Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta, in Canada. The population is approximately one million, making it the highest northernmost population in North America. The city is divided by the North Saskatchewan River Valley, an impressive river and park area, which defines the landscape of Edmonton. Many creeks branch from the North Saskatchewan River, giving Edmonton a unique focus on parkland within the city.
The Alberta Provincial Legislature is located in Edmonton, with an impressive building overlooking the river valley. As a result, much of Edmonton's workforce is associated with the government, as well as with the many hospitals – most of which are teaching hospitals in the area surrounding the University of Alberta. Other museums & historical sites in Edmonton are many to choose from. Fort Edmonton Park is the largest history museum in the city. Prince of Wales Armouries is a great research centre where you can find many archives including historical photographs, historical maps, old newspapers and other government records.
Edmonton was made famous in the 1980s as the home of NHL legend, Wayne Gretzky. Known as "The Great One," Gretzky started his career in Edmonton and gave the Edmonton Oilers a consistent Stanley Cup winning record, earning the city the title "City of Champions." A sign indicating this pride can still be found when you drive into the city on the Queen Elizabeth II highway.
Another major attraction in Edmonton is West Edmonton Mall, which was the largest mall in North America until 2004. It has an indoor ride park, a water park with a wave pool and slides, indoor hockey and skating arenas and many of the most popular stores in which you can shop till you drop! The hotel also has a theme hotel, so you can stay and enjoy the Mall, as well as the Edmonton area.
Whyte Avenue is the most popular area for nighttime adventures. You'll find a variety of locals at the Black Dog and find a piece of Alberta's history at the Iron Horse, which was formerly a train station for the Canadian Pacific Railway. On Oilers game nights, you’ll find the street crawling with hockey fans.
In the summer time, Edmonton is famous for its street festivals, which are often in the Old Strathcona area, renowned for its old sandstone buildings. The biggest festival is Capital EX, which used to be known as Klondike Days. This festival has a Gold Rush theme. Other festivals are the International Fringe Festival, the largest next to Edinburgh's, and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.