Edmonton is the capital for the province of Alberta, Canada. A population of 730,372 makes the province the second largest in Canada. In a city of such size, using public transportation to get around is probably not ideal. Rather, rent a cheap car for your trip for easy access to the entire city. There's a big to-do list in Edmonton! The city will never disappoint visitors, with many different fun activities, outstanding shopping, and diverse culture, offered in a beautiful naturalistic scenery. The province is even nicknamed "The Festival City" because of the large number of festivals held each year. As one of Canada's sunniest cities, Edmonton receives 2,299 sunshine filled hours per year. Winters in Edmonton are a bit harsh, with varying temperatures that can drop down to lows of 10 degrees!
More than 30 festivals take place in Edmonton each year, so chances are good you'll have several to choose from no matter when you come to town. It's what Edmonton is all about, so don't miss out! Some of the best festivals to be enjoyed in Edmonton include: The Shakespeare Festival, along with the Edmonton Pride Festival, and the International Jazz Festival, all of which take place in June and are sure to be enjoyed. The month of October offers the Comedy Festival amongst others; and A Taste of Edmonton rolls around in August, a tasting event with tasteful samplings from the best chefs in town.
Hit the Mall
And we're not talking about just any mall, either. The West Edmonton Mall served as the largest in the world until 2004, and is now a close second! The three level mall features a roller coaster, tropical rainforest and an indoor bungee jump, in addition to the over 800 stores and 20 restaurants. Think you can handle that many stores? Put on the comfortable shoes and plan to spend the entire day!
Go To the Park
Fort Edmonton Park relives a bit of the history of Edmonton with costumed actors portraying four periods in time. These actors interpret these special events in Edmonton history in great detail that will fill your need for knowledge of the beautiful city. Fort Edmonton is open from May until Labor Day.