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Edmonton – Canada’s largest city, is the center of the province of Alberta. The population located on the river North Saskatchewan, the city has over 817 thousand people.
The first European who visited the district of modern Edmonton in 1754, became a British researcher Anthony Henday. The date of Foundation of the city is 1795, when the Hudson’s Bay Company built a Fort, later called Edmonton in honor of the English city, the birthplace of the managing company of sir James winter Lake. Gradually a settlement developed, giving the colonists the land at a reasonable price. Still, the greatest flowering of the Edmonton reached after 1885 was the railroad.
In 1892 Edmonton was officially granted city status. At that time there lived about 700 people. By 1904 the city’s population has reached 8 thousand In 1906 Edmonton was the administrative centre. But in 1917, a crisis during which the city’s population was reduced to 50 thousand
Reborn Edmonton began only in the late 1940s after its surroundings were discovered large oil deposits. Throughout the 1950s the city’s population has increased from 150 thousand to 270 thousand. Despite periodic fall of the city’s economy continued to develop. In recent years, Edmonton is considered one of the fastest growing canadian cities and major industrial, commercial and cultural center of the country.
Edmonton is a very interesting canadian city with many attractions. Special interest to tourists is the historical part of the city called Old Strathcona. In the historic quarter, which began to be built since the late NINETEENTH century, you can see many surviving buildings of the late NINETEENTH century – early twentieth century
The main Museum is the Royal Alberta provincial Museum albert, opened in 1967, is currently the Museum includes three halls – the hall of culture ancient times, the hall of science and hall of the wild nature of the canadian province of Alberta. Only on the territory of the city there are about 20 museums.
Among other architectural sights of Edmonton should note the building of the Legislative Assembly built in 1913, the complex of buildings of the City theatre, built in 1978, and huge city Hall.
In Edmonton is one of the world’s most popular shopping areas and the biggest shopping Mall on earth – West Edmonton area of 48 hectares. the Center has 3 theaters, 27 cinemas, 800 shops, 110 restaurants, a casino, hotel, nightlife, ice Palace, Aqua Park, entertainment Park, amusement arcades Golf courses and so on.
Of the natural attractions of the city especially popular are its parks – namely, one of the largest urban parks on the banks of the North Saskatchewan river called the Ribbon of green, a total area of over 100 sq km.
Edmonton is often called the city of festivals, which is not surprising, because every year their here is a few dozen. Only one international theatre festival called the Fringe on their ideas attracts more than half a million visitors. On Whyte Ave Artwalk and Festival of art and design, you can get acquainted with the works of local artists and sculptors. Well, you can relax at the festivals of music under the open sky Edmonton Folk Music and Symphony Under the Sky.