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Situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, surrounded by gently rolling hills, flat country prairies, and deep river valleys, Edmonton is Canada's cream of the crop for lovers of the Great Outdoors. The capital of Alberta, it consists of a wide range of neighborhoods tailor-made for families, singles, retirees, students, yuppies, and suburbanites alike. Sound like the perfect place for you and yours? Are the 83-84 Oilers the greatest hockey team ever? Yes, and yes.

Edmonton is known for a lot of things – oil (and Oilers), low taxes, high wages, cold winters. But perhaps the most notable thing about “The Gateway to the North” is its natural aesthetics. Many first-time visitors’ first impression is that the city is one big park. Nowhere in North America will you find more urban parkland than Edmonton, whose “Ribbon of Green” extends 26 miles and boasts 22 parks, 11 lakes, and 14 scenic ravines. In Edmonton, there’s a fine line between hustling along the streets of the big city and taking a casual stroll in the park.

Like other places in Alberta, Edmonton is a booming oil town that frequently has more jobs than takers. Hence, it’s a popular residential destination for fresh college grads as well as migrant workers seeking out new careers. Banking, technology, research, and education play large roles in the economy, too. The city is home to multiple colleges, including the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, whose combined enrollments exceeds 100,000. Because of the strong student population, a few parts of the city, including the south-central area formerly called Strathcona, have a distinct college-town vibe.

Edmonton is a remarkably diverse place, with roughly 1 in 4 residents being a “visible minority.” South Asians, African Canadians, and Filipinos are the primary minority groups, while Edmonton is also home to Canada’s 3rd largest Chinatown.

Like most major cities, Edmonton has its fair share of traffic jams, especially near the seemingly permanent construction zones surrounding downtown. The good news is that Edmonton has the cheapest gas and oil in all of Canada, so at least you don’t have to fork over an arm and a leg while you inch painfully down Hwy 216.

Roughly one-third of Edmonton’s residents use public transit regularly. In addition to a large bus fleet, the city operates the Edmonton Light Rail Transit, which runs north-south from Clareview Station all the way to Century Park Station. Unfortunately, it’s not an option for all, as it doesn’t travel east-west or extend into the outlying suburbs. If you live outside of Edmonton proper, having your own set of wheels is essential, especially during the brutal winter months when waiting at a bus stop is downright dangerous.

Edmonton officially consists of 375 neighbourhoods, but for many residents, the choice of where to live boils down to just one question: the city or the ‘burbs? Generally speaking, you’ll feel right at home in the suburbs if you prefer peace, quiet, and shiny new things -- Radio Canada estimates that more than half of Edmonton’s suburbs didn’t even exist 40 years ago. Particularly popular suburbs include Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, and Stony Plain, where you’ll find some of the newest and most desirable real estate in Edmonton.

The urban core, meanwhile, is considerably more historic, eclectic, and densely populated. Popular areas situated right in the thick of things include Cloverdale and Glenora, a locally beloved neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and historic, grandiose brick houses.

A stone’s throw west of the downtown core, the gentrified Oliver neighbourhood is dotted with shops, eateries, and galleries and features a nice mix of older homes and newer condos/high rises. Travel slightly east, meanwhile, and you’ll come across some of the most affordable houses for sale in Edmonton in the Boyle, Central McDougall, and Alberta Avenue neighbourhoods. If considering a home in these areas (where petty crime and panhandling is more common than other neighborhoods), however, be sure to spend some time there first to make sure it’s right for you.

The revitalized Old Strathcona neighbourhood is a premier residential area for students, singles, young couples, night owls, and young urban professionals. Home to much of the city’s thriving arts community and buzzing with numerous dining and drinking establishments, Old Stratchona's homes include both older, well-kept single-family homes and new, chic apartments and lofts. Not surprisingly, homes for sale in this highly regarded area of Edmonton don’t usually linger in the MLS listings for long before someone swoops them up.

Other highly appealing and generally affluent neighborhoods in Edmonton include Haddow and Henderson Estates in the south, Parkview and Crestwood in the west, and the super-scenic Highlands in the north.

Edmonton is a tale of two cities, its ambiance much different when Mother Nature is smiling warmly upon it than blanketing it with mounds of snow and ice. In summer, Edmonton earns the nickname “Festival City” by presenting world-class events on Churchill Square nearly every weekend. The annual “K Days” festival, featuring trade shows, fireworks, live music, and carnival rides, is the biggest draw. Other annual summer mega-events include the Works Art & Design Festival, which promotes the city’s thriving arts community, and the Edmonton International Street Performers’ Festival, which showcases up to 1500 off-the-wall musical and comedic talents from around the world.

In the winter, meanwhile, things are much more chill (bad pun intended). Except to skate or play pond hockey on one of the city’s countless outdoor ice rinks, Edmontonians tend to bring the fun inside when the arctic freeze kicks in. On the bright side, there’s plenty to do indoors, such as visiting the West Edmonton Mall -- although the word “mall” hardly does it justice. In addition to 800 stores and services, it includes an indoor amusement park (with roller coaster), water park, mini golf course, laser tag arena, skating rink, and bowling alley.

Popular cultural attractions include the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Winspear Centre (home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra), and a variety of museums and historic sites (Fort Edmonton Park is a must-see for history buffs). Although nobody will mistake Edmonton for Montreal or Toronto when it comes to nightlife, the city does have its fair share of pubs, clubs, live music venues, and casinos. Plenty more fun will be had, meanwhile, when the shops, bars, and eateries in the new Arena District open their doors in 2016.