Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, is the second largest city in Alberta and the hub of Canada’s sixth-largest census metropolitan area. Edmonton serves as the northern anchor of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor and is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories.
Edmonton is well known for its scenic river valley and a thriving music and art community. Edmonton is home to North America's largest shopping and entertainment complex, West Edmonton Mall. More than just a shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall also has a giant water park, a man-made lake, a skating rink, two mini-golf courses, 21 movie theaters, a Vegas-style casino and an amusement park with 25 rides and attractions.
The City of Edmonton supports a wide range of destination sites - Edmonton's vibrant population tends to hang out and let loose at the trendy Whyte Avenue district, which is situated next to the reputable University of Alberta. The Muttart Conservatory, an expansive horticultural spectacle, is noted for its unique architecture, as is the remarkable Alberta Legislature Building. Fort Edmonton Park is a large living history museum that recognizes Edmonton's past through a series of interactive restorations. Celebrate the summer at Edmonton's Capital X, an exciting festival held annually in July.
Cosmopolitan shops, superb dining and many entertainment options abound. There is also an extensive selection of galleries for art lovers as well as museums for history and cultural buffs.
With a population of approximately 752,000, Edmonton lies in a region of more than 1 million people. It is the second largest city in the province (sixth largest in Canada), and is located on the North Saskatchewan River in the central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farmland on the prairies. The City of Edmonton covers an area of 684 sq. km, larger than Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, or Montreal. Edmonton has one of the lowest population densities in North America, about 9.4% that of New York City.
Edmonton is Canada's second most populous provincial capital (after Toronto) and is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It plays host to a year-round slate of world-class festivals, earning it the title of "The Festival City."
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