Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta
and is the province's second-largest city. Edmonton is located on the North
Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is
surrounded by the central region of the province.
The city's 2009 civic census showed a population of 782 439,
while Statistics Canada estimated its metropolitan population at 1 155 383 in
2009, making it the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the nation and the northernmost
North American city with a metropolitan population over one million. A resident
of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.
The majority of Edmonton's metropolitan population lives
within the City of Edmonton rather than in the surrounding suburban municipalities.
Historically Edmonton was surrounded by few other urban municipalities and many
of the nearby settlements that did exist were absorbed through amalgamation or
annexation. Edmonton annexed a significant amount of land up until the early
1980s, and as such it has sustained much of the region's suburban growth within
the city. As a result it is one of the largest cities in North America in area
at 684 km2 (264 sq mi).
Edmonton serves as the northern anchor of the
Calgary–Edmonton Corridor and is a staging point for large-scale oil sands
projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining
operations in the Northwest Territories.
Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre.
It plays host to a year-round slate of world-class festivals, earning it the
title of "The Festival City.” It
is home to North America's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world's
largest mall from 1981 until 2004), and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest
living history museum. In 2004, Edmonton celebrated the centennial of its
incorporation as a city.
Website for the City of Edmonton
Wikipedia’s entry for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada