From a magnificent ribbon of green to North America's largest indoor shopping experience, Edmonton is a magical destination. Some call it the world's best kept secret as this surprising metropolis combines urban excellence with a perfect dose of small-town friendliness.
Watch Edmonton juggle, dance and sing its way into your entertainment agenda with a jam-packed schedule of festivals all year round! In this festival forward metropolis, visitors will find a wide range of festivities to delight: dance, film, music, theatre, the visual arts - even food and sports receive the festive treatment here. Edmonton's festivals, including the world-renowned Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, draw people annually to see local entertainment stars and major acts from around the world - no surprise Edmonton was named the Cultural Capital of Canada for 2007.
The fun starts with Edmonton's crown jewel, its River Valley park system, an area 22 times larger than New York's Central Park. Then there's Canada's largest living history museum, Fort Edmonton Park, with more than 70 period buildings - from four different eras in time including a historical reproduction of a 1920s midway and exhibition complete with rides and exhibits. Old Strathcona, the city's historical hub, dates back to 1891 and today is a revitalized neighbourhood with unique shops, heritage buildings and a thriving entertainment scene. West Edmonton Mall, also known as the Greatest Indoor Show on Earth, comes with more than 800 stores and services, an amusement park, a waterpark, and more, and is the defining destination for those who love to shop. Other must-see attractions include the Royal Alberta Museum and TELUS World of Science.
Or head to the Downtown Arts District in the city's core where Edmonton's cultural centre is bustling with world-class venues such as the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, the Citadel Theatre and a new iconic Art Gallery of Alberta slated to open in late 2009 - during construction the gallery is operating in its interim location in nearby Enterprise Square.
Sizzling championship teams and an unmatched passion for sports - Edmonton has it all. Home to the one of the premier Champ Car races - The Edmonton Grand Prix - the city also has a proud professional sports heritage with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, the Edmonton Rush of the National Lacrosse League as well as the Edmonton Cracker-Cats (Northern League baseball) and the Edmonton Oil Kings (junior hockey in the Western Hockey League). Want more? Play and stay takes on a whole new meaning here: There are more than 70 golf courses within an hour of downtown Edmonton - including Northern Bear, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course.
With a population of more than 1 million, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is the capital city of the Province with the strongest period of economic growth of any Province in the history of Canada - growth that nearly equals the exponential growth of China. And it is one of the top performing economies in Canada.
For more information on Edmonton, visit the "Edmonton Tourism" website at: www.edmonton.com or call toll free in North America 1.800.463.4667.