City Scope

Toronto, Ottawa, Southern Ontario, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon:  Which city is for you?  Read on for an overview of the city selected. 


A City for all Seasons

-Jan Melnyk


Enjoy the outdoors year-round in Edmonton

Picture edmontonians huddled next to their gas fireplaces. Myth or fact? Definitely myth. capital region residents revel in outdoor
activities during every season.

on any winter day, you’ll find skaters gliding across William hawrelak Park, kids in toques playing road hockey on cul-de-sacs, and people romping with their dogs in the river valley. edmontonians embrace winter – there’s so much to do. the birkebeiner Ski Festival, nicknamed the birkie, includes a 55 kilometre cross-country course just a half-hour east of the city. take in the Nordic Fair and the Viking Feast. then there’s the edmonton Ski club hub, tucked right in the heart of the city. the facility boasts five lifts for downhill skiers and snowboarders.

Spring and fall are the shortest seasons. Spring’s a time to get out to the numerous garden centres in the capital region – they gear up in april with workshops and open houses. Fall is harvest, and the outdoor farmers’ markets are in full swing until thanksgiving. the haunted Pumpkin Festival, at nearby bon accord, is a kid favourite with its pumpkin cannon, scarecrow making and hayrides. Summer is the busiest time to soak up the fresh air. Possibilities are endless. Fort Saskatchewan, a city bordering edmonton’s northeast, is a kid-pleaser. every summer, the city’s parks are groomed by sheep, their shepherds and border collies. you won’t hear a lawnmower, but you might hear a sheep baaing.

edmonton’s exhibition, capital eX, was formerly called klondike Days. What hasn’t changed are the many outdoor pancake breakfasts sprinkled across edmonton. If roller coasters aren’t your thing, race fans can head to the edmonton Grand Prix at the city centre airport.

Festivals round out every weekend. there’s one for every musical taste: jazz, blues, folk, classical, country, caribbean or celtic. bring your blanket to Symphony under the Sky – it’s a great date night. this year, music lovers were treated to famous movie themes. there’s drama, too; lovers of the bard can tote their picnic baskets to the Freewill Shakespeare Festival.

Foodies and fresh air dovetail perfectly. the adage is true: food does taste better outdoors. Families flock to the largest outdoor market in Western canada, the St. albert Farmers’ Market; locally grown vegetables, b.c. fruit, ukrainian sausage and cabbage rolls are a tiny sampling of the fare. a taste of edmonton, set in mid-summer, is popular with the downtown crowd. Fifty local restaurants fill kiosks at churchill Square, selling tidbits from their menus. the Saskatoon berry scones from hotel MacDonald will satisfy your craving for sweet. other taste ticklers include chicken tikka and lemongrass beef skewers. Food fairs have sprouted in the edmonton countryside, too – check out the Fairy berry festival and tomato Fare. If you’re seeking a unique dining experience, board the edmonton Queen, and sup while cruising the North Saskatchewan river.

Summer fun’s menu is filled with delights. and they’re mostly alfresco. edmontonians definitely like to make “hey!” while the sun shines. but the sun shines during all four seasons. one resident sums it up: “I love edmonton in July, and even in December.” MTA

Key to the City

-Jan Melnyk


Navigating your way on the comeback trail

Picture edmontonians huddled next to their gas fireplaces. Myth or fact? Definitely myth. capital region residents revel in outdoor
activities during every season.

on any winter day, you’ll find skaters gliding across William hawrelak Park, kids in toques playing road hockey on cul-de-sacs, and people romping with their dogs in the river valley. edmontonians embrace winter – there’s so much to do. the birkebeiner Ski Festival, nicknamed the birkie, includes a 55 kilometre cross-country course just a half-hour east of the city. take in the Nordic Fair and the Viking Feast. then there’s the edmonton Ski club hub, tucked right in the heart of the city. the facility boasts five lifts for downhill skiers and snowboarders.

Spring and fall are the shortest seasons. Spring’s a time to get out to the numerous garden centres in the capital region – they gear up in april with workshops and open houses. Fall is harvest, and the outdoor farmers’ markets are in full swing until thanksgiving. the haunted Pumpkin Festival, at nearby bon accord, is a kid favourite with its pumpkin cannon, scarecrow making and hayrides. Summer is the busiest time to soak up the fresh air. Possibilities are endless. Fort Saskatchewan, a city bordering edmonton’s northeast, is a kid-pleaser. every summer, the city’s parks are groomed by sheep, their shepherds and border collies. you won’t hear a lawnmower, but you might hear a sheep baaing.

edmonton’s exhibition, capital eX, was formerly called klondike Days. What hasn’t changed are the many outdoor pancake breakfasts sprinkled across edmonton. If roller coasters aren’t your thing, race fans can head to the edmonton Grand Prix at the city centre airport.

Festivals round out every weekend. there’s one for every musical taste: jazz, blues, folk, classical, country, caribbean or celtic. bring your blanket to Symphony under the Sky – it’s a great date night. this year, music lovers were treated to famous movie themes. there’s drama, too; lovers of the bard can tote their picnic baskets to the Freewill Shakespeare Festival.

Foodies and fresh air dovetail perfectly. the adage is true: food does taste better outdoors. Families flock to the largest outdoor market in Western canada, the St. albert Farmers’ Market; locally grown vegetables, b.c. fruit, ukrainian sausage and cabbage rolls are a tiny sampling of the fare. a taste of edmonton, set in mid-summer, is popular with the downtown crowd. Fifty local restaurants fill kiosks at churchill Square, selling tidbits from their menus. the Saskatoon berry scones from hotel MacDonald will satisfy your craving for sweet. other taste ticklers include chicken tikka and lemongrass beef skewers. Food fairs have sprouted in the edmonton countryside, too – check out the Fairy berry festival and tomato Fare. If you’re seeking a unique dining experience, board the edmonton Queen, and sup while cruising the North Saskatchewan river.

Summer fun’s menu is filled with delights. and they’re mostly alfresco. edmontonians definitely like to make “hey!” while the sun shines. but the sun shines during all four seasons. one resident sums it up: “I love edmonton in July, and even in December.” MTA

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