Edmonton, Alberta on TransCanadaHighway.com



City Hall in downtown Edmonton Edmonton's High Level Bridge

Edmonton is a charming city of about 800,000 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.

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.

Edmonton Area Communities



Edmonton Attractions Map

Edmonton Accommodation & Attractions

Here are a featured SAMPLING of hotels, motels, long-term accommodation, vacation rentals, lodges and campgrounds. For a complete (and searchable listing) use the red SEARCH feature at right.

Accommodations Directory Listings

Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:

Directory Search

Edmonton AccommodationsHoliday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Edmonton-At The Mall

Features large executive suites with modem hookups. Kids suites with bunk beds & video equipment.

More Info

Edmonton AccommodationsComfort Inn & Suites Edmonton

downtown area, within walking distance from the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the University of Alberta.

More Info

Edmonton AccommodationsKey West Inn

17 minutes form Edmonton airport, 30 from downtown. Movie & Sports channels, truck parking. Business & meeting facilities.

More Info

Edmonton AccommodationsColiseum Inn

We invite you to experience the hospitality, warmth, and friendly atmosphere of the Coliseum Inn. Our newly renovated, affordable rooms are cozy and comfortable! Smoke free, pet free environment. Flow Lounge & Grill Edmonton

More Info

Edmonton AccommodationsRadisson Hotel Edmonton South

Take advantage of the hotel's Terrace Fitness and Racquet Club, with saltwater pool, a sauna and even an indoor running track. With 235 hotel rooms and suites, free Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant, a pub and a comprehensive conference centre

More Info

More Nights... More places to stay in Edmonton

TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Edmonton.

More Info

Attractions Directory Listings

Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:

Directory Search

Edmonton Travel & AttractionsExpedia CruiseShipCenters

Deal with the cruise experts to find and book your next dream getaway for less. Exceptional savings and value await.

More Info

Edmonton Travel & AttractionsHudson's Bay Company

Canada's oldest department store, with a great selection of fashions, furnishings, houseware, toys, and cosmetics at great prices.

More Info

Edmonton Travel & AttractionsThomas Cook Travel

Thomas Cook is the largest leisure travel retail company in Canada. We employ experienced professional travel consultants, backed by a fully integrated web site & call centre. Our customers benefit from our superior buying power with our suppliers.

More Info

Edmonton Travel & AttractionsVertically Inclined Rock Gym

Test your climbing skill on a variety of climbing walls and courses, to prepare yourself for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment, or enjoy climbing indoors when the weather gets rough. Individuals and groups bookings are both welcome.

More Info

Edmonton Travel & AttractionsEdmonton International Airport (YEG)

Edmonton International Airport is 723 metres or 2372 feet above sea level and is Canada's most northerly 24 hour international airport. Edmonton International Airport is the fifth busiest airport in Canada

More Info

More Attractions... Things to see & do in Edmonton

TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Edmonton.

More Info

Featured Listings Add Your Free Listing, if you're not listed

If your local area business is not already here or in the FoundLocally.com directory (try the SEARCH box at the top), and you would like to be featured (randomly), add yourself to the Free Listings!

Be found on FoundLocally.com AND TransCanadaHighway

Add Free Listing

Site Features  
Translate:
Edmonton Search  Click to expand this menu

Edmonton Info & Links  Click to expand this menu
Alberta Provincial Info  Click to expand this menu
Choose a Province  Click to expand this menu
Cities & Provinces (W to E)  Click to expand this menu