Moving to Edmonton
The University of Alberta 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. The river valley is North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland, with paved and natural multi-use paths providing opportunities for everything from nature hikes to mountain biking and cross-country skiing.
Top-ranked Education & Healthcare
Education and healthcare services in Edmonton are ranked as the best in Canada. With its proximity to the university’s outstanding research centres and institutes, the Edmonton-area health region has been named the best in Canada for five consecutive years.
Alberta’s education system is one of the best in the world. Alberta students ranked second in science, behind Finland, and tied for third place in reading and fourth place in mathematics in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment. The tests assess the international achievement of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science.
Edmonton’s major school districts (public, Catholic, and francophone) allow students to pursue educational programming in the environment of their choice–with schools specializing in everything from high-level academics (International Baccalaureate programs) to fine arts and sports. Accredited private schools provide instruction focusing on faith, language and culture or academics, according to your children’s needs.
Opportunities abound for families to participate in minor sports, arts and recreational activities associated with professional arts and sporting associations. Programming for children and teens, for example, is offered through the Art Gallery of Alberta, Alberta Ballet and the Citadel Theatre.
Thriving Cultural Community
Edmonton’s Downtown Arts District boasts the Winspear Centre for Music, the Citadel Theatre and the new Art Gallery of Alberta. The Jubilee Auditorium, located on the Main 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. Residents celebrate the sunny, warm summer with North America’s largest Fringe Theatre Festival, the world-renowned Folk Music Festival, and Heritage Days, an outdoor feast honouring the city’s multicultural community.
Edmonton also 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. Programming for children and teens is available through professional organizations like the Oilers, and through high-calibre amateur and community-level sports groups. The city has hosted major international sporting events including the 2001 World Athletics Championships, FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, the Commonwealth Games and University Games.
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.