Seniors Travel to Edmonton

May 16th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

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.  It was founded in 1795 as a fort and trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Population: 730,000. 

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 is the capital city of Alberta and is well known for its scenic river valley and a thriving music and art community. Located 294 km (183 mi) north of Calgary, Edmonton is home to North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, West Edmonton Mall. More than just a shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall also has a giant water park, a man-made lake, a skating rink, two mini-golf courses, 21 movie theaters, a Vegas-style casino and an amusement park with 25 rides and attractions. Edmonton’s vibrant population tends to hang out and let loose at the trendy Whyte Avenue district, which is situated next to the reputable University of Alberta. Here are several “images” of the city that show a great variety of scenes.

Known for an enormous mall and the hockey team where Wayne Gretzky played in his glory days, Edmonton Canada is a truly Canadian city. The population of Edmonton Canada skyrocketed with the oil boom beginning in the late 1940’s. The first oil well was drilled about 25 miles southwest of Edmonton, with 10,000 more wells popping up shortly after. The oil brought the city millions of dollars of revenue, and city development took off. Within twenty years Edmonton’s population had quadrupled and it took on the characteristics of a big city—replete with skyscrapers and a Light Rail Transit. 

Located on the North Saskatchewan River, in the centre of the province, it began as a series of fur-trading posts built from 1795. With the arrival of the railway and an influx of settlers in the late 19th century, Edmonton began to prosper economically, and in 1905 it became the capital of the new province of Alberta. The 1947 discovery of petroleum in the area greatly stimulated the city’s growth; an agricultural and oil-based economy still prevails. It is the distribution centre of northwestern Canada. Its cultural and educational institutions include the University of Alberta (1906).

For Edmonton tourism with an historical twist, try out life as a pioneer at Fort Edmonton Park, the largest living history park in Canada. Each street gives a sampling of life from four different eras. 1846 Street lets you experience life as it was in Hudson Bay.  TripAdvisor, the old reliable, suggests that you check out their site as they have restaurants, things to do, a Travel Forum, a Tavel Guide and more.  Things to do and just for fun…a video, from Trip Advisor.     jeb



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