Are you a first-time visitor to Edmonton? Do you want to learn about Edmonton? Here are some interesting facts about Edmonton:
Canada’s Festival City
- Edmonton is Canada’s Festival City, welcoming visitors to more than 30 festivals each year.
- Edmonton Folk Music Festival is rated one of the world’s best by performers and fans alike.
- Edmonton International Fringe Festival attracts 500,000 visitors each year to more than 1,000 theatrical performances.
- The Heritage Festival, Canada’s longest-established multicultural celebration, celebrates the flavours, performances, and crafts of more than 60 cultures.
- The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is Canada’s first street theatre festival.
- Edmonton’s magnificent river valley is North America’s largest urban park, offering opportunities for recreation all year.
- Edmonton boasts more than 84 golf courses, including Canada’s oldest municipal course. And our mid-summer golf days are 17 hours long!
- Elk Island National Park is a pristine oasis of aspen parkland, less than an hour from Edmonton. Visitors follow self-guided trails to view free-roaming herds of bison, moose, elk, and 250 species of birds.
Events & Attractions
- World-famous West Edmonton Mall has more than 800 shops, 100 eateries, and 10 world-class attractions, all under one roof.
- Old Strathcona is one of Canada’s top shopping districts and offers a variety of dining and pubs. This historic neighbourhood also is a centre for music, art, and theatre.
- Fort Edmonton Park is Canada’s largest living history museum.
Arts and Culture
- Edmonton is home to more than 20 theatre companies and dozens of acting co-ops. A big musical, improv, dinner theatre — what do feel like seeing tonight?
- Some of Canada’s finest visual artists are on display at 60-plus galleries and exhibits in the city. Take the Gallery Walk and visit 8 unique galleries in a 12-block area.
- A breathtaking, new Art Gallery of Alberta opened early 2010 in Edmonton’s Downtown Arts District, which also includes the Citadel Theatre and Francis Winspear Centre for Music.
Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca.
For more information please contact Edmonton Tourism at 780.426.4715, call toll free 1.800.463.4667 or email all enquiries to info@Edmonton.com. You can also visit one of our visitor centres, if you are in the city.