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Source: Edmonton History
Ride into history this summer!
Do you know that Edmonton has its own street car? Last summer during the Fringe festival, because of the parking problem in Old Strathcona, my wife and I decided to ride the streetcar.
Edmonton’s Geographic Location:
Edmonton is located in Alberta in Canada. The city is surrounded by prairies, and is approximately a 3-hour drive from the Rocky Mountains. Edmonton is at the same approximate latitude as Manchester, England and Hamburg, Germany.
Edmonton is in the same Mountain time zone as Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix.
Longitude: West 113 degrees, 29 minutes, 24 seconds
Latitude: North 53 degrees, 32 minutes, 43 seconds
The city straddles the Yellowhead Highway, an important east-west road route that leads to the port of Prince Rupert on the Pacific Ocean, and is also a direct inland route to major trading and shipping hubs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Edmonton is also connected by rail to Prince Rupert’s deep water port, making both cities an important link in the North American-Asian global trade chain. Edmonton is one hub of the economically vibrant Edmonton-Calgary Corridor and is connected to Calgary via the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, a 4-lane route.
Total area of Edmonton City proper: 699. 8 square kilometres (270. 2 square miles)
Total area of the Edmonton Metropolitan Area: 9,532 square kilometres (3,680 square miles).
Edmonton knows how to have fun! Canada’s “Festival City” is always celebrating something, from music, film, and theatre, to heritage, food, accordions, dragon boats, and even winter. With over 30 festivals throughout the year, it’s easy to find a reason to celebrate.
Also the capital of Alberta, Edmonton began as a Hudson’s Bay fur trading post in 1795. Today, it’s a major hub for our energy, mining and biotech industries. Smack in the centre of the province, Edmonton’s flat prairie landscape is bisected by the deep river valleys of the North Saskatchewan.
Escape the urban bustle without leaving the city in the parks and pathways winding along the river – the longest stretch of urban parkland on the continent. In the summer, check out an outdoor festival, or hike, bike or blade along 150 km (93 mi) of trails. Tee off on one of the valley’s golf courses. When the snow falls, embrace Edmonton’s passion for winter and go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Carve some powder on four downhill ski slopes right here in the valley. Festivals. River valley. Arts. Giant mall. Here’s your insider Edmonton checklist!
West Edmonton Mall is the largest shopping centre in North America with 800+ shops and services, a waterpark, skating rink, marine park, hotel and the world’s biggest indoor amusement park. For eclectic shops and cafes, hit historic Old Strathcona or the 124th Street area.
GOLF UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME – AND THEN SOME
With 17 hours of daylight in high summer, you can golf in Edmonton long after the cows have gone to bed!
PAINTINGS, PLANTS AND PEOPLE
The triumphant architecture of the Art Gallery of Alberta is a masterpiece in itself, housing local and international exhibitions. Explore the unique collections of the Royal Alberta Museum. Travel back in time at historic Fort Edmonton Park, where many feature films set in the old west have been shot.
IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE
Escape winter chills in the tropical gardens of the Muttart Conservatory.
GET OUTTA TOWN!
Less than an hour away, Elk Island National Park is a sanctuary of aspen parkland. Watch for the bison that roam the park. Camp in the summer and cross country ski here in winter. If you’re looking for a blast from the past, be sure to visit the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Twenty-five minutes east of Edmonton.
You’re this close to more authentic Alberta experiences. Explore the towns and counties inEdmonton’s countryside.
Some of the commonly asked questions, when moving to Edmonton, Alberta, are listed on this page. If you cannot find the information you want on other pages of the website, it might be listed here. If you cannot find the information you want here, then you can ask a question and we will attempt to answer it.
Where can I find a job?
We have compiled a list of Job Banks (web sites that list job opportunities) which you can browse. There are also links to resources for writing a resume or CV, getting a Social Insurance Number and more…
Where can I stay when I first arrive?
In Canada, there are many hotels where you can rent a room with kitchen facilities. These are usually called Suite Hotels. You can find websites that will help you to search for a hotel on our accomodations page.
If you are coming to Canada and are concerned that you may not be able to afford a hotel for longer stays and would prefer to find other forms of temporary accomodations, try contacting a settlement agency who will help you find a place to stay. There is a list of agencies on the Newcomer Services page.
Can I afford a house?
Edmonton is one of the cities in Canada where many people can afford their own home. Although you may need to start by renting an apartment or a house when you first arrive, most people who live here and work in their chosen field can afford to own a house. You can learn more about buying a house here.
How do I find a Doctor?
When you have registered for an Alberta Health Care card, you have access to the public health care system including medical checkups and hospital visits. Capital Health is the health region for Edmonton and the Capital Health website provides links to hospitals and a search for physicians. You can find more information here.
Where can I register my children for school?
In Edmonton, Public education is free to all Canadian citizens until the age of 20. To learn more about education in Edmonton read our information page, or to go straight to the registration information page at Edmonton Public Schools
Where can I learn English?
There are many programs to help you learn English. There are childrens programs within the Edmonton school system and many of the colleges and universities offer daytime and evening courses to help you learn.
Some of the settlement agencies also offer English courses for newcomers. You can find a full list of places to learn English here.
What kind of taxes do I pay in Edmonton?
In Canada, every working person registers for a Social Insurance Number in order to work, and their employer submits a portion of their wages to the Federal and Provincial government from every pay cheque. In April of each year, every working person is required to file an Income Tax statement. Usually, your monthly deductions are for the correct amount, but occasionally you will either owe the government additional tax or the government will owe you a tax refund. In addition, there is a Canadian sales tax called the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that applies to many items that you purchase. There is no provincial sales tax in Alberta. More information on paying taxes.
How can I find people in Edmonton who speak my language?
There are many Newcomer Services in Edmonton that can communicate with you by telephone or e-mail and give you information about finding your community in Edmonton and getting help with language issues. Visit the Newcomer Services section to find a list of these groups.
I’m an engineer, can I work in Alberta or do I need to upgrade?
There can be different standards and certifications in Canada, and you may need to do some additional training. The good news is that groups like the Mennonite Centre can help you with learning English, or with finding the appropriate training program so that you can work in Canada in your area of expertise. See a list of Newcomer Services.
What are the neighborhoods like in Edmonton?
Edmonton is a very clean, safe city with many neighborhoods that have affordable housing, shopping and schools and good access to bus service. You can also live in the heart of downtown, outside the city in a smaller community or near historic Whyte Avenue. For more detailed descriptions of neighbourhoods, visit our Neighbourhood Profiles page for links to resources.
I hear it is cold in Canada, is this true?
In Edmonton, the weather ranges from warm and clear in the summer to cold and snowy in the winter. But it is almost always sunny here! You will need warm weather clothes in July and August and you will need to dress for very cold weather in the winter. But at least there are many things to do in every kind of weather! You can read more about Edmonton’s climate.
Is Edmonton safe?
Edmonton is a great city to raise a family in. We have a low crime rate, very little pollution and an excellent police force that work to keep the city safe. There are many neighbourhoods you can afford to live in that have good schools.
There are many parks and bicycle trails for recreation.
So, welcome to Edmonton!
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