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Welcome to Edmonton


The capital of Alberta, Edmonton is often overlooked in favour of its flashier neighbour, Calgary. Situated in the centre of the province, Edmonton is relatively flat, despite coming within a few hundred kilometres of the Rockies. The city is relatively sleepy in comparison to Calgary, and has a small-town feel despite its million-plus inhabitants.

Edmonton is perhaps best known as the site of the West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in North America. However, there are other attractions in Edmonton, including Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum. There are more than 70 museums in Edmonton, including the Alberta Railway Museum, the Telus World of Science, the Alberta Aviation Museum, and the Royal Alberta Museum.

Edmonton also has a rich cultural life, with the Francis Winspear Centre for Music hosting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Old Strathcona home to a number of theatre groups and the Edmonton Fringe Festival. The city is home to a number of festivals including Capital EX (formerly Klondike Days), the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

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Edmonton has a fairly dry climate, with typically Canadian warm summers and cold winters. Spring begins to warm up in late March, with rapid temperature increases into April. The summers are warm and sunny, with rainstorms in July. Autumn is between September and November, with noticeably cooler temperatures.

Getting Around

Getting around in Edmonton occasionally requires strategic planning. While the various neighbourhoods are relatively compact, getting from one to the other can be a time-consuming process. Public transportation is very good, with the Edmonton Transit System and the Edmonton Light Rail Transit servicing nearly 300,000 people every day.

The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.
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