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City of Edmonton Information  


About Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Mayor: Don Iveson
Governing: Edmonton City Council
Phone Codes: (780) (587)

 

Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta, making it the seat of the provincial Crown. It is on the North Saskatchewan River in the central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farmland on the prairies.  It plays host to a year round slate of world-class festivals, earning it the title of "The Festival City". It is the second largest city in Alberta after Calgary, with a population of 899,447 (2016), and is Canada's fifth largest census metropolitan area. Edmonton is also home to North America's largerst mall, West Edmonton Mall (The world's largest from 1981 - 2004), as well as Canada's largest living history muesum, Fort Edmonton Park.
 
A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.

Geography 

Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River, and sits at an elevation of 671 metres (2,201 ft). Edmonton is the most northerly city in North America with a metropolitan population of over one million. It is at the same latitude as Hamburg (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Manchester (United Kingdom), and Magnitogorsk (Russia). North as it is, it is south of the geographic centre of Alberta, which is located near the Hamlet of Fort Assiniboine. The terrain in and around Edmonton is generally flat to gently rolling, with ravines and deep river valleys, such as the North Saskatchewan River valley. The Canadian Rockies are located about 220 km (140 mi) to the southwest, but despite the proximity the city is too distant for any of its peaks to be seen.
The North Saskatchewan River originates at the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park and bisects the city. Before the construction of two reservoirs near the mountains, it would sometimes flood Edmonton's river valley, most notably in the North Saskatchewan River flood of 1915. It empties via the Saskatchewan River, Lake Winnipeg, and the Nelson River into Hudson Bay.[40] It runs from the southwest to the northeast and is fed by numerous creeks throughout the city, such as Mill Creek, Whitemud Creek and Blackmud Creek; this creates numerous ravines, some of which are used for urban parkland. Edmonton is within the Canadian Prairies Ecozone. Aspen parkland, surrounds the city and, acts a transitional area from the prairie to the south and boreal forest in the north. However, the aspen woods and forests in and around Edmonton have long since been reduced by farming and other human activities, such as oil and natural gas exploration.

Climate

 
Edmonton has a humid northern continental climate with extreme seasonal temperatures, although the city has milder winters than either Regina or Winnipeg, which are both located at a more southerly latitude, it still has mild summers and chilly winters, with the average daily temperatures ranging from -10.94° in January to 17.7°C in July.
 
Annually, temperatures exceed 30°C on an average of four to fives daysanytime from late April to mid September and fall below −20°C on an average of twenty-eight days.
Typically, summer lasts from late June until early September and the humidity is rarely uncomfortably high. Winter lasts from November through March and varies greatly in length and severity. Spring and autumn are both short and highly variable.

Population History

 
Edmonton's Population has grown from 148 people in 1878 to 899,477 in 2016.

Population History Graph


Edmonton Symbols

The City of Edmonton has several official symbols that have been carefully designed to represent our unique heritage and character. These symbols are an important part of our culture and
should always be used in an appropriate and intended manner.

Coat of Arms

City of Edmonton Coat of Arms
  • the City Crest is an official symbol that reflects Edmonton’s history, geography and aspirations
  • the elements include:
    • mace: Edmonton’s preeminent status as Alberta’s capital city
    • sun emblazoned on the shield: Edmonton’s above-average amount of sunshine
    • winged wheel: Edmonton’s importance as an aviation and industrial centre
    • wavy ribbon: The North Saskatchewan River
    • sheaf: Agriculture
    • explorer (left): The city’s fur trading heritage
    • Athena, Goddess of Wisdom (right): Education and the University of Alberta

 Logo/Signature

         Edmonton logo
  • the original City logo was developed in 1976 and adopted in 1977
  • after several decades, the time had come to refresh this corporate look
  • “The City of” has been removed from the logo
  • renewed lettering - now integrated into a dark blue square for visual emphasis - retains the logo’s original character but in a cleaner, more modern form
  • consistent with our past, it makes our mark in a new way

Flag

City of Edmonton Flag
  • incorporates the City of Edmonton Coat of Arms on a white field with two blue borders
  • blue symbolizes strength and the North Saskatchewan River
  • white signifies peace

The Mayor’s Chain of Office

Mayor Chain
  • is worn by the Mayor at ceremonial functions
  • each link represents a community element and symbolizes people joined in a common cause
  • the chain rests on a prime beaver pelt, which recognizes Edmonton’s origins as a Hudson’s Bay Company Trading Post
  • the gold and silver badges represent military and police units that have served Edmonton

City Tartan

City tartan
  • the predominant colour is light blue which symbolizes the clear blue of the prairie sky.
  • green represents agriculture
  • yellow represents the sun of the long summer days and prairie wheat.
  • white represents peace, from the City flag, and for the long months of snow.
  • the city’s official colours of purple and gold are also included, with the gold also representing the marigold, Edmonton’s official flower.

Official Flower: The Marigold

Marigolds

  • symbolizes sunny Alberta and Edmonton’s role in the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s
  • the flower’s many varieties celebrate diversity; Edmonton’s population is made up of more than 50 ethnic groups.

Economy

Edmonton is the major economic centre for northern and central Alberta and a major centre for the oil and gas industry.
 
Edmonton traditionally has been a hub for Albertan petrochemical industries, earning it the nickname "Oil Capital of Canada" in the 1940s. Supply and service industries drive the energy extraction engine while research develops new technologies and supports expanded value-added processing of Alberta's massive oil, gas and oil sands reserves. These are reported to be the second largest in the world after Saudi Arabia.
 
Despite the apparent focus on oil and gas, Edmonton's economy is now the second most diverse in Canada.
 
Much of the growth in technology sectors is due to Edmonton's reputation as one of Canada’s premiere research and education centres. Research initiatives are anchored by educational institutions such as the University of Alberta as well as government initiatives underway at the Alberta Research Council and Edmonton Research Park. Recently the National Institute for Nanotechnology was constructed on the University of Alberta campus.
 
The geographical location of Edmonton has made it an ideal spot for distribution and logistics. CN Rail's North American operational facility is located in the city as well as a major intermodal facility that handles all incoming freight from the port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia.
 
Edmonton is known for its exceptional environmental stewardship, strong life-science sector, and burgeoning high-tech industry economy.

Education

 

Post-Secondary

K-12


Attractions 


Sports Teams  

Professional and Amateur Franchises

 
Club   League   Venue  

Established  

Championships

Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League Rogers Place

1972

5

Edmonton Eskimos Canadian Football League Commonwealth Stadium

1949

13

Edmonton Rush National Lacrosse League Northlands Coliseum

2006 - 2015

1

Edmonton Cracker Cats Northern League Edmonton Ballpark

2005

0

Edmonton Oil Kings Western Hockey League Rogers Place

2007

2

FC Edmonton  N. American Soccer League Clarke Stadium

2010

 
           
In addition to the minor-league teams, Edmonton also has very successful University-level sports teams including the U of A Golden BearsU of A PandasNAIT Ooks, and Grant MacEwan Griffins.

Recreation

Activities, Parks and Recreation

 


Shopping

 

In 1981, West Edmonton Mall, which was at the time the world's largest mall, opened. Still the biggest in North America, the mall is one of Alberta's most-visited tourist attractions, and contains an indoor amusement park, a large indoor waterpark, a skating rink, a New Orleans-themed bar district and a luxury hotel in addition to over eight hundred shops and services.
 
For a list of all shopping malls in Edmonton and their locations, click here.

Transportation

 

The Edmonton International Airport 

Edmonton Transit Service


Local Media

 

Radio

630 CHED Edmonton News/Talk/Sports
680 CHFA Edmonton CBC French
740 CBX Edmonton Variety
CBC Radio One
790 CFCW Camrose Country
880 CHQT Edmonton All News  I-NEWS 880
930 CJCA Edmonton Southern Gospel  THE LIGHT
1260 CFRN Edmonton All Sports  THE TEAM
1440 CKJR Wetaskiwin Classic Hits/Ethnic  W 1440
88.5 CJSR Edmonton Variety
University of Alberta
89.3 CKAV-4 Edmonton Aboriginal
90.1 CBCX Edmonton Jazz/Classical  CBC FRENCH
90.9 CBX Edmonton Classical  CBC RADIO TWO
91.7 CHBN Edmonton CHR/Rhythmic  THE BOUNCE
92.5 CKNG Edmonton Classic Hits  925 ZFresh Radio
92.9 CIBW Drayton Valley Country  BIG WEST COUNTRY
93.5 CIHS Wetaskiwin Country/Southern Gospel 
93.9 CBX Edmonton Variety  CBC Radio One
simulcast of AM 740
94.9 CKUA Edmonton Variety
95.7 CKEA Edmonton 80's, 90's & Today   95.7 CRUZ FM
96.3 CKRA Edmonton Oldies  96.3 CAPITAL FM
97.3 CIRK Edmonton Classic Rock  K-97
98.1 CFCW Camrose Classic Hits  CAM FM
98.5 CFWE-1 Edmonton Aboriginal
99.3 CIUP Edmonton Uptempo Oldies  UP FM 99.3!
100.3 CFBR Edmonton Active Rock  THE BEAR
101.1 CHFA Edmonton CBC French
simulcast of AM 680
101.7 CKER Edmonton Ethnic/Multi-Cultural/Religion
102.3 CIAB Edmonton Hot A/C  102.3 FM NOW RADIO
102.9 CHDI Edmonton Modern Rock  SONIC 102.9
103.9 CISN Edmonton Country  KISSIN
104.9 CFMG St. Albert Top 40  VIRGIN RADIO
105.9 CJRY Edmonton Contemporary Christian  SHINE FM
107.1 CJNW Edmonton CHR/Top 40   HOT 107

Hospitals

Alberta Hospital Edmonton (Psychiatric only)

17480 FORT ROAD, P.O. BOX 307, Edmonton, AB T5J 2J7

780-472-5555

Cross Cancer Institute

11560 University Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2

780-432-8771

Devon General Hospital

101 Erie Street South, Devon, Alberta T9G 1A6

(780) 987-8200

Fort Saskatchewan Health Centre

9430 – 95 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 1R8

(780) 998-2256

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

11132 102 ST NW, Edmonton, T5G 2M3

(780) 735-7999

Grey Nuns Community Hospital & Health Centre

3015 62 St, Edmonton, T6L 5X8

780-735-7000

Leduc Community Hospital & Health Centre

4210 – 48 St, Leduc, T9E 5Z3

(780) 980-4470

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

10245 111 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 0B6

(780) 735-4111

Misericordia Community Hospital

16940 87 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5R 4H5

780-735-2000

Northeast Community Health Centre

14007-50 Street.

(780) 472-5000

Redwater Health Centre

4812 – 58 Street, Redwater, AB T0A 2W0

(780) 942-3932

Royal Alexandra Hospital

10240 Kingsway Ave NW

(780) 477-4111 & (780) 477-4201

Stollery Children's Hospital

8440 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

780-407-8822

Sturgeon Community Hospital & Health Center

201 Boudreau Road, St. Albert

780-408-5465 & 780-496-8822

University Of Alberta Hospital

8440 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

(780) 407-8822

WestView Health Centre

4405 South Park Drive, Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2M7

(780) 968-3600 

 

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