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The capital city of Canada's Alberta province, Edmonton is known as the nation's 'Festival City' thanks to its large number of cultural events throughout the year. Today, there are frequent direct flights to Edmonton International Airport from dozens of other cities in the Americas and Europe. Edmonton is also one of the sunniest cities in Canada, benefiting from just over 2,300 years hours of sunshine in a typical year.
Although Edmonton summers are usually pleasantly warm, winters are long and severe, which is why many people spend much of their weekends at the West Edmonton Wall in the colder months. Welcoming well over 30 million visitors each year, this mall comprises more than 800 stores, and is almost like a mini city. This outstanding venue even has its own World Waterpark, an aquarium, the family-themed Galaxyland theme park, several movie theatres, and the Ice Palace skating rink, among other attractions.
In the Woodcroft district you can visit the splendid Telus World of Science, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014 and has an impressive planetarium. See the Environmental Gallery to learn more about global ecology and meteorology, and take the kids to Discoveryland where they can take part in plenty of fun interactive activities.
You can easily spend a day at the Ford Edmonton Park, another fascinating museum showcasing the history of the Canada from the colonial era to the 20th century. The park contains many reconstructed historic landmarks documenting the history of the city, from a rebuilt York boat to a redesigned 1905 Street.
See the state-of-the-art Muttart Conservatory, which was designed by the eminent British architect Peter Hemingway and is one of Canada's most famous botanical gardens. You can also visit the Royal Albert Museum, where you can learn more about the natural history and the diverse wildlife of Alberta. On a calm, sunny day, few places are as inviting as the William Hawrelak Park, which overlooks the North Saskatchewan River and contains numerous picturesque hiking routes.
Top-notch restaurants in Edmonton include the Italian-inspired Café Amore Bistro, the American-themed Hathaway's Diner, and the Italian-oriented Vivo Ristorante. Other highly rated places to eat out include the local and contemporary-styled Hardware Grill, the Indian-themed Guru Restaurant, and the Chinese-inspired Double Greeting Won Ton House.
For luxury accommodation with excellent hospitality, you could book a room at the elegantly presented Matrix Hotel or the plush DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton. If you're looking for budget-friendly hotels, consider the friendly Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Edmonton/West or the stylish Hampton Inn by Hilton Edmonton/South.
|Food and drinks||Prices average|
|Beer (0.5 litre)||£1.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£5.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£1.00|
|One way tube ticket||£2.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£3.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£27.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£38.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£1,820.00|