From deadly tornadoes with a wind speed of 416 km per hour to freezing days of minus 48.3C, Edmonton definitely has diverse weather patterns to contend with. Maybe that is why there are no rats in Edmonton; they have all fled to kinder environments. Sitting in the province of Alberta on the North Saskatchewan River, there are significant historical sites around. Ancient streets from 1885, 1905 and more recently 1920, together with an 1846 fort can be found. One of the largest cities in North America it has produced 67 Rhodes Scholars and on a very itchy note, 30 species of mosquitoes live in the Edmonton area, so come prepared with the mozzie spray in the summer months.
This is a shopaholic's fantasyland as the West Edmonton Mall spans 48 city blocks, there are over 70 golf courses for the golfing addict, 275 km of pathways for walkers and cyclists and another 460 km of rough bush bashing trails. Elk Island National Park is under an hour away where you can see bison, moose, deer and elk whilst Jasper National Park is about a 4-hour car drive away. With over 30 festivals annually, the "Fringe" being the most internationally renowned, there is sure to be something happening no matter when you are in Edmonton.
From wild outdoor adventures to lazy indoor pursuits excluding the mecca shopping forays, you can visit the Art Gallery of Alberta or the Royal Alberta Museum with the award winning Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture. For the budding scientist or those that just like to play in their mind, visit the TELUS World of Science for some interactive exploits. There is the Fort Edmonton Park to have a quirky guided tour of replica streets from the frontier era via a pony or a wagon, or the beautiful Devonian Botanic Garden of wild untamed wetlands and wooded sites juxtaposed with manicured Japanese gardens. Visit the Muttart Conservatory or be adventurous and have a go on the Klondike jet boats to get the heart rate going.
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