King's Guide to Edmonton

With a population of more than one million, the greater Edmonton area offers all the services of a major urban centre while maintaining a friendly, clean, and safe environment. Edmonton lies in the geographic heart of Alberta, in Western Canada.

Here's what makes Edmonton unique:

Innovation: Edmonton is a place where people take risks. Run with a new idea, start something new to change your neighbourhood, the city, and even the world. Edmonton invented the food bank and the North American Fringe theatre movement. It also launched major global corporations like Stantec, PCL, The Running Room, Telus, Shaw, Ledcor, and Bioware; and Edmonton is a global leader in recycling and waste management. “At its best, this is a place for builders and creators.” -Mayor Don Iveson.

Cultural Capital and Festival City: Pulsing with cultural and arts events, Edmonton is known for its lengthy roster of festivals, foodie culture, eclectic neighbourhoods, and superb museums. Edmonton was named by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 10 summer cities in 2015!

River Valley: Edmonton’s downtown overlooks the city’s greatest asset--the North Saskatchewan river valley. 18,000 acres of biking, hiking, skiing, and walking trails run through the city along the edges of the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton has the longest interlinked stretch of urban parkland in North America--bigger than Stanley Park in Vancouver or Central Park in New York.

Sports and Fitness: Edmonton is home to several professional sports teams, including the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos. Edmonton hosts major international competitions, like the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. Edmonton has world-class athletics facilities like the Royal Glenora Club, Kinsmen Sports Centre, the City of Edmonton’s recreation centres, and Rogers Place.

Shopping: Edmonton features fabulous shopping, from hip boutique stores along Whyte Avenue to West Edmonton Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes spanning 48 city blocks with more than 800 stores and attractions. Edmonton is also known for its numerous farmers markets, Night Market, and craft fairs.

Transit: The Edmonton Transit System has a Light Rail Transit system (LRT), as well as extensive bus routes, and a network of valley bike trails. If you drive, King's has free parking! For more information, click here.