When students think about where they want to go for their post-secondary studies, they often think about where the school is located. Moving from Ontario, I wasn't sure what Edmonton had to offer. Let me tell you that it way surpassed my expectations! Edmonton has so many things to keep you busy and lots of hidden gems. Here's my list of why you will love living in Edmonton. Take a look!
1. Internationally Recognized
In a recent article by National Geographic, Edmonton was rated as one of the world's top 10 summer trip destinations (and the only city in North America to make the list)! Click here to read the article.
Did you know that Edmonton launched major corporations like The Running Room, Bioware, Telus, Shaw, Ledcor, Stantec, PCL and more? Edmonton is a global leader in recycling and waste management. Edmonton is a place where people can run with an idea and try something new to make the world a better place. That's the kind of place where I want to live!
3. River Valley
There are so many parks in Edmonton that allow you to get 'out' of the city without driving for hours. Edmonton’s river valley is the longest stretch of connected parkland in North America (18,000 acres in all)! You can check out Edmonton's 96+ km of hiking, walking, biking, and snow-shoeing trails. And if you really enjoy hiking, Jasper is only a 4 hour drive away (click here for my blog on hiking in Jasper)!
4. The Festivals
There are so many festivals in Edmonton! Think of something and chances are, Edmonton has already created an event for that! Regardless of what season it is, Edmonton has something for you to do! Check out Michelle's top summer festival picks here, or the City of Edmonton's Events Calendar for a complete list!
There are a lot of shopping options in Edmonton! From the ginormous West Edmonton Mall to boutique shopping along Whyte Avenue, to numerous little Farmer's Markets throughout the city, Edmonton will keep you busy!
6. One of Canada's Sunniest Cities
With 2,300+ hours of annual sunshine, you'll have lots of opportunities to check out all that Edmonton has to offer!
I can't wait for you to fall in love with Edmonton!