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15 Facts about Edmonton that Will Spark Your Interest this Summer

Here is your Summer Guide of 2018 in Edmonton and facts about the beautiful city!

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Commonly known as the "Gateway to the North," it is strategically situated on an economic divide between the highly-productive farmlands of central Alberta and a vast, resource-rich northern hinterland.

Edmonton can best be described as quietly confident.  They put their energy into getting things done and always have. 

A city of makers and risk takers. Of doers and dreamers. Take a risk. It’s the most Edmonton thing you can do. This is our unofficial credo. It’s what guides those who live here. We are a city where ideas come to be. That’s because it's a city that extends a hand and then rolls up its sleeves to make things happen. Along the way we’re prepared to help anyone should they falter and more than happy to celebrate alongside in their success.

Here are 15 Facts about Edmonton:

  1. There are no rats in Edmonton – or in all of Alberta for that matter.
  2. Edmonton is also home to the largest mall in North America, the West Edmonton Mall. At 5.3 million square feet, the mall is home to an indoor amusement park and wave pool, as well as the world’s largest parking lot.
  3. Edmonton has over 30 annual festivals year round. Internationally renowned are the Folk, Fringe and Street Performers festival.
  4. The Art Gallery of Alberta was founded in 1924 and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects.
  5. Edmonton sits close to the geographic center of the province. It’s the main supply and service center for Canada’s oil sands.
  6. In July 1987 Edmonton was struck by a tornado – which peaked at a wind speed of 416 kilometres per hour (258 mph).  It cut a 40 kilometre swath through the city, and in places it was up to a kilometer wide. Twenty seven people were killed and more than 300 injured. It’s one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history.
  7. Edmonton was established in 1795 as a Hudson’s Bay Company post.
  8. Mark Messier, a famous NHL hockey player, was born in Edmonton. Wayne Gretzky played with the Edmonton Oilers.
  9. There are over 70 golf courses in metropolitan Edmonton.
  10. Edmonton is one of the largest cities by area in North America. It’s slightly larger than the country of Cyprus in the Mediterranean.
  11. There are 275 kilometres of paths and sidewalks for cyclists – though they have to be shared with walkers. Also noteworthy are the 460 kilometres of unpaved single track and unimproved trails.
  12. Elk Island National Park is less than an hour from Edmonton. It’s home to free roaming bison, moose, deer and elk.
  13. Edmonton was the home of Wop May – a famous bush pilot who fought the Red Baron in his last dogfight in World War I.
  14. More than 30 species of mosquitoes live in the Edmonton area – and the problem mosquito is called vexans mosquito. Some summers can be miserable outdoors, especially at dusk.
  15. The Canadian Birkebeiner ski festival takes place each year in February. Thousands of skiers from all over the world come to cross country ski 55 kilometers with a 5.5 kilogram pack on their back, reliving the legend of King Haakon Haakonson.

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Known as the "Gateway to the North", Edmonton is home to many Top Choice Award Winners! So to help you guide your way at the "Gateway" we have compiled a list of Top Food & Drinks to make your experience of Edmonton a Top one! If you live in Edmonton and are looking to try something new, visit these Top Choice Award Winners and they will be sure to be your new hot spot.

Garden Bakery - Voted Top Bakery of 2018

Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus Bbq - Voted Top BBQ Restaurant of 2018

Szechuan Castle - Voted Top Chinese Restaurant of 2018

North 53 - Voted Top Cocktail Bar of 2018

Chianti Cafe & Restaurant - Voted Top Italian Restaurant of 2018

Maki Maki - Voted Top Japanese  Sushi Restaurant of 2018

K & K Foodliner - Voted Top Meat Shop of 2018

Tony's Pizza Palace - Voted Top Pizzeria of 2018

Kelly's Pub - Voted Top Pub of 2018

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