Sometimes what we think and the reality are two different things. I decided to research the city of Edmonton and look for weird, wonderful, useful and funny facts that anybody might enjoy reading about. Enjoy these 26 fun, interesting and useful facts about Edmonton. Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a population over one million. 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 Art Gallery of Alberta was founded in and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It maintains a collection of over 6, objects. Edmonton sits close to the geographic center of the province. On the first day of summer Edmonton enjoys 17 hours and three minutes of daylight. The sun rises at AM and sets at PM. Winter is another story.
The sun rises at AM and sets at PM, providing only seven hours and 27 minutes of daylight. Read: Things to do in Edmonton over a Winter Weekend. The coldest day ever recorded in Edmonton was on January 26, The temperature was In July Edmonton was struck by a tornado — which peaked at a wind speed of kilometres per hour mph.
It cut a 40 kilometre swath through the city, and in places it was up to a kilometre wide. Twenty seven people were killed and more than injured. Wayne Gretzky played with the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton is one of the largest cities by area in North America. It used to be turned on every long weekend during the summer — and pumped out 50, liters of water per minute. There are kilometres of paths and sidewalks for cyclists — though they have to be shared with walkers.
Also noteworthy are the kilometres of unpaved single track and unimproved trails. Elk Island National Park is less than an hour from Edmonton. Jasper National Park lies kilometres west of Edmonton, about a four hour drive away. 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 kilometres with a 5. There is lots of great food in Edmonton and ongoing efforts to eat and grow more locally. The Dutchess Bake Shop is definitely worth a visit too. The University of Alberta is home to a beautiful botanical gardenabout 30 minutes south of the downtown.
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What an interesting city! Thanks, Leigh! After researching Edmonton, I think it has quite a bit going for — and you just need to dress for the cold. That cold reputation is a hard one to shake for the city. I have to tell my mother about this. But seriously, Edmonton sounds like a really interesting place.
These are some great facts.
It run north-south and Edmonton is currently in the process of expanding the lrt and adding another line. I also recommend:. Padmanadi — serves Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, and Indian food. Remedy — a great cafe one location in the Garneau neighbourhood and one dowtown.
They have the best chai in Edmonton, and some really great Indian dishes. Transcend — a coffeeshop that has the best coffee in Edmonton. They have three locations in Edmonton, one downtown, one in the Garneau neighbour, and the original in an industrial area on 99th street south of Argylle road. High Voltage Food and Coffee Bar — has the best donairs in the city.
I am a long term resident of the area, and love it here. I have always thought that it is the best place to live in the world as it has everything. I appreciate the parks and wilderness the most. The Cooking Lake Blackfoot area where the Canadian Birkebeiner is raced is one of the best year round recreation areas, anywhere.
Though, I do have to come in to shop ,eat and be entertained. Thank you for showcasing Edmonton and all its glory, well done. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. My boyfriend has been trying to get me to me to move to Edmonton. Reading all these positive comments about Edmonton is helpful. Nina I think winter is manageable if you get outside and participate.
And I understand that Edmonton has a great community feel about it. Great Facts! You forgot to add that Edmonton is one of the friendliest, cleanest cities in the world!
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With one of the best garbage recycling programs in the world the city is VERY green! And, with one of the most produce farming communities in north america, they produce more food per person than anywhere else in the world! Jason Those are great additions.
Edmonton is one of the worst cities in Canada. It has been the murder capital of Canada for one. For over 6 Years.
Would you rather be a long suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan? Ya we got a mallthat has a waterpark hotel casino bowling alley golf coarse thingy, amusement park movie theater etc. When coming here is precautionary. It has been for me and my family and probably wont change. But I do have to add they are starting to clean up. I think I would find the winters harder to bear in Edmonton than Calgary.
If the cleaned up some more of the major issues I would give it a 5 star city.
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Same with drumheller, fabulous place to go. Thanks for all of the great positive comments about Edmonton. I happen to think it is a great city also. I lived there for forty years and still visit frequently. It has one of the best recycle programs in Canada and probably even in North America. We have good years and bad years for them.
But the community spirit here is truly unbelievable. Festival City indeed! Taste of Edmonton at Churchill Square downtown would be a great place to stop to sample some of the food this city offers up. We have a pretty great lacrosse team, soccer is huge here for all ages, and did you know that Edmonton alone is home to 2 kick ass roller derby leagues?
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Just north of us in St. Albert Heavenly Rollers. Ha ha ha ha…. I love your comment and really appreciate the time you put into writing it.
You are obviously very proud of your city. We need more people in the world like you! I thought winter, ro snow removal and pot holesthe healthcare system and traffic was bad in Edmonton… then I moved to Saskatoon. It was worse!!!
Edmonton is actually a wonderful city. People are friendly, the rivervalley is beautiful, the schools are great and there is so much to do.