Edmonton, Alberta, The " CIty of Champions" and a great place to live.
Have you ever wondered what makes Edmonton, Alberta a great place to live? To some they consider it as just another Capital City but to me and a lot of other residents we still consider it to be "The City of Champions". Here are some stats that show why Edmonton is a great place to live.
- Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America.
- Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a population over one million.
- Edmonton is home to North America’s largest mall – the West Edmonton Mall, spanning the equivalent of 48 city blocks. It was the world’s largest mall until 2004.
- There are no rats in Edmonton – or in all of Alberta for that matter.
- Edmonton has over 30 annual festivals year round. Internationally renowned are the Folk, Fringe and Street Performers festival.
- 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.
- Edmonton sits close to the geographic center of the province. It’s the main supply and service center for Canada’s oil sands.
- On the first day of summer Edmonton enjoys 17 hours and three minutes of daylight. The sun rises at 5:04 and sets at 10:07.
- Winter is another story. The sun rises at 8:49 and sets at 4:16, providing only seven hours and 27 minutes of daylight.
- The coldest day ever recorded in Edmonton was on January 26, 1972. The temperature was -48.3C with a wind-chill dropping it to -61C.
- In July 1987 Edmonton was struck by a tornado – which peaked at a wind speed of 416 kilometers per hour (258 mph). It cut a 40 kilometer swath through the city, and in places it was up to a kilometer wide. Twenty seven people were killed and more than 300 injured. It’s one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history.
- Edmonton was established in 1795 as a Hudson’s Bay Company post.
- The Edmonton Oilers are a NHL franchise team but they started out as the Alberta Oilers and an original member of the World Hockey Association (now defunct).
- Mark Messier, a famous NHL hockey player, was born in Edmonton. Wayne Gretzky played with the Edmonton Oilers.
- 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.
- The Great Divide Waterfall, was installed in 1980 to celebrate Edmonton’s 75th anniversary. It’s 64 meters high, seven meters taller than Niagara Falls. It’s turned on every long weekend during the summer – and pumps out 50,000 liters of water per minute.
- There are 275 kilometers of paths and sidewalks for cyclists – though they have to be shared with walkers. Also noteworthy are the 460 kilometers of unpaved single track and unimproved trails.
- Elk Island National Park is less than an hour from Edmonton. It’s home to free roaming bison, moose, deer and elk.
- Jasper National Park lies 370 kilometers west of Edmonton, about a four hour drive away.
- Edmonton was the home of Wop May – a famous bush pilot who fought the Red Baron in his last dogfight in World War I.
- The High Level Bridge offers the best views of the city.
- More than 30 species of mosquitoes live in the Edmonton area – and the problem mosquito is called vexans mosquito. Some summers can be miserable outdoors, especially at dusk.
- The Canadian Birkebeiner ski festival takes place each year in February. Thousands of skiers from all over the world come to cross country ski 55 kilometers with a 5.5 kilogram pack on their back, reliving the legend of King Haakon Haakonson.
- There’s lots of great food in Edmonton and ongoing efforts to eat and grow more locally. As I travel the world I am always impressed with the high quality of food that is available in Edmonton, ethnic, traditional and fine dinning. If you are a food junkie like me Edmonton has a lot to offer you, you may just need to look a little bit to find one of the many jems in our city.
*Stats were provided by hikebiketravel.com