Monday, June 13, 2011

Weird and wonderful facts about Edmonton!

I was browsing around the internet, trying to find the latest statistics on the population of the Capital City; I came across the Wikipedia page dedicated to all things e-town and I learned some surprising new things about the city:

-Edmonton has the highest per capita area of parkland in any Canadian City! The river valley is 22 times larger than New York’s Central Park.

-The Edmonton Composting facility is the largest of its type in the world! I’m embarrassed to say this, but I didn’t even realize Edmonton composted at all! My bad.

-Westmount mall was the first mall in Canada. So, that explains why Edmontonian’s love to shop!

-The first inhabitants settled in the area that is now Edmonton around 3,000 BC and perhaps as early as 12,000 BC, when an ice-free corridor opened up as the last ice age ended and timber, water, and wildlife became available in the region.

- Being stuck on the Anthony Henday on plenty of occasions has given me time to wonder "who was Anthony Henday" and "why have we named this parking lot after him"? Now I know! In 1754, Anthony Henday, an explorer working for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), may have been the first European to enter the Edmonton area.

-Edmonton has wacky weather. It is definitely a place of extremes. The highest temperature recorded within the City of Edmonton was 38.3 °C (100.9 °F), on August 5, 1998. The coldest temperature ever recorded at city centre was −40.6 °C (−41.1 °F) on January 26, 1972, this was the only time since recordings began in 1953 that city centre has recorded a temperature below −40 °C (−40 °F). The coldest overall temperature recorded in Edmonton was −49.4 °C (−56.9 °F), on January 19 and 21, 1886.

If, you are considered a move to Alberta’s Capital City, or are looking to learn some new things about Edmonton, the Wiki page is a great resource!

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