Located within Alberta’s central region, the city of Edmonton is positioned along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The capital of Alberta, sitting within the Capital Region, Edmonton is the farthest north of any North American city with over 1 million metropolitan residents. The city’s community members affectionately identify themselves as Edmontonians.
Edmonton is a center of education, government, and culture. Known as “Canada’s Festival City,” the metropolis features festivals year round. Edmonton is also home to the West Edmonton Mall, which holds the title of North America’s largest mall, and was the biggest mall in the world until 2004.
Edmonton’s summers are usually mild, lasting from late June to early September with humidity that rarely becomes uncomfortable. Winters in Edmonton typically stretch from November to March, but the severity and length of the season vary drastically. Spring and autumn tend to be short, but variable. The growing season for Edmonton and the surrounding area typically begins in May and concludes with the Fall equinox around September 22. Edmonton receives seventeen hours and three minutes of daylight on its longest day (the summer solstice) in addition to an hour and forty-six minutes of civil twilight, Edmonton is one of Canada’s sunniest cities.
Edmonton contributes to its role as “Canada’s Festival City” by presenting several large festivals each year. Each summer, Churchill Square, located in Downtown Edmonton, hosts several such festivals. K-Days, which has in the past been known first as the Edmonton Exhibition and later as Klondike Days and Capital Ex, is Edmonton’s premier summer festival. Another, the ethnocultural Edmonton Heritage Festival, is typically hosted in Hawrelak Park over Heritage Day weekend.
The Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (The NHL), the FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League, and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football league(CFL) are a few of the several professional sports teams that call Edmonton home.