2001 population: 666,104
(Source: Statistics Canada)
"Gateway to the North"
Edmonton is in the province of Alberta. It is on the North Saskatchewan River. The city is the provincial capital.
The city was named for the nearby Fort Edmonton, which was named for Edmonton, England.
The Hudson's Bay Company built a fort downstream from the city's current location in 1795.
Filming location for 1997 movie, "The Edge" and 1956 movie, "The Searchers" and 1987 movie, "The Running Man" and 2007 movie, "The Assassination of Jesse James"
Well-known residents have included:
· Marshall McLuhan, analyst on the role of modern media
· Neil "Frosty" Colville, hockey player
· W.P. Kinsella, author
· Michael J. Fox, actor
· Johnny Bucyk, hockey player
· Tommy Chong, actor, director, screenwriter
Local festivals include:
· Edmonton in the Past - July 22, 2007
· Founder's Day - May 6, 2007
· Edmonton Folk Music Festival - Aug. 9-12, 2007
· Edmonton International Film Festival - Sept. 28-Oct. 6, 2007
· River City Roundup Festival - Nov. 2-11, 2007
· Silver Skate Festival - Feb. 17-18, 2007
· Fringe Festival - Aug. 16-26, 2007
· Ice on Whyte Festival - Jan. 18-28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Edmonton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Fort Edmonton Park
Public spaces: Churchill Square
Attractions: Muttart Conservatory, Valley Zoo
Sports teams: Oilers (NHL), Eskimos (CFL), Cracker Cats (Northern League Baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Edmonton Art Gallery, Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum, Telephone Historical Centre, Fort Edmonton Park, Royal Alberta Museum, C & E Railway Museum, Alberta Aviation Museum, Alberta Railway Museum
Colleges and universities: Grant MacEwan College, University of Alberta, NorQuest College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology