The U of A is located in Edmonton — a vibrant metropolitan area with a population of more than one million people. The U of A is located along the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton’s river valley is North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland, with paved and natural multi-use paths providing opportunities for jogging, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.
Because of its northern location, summer days in Edmonton are long—the city gets up to 17 hours of sunlight per day with the sun rising at about 5:30 a.m. and not setting until after 10 p.m. In the winter, spectacular displays of the aurora borealis (northern lights) are common in the night skies.
Edmonton has 4 distinct seasons. In the summer months of July and August, the average high temperature is 22°C (72°F). The average winter temperature is −15°C (5°F). However, temperatures can vary greatly. The temperature may rise to 38°C (100°F) in the summer, and may fall to −40°C (−40°F) in the winter.
A short walk from campus, historic Whyte Avenue is popular among students, with its theatre scene, boutiques, nightclubs and cafes. Downtown’s Jasper Avenue, home to high-quality restaurants and nightlife, is a short subway ride away—and your student ID card is your 24/7 city-wide transit pass.
The Downtown Arts District boasts the Winspear Centre for Music, the Citadel Theatre, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the university’s downtown campus, Enterprise Square. The Jubilee Auditorium, located on the North Campus, is home to the Edmonton Opera and is a popular venue for touring musicians.
Dubbed “Festival City,” Edmonton teems with culture and arts events year round, including North America’s largest Fringe Theatre Festival, the world-renowned Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and Heritage Days, an outdoor feast honouring the city’s multicultural community.
Sports and Fitness
Edmonton offers dozens of fitness and sport training facilities, and the city is known for its professional sport franchises, including the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers, the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos, as well as baseball and lacrosse teams.
The city has hosted major international sporting events including the 2001 World Athletics Championships, FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, Indy car races, the Commonwealth Games and World University Games.
Rocky Mountain Get-Aways
With the Rocky Mountains just a few hours away, Edmontonians have quick and easy access to some of the finest skiing, kayaking, cycling, camping, backpacking and fishing in the world.