General city Information, Edmonton
If you are visiting from the U.S. you will find the large pubs are quite different than most American bars. They generally only offer highballs, beer and usually a house wine. You won't find any fancy mixed drinks unless you go to a lounge. Pubs are fun though and many have live music and dancing.
Fondest memory: I always liked that Edmonton is a blue-collar city (as opposed to white-collar Calgary) so it's more relaxed and casual. I don't miss my husband having to drive all the way to Ft. McMurray to work for weeks on end but I do miss the Big E!
If you're moving here to Edmonton, the Humane Society is the perfect place for you to find a new companion for your home! The Edmonton Humane Society is a no kill animal shelter, which means they will not euthanize an animal just because it has not been adopted or has been there for too long. They have had animals for over 6 months (I know this personally because I volunteer here). The only reason they will put an animal down is if it is ill.
They have a large (sometimes too large) selection of cats and dogs. They also have rabbits, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.
All cats and dogs will already have their vaccinations and be spayed or neutered. They will not be declawed; that is your choice to make.
The prices are a lot cheaper than a regular pet store, and you know you are helping rescue someone who may have come here under unfortunate circumstances and giving them a better life.
Address: 12251 - 67 Street
Phone: (780) 471-1774
Fondest memory: This is where I got my fat orange cat Oliver!
I used to be a cat cuddler here, which basically means I would take a cat into a room and play with them or cuddle or brush them or whatever they liked for half an hour each cat. I met lots of very cute cats here! The only downside was that I did not get to take them all home!
In all of Canada, a goods and services tax of 6% is applied to all purchases except for basic groceries (milk, eggs, bread, etc.), most medical services and prescriptions, and exports.
Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax.
The provinces that do are:
Newfoundland and Labrador
These range from 5% to 14%.
All sales tax are usually added on at the counter when you go up to pay and will not be on the sticker price. Some restaurants and stores do include GST, and will clearly put "GST included" on their menus or at the till.
CJSR is the volunteer run, university radio station in Edmonton. They are on 24/7, and play the widest variety of music you can imagine. There is something for literally everyone on this station. Punk, jazz, hip-hop, heavy metal, spoken word, a travel show...the list goes on and on. It is definitely worth checking out if you are in Edmonton, or even if you're not. Just check out their website!!
Downtown Visitor Information Centre
World Trade Centre Edmonton
9990 Jasper Avenue, Main Floor
Edmonton AB T5J 1P7
- Tel.: (+1) 790 496 84 00
- Fax: (+1) 780 496 84 13
- www1.travelalberta.com/content/citiestowns/edmonton.cfm (no, it's not a mistake: www1. )
- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The best time to come to Edmonton, in my opinion, is the summer.
There are lots of festivals and activities happening (read my tip on Festivals for more info). If it is sunny (as it usually is), Whyte Avenue is guaranteed to be filled with people, from the morning crowd to the night owl partiers, any day of the week. No shortage of patio eateries, to chill, relax and people watch.
Failing that, fall is also a very nice time to come. People are still outside getting the last dosages of sun before the onset of winter, although you would be well advised to bring a jacket along because it cools down considerably after the sun sets. The fall foliage paints the river valley and the many parks around the city with dazzling orange and yellow (and sometimes red).
The winter, you either love it or you hate it. Simple as that. For me, I love it - the snow, the sun, the skiing, the skating...
Spring is my least favourite season - wetter than the other times of the year, the leaves are not out yet, snow has melted, everything is brown or grey..
But, there are people who thinks spring is the best season of them all. Go figure.
Really depends on what your taste is.
Because of the high Northern latitude, there are long sunlight hours in summer. So even if the weather office says the sun "sets" at 10:04 PM twilight lasts well until after 11 PM. It's a strange feeling when I travel to another city (like Toronto or Calgary even) when the sun sets, the sun disappears in a matter of minutes!! (or so it feels like, in comparison with Edmonton)
As well, if it's a clear night, and you're on the edge of the city away from the city lights, you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights! I've been lucky enough to see them a handful of times.
If you want to know what's happening in E-Town during the time you're here, grab a free copy of See or Vue magazine. They are available on most street corners and they are the essential guides to what's happening in town (bands playing where, what shows are on, where the local clubs are located and what's the theme of the day).
See Magazine: http://www.greatwest.ca/see/Intro/index.html
Admittedly, Edmonton is not a destination city. People who come here are here to visit someone they know, or are passing through, or are using it as a gateway point to other parts of the province.
Those who do linger usually find Edmonton to be quite.. bleah.
Don't blame them, I agree.
But bleah is not necessarily bad. The trick is simply NOT to force yourself to expect thrills and excitement from a place that doesn't offer that. What it does offer takes time to discover. The most charming thing about Edmonton has nothing to do with the parks and the green space, the biggest mall in the world, or the cheap cost of living. It is that people here are real - they aren't self delusional, pompous, pretentious, etc like some other cities (Calgary comes to mind.. oy)
To anthropomorph my point, think of Edmonton as someone who may not be flashy or talkative, but who actually has character, as opposed to someone who seems lively at first but whose shallowness gets annoying really fast.
My experience is, people who come here wanting to hate Edmonton, leaves here hating it more. People who come with an open mind and who stay a while, leaves here making loads of friends and loving it.
If you're the latter, then welcome to Edmonton.
Fondest memory: Every time I take off from the airport!! lol Hey, remember, I live here so it's not necessarily a bad thing..
For those of you unaware, there has long been a standing rivalry between Calgary and Edmonton. I guess it is only fair, though, that I do mention the fact that Edmonton is actually a very beautiful city with much more to offer than just the West Edmonton Mall!!
We Calgarians love our winter Chinooks, but the cold winters in Edmonton produce much more spectacular gardens in summer than are ever possible in Calgary. The real joke is on the Calgarians, if you ask me, as we spend insane amounts of money and time trying to create beautiful gardens!!
Did you know:
Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta, the second largest metro area west of Toronto and the fifth largest city in Canada.
-The world's longest crude oil pipeline is the Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (1950) connection from Edmonton to Buffalo, NY - a distance of 1775 miles (2856 km).
Fondest memory: Fighting my way across the High Level Bridge. This bridge is the most direct route from downtown to Strathcona (i.e. Whyte Ave) and Calgary Trail. It's lanes are rather narrow and it has all sorts of interesting (and confusing) curves. Great view (just don't take your eyes off the road). NOTE: the bridge is one-way (southbound). To go northbound you have to find your way into the valley and take the 'Low Level' bridge.
See an Oilers Game, check out Whyte Ave, see a festival in the summer (there is at least one a week for all summer), check out the River Valley, Parliment Buildings and grounds.
Fondest memory: God, where do I begin? Riding my bike in Edmonton is one of my fondest memories. Their trails are like being in the Country, not a major city. You can leave it all behind, and the connect so easily throughout the city.
I found the people in Edmonton way more friendly than on Calgary. People are so much more down to Earth!
Ok, you might want to see West Edmonton Mall. It is the biggest, blah blah yah yah. Whatever. Tourist trap, expensive, boring, blah blah. Go somewhere else, see something cultural. It is over 10 blocks long, they have the same store multiple times. That is way too much for me. Plus for a city that has THE LARGEST MALL IN THE WORLD, let me tell you, there are a lot of shopping centers throughout Edmonton. Weird I tell you.
I think I pretty much summed everything up in my title page...
Fondest memory: I've got 24 years (EEK!) of memories here. I think my two most favorite events (and hence, my memories) that I would miss the most when I eventually (finally) leave Edmonton would be the Birkebeiner X-C ski race in February and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in August. Please see pictures...
Always the Gateway to the North, Edmonton lost out when the Canadian Pacific routed its tracks through Calgary in 1883. But in 1891 the railroad reached Edmonton too. The discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1898 brought Edmonton its first boom period as prospectors flooded to the town to prepare for the long track. This period of Edmonton’s history is affectionately remembered every August in the town’s annual Klondike Days celebrations (10 days!) – colorful parades, festivities etc. Saville Systems, a company I used to work for, offered tasty (and free) Klondike breakfasts to its employees…Northland Park becomes Klondike Village, and everyone from the bank manager to the shopkeeper joins in by dressing up in period costume.
When the province of Alberta was created in 1905, Edmonton was elected its capital, (much to the disappointment of the rival town of Calgary) and site of the University of Alberta. In the 1947 the first of several oil fields was discovered – dictating the city’s fortunes ever since.
go to Old Strathcona at night - small pubs, restaurants. An amazing area of sophistication for a small city like Edmonton.
Downtown - although rather deserted, nevertheless well organized, clean and enjoyable to be in, especially in the summer.
Fondest memory: River Valley- Never seen a place like it before. It's like being in a forrest while you're in the middle of the city.
Whitemud, oddly enough. Driving down stretches of it is like driving in a park. The picture shows part of the River Valley seen from the Shaw Conference Centre on Jasper Avenue