If you have been pondering the question "should I move to Edmonton?", but have yet to take the plunge, we have 8 wonderful reasons that might influence your commitment to the move. You probably already know why Edmonton is great, you're thinking of moving there after all. But here are QMM's favorite reasons why you should move to Edmonton, Alberta's capital city - a move you will never regret!
Edmonton is a City Full of Green
River Valley, Edmonton, is the largest urban greenbelt in all of North America! This vast stretch of parkland is more than 20 times the size of Central Park, New York, and is the perfect place for all kinds of outdoor activities. When moving to Edmonton, you will discover that it is a truly green city, not just thanks to River Valley, but also thanks to the city’s other 22 major parks, not to mention another 150 km of walking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cycling trails!
Soak up the Rays in Canada's Sunniest City
As North America’s northernmost city, Edmonton is typically a winter city. However, despite low winter temperatures (with an average of -10°C during the long winters), Edmonton ALSO holds the title for ‘the sunniest city in Canada’ thanks to its average of 325 sunny days per year! Due to a dry climate, even on a cold winter day, the Edmontonian sun is still blazing. In summer when daylight spans 17 hours each day, average temperatures can reach 20-30°C.
It's also good to know that there is no such thing as a snow day in Alberta’s capital. Even though snowdrifts and low temperatures mean school buses and cars won’t start, nobody gets out of going to work or school! This is a testament to the Edmontonian’s high spirits and resilient attitudes, as some residents have been seen to laugh in the face of winter by wearing shorts, or even flip flops!
Local Natural Disasters are Almost Non-Existent
Despite its summer and winter temperatures reaching contrasting extremes, Edmonton is surprisingly resilient to natural disasters. Summer thunderstorms can be quite frequent and occasionally severe, and there has been one very significant tornado in the city’s history (1987). But apart from this, Edmonton suffers no tsunamis, no earthquakes’, and no poisonous beasts – the most dangerous predator in Edmonton is the mosquito.
Festivals are a Way of Life for Edmontonians
Edmonton is well known and loved as Canada’s “festival city”, with over 50 festivals and events taking place annually! Home to the largest live theatre Fringe Festival in North America and the largest blues festival in Western Canada, as well as plenty of other weird and wonderful options including FolkFest, Vikings in the Streets Festival, the Interstellar Rodeo music event, and even BaconFest! If you enjoy live music, street performers, and a certain celebratory festival energy, then this is one of your best reasons to move to Edmonton.
The Education System is Second to None
You’ll find that Edmonton has a fantastic public education system, as well as several great private and catholic schools. Owing to the multicultural diversity in all cities across Canada, Edmonton is a particularly great option for those interested in language education and tutoring. Edmonton is home to the oldest Chinese (Mandarin) immersion program in the country, as well as established immersion programs in languages like Ukrainian, Punjabi, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, and French.
Shop 'til You Drop at North America's Biggest Mall
If you enjoy shopping, Edmonton is the place to be. The city’s claim to fame is West Edmonton Hall, Canada (and the rest of North America!). West Ed is an impressive feat, containing over 800 stores, 100 dining venues, 2 hotels, a water park, an ice rink, and an indoor amusement park. Just know though, West Ed can get very busy with tourists, so after the initial novelty wears off you may tend to avoid it – don’t worry, this means you are transitioning into a true Edmontonian local! This will allow you to discover the great many other wonderful shopping locations in Edmonton Alberta. Not to mention, you’ll be able to enjoy the 0% provincial sales tax added to purchases in Edmonton, meaning that the only tax you pay is just the federal 5% GST – so you can shop til’ you drop without breaking the bank!
There is No Friendlier and More Down to Earth Bunch of People
Most people that move to the city of Edmonton report that they have found the people living there to be much more down to earth than in other, larger cities (you won’t find such rigid rules, such as the strict dress codes you might find in Vancouver clubs, etc.) E
Edmonton Alberta also has a very family-friendly vibe - most people relocating to Edmonton do so with a partner or find a partner shortly after they move. The friendliness of Edmontonians also means that you will find it quick and easy to connect with people at your new workplace! With friendly, down to earth people, and stable work opportunities, Edmonton Canada is the perfect place if you are feeling the need to settle down in a place you can really call home.
There are Countless Star Attractions
We’ve saved this one to last because there is simply so much to say about Edmonton attractions, whether they be historical, natural, or cultural. When relocating to Edmonton, you will soon realise just how much there is for you to do, and a visit to the Fort Edmonton Park should definitely be at the top of your list. The largest living history museum in Canada, Fort Edmonton Park includes a fully functional steam train with costumed guides that tours the original and restored structures that represent four eras of Edmonton’s history – fort of 1846, 1885 street, 1905 street, and 1920 street.
The John Janzen Nature Centre is a great destination for interactive exhibits and educational programming. The Francis Winspear Centre for Music is home to Edmonton’s Symphony Orchestra. Muttart Conservatory is a botanical garden with four feature pyramids and a myriad of plant species. And the Arts Barn is a great place to attend events, performances, and Edmonton’s beloved International Fringe Festival. The list goes on, so you’ll never be short of fun when you move to Alberta’s culture-rich capital city.