Traditionally called the Oil Capital of Canada, Edmonton is the supply and service centre of Alberta's oil industry, though its economy is becoming increasingly diverse with manufacturing, life sciences, and telecommunications sectors.
Home to about 815,000 people, the capital of Alberta is divided by the North Saskatchewan River. The bustle of downtown resides on the north bank while the historic Old Strathcona district lies to the south where theatres, hotels, and a booming nightlife can be found.
Carrying the nickname "Festival City," Edmonton hosts more than 30 festivals each year, including the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the International Fringe Festival and the Heritage Festival. In addition to its events, Edmonton is also famous for its larger than life spaces. The city is home to the world-renowned West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in Canada, as well as North America's biggest urban park.
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Citadel, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton Opera and Telus World of Science are other attractions in the city, in addition to sporting events for Edmonton's professional teams, like the Oilers, Eskimos and Rush.