Living in Edmonton


Edmonton is known as the City of Festivals.  It has the longest stretch of unbroken green space in a city in North America.  It is also known for its friendliness and small-town feel.

Edmonton is the capital city of the province of Alberta. As of 2014, it has a population of 877,926. West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest mall, is found in Edmonton.

Below are some helpful links to learn more about Edmonton.  Solomon College offers these links as resources and is not responsible for content found on them.

Why Edmonton?

  • A multicultural community welcoming to international visitors
  • An expanding metropolitan city with the world’s largest indoor shopping and entertainment complex
  • Lower cost of living, as well as lower crime and pollution rates than Toronto or Vancouver
  • Clean and safe neighborhoods for home-stay or independent living
  • Efficient, safe and low-cost public transportation
  • Prestigious post-secondary educational institutions such as the University of Alberta, as well as numerous colleges and technical schools


City of Edmonton

  • ETS – Edmonton Transit System. This link helps you get around using the bus or the city train!
  • Festivals Come here to learn all about the many festivals we have in Edmonton!
  • Laws about Renting Apartments Nervous about renting an apartment? The links on this page give you information about landlords, tenants, and renter rights.
  • Apartments for Rent Looking for an apartment? This is one popular site to use.  Please use proper precautions when using this site.  Kijiji has advice on how to safely use its site as well.
  • Neighbourhoods in Edmonton  Use this link to find out where you would like to live, or to learn about where you already live! Each neighbourhood has a community league and often a community centre where you can get involved and meet your neighbours!
  • Learn about Edmonton Community Leagues.
  • Weather – A local weather channel with everything you need to know about the weather! Please come prepared for cold winters! This includes a heavy jacket, boots, gloves, scarf, a warm hat, and warm socks!  Edmonton can go down to -30 degrees Celsius in the winter, and sometimes more.  Summers in Edmonton average around 17 degrees Celcius .  Please bring appropriate clothing!
  • Fun Activities to do in Edmonton.



  • Alberta is one of the three prairie provinces.
  • It is the fourth largest province.
  • Saskatchewan is east of Alberta; British Columbia is west.
  • The Northwest Territories are north of Alberta.
  • The state of Montana is south.
  • Alberta was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.
  • Alberta is known as Canada’s “energy province”.



  • Alberta is home to over 3.7 million people.(July, 2010)
  • The largest cities are Edmonton (capital) and Calgary.
  • Two-thirds of Albertans live in these two cities.



  • The mountain scenery of Banff and Jasper national parks attracts thousands of tourists.
  • The Calgary Stampede has bull riding, calf roping and chuck-wagon racing.
  • Wood Buffalo is the world’s second largest national park and is home to the world’s largest free roaming herd of wood bison. It is also the last natural nesting habitat of the rare whooping crane.
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park is in the badlands near Drumheller.
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is the largest, oldest and best preserved buffalo jump in the world.
  • Other historical sites Rocky Mountain House (fur trade) and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
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