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.

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.

    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!