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Weird, Wonderful and Useful Facts about Edmonton

May 5th, 2014

When Leigh McAdam traveled through Edmonton, she knew not much about Alberta’s capital. But when she sat down to research our great city, she was surprised to find some interesting tidbits, such as:

  • Our river valley is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America.
  • Edmonton is North America’s northernmost city.
  • West Edmonton Mall was the world’s largest mall…until 2004. It still retains the title of North America’s largest mall, though.
  • The University of Alberta has produced 67 Rhodes Scholars.
  • The Art Gallery of Alberta was founded in 1924 and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects.
  • On the first day of summer, we enjoy 17 hours and three minutes of daylight.
  • Edmonton was established in 1795 as a Hudson’s Bay Company post.
  • There are over 70 golf courses in metropolitan Edmonton.
  • Edmonton is one of the largest cities by area in North America. It’s slightly larger than the country of Cyprus in the Mediterranean.
  • There are 275 kilometers of paths and sidewalks for cyclists in Edmonton.
  • More than 30 species of mosquitoes live in the Edmonton area.
  • Edmonton has over 30 annual festivals year round. The Folk, Fringe and Street Performers festivals are internationally renowned!

Leigh is a world-traveler who writes about her adventures. To learn more about the places she’s traveled, visit her blog at


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