomed during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, as thousands of eager prospectors headed north, via the "All Canadian Route," stopped in Edmonton for supplies.

Many people settled in Edmonton permanently and by 1904 Edmonton had 9,000 residents, when it was incorporated as a city, and declared the provincial capital of Alberta, which became a province in 1905. In 1912, Edmonton on the north side of the river and the town of Strathcona on the south amalgamated with a combined population over 53,000. The High Level Bridge was completed in 1913, creating another link between the north and south sides of Edmonton. The elegant Hotel Macdonald was completed in 1915. Le Marchand Mansion

In the 1930s, Edmonton continued to thrive as a northern business centre, and thee airport was jumping off point for bush planes. In 1942, the wartime construction of the Alaska Highway made the city became the major ground transportation and supply centre to the far north.

Oil was discovered in the Edmonton area shortly after World War II, near Leduc just south of Edmonton. The area around Edmonton became home to most of Alberta's oil production and refinery capacity, giving Edmonton new status as the Oil Capital of Canada (even though most headquarter office towers are located in Calgary). Since the Arab Oil Boycott of 1973, the city has grown dramatically with an area population now around 1,100,000. Whether it's the botanical gardens, an art gallery or its beautiful riverside, Edmonton offers its visitors and residents lots to do every day of the week.

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Highway Notes

Edmonton lies on the Yellowhead Highway (#16), the norhtern Trans-Canada Highway. The route through town is basically a limited access expressway passing through Edmonton's north-side suburbs. West of the city are Sprice Grove and Stony Plain with a number of fast food, gas, and accommodation options. Edmonton has three downtowns: the civic downtown around City Hall, the business downtown, around Jasper & 100 Street, and the provincial government downtown south of Jasper & 109th Street close to the Legislature building. West Edmonton Mall is best accessed via 170th Street, and as the world's largest shopping mall (with a pile of other attractions and features built in) is well wortha detour.

Cyclists should avoid the Yellowwhead through Edmonton, and detour south along Stoney Plain Road, wcihc also runs conveniently thorugh Stoney Plain and Spruce Grove, and jogs into downtown's Jasper Avenue. Cross the North Saskatchewan Rive on the High Level Bridge connecting the Provincial Legislature with the University of Alberta campus (and importantly saves a big downhill and steep uphill climb). east of downtown follow 101 Avenue east (it becomes Baseline Road and the Township Rd 530) to Androssan. Access to/from the Yellowhead highway is via Range Road 222 though Androssan.

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Edmonton AccommodationsMetterra Hotel On Whyte

Metterra is an authentic lifestyle hotel offering a contemporary hospitality experience to travelers who appreciate accessible luxury. Business travelers close to University of Alberta, downtown, south Edmonton business, government district

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Edmonton AccommodationsCommercial Hotel

In the heart of Old Strathcona the Commercial Hotel offers guests 65 rooms, some with shared bathrooms. TV Cable/Satellite is available. There are Food & Beverage Amenities, access to ATM, Coin Laundry, WiFi in Public Area, VLTs and a Liquor Outlet.

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Edmonton AccommodationsWest Edmonton Motor Inn

Our 53 newly renovated rooms provide the comforts of home you need to enjoy your stay. For the businessman on the go, or the family vacation, explore how we can meet your individual desires.

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Edmonton AccommodationsBest Western Denham Inn & Suites

Just 6 km from International Airport, with free shuttle, Some Business-Plus mini suites. Exercise, room, guest laundry, and free newspaper.

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Edmonton AccommodationsChateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre

European style boutique hotel centrally located in a park like setting across from City Centre Airport. Chateau Louis is a 138 room full service hotel with Julian's Piano Bar, Royal Coach Dining Room and Touch of Class Gaming Room..

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Edmonton Travel & AttractionsThrifty Car Rental

Join our Blue Chip Rewards program & get a free rental after every 16 rental days. Plus, enjoy perks like express lines & expedited counter service.

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Edmonton Travel & AttractionsUrban Insight Travel

Urban Insight is a full service travel specialist featuring the best of Alberta. We provide: Customised itineraries HOT DEALS City breaks Online booking Sightseeing Transportation Special interest groups Meeting & Incentive programs

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Edmonton Travel & AttractionsBig Food Tours

Date night for 2 . Limousine food tour featuring 4 of Edmonton’s most romantic restaurants . Complimentary Champagne . Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres Roses and chocolates . Perfect for anniversaries, proposals and other special occasions.

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Edmonton Travel & Attractions991593 Alberta Ltd (Greyhound Bus Depot)

Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.

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Edmonton Travel & AttractionsLinks At Spruce Grove, The

The Links opened in 1983, and has an interesting blend of large bent grass greens, rolling terrain, tree-lined fairways, and 70 sand traps. Water comes into play on six holes. This 18-hole championship golf course encircles a 700 lot reside

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