18 Dec

A Brief History Of Edmonton

First Inhabitants

It is believed that the first inhabitants of the area where the city of Edmonton sits settled there at around 3,000 BC and possibly as early as 10,000 BC. Much like most places in North America, the area around Edmonton had already been inhabited by indigenous people for thousands of years before permanent European settlements were established.

The Beginnings of Edmonton

fort-edmontonThe great city started out as a simple trading post known as Fort Edmonton built in 1795 and was named after Edmonton, a town just North of London in England. However, towards the end of the 19th century, the small settlement started spreading outside the fort. Because of its rapid growth, the settlement was incorporated as a town in 1892 and as a city in 1904. Despite being a small town, Edmonton was elected to be the capital city of Alberta in 1905. The following year, the University of Alberta was established.

Edmonton in the 20th Century

old-edmontonThe city continued to see rapid growth during the early years of the 20th century. In 1906, Edmonton was just a small, simple town with a population of about 14,000 people; however, by 1939, the town’s population had grown by almost tenfold and was home to about 90,000 people. In 1947, large amounts of oil were discovered near the city, and as a result, Edmonton started experiencing a boom. Towards the end of the 20th century, the city continued experiencing exponential growth at an incredible rate. By the year 1970, the city was home to about 430,000 people and continues to grow with each passing year.

The Modern city of Edmonton is a major economic and tourist centre. There are currently many fine establishments and centres that make it an outstanding city. The city’s zoo, the Edmonton Valley Zoo was opened in 1959 while the Citadel Theatre was opened in 1965 but was later relocated to a new building in 1976. The Royal Alberta Museum of Edmonton, formerly known as Provincial Museum of Alberta, was opened in 1967. The first airport in the city was opened in 1927 and the new Edmonton International Airport, located in Leduc, opened doors in 1957. The Edmonton LRTS or Light Rail Transit System was opened in 1978.

Edmonton Industries

To date, oil refining is still one of the most important industries in the city; however, in recent years, the services and hi-tech industries have expanded greatly. The city has grown to be a major trade and shopping centre while its skyline has rapidly grown to host a couple of world-class sky scrapers. Still the capital of Alberta, Edmonton is a flourishing Canadian city that is home to about 877,000 people.

11 Dec

Edmonton – The City That Rocks!

It’s the City of Champions.  The Gateway to the North.  Land of Frozen Lands.  Oil Town.  It’s home to the fifth biggest mall in the world and North America’s biggest continuous urban green space.  It’s been the backdrop for movies such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and (aptly enough) Snow Day.  Edmonton boasts roads named after sports heroes such as Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, as well areas named after military heroes such as Major General William Griesbach. It’s also the butt of many jokes, including the fact that it’s known for 10 months of winter and 2 months of bad sledding.

No matter your personal view on the city, it has become known as a city that will not quit, will never give up, will look to protect the rights of its citizens, will support one another in loss or victory, and will continue to carry on in the deepest of despair.  Truly, this city is a city that rocks!

2 Feb

Dog Boarding – Things To Look For

happy-dog-at-dog-boardingYour pet depends on you to take excellent care of him/her. This is true even when you are going to be out of town and when you are unable to take him/her with you. It is your responsibility to research and find a dog boarding business that you can take your dog to without having to worry about him or her getting mistreated. In this article, we will be going over some of the top things to look for when you are trying to choose a dog boarding company that will allow you the peace of mind knowing that your dog is completely safe and well cared for while you are away.

Finding A Dog Boarding Company:

  1. Years In Operation.
  2. One of the first things that you should look for when you are attempting to find a dog boarding company is how long they have been in operation. The longer the company has been in operation, the better the chances that they are going to be able to provide you with excellent service. Further, also check that they have the proper certifications – if they have only been in business for a short time, they may not have these.

  3. Facility.
  4. dog-boardingThe next thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that you take a look at the physical locations and facilities. You want to be sure that you take an on-site inspection of the facility that you are considering to see whether or not the facility is well maintained, whether or not it smells clean, whether it has sufficient ventilation, and also if the temperature is comfortable. All of these things are imperative to look for when you are trying to find the right dog kennel to utilize.

  5. Exercise and Feeding.
  6. Another thing that you are going to want to make sure to do is ask the kennel employees how much exercise the dogs get. The ideal amount of exercise for the dogs is going to be a few hours per day. You want to be sure that they are given enough time to run, exercise, and play outside. Otherwise, your dog is not going to get all of the things that he or she needs to be as healthy as possible while you are away. Also, you want to be sure that the dogs are being fed properly. You can ask how often your dogs are being fed to ensure that your dog is going to be getting fed enough times throughout the day.

  7. Rates.
  8. Another thing that you are going to need to factor into your decision are the rates. You want to find a company that is going to charge you fair prices. However, the rates should not be the priority when you are making your decision because your dog’s health and care should come first. You want to be sure that you are choosing the right kennel based on all of the other factors. Only consider the rates once you have narrowed down the options to only reputable boarding companies to ensure that you pick a good one.

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29 Jan

Key SEO Tips For Your Edmonton Business

Search engine optimization or “SEO” is something that has become crucial for Edmonton businesses to implement into their overall marketing mix. The reason for this sudden need to implement SEO is because of the increasing popularity of search engines among Albertan consumers. An increasing number of consumers are using search engines to find businesses, products, and services that they can utilize. In this article with help from the pro Internet marketers at Canada West IM (http://ww1.canadawestinternetmarketing.com/), we will be going over some of the essential SEO tips that you should be following as a business owner and marketer.
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Key SEO Tips:

High-Quality Content

The number one thing that you are going to need to focus on is your website content. To achieve high rankings in the search engines, you will need to place a significant focus on creating the highest quality content that you possibly can. Your content is going to be king when it comes to achieving good rankings in the search engines such as Google. The content that you publish should be both targeted and highly informative. It must be content that is going to provide value to the reader and content that effectively either answers questions a visitor might have or, at least, contains information that they will want to know about.

Social Media

Another thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that you are properly using social media as it relates to your SEO strategy. The fact is, search engines are using social media more than ever to determine the rankings of websites based on their social media stats. To achieve the best rankings, you are going to want to invest a good amount of time and energy into optimizing your social media endeavours. Be sure that you are properly utilizing all social media networks where you can find prospective Edmonton customers.

23 Dec

Custom Home Builders Vs Regular Home Builders – What’s The Difference?

At first thought, you might think that a regular home builder isn’t any different than a custom home builder, especially with many modern model home builders making custom adjustments for customers. Many of these customized adjustments, however, are pre-selected amenities that can be chosen, not actual customized features that clients might want to make their homes unique.

An Edmonton Home Under Construction
An Edmonton Home Under Construction

True Custom Home Building

Custom home builders can talk about all kinds of pre-selected amenities and floor plans with their clients, but the idea is for the customers to tell the home builders what they want. Custom homes can be made to be all sizes, have unique features and be made in different styles, so in other words it’s again not about pre-selected amenities and various pre-made model homes. Most Edmonton custom home builders build homes from the ground up, using a blueprint from an architect. The definition has been modified over time to mean many different things, but it’s never going to mean pre-built model homes that let you select a few customized features.

To get a custom home built these days, you don’t necessarily need an architect to design a blueprint for you, but you will have to hire a general contractor. The contractor will meet with you and discuss your options for building your home from the ground up. He will then delegate the work to subcontractors and break ground on your new custom home.

Custom built homes are built on the land in which they will reside. Manufactured homes built off side are prefabricated and not actual custom homes. No matter how you define a customized home or custom built home, one thing for sure is it’s going to give you many more individual choices for making your home unique.

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Make Sure You get What YOU Want

What do you want your home to be like? One thing you can also do is to sit down with a contractor and tell him what you want. After this, the contractor can look at preexisting floor plans that are close to what you want and pick one that can more easily be modified. This wouldn’t be a manufactured home but a true custom built home. You can have customized features on a manufactured home as well, but you will have less of a chance to truly customize your home is all. Again, it’s up to you and how you view the modern definition of the custom built home.

20 Dec

Tips For Selecting The Right Orthodontist In Edmonton

Finding the right orthodontist is all about doing the research. You want to make sure that you find the top orthodontist in Edmonton. This way, you are able to really be confident in your selection. If you are moving to the Edmonton area, here are some tips for selecting the right orthodontist for you:

1. Experience

The first thing that you will want to do is look for an orthodontist that has a good amount of experience. That way, you are able to find one that you know is going to be able to provide you with quality care. The key to finding the one with the best experience is looking for one that has a good amount of years already in the field. This should allow you to eliminate all of the options that would not provide you with satisfactory results.

2. Office – Location and Equipment

Another thing that you will want to do when you are attempting to find the top orthodontist in your area is look for one that has an excellent office. You want to pay attention to both the location of the office and the actual equipment within the office. The better the equipment, the more likely it is that the orthodontist cares about his/her patients.

Check Facebook for ratings of local orthodontists.
Check Facebook for ratings of local orthodontists.

3. Reputation

Another huge thing to consider when you are attempting to find the top Edmonton orthodontist in the area is the orthodontists reputation. You want to make sure that you find an orthodontist that has a solid overall reputation because it is going to help make the difference in your selection. The better the reputation, the better the chances that you are going to find one that is going to be able to get the job done the right way. One way of finding out who has a good reputation is to see what people are saying on the orthodontists Facebook page.

17 Dec

Reasons To Relocate Your Business To Edmonton

Do you run a business and thinking about relocating? If you are, you should diversity of the city. If you run a business that deals with customers face-to-face, then you will love doing business in Edmonton because of the diversity of the people who live there. It doesn’t matter what your targeted market is, there is a good chance you will find the customers you want to find in Edmonton.

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  • The Scenery
  • If you are pleased with your surroundings, then you will increase your chances of success, and this is another reason why you should relocate your business to Edmonton. Sure, Edmonton may be a big city with many tall buildings, but there is some gorgeous scenery around the city. Some of the scenery you can enjoy includes St. Albert, Parkland and Strathcona County. You can rest assure you will be motivated every single day you go to work because of the scenery and overall atmosphere that Edmonton provides, and your employees will be motivated too.

  • Entrepreneurial Community And Fair Rent Prices
  • edmonton-business-districtEdmonton doesn’t just have many perspective customers and great scenery to help you stay motivated, but the entrepreneurial community in the city is amazing. It doesn’t matter if you are looking to network with investors, developers or designers, you will be able to do it. It doesn’t matter what type of business you run, you can benefit from networking with others, and Edmonton is one of the best places in Canada to network with other like-minded people who can help you grow your business. Networking can help your business grow, and this is why Edmonton is the perfect place to do business.

    Rent prices are also fair. Some commercial properties are high in rent, but most of the time they are worth it. Remember, Edmonton is a busy city and there are many opportunities for businesses, hence one of the reasons why some properties are expensive to rent, but you will likely find that rent is fair in the city.

    Think of Relocating to Edmonton Today!

    Do you want to relocate your business to Edmonton? If you haven’t thought about it, now is the time to start thinking about it. Relocate to Edmonton today and find out for yourself what makes it a great place to do business.

    13 Dec

    Top Things To See In Edmonton AB

    Are you planning on traveling to Edmonton AB anytime soon? If so, you will want to make sure that you find all of the top things to see in the city. After all, Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. Therefore, there are tons of different things to do and see in the city. It is actually located on the North Saskatchewan River and it is the centre of the entire region.

    Here is our list of top things to see in Edmonton

    1. West Edmonton Mall

      west-edmonton-mallWith 100 dining spots and 800 shopping establishments, the mall is the largest in North America, attracting over 30 million visitors annually. The mall is 5.3 square feet and also has a zoo, an indoor lake, a skating rink, a bungee tower, an amusement park (the largest in the world), over 17 water slides, a huge aquarium and many more attractions. Due to its gigantic size, it is commonly referred to as a small city.

      If you like to shop, the stores stock anything from mink coats to diamonds, to anything you might desire. There is no shortage of activities to do when in the mall. Tourists can play mini golf, shop, learn how to skate, go to the spa, have a thrill at the amusement park or enjoy fine dining.

    2. The River Valley

      river-valley-edmontonAlso referred as the Ribbon of Green, the North Saskatchewan River valley is the largest in North America. The Urban Parkland is at 7,400 ha and consists of more than 20 parks, lakes, ravines and walking trails. Common activities here include nature walks, golfing, camping, skiing, picnics and bike rides.

    3. Fort Edmonton Park

      fort-edmonton-parkAt 158 acres, the park is a living museum that consists of both original and refurbished structures. After the government demolished the old fort in 1915, the citizens requested that the old structure is moved to a new location leading to the park’s construction in 1969. The museum represents Edmonton’s history and has staff that reenacts the past every summer.

    4. Alberta Legislature

      legislature-buildings-edmonton-abThe Alberta Legislature is a common attraction site for students. Educational tours can be tailor made for students of all ages, depending on the education level. Students can expect to be provided with an overview of the history as well as information on the legislative process in the province.

      (Official Website of Fort Edmonton)

    5. The Royal Alberta Museum

      royal-alberta-museum-edmontonThe Royal Alberta Museum is located in downtown Edmonton. Visitors previously referred to the museum as the Provincial Museum of Alberta until Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 2005; that saw it change to the current name. The museum is composed of a wildlife exhibit, a natural history exhibit, a native culture exhibit. The museum also has both an arachnology and entomology collection.
      (Museum Website)

    6. Telus World of Science.

      telus-world-of-science-edmontonThe science centre was opened in 1984, and is operated by the Edmonton Space and Science Foundation. The centre attracts tourists from all over the world with its environment gallery, space gallery, kinetic hall, health gallery and discovery land. The science centre also has facilities such as an observatory, an IMAX theatre, computer lab and a gift shop.