Edmonton, aka Oil Capital of Canada and aka Festival City of Canada, is the capital of the province of Alberta and the home of the Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey team. Situated at the centre of the province, it is the central hub of supply and service for the Canadian oil sands.
There's lots of activities to do in Edmonton. In the summer, tens and thousands of people enjoy their days under the sunny sky at one of the many festivals happening around the city. If you prefer something quieter, you can enjoy your summer riding a bike through 460 km of carless trails and parks, or swing your heart out on one of seventy golf courses in the metropolitan area. These are probably reasons why Edmonton was rated by National Geographic in 2015 as one of the top summer cities to visit in the world! In the winter, though a little cold, there's an abundance of winter activities, such as the ice sculpture festival, cross country skiing through a fifty-five km trail, snowboard on the Jasper alpines (4 hours away), or escape with a short drive to YVR (if you really prefer somewhere hot). If you prefer staying indoors, you can stay fit at one of many recreation centres around the city, take your kids to the second largest mall in north america for some shopping or water park fun, learn some art and history at the Art Gallery of Alberta, and more.
Being one of the biggest cities in North America by area, commuting is surprisingly easy. Edmonton has a well-planned and developed highway infrastructure, thanks to the many civil engineering professionals who graduated from Edmonton's University of Alberta. So you can get to anywhere from anywhere in the city under thirty minutes!
In the last decade, Edmonton experience tremendous growth thanks to the booming energy sector. Edmonton is the northern-most city of north america that has a population over a million. Many people migrate here from across Canada and abroad to enjoy the high paying careers, and relaxing lifestyle of Edmonton. As of January 2016, Edmonton still has one of the highest average household income rating in the country.
Leduc is the southern-most city in the Greater Edmonton Area. Leduc Country is one of the largest counties in Alberta. It is also the home of the Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Over eight million travellers pass through YEG in 2015, making it the fifth busiest airport in Canada by traveller volume, behind Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver, International Airport, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport. YEG has gone through rapid expansion in the last 5 years.
Due to the close economic relationship with Edmonton, Edmonton is currently seeking annexation of 39,000 acre of Leduc County, including the region where YEG resides. Hence, the tong term economic growth and city development of Edmonton is closely tied with Leduc County.
Leduc has an industrial heavy business sector supporting the oil and aerospace industry in the province. The business sector here provides many jobs to a large number of people living in Edmonton.
Sherwood Park is located east of Edmonton, 10 minutes down the Whitemud Dr from Edmonton's central street, Gateway Boulevard. Sherwood Park is a family oriented county that offers a friendly and open community. According to the 2015 Census, the demographics of the community is over 95% of european descendants. The last reported unemployment rate was 3.2% in 2014, by the Strathcona county. It also has the highest average household income in the Greater Edmonton Area, at $144,425 in 2015, according to Statistic Canada. Sherwood Park has experienced steady population growth and is becoming one of the most popular suburb in the GEA.
St. Albert is the northern-most part of the Greater Edmonton Area and one of the most beautiful cities in Canada, It is consistently named for the top 5 best places to live in Canada over the years. It was ranked the top Best Place to live in 2014 and second place in 2013 by MoneySense. It is a "very affluent community and a family-friendly place to live". St. Albert consistently has an unemployment rate under four percent over the years and the highest household income city in Canada. MoneySense also published a data in 2015, ranking St. Albert the fourth best places to live in Canada, with an unemployment rate of 3.78%, and a median household income of $129,129. It continues to be one of the top cities to live in Canada, with its stable population growth and low crime rate.
Beaumont is a thriving community that has a French heritage. The unique French architecture, St. Vital Church, is a landmark for downtown Beaumont. It has a young demographics, where ninety-five percent of the population is under the age of 60.
Devon is located on the southwest part of Greater Edmonton Area. Devon is a thriving and fast growing town with healthy business sector, low housing cost, and high household income. Devon was populated after the discovery of one of the largest oil repositories in the world. It was then named after the Devonian formation, which in turn was named after the Devon county in England. Today it has a diversified economy including oil, tourism, manufacturing, and research.
Devon has a balanced mix of amenities nearby, including a motor sports park, a bird sanctuary, a botanical garden named the Devonian Garden, a ski resort, and a number of other attractions. It is the ideal community for a young and active family.
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