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Edmonton, the Capital of Alberta

Key Facts About Edmonton, the Capital City of Alberta, Canada


Alberta Legislature in Edmonton Alberta

Alberta Legislature in Edmonton Alberta

Courtesy of Travel Alberta

Updated: 12/07/2013

About the City of Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital city of the province of Alberta, Canada. Sometimes called Canada's Gateway to the North, Edmonton is the farthest north of Canada's large cities and has important road, rail and air transportation links. From its beginnings as a Hudson's Bay Company fur trading fort, Edmonton has evolved into a city with a wide range of cultural, sporting and tourist attractions, and is the host of thirty established festivals each year. Most of Edmonton's population works in the service and trade industries as well as in the municipal, provincial and federal governments.

Location of Edmonton

On the North Saskatchewan River near the centre of the province of Alberta.

See Edmonton Maps.


684.37 sq. km (264 sq. miles) (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)


812,201 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)

Date Edmonton Was Incorporated as a City


Date Edmonton Became the Capital City of Alberta


Government of City of Edmonton

Edmonton municipal elections are held every three years on the third Monday in October.

The last Edmonton municipal election was held on Monday, October 21, 2013.

The next Edmonton municipal election will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016.

The city council of Edmonton, Alberta is made up of 13 elected representatives: one mayor and 12 city councillors.

Edmonton Attractions

Major attractions in Edmonton include:

Edmonton Weather

Edmonton has a fairly dry climate, with warm summers and cold winters.

Summers in Edmonton are hot and suuny. Although July is the month with the most rain, showers and thunderstorms are usually short. July and August have the warmest temperatures, with highs around 24°C (75°F). Summer days in June and July in Edmonton bring 17 hours of daylight.

Winters in Edmonton are less severe than in many other Canadian cities, with low humidity and less snow. Although the winter temperature can dip to -40°C/F, the cold spells last only a few days and usually come with sunshine. January is the coldest month in Edmonton, and the wind chill can make it feel much colder.

City of Edmonton Official Site

Capital Cities of Canada

For information on the other capital cities in Canada, see Capital Cities of Canada.

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