Edmonton City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 12, 2007

Edmonton is a city located on the northern section of Canada’s Saskatchewan River that serves as the capital of the province of Alberta. Blessed with fertile farmlands, its status as the second largest city in Alberta nevertheless imparts it with a thoroughly contemporary and sophisticated character that can rival even the world’s centers of culture and entertainment.In spite of Edmonton’s many contributions in terms of architecture, culture, entertainment and leisure, it is first and foremost a river town and because of this the city’s foremost distinguishing features are its many river valley parks.

Residential Places in Edmonton

“Booming” is a word that is used a lot in describing real estate markets all across Canada, but that word is a particularly appropriate description of the property market in Edmonton. It is not unusual for a piece of property in the center of town to change ownership several times in the course of a year!

 

North Edmonton is one of the lowest priced districts in the city and while there are many multi-family homes to choose from, the row of factories and refineries may be off-putting for some. 

  

Other Areas in Edmonton 

On the higher end of the price range, you may want to check out Edmonton South, which offers a lot of choices for newly constructed houses–albeit on the pricier side. The shopping in the South is also one of the best in the city although one definite disadvantage is that the traffic makes commuting downtown a bit of an ordeal. The center of Edmonton is also a good choice, many of the residential properties there having been extensively renovated recently. Of course living in the center of the city has the benefit of placing you in close proximity to many business and entertainment centers, but property prices will obviously be a bit higher. 

Some other places worth checking out in Edmonton are the St. Albert district, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Stoney Plain and Morinville.

 

Hospitals and Universities of Edmonton

There are four large hospitals to choose from in Edmonton, along with scores of other smaller clinics and health care establishments. The main ones are the University of Alberta hospital, the Grey Nuns Hospital, the Misercordia Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The smaller hospitals in the city are the Leduc Community Hospital, which can be found in Leduc, the Sturgeon Community Hospital, which is located in St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan Health Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, and the Westview Health Centre in Stony Plain. All of these hospitals are under the jurisdiction of the Capital Health Authority, with the exception of Misercordia and Grey Nuns, which are under the jurisdiction of the Caritas Health Group.

Educational Facilitites 

 

Canada has built a reputation for educational excellence over the years and many of its capital cities are considered world education centers. Edmonton upholds this tradition admirably with the University of Alberta, located on the south side of the city’s river valley. Home to more than 35,000 students enrolled in over 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs, the “U of A” as it is fondly called, boasts of the second largest research library in the country. Other notable educational institutions in Edmonton include Concordia University College of Alberta, Athabasca University, Taylor University College and Seminary, the King’s University College and the Edmonton campus of the University of Lethbridge.

Commercial Places in Edmonton

As befitting a modern and cosmopolitan capital city, Edmonton offers a wealth of options both in terms of dining and shopping. The Blue Pear offers a menu of deceptively simple dishes that belie the subtlety and sophistication that goes into their creation. Featuring the talents of Chef Darcy Radies, it is definitely a must visit.

 

Café de Ville is so much more than a café; it is in fact one of the most well-regarded fine dining establishments in the city. The restaurant features an extensive menu of international fare using only the best and the freshest in local ingredients.

Service Establishments of Edmonton

EPCOR is the main provider of both electricity and water in the Edmonton areas. They provide clean drinking water and wastewater management services to more than a million people in over 50 residential areas all over the western section of the country. As for its electrical supply services, they have an extensive network of power plants and electrical transmission as well as distribution facilities. They provide electrical supply services to hundreds of thousands of customers all over British Columbia, Alberta, and even as far as the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Gas supply services in Edmonton are provided by Atco Gas. A natural gas distribution company, they serve more than 2.4 million people across the country in more than 290 communities. With more than 90 years in the business, Atco Gas provides gas not only to homes, but to farms and various businesses as well. 

  

Telecommunications 

Shaw Cable is one of the main providers of cable television in Edmonton and they provide high speed internet services as well. Satellite television is handled by Star Choice and they provide subscribers with more than 370 channels. The Telus Phone Co. is the main provider of telephone services in Edmonton, and while they offer a full range of communications products and services, you may wish to shop around and compare prices. For that you can check out www.telecomparisons.com where there is a listing of major Edmonton telephone service providers and their packages, so you can choose the one you like best.

Embassies in Edmonton

For any diplomatic concerns that you may have, you will have to direct your inquiries to the office of the British High Commission in Ottawa. You can find them at 80 Elgin Street, Ottawa K1P 5K7. You can call them at (1) (613) 237 1530 and you can fax them at  (1) (613) 237 7980 for general inquiries, (1) (613) 232 0738 for management issues, (1) (613) 232 2533 for Visa-related inquiries, (1) (613) 237 5211 for economic concerns, (1) (613) 237 6537 for passport-related services and (1) (613) 567 8045 for political concerns. 

Residential Places in Edmonton

“Booming” is a word that is used a lot in describing real estate markets all across Canada, but that word is a particularly appropriate description of the property market in Edmonton. It is not unusual for a piece of property in the center of town to change ownership several times in the course of a year!

 

North Edmonton is one of the lowest priced districts in the city and while there are many multi-family homes to choose from, the row of factories and refineries may be off-putting for some. 

  

Other Areas in Edmonton 

On the higher end of the price range, you may want to check out Edmonton South, which offers a lot of choices for newly constructed houses–albeit on the pricier side. The shopping in the South is also one of the best in the city although one definite disadvantage is that the traffic makes commuting downtown a bit of an ordeal. The center of Edmonton is also a good choice, many of the residential properties there having been extensively renovated recently. Of course living in the center of the city has the benefit of placing you in close proximity to many business and entertainment centers, but property prices will obviously be a bit higher. 

Some other places worth checking out in Edmonton are the St. Albert district, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Stoney Plain and Morinville.

 

Hospitals and Universities of Edmonton

There are four large hospitals to choose from in Edmonton, along with scores of other smaller clinics and health care establishments. The main ones are the University of Alberta hospital, the Grey Nuns Hospital, the Misercordia Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The smaller hospitals in the city are the Leduc Community Hospital, which can be found in Leduc, the Sturgeon Community Hospital, which is located in St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan Health Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, and the Westview Health Centre in Stony Plain. All of these hospitals are under the jurisdiction of the Capital Health Authority, with the exception of Misercordia and Grey Nuns, which are under the jurisdiction of the Caritas Health Group.

Educational Facilitites 

 

Canada has built a reputation for educational excellence over the years and many of its capital cities are considered world education centers. Edmonton upholds this tradition admirably with the University of Alberta, located on the south side of the city’s river valley. Home to more than 35,000 students enrolled in over 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs, the “U of A” as it is fondly called, boasts of the second largest research library in the country. Other notable educational institutions in Edmonton include Concordia University College of Alberta, Athabasca University, Taylor University College and Seminary, the King’s University College and the Edmonton campus of the University of Lethbridge.

Commercial Places in Edmonton

As befitting a modern and cosmopolitan capital city, Edmonton offers a wealth of options both in terms of dining and shopping. The Blue Pear offers a menu of deceptively simple dishes that belie the subtlety and sophistication that goes into their creation. Featuring the talents of Chef Darcy Radies, it is definitely a must visit.

 

Café de Ville is so much more than a café; it is in fact one of the most well-regarded fine dining establishments in the city. The restaurant features an extensive menu of international fare using only the best and the freshest in local ingredients.

Service Establishments of Edmonton

EPCOR is the main provider of both electricity and water in the Edmonton areas. They provide clean drinking water and wastewater management services to more than a million people in over 50 residential areas all over the western section of the country. As for its electrical supply services, they have an extensive network of power plants and electrical transmission as well as distribution facilities. They provide electrical supply services to hundreds of thousands of customers all over British Columbia, Alberta, and even as far as the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Gas supply services in Edmonton are provided by Atco Gas. A natural gas distribution company, they serve more than 2.4 million people across the country in more than 290 communities. With more than 90 years in the business, Atco Gas provides gas not only to homes, but to farms and various businesses as well. 

  

Telecommunications 

Shaw Cable is one of the main providers of cable television in Edmonton and they provide high speed internet services as well. Satellite television is handled by Star Choice and they provide subscribers with more than 370 channels. The Telus Phone Co. is the main provider of telephone services in Edmonton, and while they offer a full range of communications products and services, you may wish to shop around and compare prices. For that you can check out www.telecomparisons.com where there is a listing of major Edmonton telephone service providers and their packages, so you can choose the one you like best.

Embassies in Edmonton

For any diplomatic concerns that you may have, you will have to direct your inquiries to the office of the British High Commission in Ottawa. You can find them at 80 Elgin Street, Ottawa K1P 5K7. You can call them at (1) (613) 237 1530 and you can fax them at  (1) (613) 237 7980 for general inquiries, (1) (613) 232 0738 for management issues, (1) (613) 232 2533 for Visa-related inquiries, (1) (613) 237 5211 for economic concerns, (1) (613) 237 6537 for passport-related services and (1) (613) 567 8045 for political concerns.

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khuram September 16, 2010 at 12:49 am

any body can tell me about the city of edmonton.is this city expensive of living things and foods. And what is the situation about work, i want to move edmonton from uk

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