General information about Edmonton
Canada's fifth-largest metropolitan area is a vibrant, expansive city buoyed by Alberta's booming economy. Driving is a good way to see many of Edmonton's sites, such as gargantuan West Edmonton Mall and the majestic North Saskatchewan River valley. Amid the mix of old and newly built in-fill homes in Old Strathcona, hip strip Whyte Avenue leads to the University of Alberta and attracts an energetic, youthful crowd to its bars and offbeat boutiques. The downtown area, centred around Churchill Square and Jasper Ave is really gaining momentum and with the expected announcement of the Arena district, it will really take-off.
Fort Edmonton Park and Royal Alberta Museum showcase the province's past in completely different ways. Fort Edmonton Park is a historical park, with live characters recreating Edmonton’s past up until the 1920s. The Alberta Aviation museum is on Kingsway Ave by the soon to be closed municipal airport. The Art Gallery of Alberta was opened in 2009 and is a wonderful addition to Churchill Sq.
Edmonton city Hall is also located at the N end of Churchill Sq and is a wonderful source of information.
Transit: The city has an extensive bus network and an LRT system that runs from Clareview in the NE through downtown to Century Park in the SW. A new line to NAIT in the NW is under construction and plans are well underway for lines to the SE and W. ETS is the acronym for Edmonton transit.
Edmonton’s road system was originally based on a grid system, with most newer neighbourhoods (1980’s+) switching to a named and curving street style.
Major E – W Avenues are 23rd Ave, Whitemud Dr, 82nd Ave, Jasper Ave, 111 Ave, Yellowhead Tr and 137th Ave and 167th ave.
North South roads are 75th St, 99th St, Gateway Blvd, 109th St, 149th St, 170th St. Due to the configuration of the river valley, not all of these roads line up exactly.
There is also the Anthony Henday Drive, which is the cities outer ring road and a lot of locasl use this as a quicker route that also helps avoid city congestion.
The Edmonton International airport YEG is located approximately 20 minutes south of the city. Off Hwy 2 or Queen Elizabeth 2 Hwy.
There are numerous park throughout the city and of course we have our wonderful River valley with trails and little hidden treasures everywhere.
They city of Edmonton has recreational facilities throughout the city and there are also a number of private and semi private centres as well