Edmonton is the largest city in the Canadian province of Alberta and is the country’s 5th largest municipality. Situated at an elevation of 645 meters above sea level, the city currently serves as home to 1,328,300 people who are referred as Edmontonian. Known as ‘Gateway to the North’, Edmonton is the northernmost North American city to have a metropolitan population over one million. The city is home to North America’s largest mall, West Edmonton Mall and also to Canada’s largest living history museum – Fort Edmonton Park. English is the official language spoken by the majority of people followed by French. 32 percent of people living in Edmonton are protestant, 29 percent are Catholics, and 5.5 percent belong to other Christian denomination while 2.9 percent are Muslims.
Edmonton International Airport is a primary passenger as well as cargo airport in Canada and all flight travelling to Edmonton airport land at this airport. The current fleet at the Edmonton International Airport includes 23 flight operators that fly to and from the airport to more than 50 destinations across the globe. The city falls into USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4a and experiences a humid continental type of climate. Summer season begins from late June and lasts till end of September and humidity is low. From November to March the city experiences winter season and temperature can fall as low as −20 °C and it generally snows during the winter season. Spring and autumn last for a very short time and are highly variable. While July is the wettest month of the year, February, March, October, and November is generally the driest months. The months from June to August are best from the tourism perspective. Edmonton International Fringe Festival, The Works Art & Design Festival in June or July, Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival in mid- July and Edmonton Folk Music Festival held in August are some of the major festivals of Edmonton.
Besides housing North America’s largest mall, West Edmonton Mall and Canada’s largest living history museum – Fort Edmonton Park, there is much more to see and do in Edmonton. The royal Alberta Museum is one of the finest museums in the country offering a mix of permanent cultural and natural history exhibits. Elk Island National Park & Beaver Hills is a major attraction of nature lovers. While is home to all kinds of wildlife, including moose, elk, deer, and beavers the main attraction here is the large herd of buffalo. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a beautiful open air museum.
The Ford Edmonton Park is illustrious for its historical legacies; Muttart Conservatory is another attraction which highlights four pyramid-shaped hothouses are home to rare and far-traveled species of plants. The Legislature building, Are Gallery of Alberta, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, K Days, Edmonton Valley Zoo, Alberta Aviation Museum, Hawrelak Park, TELUS World of Science and Shaw Convention Centre are of the other popular attractions tourists can explore on their trip to Edmonton. There are numerous parks, gardens and amusement parks that too can be visited in Edmonton.
Eating and Shopping
From world class hotels to budget restaurant, Edmonton has something for travellers of all budgets. While fine dining and majority of the eateries offer multi cuisine option but tourists should try to savor the authentic local cuisine to understand the true culture of the people of Edmonton. The locals prefer to use the freshest ingredients and meat, vegetable and sea food is used in most of the dishes. In Edmonton the menu options are limitless. The streets are filled with food trucks offering everything from waffles to French fries. Cibo Bistro, Bistro Praha, Red Ox Inn, North 53, The Marc, Sage at River Cree, Rge Rd, Narayanni’s, Glasshouse Bistro, The Bruce Hotel and Wing Chicx Kal Bi Que are some of the restaurants which are a huge hit among the tourists.
With more than 800 shops located here, Edmonton is classified as North America’s largest shopping center. Having some of the largest malls, hippest shopping districts, and picturesque boutiques, this is the perfect shopping destination. 4th Street Promenade, Kingsway Mall, South Edmonton Common, Old Strathcona and Whyte Avenue, City Market Downtown, Old Strathcona Farmers' Market and 124 Street are some of the major shopping destination in Edmonton. Handmade toys and stationeries,, gourmet food, books, leather accessories, photography, pottery and jewellery are some of the most popular shopping items that tourists can purchase in Edmonton. The city is also very popular for its bakes goods so do not miss carrying a batch of freshly bakes bread or muffins. The city also has many book stores where tourists can choose from a wide of books, magazines and journals.
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