Why Edmonton

At the U of A the best of Edmonton is nearly at your doorstep, so make time to sample it!

Aerial view of the downtown Edmonton in the sunset

A city to find yourself in

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.

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 greenspace 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

Find Your Place

Making the move to the University of Alberta and Edmonton doesn't have to be daunting. Watch how students from Rural Alberta, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Labrador discovered an exciting campus and a thriving city by finding their place here at the U of A. Then, watch more student stories.

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.