Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta and is the province’s second-largest city behind Calgary. 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. Edmonton has a population of over one million making it the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Canada.

Strategically located between the world’s second-largest oil reserves and the world’s largest energy market, Edmonton plays a vital role in the development of the Athabasca oil sands earning it the nickname “Oil Capital of Canada”. Greater Edmonton supports the energy industry as a centre for upgrading and refining petrochemicals, pipelines, manufacturing, transportation, and logistics. Edmonton is at the crossroads of international trade routes linking Asia Pacific with eastern North America and Mexico with Alaska.

The city is also one of Canada’s leading centres for technology development. It is the home of the National Institute for Nanotechnology and cutting-edge companies engaged in microsystems and nanotechnology research and commercialization. Edmonton’s 9 post-secondary institutions include the University of Alberta, a world-leading research institution, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the largest trainer of apprentices in Canada. Edmonton also 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.” Additionally the city is home to multiple museums and galleries.

Edmonton is a major air transportation gateway to northern Alberta and northern Canada. The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and Edmonton City Centre Airport (ECCA) are the two airports serving the city with the EIA being the larger of the two airports, providing passenger service to destinations in the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.