Would my family and I feel welcome in Edmonton?

Edmonton’s communities welcome newcomers with open arms. The city boasts over 50 international cultures and is home to 500 places of worship. Each year, Edmonton’s Heritage Festival celebrates the city’s multicultural heritage.

In June 2011, Edmonton was named by TripAdvisor as one of top ten 2011 family vacation destinations in Canada to visit.

Edmonton was ranked fourth and was recognized for its vibrancy, historic Old Strathcona, University of Alberta, West Edmonton Mall and its river valley – North America’s largest urban parkland.

Overall, Edmonton was named by TripAdvisor as one of Canada’s top 25 destinations.

For more information, go to Edmonton ranked top ten family-friendly destination.

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