Edmonton hosts more than 30 festivals each year, celebrating everything from folk music to The Heritage Festival, Canada's longest running multicultural celebration.
Edmonton's river valley is North America's largest urban park. It offers year-round recreation for visitors, including hiking and bike trails.
Boasting a whopping 70 golf courses, including the oldest municipal course in Canada, Edmonton offers spectacular golf opportunities.
Less than an hour from Edmonton, Elk Island National Park is home to self-guided tours which lead visitors to wild herds of bison, moose, elk and more than 250 species of birds.
West Edmonton mall provides shoppers with more than 750 shops and 100 restaurants all under the same roof. Old Strathcona is one of Canada's prized shopping districts. It offers dining, full-service pubs and is a center for art, theater and music.
Edmonton is home to more than 20 theater companies, performing musicals, improv and dinner theaters.
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Sara John is a professional writer and copy editor living in Des Moines, IA. She has worked professionally for seven years, and written articles for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, as well as other local publications. She is a graduate of Grand View University and holds a B.A. in journalism.