Edmonton is a charming city of about 1,300,000 people. The Central attraction of
the city is the deep, wide North Saskatchewan River Valley that carves its way
through the city. Edmonton's downtown overlooks the north bank of the river,
and its charming Old Strathcona historical and shopping & entertainment
district (and the well-regarded University of Alberta) overlooks the south bank.
Edmonton has historical charm, that Calgary seems to lack, because it grew into city status earlier. So there are lots of older buildings scattered around the downtown core, older charming communities in the inner city (on both banks). Those who note it has smaller office towers, compared to Calgary, should realize that was because of height restrictions by the city's municipal airport just north of the downtown core, not for any business reason. To compensate, Edmonton has three downtowns: the civic one around City Hall, the business one where the office towers are clustered, and one clustered around the Provincial Legislature.
Edmonton's modern downtown overlooks the beautiful river valley and its parklands on both shores. Edmontonians are proud of their city and its reputation as "Canada's Festival City" with virtually non-stop summertime celebrations, which draw visitors from far and wide.
Edmonton is more famous for it being the home of the West Edmonton Mall, the
largest shopping mall in the world, with over 800 stores and services. The WEM is located in the city's west end, and it seems all freeways point in its direction. The mall has the world's largest parking lot, indoor wave pool, indoor waterslide, indoor rollercoaster, indoor navy (4 submarines and a couple of boats), to name a few "world's bests." There's even a hotel in the Mall, as well as its own nightlife district
(Bourbon Street) to make shopping even easier.
Edmonton's development began in 1795 when the Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post was established. The North West Company arrived in Edmonton in 1804 and the two competed for plains Indian furs until their merger in 1820. Fort Edmonton became the major stopping point before pioneers headed up north or farther west nd by 180s Edmonton became a settlement. The city boomed during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, as thousands of eager prospectors headed north, via the "All Canadian Route," stopped in Edmonton for supplies.
Many people settled in Edmonton permanently and by 1904 Edmonton had 9,000 residents, when it was incorporated as a city, and declared the provincial capital of Alberta, which became a province in 1905. In 1912, Edmonton on the north side of the river and the town of Strathcona on the south amalgamated with a combined population over 53,000. The High Level Bridge was completed in 1913, creating another link between the north and south sides of Edmonton. The elegant Hotel Macdonald was completed in 1915.
In the 1930s, Edmonton continued to thrive as a northern business centre, and thee airport was jumping off point for bush planes. In 1942, the wartime construction of the Alaska Highway made the city became the major ground transportation and supply centre to the far north.
Oil was discovered in the Edmonton area shortly after World War II, near Leduc just south of Edmonton. The area around Edmonton became home to most of Alberta's oil production and refinery capacity, giving Edmonton new status as the Oil Capital of Canada (even though most headquarter office towers are located in Calgary). Since the Arab Oil Boycott of 1973, the city has grown dramatically with an area population now around 1,100,000. Whether it's the botanical gardens, an art gallery or its beautiful riverside, Edmonton offers its visitors and residents lots to do every day of the week.
Edmonton lies on the Yellowhead Highway (#16), the norhtern Trans-Canada Highway. The route through town is basically a limited access expressway passing through Edmonton's north-side suburbs. West of the city are Sprice Grove and Stony Plain with a number of fast food, gas, and accommodation options. Edmonton has three downtowns: the civic downtown around City Hall, the business downtown, around Jasper & 100 Street, and the provincial government downtown south of Jasper & 109th Street close to the Legislature building. West Edmonton Mall is best accessed via 170th Street, and as the world's largest shopping mall (with a pile of other attractions and features built in) is well wortha detour.
Cyclists should avoid the Yellowwhead through Edmonton, and detour south along Stoney Plain Road, wcihc also runs conveniently thorugh Stoney Plain and Spruce Grove, and jogs into downtown's Jasper Avenue. Cross the North Saskatchewan Rive on the High Level Bridge connecting the Provincial Legislature with the University of Alberta campus (and importantly saves a big downhill and steep uphill climb). east of downtown follow 101 Avenue east (it becomes Baseline Road and the Township Rd 530) to Androssan. Access to/from the Yellowhead highway is via Range Road 222 though Androssan.
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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Conveniently located off highway 16, just 10 minutes from downtown, our pet-friendly hotel in Edmonton offers easy access to West Edmonton Mall and Rexall Place
59 rooms 5 minutes from West Edm Mall, connecting rooms available, friendly staff, free local phone calls & cable movies, meeting room up to 150 people, indoor swimming pool and sauna, Albert's Family Restaurant
off Calgary Trail North Hwy 2, centrally located near many attractions and businesses including the University of Alberta, the Royal Alberta Museum, the West Edmonton Mall, the South Edmonton Common Shopping Complex
"Home2 Suites by Hilton boasts a fantastic location in West Edmonton. Â Stay just minutes from one of the city's popularattractions, West Edmonton Mall."
The St. Albert Inn and Suites plays a key role within the community, offering meeting rooms and banquet facilities for gatherings of up to 400 people. Whether you are looking for a small boardroom or a large spacious area for your wedding,
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Edmonton.
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.
surface station serves the Southgate Mall and the surrounding residential communities
Thomas Cook is the largest leisure travel retail company in Canada. We employ experienced professional travel consultants, backed by a fully integrated web site & call centre. Our customers benefit from our superior buying power with our suppliers.
Unlike other rental car companies, Enterprise focuses on neighborhood markets. We specialize in renting to people who need a temporary replacement car or a vehicle for a special occasion.
Opened in 1954 as a 9 hole golf course, along the scenic valley of the North Saskatchewan River, and expanded to 18 holes in 1970. The early 1980's saw the installation of an irrigation system and dramatic reworking of holes #4 through #10,
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Edmonton.
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