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Top 10 Reasons Edmonton is Awesome

January 26th, 2015

We’ve heard it called “Deadmonton” or Ed-mono-tone, but there’s a lot that is really awesome about Edmonton that maybe not everyone appreciates.  We’re associated with harsh winters and unrelenting mosquitoes (both are true) but there’s so much more to Edmonton than the weather and annoying bugs.

Here are the top ten reasons Edmonton is awesome:

Sir Winston Churchill Square

There is almost always an activity or festival going on at Churchill Square throughout the year, no matter the weather. From the Movies On The Square, City Market or the Street Performers Festival.  Or you can enjoy the wading pool outside of City Hall and cool your feet in the summer in the wading pool.

River Valley

Edmonton’s River Valley has 160km of pathways and parks making it the largest urban park in Canada.  That’s right Stanley Park, we’re bigger.

Small Businesses.

We’re an innovative bunch in Edmonton! Enjoy many of the local businesses and activities in the City! Travel down Whyte Ave, 104th ,  124th  Street and take in a walk and pop into local boutiques that make the downtown core vibrant.

Connectivity

Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask on Twitter! Edmontonians take to Twitter more than many other cities in Canada with #YEG (Edmonton’s airport code) being one of the top used hashtags in the country [1]

Most Northern City

Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a population over one million. So yes, it gets cold here in the winter, but Edmonton also averages more hours of sunshine than any other major city in Canada. [2] 

It’s Cold, but we’re tough

Winters are long and cold, but that doesn’t stop us hardy and tough Edmontonians. Despite being a Prairie city we have three ski hills and many winter festivals like Ice on Whyte, Byzantine Winter Festival and Canadian Birkebeiner. The City has many free rinks for ice-skating or trails around Edmonton for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Old Strathcona

What’s not to say about Old Strathcona? As Edmonton’s arts and entertainment district you can attend a movie, catch a play or stroll down Whyte Ave and grab a drink at the many restaurants.

Old Strathcona is also the host of North America’s largest Fringe Theatre festival, “The Fringe.”

Food

Amazing food wouldn’t be your first thought when you think of Canada’s most northern city. Maybe it’s the harsh winter climate or the glorious summer weather that fuels Edmonton’s chef to create! Food trucks (and Food Truck Festivals) to French pastries to the top street food from Mexico and strong local coffee shops. Edmonton has it all, in abundance. Did I mention Taste of Edmonton? Delish!

Family Friendly

There are plenty of indoor playgrounds, outside playgrounds, parks, spray parks and places to take kids. We love Telus World of Science, Edmonton Public Library and Fort Edmonton Park. No matter what your kids are into, there’s always something to do as a family.

Eccentricities

There are some great and crazy things in the city that are never mentioned about our great city, and a great city isn’t “great” until it’s a bit weird.

Take for example the giant boot or the rotating giant baseball. Did you know that there’s a nuclear reactor under the school of dentistry at the University of Alberta? The first open heart surgery in Canada was performed in Edmonton in 1956.

We’re more than a cold, oil rich city, we eat well, we play well and we festival well!

 


[1] http://globalnews.ca/news/1029332/yeg-one-of-top-2013-twitter-trends-in-canada/

 

 

[2] http://www.iss.ualberta.ca/en/PreparingForUAlberta/PackingforEdmonton/WinterinEdmonton.aspx

 

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