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