Festivals, Festivals EverywhereEdmonton is often nicknamed “Festival City”. Estimates put the annual festival count at around 50. That equals out to a festival almost every week. Some of these include the following:
- · FolkFest
- · BaconFest
- · Interstellar Rodeo Music
- · Vikings in the Streets Festival
Green and SunnyCanada isn’t especially known for being sunny, but relative to everywhere else in the country, Edmonton is known as the sunniest. Edmonton somehow manages to average 325 days of sun every year, despite the fact that it is also Canada’s northernmost city. However, this is in contrast to very cold winters. Also surprising is the fact that some residents adjust so well that flip flops and cargo shorts are not uncommon sights during the wintertime.
Perhaps in thanks to sunny days almost all year round, North America’s largest urban green belt is in Edmonton. The green belt is over 20 times larger than Central Park in New York and there are roughly two-dozen major parks to choose from. This leads to 97 kilometers (61 miles) or snow shoeing, skiing, hiking, biking, and skiing and walking trails.
Oil Boosts the EconomyDespite its reputation as a green city, it is important to note that Edmonton is also an oil city. One of the top benefits that come from this is low gas prices compared to other nearby cities, including Calgary. Transportation costs are further reduced by the city's advanced bus network and light rail system that stops frequently in major central and downtown points of interest.
Find Your New HomeThough it may sound like a party-city of eccentrics and commercial business, Edmonton prides itself on being a city for raising families. To support this claim, the city provides an educational system that many experts claim is second to none. This makes the city as great a relocation option for large families as for newlyweds and singles.
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