Edmonton is a city for people who want to make the most of every season. The fifth largest metropolitan in Canada and the most down-to-earth, Edmonton is a great place to call home. With excellent entertainment, shopping, restaurants, festivals and the world-class Rogers Place, you won’t have any trouble filling your calendar.

BY THE NUMBERS

88 km of River Valley park

Largest urban park in North America,
22x larger than Central Park

Top 10 travel destination according
to National Geographic

9 of Canada’s Top 100 restaurants

Festivals

Festivals in Edmonton dominate all seasons. During the summer, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, K-Days fair, Taste of Edmonton, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Interstellar Rodeo and others attract thousands of people from around Alberta and the world. The winter festival and event schedule mirrors summer, with plenty to see and do.

Arts and culture

The Art Gallery of Alberta’s swooping metal façade is just down the street from both the Francis Winspear Centre for Music and the Citadel Theatre, offering visitors to Edmonton’s Arts District their pick of plays, exhibits, concerts and symphonies. Across the river, the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is home to the Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Ballet, the Old Strathcona Theatre District features many live venues and Fort Edmonton Park brings the region’s history to life as the largest living history museum in Canada.

Sports

Edmonton is home to these professional sports teams: the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos and the NASL’s FC Edmonton. Aside from our annual sports, major competitions like The Tour of Alberta and ITU World Triathlon Series choose Edmonton as their host city.

Cold? Yes. Dark? Yes. Boring? Never.

Edmonton winters are bound to be snowy, so residents dive right on in and play around.

The North Saskatchewan River Valley offers over 160 km of fresh trails for cross-country skis, snowshoes and Segways, and outdoor rinks can be found throughout the city in neighbourhoods and park ponds. Several ski hills entertain downhill skiers and snowboarders, and park hills become perfect for toboggans.

Ice on Whyte Festival, the Silverskate Festival, The Flying Canoe, Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival and Luminaria at the Devonian Botanic Garden are just afew of the events providing plenty of family fun as the temperature drops. The City of Edmonton’s Winter City Strategy is helping the community embrace the beauty of the season and make Edmonton a great winter city.

The result is a growing list of winter events, such as the spontaneous #yegsnowfight, a massive snowball fight that brings hundreds of Edmontonians out, the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s Festival of Light and #yeglongnight, an online storytelling event on the longest night of the year.

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