Edmonton

Edmonton

Current population:  782,439

Edmonton history online

The name “Edmonton” is a Latinized version of a Saxon word meaning “Happy Hamlet,” and was used to honour the home of HBC governor James Winter Lake who was from Edmonton, England.

  • The city’s population stands at 782,439 people as of April 2009; while Edmonton’s metropolitan population is more than a million people.
  • Edmonton is Alberta’s capital city. The Legislature is an iconic building of grand architecture where people flock to wade in or skate on the outdoor ponds.
  • Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre of Excellence has one of the world’s highest standards in recycling, composting and minimizing landfill. The Clover Bar facility diverts 60 per cent of its solid waste, the highest diversion rate across Canada.
  • Edmonton is the second-most sustainable large city in Canada.
  • Proudly multicultural, Edmonton is home to several of Canada’s largest festivals. Heritage Days features pavilions with food, displays, and performances from more than 60 different ethnic associations in the city.
  • Edmonton has 10 post-secondary institutions, with a post-secondary student population over 170,000.
  • Edmonton has more bike paths and on-street facilities per capita than any other city.
  • Edmonton is home to 58 per cent of Alberta’s biotechnology companies.