Edmonton with a population of just over 800,000 is the Capital of Alberta Province, and situated north of Calgary 290 Kilometres (180 miles).
Being the most northern large city means that is closer to Alaska and the colder northern parts of Canada, and it has built its wealth through mining and Oil.
The City is located on the Saskatchewan River, and the City has a vibrant centre built around City Hall with Sir Winston Churchill Square being a place where there are cafes, an ice rink in winter, pool and fountains in the summer and lots of activities.
You will also find 4 big Glass Pyramids here too, which contain massive gardens and plants in what is called the Muttart Conservatory. The entrance is located at 9626 96A Street.
There are also tours of city Hall – Tel: 780 442 1385. Also see the Alberta Legislative Building at 100 97th Avenue NW. See www.assembly.ab.ca They have a Visitor Centre located at Capital Plaza, off 108th Street. The main business centre is located along Jasper Avenue.
Some of the many things to see in Edmonton are –
Edmonton is the closest big city to Jasper in the Rockies which is 365 kilometres east of Edmonton. The highlight of Calgary is the Calgary Stampede in July while in Edmonton the Fringe Theatre event during August attracts a lot of people to that city.
I hope you enjoy coming to Alberta and seeing Calgary and Edmonton while you are here.