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Edmonton Capital Region is the metropolitan area of Edmonton, Alberta. The population of this area is 1.3 million (2016), making it sixth largest metro area in Canada. Edmonton's suburbs are small cities that usually rely on Edmonton for jobs, health care, higher education, and more "upscale" entertainment. However, the region is also where city-dwellers head on the weekends and holidays for outdoor life. In fact, the eastern edge of the Capital Region was recognized as the Beaverhills UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2016 for its natural landscapes.

For complete information on Edmonton, see its article.


Map of Edmonton Capital Region

Home to shopping (even outside of the famous West Edmonton Mall), an established theatre scene, excellent nightlife, beautiful parks, high end & extraordinary festivals, and a beautiful array of food selection.
  Sherwood Park
Heavy industry at "refinery row" and a large expanse of suburban residential neighbourhoods.
  St. Albert
An affluent city of commuters to Edmonton with scenic trails and parks. It is home to the oldest building in Alberta, the Father Lacombe Chapel (a Catholic mission from the late 19th century), the Musée Héritage Museum and the Arden Theatre.
  Port Alberta (Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Devon)
Home of the Edmonton International Airport and numerous oil and gas businesses. This is essentially the transportation hub of the region. Beaumont is a still partly-French-speaking enclave (for now) that is suddenly booming in population as transportation links to Edmonton are built. Devon is scenically perched on the edge of a gorge above the North Saskatchewan River, near the site of the major oil discovery in 1947 that changed the face of Alberta forever.
  West Sturgeon (Morinville, Villeneuve, Rivière Qui Barre, Legal, Alexander First Nation, Sandy Beach)
French-Canadian enclaves north of Edmonton.
  Industrial Heartland (Fort Saskatchewan, Redwater, Gibbons, Bruderheim, Josephburg)
An industrial town centred on Dow Chemical and other petrochemical plants. It's on the North Saskatchewan River, and has opportunities for canoeing and hiking. Home to the Fort Heritage Precinct, an outdoor museum centred on a reconstruction of the North West Mounted Police ("Mountie") post from the 1870s.
  Beaver Hills
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve sine 2016. Centred on Elk Island National Park, home to the Canada's most famous herds of bison (buffalo). Includes numerous other parks and protected areas with lots of hiking. Also home to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, an open-air museum detailing the traditional lives of the influential Ukrainian immigrants to Alberta.
  Yelowhead Lakes (Lac Ste. Anne County, Wabamun)
Recreational lakes to the West of Edmonton plus rapidly expanding suburbs. Home to the Spruce Grove Grain Elevator Museum, the famous Jack's Drive In burger joint, and the Multicultural Heritage Centre (a museum).
  Parkland (Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Enoch Cree Nation, Acheson)
Western suburbs of Edmonton and a First Nation with a resort-casino. Spruce Grove has a grain elevator museum and great drive-in. Stony Plain has a multicultural museum.
Grain elevators in St Albert


Edmonton has been allowed to expand and annex most of the farmland and small towns around it throughout its history, so the majority of the population of the region lives within the boundaries of the City of Edmonton. However, Edmonton has expanded rapidly since the 1940s, and now abuts towns that used to be several kilometers away. All of remaining the towns began to grow quickly during 2000s as land prices in Edmonton rose. They have added many new facilities, and most towns now have a museum, multi-rink arena, indoor public swimming pool, and one or more performing arts venues. They are all former railway towns that were established as grain-collection points for nearby farms, and are built primarily on a grid pattern, so are easy to navigate, and all feature a small shopping district in the centre (usually called "downtown") and many large big-box stores along the main highways.

  • Get in

By plane[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Drive via Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) (east-west) or via Highway 2 (Queen Elizabeth II Highway) ("QE2", north-south)

By bus[edit]

Numerous intercity buses operate into Edmonton. See Edmonton.

By train[edit]

Get around[edit]

Edmonton and 9 other municipalities (as of June 2020) are planning to merge their public transit networks over the period 2022-2026.


University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Edmonton, as the provincial capital, has several cultural and historic sites, including the Art Gallery of Alberta, a science museum, a planetarium, the Royal Alberta Museum, and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum.

The University of Alberta Botanical Gardens, north of Devon, has native and Japanese themes, large indoor showhouses, and a Mughal-style garden.

The Canadian Energy Museum, south of Devon, and the Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre in Leduc showcase Canada's oil industry.

The Spruce Grove Grain Elevator Museum is an operating museum in the last remaining wooden grain elevator on the CN Rail line west of Edmonton.


Edmonton calls itself "Canada's Festival City", with over 30 annual festivals and special events throughout the year.

The Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival, in Stony Plain in early August, is the largest bluegrass event in western Canada.

Go wildlife watching at Elk Island National Park, which has the second highest density of hoofed mammals per square area of any region on earth (excepting the Serengeti plains of East Africa): 40 species of free-roaming mammals including plains bison, wood bison, elk (wapiti), moose, deer, beaver, and muskrat.

More than 220 species of birds have been sighted within Lois Hole Provincial Park, near St. Albert, along with deer, moose, and coyotes.

There's skiing at Sunridge Ski Area in Strathcona with 11 slopes and night skiing.

Go camping or rent a cottage in one of Lac Ste. Anne's summer villages.

West Edmonton Mall

There are over 70 golf courses located in the Edmonton region. Wabamun alone has 5 courses and a population of only 700 people, which must be one of the highest rates of golf courses per person in the country.

Go shopping at the West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America, with an amusement park, an artificial beach and indoor wave pool, indoor lake and Santa Maria ship replica.

Professional sports fans can take in games of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers (5 Stanley Cups) or the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos (13 Grey Cups, name subject to change).

This region travel guide to Edmonton Capital Region is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.