Edmonton Facts

From our unique location to our long days and endless festivals, here are some facts about our city.

Edmonton is the fifth largest city in Canada and the capital city of the province of Alberta. We are one of the youngest and fastest-growing cities in the country.

Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River and is the northernmost city in North America with a population over one million people. We are the gateway to Canada’s North.

Edmonton’s River Valley is 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park.

On average Edmonton receives 2,299 hours of bright sunshine per year and is one of Canada's sunniest cities. During the summer, Edmonton can have up to 17 hours of daylight!

In the wintertime, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) can be seen on a regular basis.

We are a quick three-hour flight from San Francisco, less than a two-hour flight from Seattle, and the drive to Jasper National Park is just three and a half hours west of the city.

Edmonton International Airport has over 60 non-stop national, US and international destinations.

Looking for the scenic route? Edmonton is fully accessible through Via Rail Canada. Bask in the magnificence of the Canadian Rockies or the beauty of the windswept prairies.