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Edmonton City Guide

Whether Edmonton is your intended destination or just a brief stopover on the way to your new home, we have compiled this guide to help you get your bearings on arrival. To obtain more details about the city check out the websites listed at the end of this profile.


The municipality of Edmonton is Canada's fifth largest with a population of 712,391 based on the 2005 Civic Census.


The city is located 668 metres above sea level, in the centre of Alberta. The North Saskatchewan River cuts the city in half and it runs all the way into Hudson Bay. It runs from the southwest to the northeast through the city and is fed by numerous creeks throughout the city, such as Mill Creek and Whitemud Creek. This creates numerous ravines, many of which have been incorporated into the urban parkland. Edmonton is situated at the boundary between prairie to the south and boreal forest to the north, in a transitional area known as aspen parkland.


Edmonton has a northern continental climate with extreme temperatures, the summers are brief but warm, and the winters are extremely cold. The average maximum temperature in winter is -8?C, and the minimum temperature -19?C. In July the temperature rises up to the average maximum temperature just above 20?C. The temperature goes down to -20?C for 41 days a year. The winters are very long and the autumn and spring are very unstable. The precipitation per year is approximately 483m and 121mm of snow. The wettest month is July, while the driest months are October and November.


Edmonton, like the rest of Alberta, is experiencing an economic boom due to high energy prices. Oil and other natural resources are Alberta's primary industries, and Edmonton companies are benefiting by supplying these projects with workers, supplies, and services. This also increases jobs in the construction and retail industries to build homes and supply furnishings for workers moving to Edmonton to fill those jobs.

On top of that, further growth in non-resource based industries, such as software development, technology, and biomedical research, continues to diversify our economy.

The benefit of all of this is a low unemployment rate (among the lowest in Canada) and a tremendous opportunity for workers to find jobs and to receive training for new jobs, and a healthy environment to start and grow a business..

Dining Out

Whether you are looking for the best restaurants in town, intimate eateries or just tasty bites around town, you can find it all in Edmonton. The city offers you the best cuisines from all around the world.


The main attraction in town is the West Edmonton Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall which also houses the world’s largest indoor amusement park.  There also is a great variety of shopping in downtown Edmonton, on Whyte Avenue and in neighbourhoods and malls throughout the city.

Local Transport

Edmonton Transit offers extensive bus and light rail transit (LRT) services but if you prefer walking or cycling, you'll love getting around in Edmonton! The city has over 200 kilometres of bike and walking trails for you to enjoy. There's also an indoor pedway system that connects many downtown stores, attractions and restaurants.

Performing Arts

The city has always been a city proud of its cultural accomplishments. Edmonton is, with its many art galleries, pretty little boutiques, thirteen festivals a year and more than 2000 restaurants a very cosmopolitan city.  The city is well known for its festivals – more than 40 festivals take place throughout the year.

This includes the world-renowned Fringe Theatre festival, one of the largest theatre events in North America, to the ever-popular Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Small festivals join in to celebrate everything from modern dance to visual arts to street performers and rodeo. For this reason, Edmonton is called Festival City.

Lifestyle and Outdoor Recreation

To get back to nature you don’t even have to leave the city. The North Saskatchewan River Valley is one of Edmonton’s greatest attractions. Walking through the city centre, this green park provides you for a natural all-season recreation and relaxation. Escape the city centre with its bustle and adore the beauty of the park


There are many schools, several community colleges, and two universities in Edmonton. The city has become one of Canada’s major educational centres with more than 60.000 full-time students

Edmonton on the Net

Edmonton City Council

Guide to Living and Working in Edmonton

Greater Edmonton


Average maximum temperature in Summer

Average maximum temperature in Winter

Average bright sunshine hours per day

Mean annual rainfall

22 Degrees Celsius

-10 Degrees Celsius

6.3 hours

365.7 mm


Edmonton time is 7 hours behind GMT.

All photos courtesy of Edmonton.com - www.edmonton.com



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