Why Edmonton

A City to Explore

Edmonton is Canada's youngest and fastest-growing city, where one in ten residents are students. There's never been a more exciting time to discover Alberta's capital and the home of the University of Alberta.

You recharge with a buzzing atmosphere-so head to one of Edmonton's main streets like Whyte Avenue just steps away from campus, where you'll find cafés, boutiques, a year-round indoor farmers market, and lively nightlife.

The Art Gallery of Alberta. Photo Credit: Tourism Alberta.

You crave the newest experience, whether it's attending a night-time winter block party exploring a mystical ice castle at Silver Skate Festival, or waiting for the long days of summer to keep the vibes going at the Fringe Festival, Folk Music Festival, or Interstellar Rodeo.

Edmonton is home to professional hockey, football, baseball, basketball, and soccer teams as well as a variety of minor, University, and recreational league teams. Whether you love sports or want to get into the game, you can do it in Edmonton.

Edmonton Eskimos charge onto the field at a Canadian Football League game in July, 2017

What's good, Edmonton?

Sunshine city

Do you love Vitamin D? Edmonton is one of the sunniest cities in North America - even in the winter time!

River Valley

Our campus is located on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River Valley-the largest urban green space on the continent, 22 times larger than New York's Central Park!

Whyte Avenue

Just steps away from campus, you'll find Whyte Avenue and its cafés, boutiques, year-round indoor farmers market, and lively nightlife.

Festival City

There's always something happening in Edmonton-even in the winter! Check out the Silver Skate Festival, the Fringe, the Folk Fest, or Interstellar Rodeo for starters.

Take a risk

Edmonton is a great place to start a business, with organizations like Startup Edmonton, Make Something Edmonton, and TEC Edmonton fuelling entrepreneurs.

But wait, there's more!

Find out about all the things at ExploreEdmonton.com

YEG facts

Highest streetcar Highest streetcar
Our High Level Bridge Streetcar is the highest streetcar river crossing in the world
Best pizza World's best pizza
Condé Nast named Edmonton as one of the top cities in the world for pizza.
Biggest sports complex Biggest sports complex
Edmonton's Ice District is Canada's largest sports and entertainment district.
Best bakery Best bakery
Duchess Bake Shop was included as one of Buzzfeed's 23 Bakeries Around the World You Need to Eat at Before You Die.
Royal Alberta Museum Mammoth museum
When it opens in early 2018, the Royal Alberta Museum will be the largest museum in Western Canada.

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