Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta which is situated on the picturesque North Saskatchewan River. With a population of almost 1 million Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. This vibrant city is host to a busy year-round schedule of festivals which has earned Edmonton the nickname Festival City. The climate is typically dry with a mean average daytime high of 18°C in the summer and -9°C in the winter. Summer thunderstorms tend to be frequent.
If strolling through the park is an activity you partake in you’ll be glad to hear that Edmonton has the highest amount of parkland per capita that of any other Canadian city. Perhaps strolling on the golf course is more your style; there are several high calibre gold courses to choose from. In the winter months many golf courses are used for cross country skiing enthusiasts. Downhill skiing by the city’s river valley is popular and if you’d rather watch a sporting event there are several to choose from including the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton has some great shopping opportunities including the West Edmonton Mall. This 5.3 million square foot mall is a world-class destination boasting 10 poplar attractions including a water park, aquarium, skating rink and it is accredited as a zoo. West Edmonton Mall is home to more than 800 stores and services with over 100 dining venues and is known as the mall with the widest variety of one-of-a-kind retailers.