- City Guide - Edmonton
Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, Canada. The city and its census metropolitan area had respective populations of over 1,150,000. Edmonton is Alberta's second-largest city, Canada's fifth-largest municipality and also Canada's sixth-largest metropolitan area by population.
The first inhabitants settled in the area around 3,000 BC when an ice-free corridor opened up as the last ice age ended and timber, water, and wildlife became available in the region.
Edmonton continues to be a hub for Albertan petrochemical industries – which earned it the nickname "Oil Capital of Canada" in the 1940s. Despite the focus on oil and gas Edmonton's economy is one of the most diverse in Canada. Technology sectors in Edmonton are robust and include major employers such as; IBM, Telus, Intuit Canada, Canadian Western Bank, BioWare, Matrikon, General Electric, and Stantec Inc.
Edmonton is home of Canada's first mall - Westmount Centre. Edmonton also hosts one of the world’s largest malls, West Edmonton Mall. This famous mall is not only for shopping, it includes a water slides, roller coaster, bungee jumping and a variety of other activities. This mall is popular not only for residents, but plays and important part of the tourism industry in the city.
Many events in Edmonton are anchored in the downtown Arts District, which is centered around Churchill Square. As with any other large city there is wide variety of festivals to entertain all sorts of interest. Some of the more notable festivals are; Animethon, Bikeology Festival, A Taste of Edmonton, K-Days, Edmonton Heritage Festival, Labatt Blues Festival, and Nextfest.
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