Why is Edmonton different? There are theories. Maybe it’s our northern home, where for years we’ve learned to make our own fun. Perhaps it’s our legacy of entrepreneurs dreaming up oddities: the continent’s first, biggest and wildest Fringe theatre festival and a shopping mall that at one time had more submarines than the Canadian navy. Some of the most iconic and adventurous restaurants in Canada launched here, and new ones are opening every month. And Edmonton is home to several custom designers which puts Edmontonians and visitors in one-of-a-kind looks! Edmontonians have always been unusually keen to try, and build, something new.
Edmonton has always been a hidden gem – once a magnet for fur traders, gold prospectors and other fortune seekers and now we shine as an arts and culture hub with festivals on the horizon year round. From close encounters with free roaming bison to surfing indoors to taking your taste buds on a journey to some of the hottest craft beer taprooms, hyper-local bistros and indie bakeries in Canada, you’ll find there’s a uniqueness to how Edmontonians do ordinary things.
We’re a big city with small town values; a vibrant urban centre in the heart of wilderness. And we’re home of the most parkland per capita of any Canadian city, with a river valley system that's 22 times the size of New York City's Central Park! So pack your hiking shoes to trek through the river valley trails, pack your shopping shoes to trek through the local boutiques, farmers markets and cafés, and most importantly pack your sense of adventure.
One thing’s for sure –if you’re looking for an unforgettable, original experience, you’ll find it in Edmonton. Check out ExploreEdmonton.com for all the proof you need.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.