Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and host to many venues with rich cultural, historical and artistic significance.
Edmonton is situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. It is the second largest city in Alberta (after Calgary) and is the hub of the country’s sixth largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) with a population of 1,016,000 (2005 est.). At 684 sq km, Edmonton is also one of the largest cities by area in North America — larger in area than Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit. However, Edmonton also has the one of the lowest population densities in North America — about 67 times less than New York.
Edmonton is the provincial capital, known around the world as a well-rounded cultural, educational and government centre. It plays host to a year ’round slate of world-class festivals, earning it the title of “Festival City”. Among these is included Edmonton’s Capital Ex (formerly the Klondike Days Exposition), the renowned Edmonton Fringe Festival, North America’s first and largest Fringe event, Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Cariwest, Canadian Finals Rodeo, and many, many more.
The City has also hosted many international events, including the 2001 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix, and the 2005 World Masters Games. It is home to North America’s largest mall – the West Edmonton Mall, Canada’s largest historical park – Fort Edmonton Park, and boasts, arguably the richest athletic heritage in North America.
It’s no wonder they call this the “City of Champions”!
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