Almost one million people call Edmonton home, for good reason. Edmonton is a friendly community and a great place to raise a family. The city's diverse neighbourhoods offer a variety of amenities including parks, sporting facilities and shopping centres. There are abundant low and no-cost activities to do throughout the year.
Residents enjoy no provincial sales tax and the lowest provincial tax in Canada. With a low unemployment rate, the economy is booming and Edmontonians enjoy a great standard of living. Compared to other major cities in Canada (such as Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto), Edmonton has the lowest cost of living.
Edmonton excels in education at every level. Parents and students can choose from a wide range of schools (public, Catholic, bilingual, charter, private) and unique and innovative educational programs (home education, online/virtual schools, outreach and alternative programs). Our post-secondary institutions are some of the top in North America, and the world.
Edmonton is Canada's “Festival City”, offering a wealth of activities to enjoy throughout the city. Concerts and annual music and cultural festivals bring the city together throughout the year. Edmonton is also home to world-class galleries and museums, and boasts more than 1,600 restaurants for every taste and culture.
City of Champions
Edmonton is the “City of Champions”, which refers to Edmonton’s years of athletic achievement as well as for the can-do attitude you’ll find in its citizens. We’re all champions and show our love for the city by helping others, welcoming newcomers, excelling in our jobs and careers, and acting considerately to our environment and to each other.
If you’re a sports fan, you know our teams are top-notch! The Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos are widely known for their accomplishments and great players. The city really gets behind the teams and the games are exhilarating. Be part of the excitement year round with CFL football, NHL hockey as well as several local and collegiate teams in basketball, hockey, lacrosse and more.
Our scenic river valley and beautiful parks provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities. There are 22 river valley parks for picnicking and enjoying the beautiful summer weather. If you enjoy cycling, jogging or walking, Edmonton has many kilometres of trails along the North Saskatchewan River, which can also be enjoyed at water’s edge via boat, kayak, canoe or the majestic Edmonton Queen riverboat. We also have beautiful lakes and camping in and around Edmonton for that weekend getaway. For the winter, we have downhill ski hills and cross-country ski trails.
Edmonton is also close to the beautiful Rocky Mountains and majestic towns such as Jasper and Banff. In about three and a half hours’ drive, you can participate in seasonal activities such as skiing, camping, hiking, sightseeing and more.
To learn more about Edmonton, visit www.edmonton.ca.