Get to know Edmonton.
Edmonton is the most northerly city in North America and has a metropolitan population of over one million. Though it is the provincial capital, it is the second largest city in Alberta after Calgary. Edmonton is very reliant on cars, so many shopping and entertainment hubs are based in a few key areas, such as South Edmonton Common, Whyte Avenue, West Edmonton Mall, and Jasper Avenue, to name a few. Though Edmonton’s economy, along with the province of Alberta, has met with some challenges in recent years, the diversity of the city’s jobs market means that opportunities are available across sectors for those who are willing to look.
Edmonton is located in Alberta, the only province without a provincial sales tax (PST). Edmonton is the major economic centre for northern and central Alberta and a hub for the oil and gas industry. Economic activity in Calgary is mostly centred on the petroleum industry, agriculture and tourism. Alberta has the lion’s share of Canada’s oil industry. Its reserves – in the form of oil sands – are estimated to be second only to Saudi Arabia’s.
Edmonton traditionally has been a hub for Albertan petrochemical industries, earning it the nickname “Oil Capital of Canada” in the 1940s. Supply and service industries drive the energy extraction engine, while research develops new technologies and supports expanded value-added processing of Alberta’s massive oil, gas, and oil sands reserves.
Despite the apparent focus on oil and gas, Edmonton’s economy is one of the most diverse in Canada. Major industrial sectors include a strong technology sector. Much of the growth in the technology sector is due to Edmonton’s reputation as one of Canada’s premier research and education centers.
Which neighbourhoods in Edmonton are the best for you?
We’ll help you to find out with this overview of the popular neighbourhoods. You can also use our Edmonton neighbourhood maps or explore each area in more detail here.
The south and southwestern neighbourhoods in Edmonton are often identified as some of the most desirable. Areas such as Haddow, Henderson Estates and Ogilvie Ridge have comparatively low crime rates and high affluence. Generally speaking, the city’s southside tends to be very family-friendly and comparatively safe.
A notable area of Edmonton’s southside is Old Strathcona, Edmonton’s main arts and entertainment district, and shopping hub, and close to the University of Alberta. The popular Whyte (82nd) Avenue is a draw for residents and tourists alike and is buzzing with shops, bars, and great restaurants. Whyte Avenue runs through several neighbourhoods, including Garneau, Queen Alexandra, Strathcona and Bonnie Doon. This is perfect for those looking for a slightly arty and alternative area to call home.
Mill Woods is another area in the southside, comprised of more than eight neighbourhoods in Edmonton. Over 100,000 people live in Mill Woods, and it offers more affordability than most other southside addresses. Mill Woods is a largely self-sufficient community, with amenities such as a hospital, police headquarters and recreation centre. Mill Woods has a reputation for higher levels of crime, but this reputation is largely unwarranted, and neighbourhoods such as Jackson Heights and Greenview offer high quality of life and low crime.
Summerside in the southwest of the city is a new residential area popular with many families. It’s a pretty quiet area with many new houses and apartments. The bus service is pretty good for those without cars, and many people use bikes during the summer. Lake Summerside is a man-made lake with a playground, boats, swimming in the summer and skating in the winter, and they often have family days. It is a private lake and only the residents of Lake Summerside can use the water.