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Claims to Fame

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Claims to Fame Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, the West Edmonton Mall is a gargantuan two-level complex with 800-plus stores, amusement park rides, themed attractions and more than 50 places to eat. Though diehard shoppers might think the mall is what put Edmonton on the map, the city also is—and more importantly—the capital of Alberta. To get a sense of what that means, visit the Alberta Legislature Building, seat of the provincial government, which was built on the original site of Fort Edmonton. Afterward see what the fort looked like at Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living-history museum that's packed with fun things to do for kids. (Note: Fort Edmonton Park is currently closed for major renovations; visitors will have to wait until the 2021 season to explore the offerings.)

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To look even further back in time, spend an afternoon at the Royal Alberta Museum and its galleries of dinosaur fossils, lifelike dioramas, interactive displays and aboriginal artifacts. And be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to visit the Bug Gallery, home to creepy-crawly insects and spiders from around the world.

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History of a different sort can be found if you travel about 40 minutes east of the city to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. The village's costumed interpreters demonstrate and explain what life was like for Ukrainian immigrants who settled in the area in the early 1900s, forming the largest Ukrainian settlement in Canada. In nearby Devon, the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre honors the fuel of the local economy.

Getting There

By CarTwo major highways run through Edmonton. The Trans-Canada Yellowhead Hwy. (Hwy. 16) provides access from the east and west; Queen Elizabeth II Hwy. runs north and south between Edmonton and Calgary.

Getting Around

Street SystemEdmonton's street system is a grid with streets running north and south and avenues running east and west. Most streets and avenues are numbered starting from the southeast corner of the city; a few are named.

Edmonton's streetscape includes several traffic circles. When approaching a traffic circle, make sure you are in the correct lane. Use the right lane if you plan to exit, the left lane if you are traveling around the circle. When in the circle, the vehicle on the outside must yield to the vehicle on the inside.

The city speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour (30 mph) or as posted. A right turn on red after stopping is permitted; U-turns are not. A sign that reads “Bus and Taxi Lane Only” means it is illegal to drive, park or stop any vehicle other than the above in that lane.

ParkingStreet parking restrictions vary throughout the city; watch for and heed the signs. Parking is not permitted in the residential areas surrounding RE/MAX Field and Commonwealth Stadium during major events; cars parked there will be towed.

Rates for city-operated parking meters are $2.50-$3.50 per hour. Most meters are free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays; however, there are some 24-hour meters. Rates for downtown parking lots range $2.50-$4 per half-hour during the day.

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Edmonton, AB

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Travel Information

City Population

812,201

Elevation

670 m/2,198 ft.

Sales Tax

The federal Goods and Service Tax is 5 percent and applies to most goods, food/beverages and services, including lodgings. Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax but does impose a 4 percent hotel tax. A 3 percent tourism levy also is charged in some areas.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(780) 423-4567

Fire (non-emergency)

311

Temperature

(780) 468-4940

Hospitals

Grey Nuns Community Hospital, (780) 735-7000; Misericordia Community Hospital, (780) 735-2000; Royal Alexandra Hospital, (780) 735-4111; University of Alberta Hospital, (780) 407-8822.

Visitor Information

9990 Jasper Ave. N.W. West Shaw Building Edmonton, AB T5J 1P7. Phone:(780)401-7696

Air Travel

Edmonton International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, with offices at the airport and downtown (inside Edmonton House, 10205 100 Ave. N.W.), offers discounts to CAA and AAA members; phone (780) 890-4435 at the airport, (780) 423-3431 downtown, (800) 654-3131 in Canada or (800) 654-3001 outside of Canada. Contact a travel advisor at your local AAA club office to add rental cars to your travel packages.

Rail Service

The VIA Rail station is at 12360 121 St. N.W.; phone (888) 842-7245.

Buses

Red Arrow Express offers luxury motor coach service between Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray and Red Deer; phone (403) 531-0350 or (800) 232-1958.

Taxis

Taxi companies include Co-Op Taxi Line, (780) 425-2525; Barrel Taxi (780) 489-7777; and Yellow Cab, (780) 462-3456. Taxi rates start at $3.60, plus $0.20 is charged for each additional 135 metres (about 1/12 mile) or a portion thereof. Taxis can be hailed, but phoning is recommended.

Public Transportation

Edmonton has both bus and light-rail transit (LRT) service. Edmonton Transit System’s Customer Service Centre, on the second floor of Edmonton Tower at 10111 104 Ave., sells ETS passes and is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30; phone 331 within Edmonton or (780) 442-5311. Buses operate Mon.-Fri. 5:20 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 6:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. On holidays hours may be extended for special events. Light-rail transit operates on a similar schedule; check the website for full schedule. Fare is $3.50; free (ages 0-12). A 1-day pass is $9.75.

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