North-central Alberta along the North Saskatchewan River
Education, oil & gas, finance, retail, and technology
Approximately 1.1 million residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary
Dubbed “Festival City,” the City of Edmonton is a vibrant city that lives up to the nickname – it hosts between 30 and 50 festivals every year, which run the gamut from music, arts, culture, food, drink, pets, and more. Beyond welcoming visitors for its various celebrations, Edmonton is a great place to call home. With a high standard of living, a strong local economy, multicultural influences, affordable housing, and numerous options for primary to post-secondary education, Edmonton has a lot to offer.
Edmonton radiates north and south from the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The river valley park system is massive – over seventeen times the size of New York City’s famed Central Park – and growing, adding 190 acres of new parkland in spring 2023.
Nature lovers need only drive 35 minutes to visit Elk Island National Park, where they can spot wildlife, such as the park’s famous free-roaming bison, paddle Lake Astotin, or go hiking. Many enjoy weekends among the Rocky Mountains in Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, about four hours’ drive away. Closer to home, there are numerous provincial parks and recreational areas just a short drive from the city.
It’s easy to see why Edmonton is a top-rated Canadian city for young people. Edmonton offers a high quality of life, with comparatively lower cost of living and more affordable housing than in other cities. Edmonton’s multicultural, multi-ethnic, and globally inspired makeup can take you and your taste buds around the world with myriad restaurants and award-winning microbreweries. There’s a thriving arts and cultural community, with music, visual and performing arts, galleries, and museums to take in. Cheer on the professional hockey and football teams, or visit West Edmonton Mall – the second-largest shopping centre in the Americas, which includes an indoor water park and indoor amusement park. Edmonton International Airport flies to destinations around the world for business or pleasure.
Families with children have access to schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 with public, Catholic, or private options. Many schools offer either French Immersion or French language classes, with a growing number of schools offering classes in languages and cultures from around the world. Youth graduating high school or adult learners have six local post-secondary institutions, including University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Norquest College.