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Edmonton OVERVIEW
Back in the ’80s when hockey legend Wayne Gretzky led the Edmonton Oilers to a string of Stanley Cup victories, this northerly city was brazen. Bold, even. Billboards dubbed it The City of Champions. Rolling Stone magazine called it home to the “the hippest music festival.” Then along came the Ghermezian brothers, building what was once the world’s largest shopping venue, West Edmonton Mall, which still lures 28.4 million visitors annually through its 58 entrances. Pulsating with artsy events, Edmonton is known for its historic neighbourhoods, its sports teams, superb museums, its 30 annual festivals and its stunning river valley, which just happens to be one of the largest urban parks in North America. Spend some time in this livable city and you’ll see why the Great One stayed for nine years. There are umpteen reasons to visit this city of a million residents. Shoppers will tell you West Edmonton Mall—with its 800 shops and services, bungee jumping in its waterpark, its 14-story triple-loop ...See More roller coaster, and its new battery-operated Segway rides—is reason enough. Sports fans will tell you it’s all about the events at Rexall Place—home ice for the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers—or Commonwealth Stadium, home turf for the Edmonton Eskimos football team. Festival-goers insist it’s the new Downtown Arts District, where they queue up at TIX on the Square for tickets to the Folk Festival, the Fringe, the International Jazz Festival and the Street Performers Festival. In fact, pick any weekend in the summer and some international festival is bound to be rocking this boomtown. Of course, no self-respecting cultural capital would neglect its art lovers. Many are happy to poke into the cluster of galleries that line 124th Street, where you can also pick up self-guided maps that take you on the Gallery Walk, formed to promote Canadian artists and their work. See Less
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