All Stories About Living in Edmonton

  • 100-Mile Diet - Ivor MacKay
    One-hundred-mile diet-wise, I grew up doing that in Nova Scotia. That’s the way we lived. When I started doing it in Edmonton, it created a greater sense of community with the surrounding area.
  • 3-Day Novel Contest - Gayleen Froese
    The 3-Day Novel Contest was an Edmonton thing. And I thought that was pretty cool. As an Edmonton writer it felt really good to be involved in the city that way.
  • 95 & Jive: Dancing Dan! - Ken Strickland User submitted story
    Living here in the west end has given me occasion to become familiar with one of our celebrity locals, Dancing Dan.
  • A Big Giant Hippie Sport - Disa Brownfield
    It’s a good way to meet people. You don’t socialize just with your team. You talk to the person who’s marking you. That’s completely not normal in other sports.
  • A Bit Like Quicksand - Jan Slaski User submitted story
    Jan bet a colleague in Poland, he'd be back after a year spent in Edmonton. That was in 1993...
  • A City of Loving and Living - Cheryl Kerr User submitted story
    In fact, her son Tom’s friend, Tommy Banks, preferred Helen’s chocolate chip cookies to the ones his own mother made.
  • A City of Many Paths - Margot Ross-Graham
    Margot enjoys her life in Edmonton and she believes that the city’s extensive river valley trails could be a metaphor for the boundless opportunities here.
  • A City of Urban Villages - Michael Janz User submitted story
    Meet the Marketing Director of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and learn how you can get more involved with your neighbourhood.
  • A Daily Feast - Sandra L. Hatch User submitted story
    I discovered the secret ingredient to Edmonton. It is and always will be generated from the heart.
  • A Day I Will Never Forget - Deserae Kehler User submitted story
    So maybe it wasn’t the best day of my life, but who else in Edmonton has a wedding story like that?
  • A Lesser Known Edmonton - Todd Smith User submitted story
    Within the next year I had come out to my family, which was only possible with the great friends I had met and grown to love, both within the gay and greater Edmonton communities.
  • A Night Closer Than Our Days - Maslah Abdirahman User submitted story
    We all sang the same song holding hands and hugging. The funny thing was when we left downtown after we saw the fireworks we still sang together with a lot of random people on the train.
  • A Pink Year - Treena Fenniak Story has video User submitted story
    Suddenly, a crushing blow hit. I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, and everything stopped.
  • A Place to Call Home - Amy Carter User submitted story
    The very first day of school I missed the bus, waited for 40 minutes, and was 20 minutes late for class. But it got better.
  • A Ride to Remember User submitted story
    Chris is an Edmontonian, a constable with the Edmonton Police Service, and a Harley enthusiast. He is riding his bike across Canada to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis.
  • A Salute to Your History - Denise Daubert User submitted story
    I'm proud to say that my family is a part of Edmonton's history and has been since my paternal and maternal great-grandparents settled in Edmonton in the early 1900s. I'm grateful they chose Edmonton!
  • A Simple Story - Susan Purdy User submitted story
    My story is simple. It's about a 17-year-old girl 3000 miles from home.
  • A Soul Awakening in Edmonton - Judy Wollman User submitted story
    A profound moment happened that got me off the street: my neighbor offered to give me some light. I was very skeptical, yet her place was filled with joyous, beautiful, spiritual energy, and I wanted to experience more.
  • A Spontaneous Decision - Dianna Bowes User submitted story
    This city has changed, and I was only a few miles away and had no idea. Around every corner is an opportunity to discover something new.
  • A Strange Way of Growing On You - Riki Roy User submitted story
    We were living in Tanzania when our young son decided he wanted to do nanotechnology. I found that the University of Alberta would be starting this program. But where was this place called Edmonton?
  • A Year or Two - Penny Ritco Story has video
    My husband and I thought we’d be here for a year or two. That was fifteen years ago.
  • All the Small Things - Liane Little User submitted story
    It's all of the small things, the good people, that make Edmonton what it is.
  • All-Season City - Sunny & Ishpreet Lamba Story has video
    Sunny and Ishpreet Lamba weren't sold on the move to Edmonton until they realized the lifestyle advantages. For Sunny and Ishpreet, Edmonton is an all-season city.
  • An Active, Outspoken Community - Debbie Appleby User submitted story
    Not my baby! This is NOT happening to my child, was Debbie's first reaction when she found her son Kent would be severely handicapped. Kent is now 30 and thanks to the special needs community he is able to enjoy a high quality of life. Read more about Debbie's experience in our city.
  • An Aussie in Edmonton - Meg McCready User submitted story
    The day the temperature reached an inconceivable -36 C, I stayed in bed and missed class. (They say only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. I say only mad Canadians go out in those temperatures.) Luckily for my studies, that only happened once during the first winter.
  • An Encounter with Kindness - Mary Pat Barry User submitted story
    It was Thursday, March 30th, 2006 in Edmonton. I was in the day surgery waiting room at the city’s University of Alberta Hospital with my sister, Leslie. Like many in that room it was my first encounter with cancer and I was scared.
  • An Unusual Move - Roman Doshchak
    Obviously moving to Edmonton is a little bit unusual for someone who had it as good as I did.
  • Beautiful Way to Move - Miriam Hak User submitted story
    One of the coaches described speed skating as “a beautiful way to move”. It truly is. And it is extremely exhilarating – someone recently told me it’s the fastest human-propelled sport in existence today!
  • Block Party - Karina Hurtado
    There are lots of opportunities in developing neighbourhoods: room for new initiatives, for people to promote change. Working together we transform the area. We’re attracting community to this neighbourhood.
  • Book + Dog = Reader - Rachel Sentes
    I watched a boy – he was around 12 – who’d never seen this before. There were about 5 dogs in the room. His mom was pushing him. And he’s going “Ah no, too old for this.” Too manly, you know.
  • Bridging Generations with Language - Wei Wong Story has audio
    You kind of have to know where you come from. That gives you, I guess, your character ... If this program wasn’t here, I would not have been able to teach my kids any part of their culture really, myself, right?
  • Can't Fry A Hurricane - Harma-Mae Smit User submitted story
    I wasn’t really an Oilers' fan this year. It was my grade twelve year — my most important year of school — much more important than hockey.
  • Canada Day Criterium - Canada Day Criterium Story has video
    Host of the Canada Day Criterium, the Edmonton Juventus Cycling Club offers great riding and racing opportunities to all age groups. Members are beginner to national team level cyclists who enjoy track cycling, mountain biking, and cycle cross and road racing.
  • Cappuccino Affair - Patti Navarro User submitted story
    This story/poem occurred on April 29, 2000. That is a very important fact as the cafe I mention is no longer opened. This captures a special moment I had in Edmonton.
  • Caring for Canines - Debbie Ward
    I never thought I’d be living with nine greyhounds. But after falling in love with this often inhumanely treated breed there was no turning back.
  • Change - Alison Cairns User submitted story
    Gradually, as time passed, I came to be more comfortable living on my own, dining at a table for one, and going to movies without anyone to share my popcorn.
  • Christmas Eve Kindness - Kathy Holler User submitted story
    We lived in 2 rooms with the luxury of sharing 1 shelf in a refrigerator which stood in the hallway, and it was rarely filled.
  • City Canvas: A Wonderful Surprise - Mark Wilson Story has video
    What does the Garneau Tree, art, and getting your start in radio have in common? Watch Mark's videos to find out.
  • Cleaning Up - Enid Botchett
    Edmonton Public Schools gave me fantastic opportunities before I even really knew I was ready for them. I was a music coordinator. I was a principal. We had the chance to live in Europe for three years.
  • Coincidence? Maybe not... - Martin Galba User submitted story
    I couldn't find the location of the studio; the way the whole address system works was totally new to me. I was about to give up when something in the back of my mind told me to look one last time.
  • Coincidences - Patrice Thomas-Crate User submitted story
    Before my father’s illness I never understood organ donation. I went with my father for a workshop on organ donation. There were hundreds of people there who needed a transplant just like my father.
  • Coming Back Home - Eva Cohen Story has video User submitted story
    This video is a personal narrative of my experience in Edmonton's natural parks. Upon going for a walk down Whitemud Creek, I truly realized how lucky I am to be from Edmonton.
  • Coming Home - Kristi Tencarre User submitted story
    I admit there are times when I miss the ocean and green of the rainforest, but the constant sunshine is a bright reminder of why I love this area of Canada.
  • Crossing One Bridge - Ann Henry User submitted story
    As I crossed the High Level Bridge today, it reminded me why Edmonton is a great place to call home. My attention was drawn first by the bright blue sky and then the valley which stretches for miles in either direction.
  • Discovering Two Sides of Edmonton - Tiffany Kemp
    I’ve discovered if you get involved, there's a lot to keep you busy in Edmonton. When I first got here I volunteered, met some really great people and made some fabulous friends. It's how my social network started.
  • Downtown Dwellers - Downtown Dwellers Story has video User submitted story
    What’s it like to live in downtown Edmonton? The Edmontonstories team met up with some downtown dwellers who wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Meet Kassie, Eric, Josh and Kent and learn what living in downtown Edmonton means to them.
  • Downtown Surprise - Lauren Ladner User submitted story
    Of course, living on the busiest street of downtown Edmonton meant that life was always moving, and Jasper Avenue provided all the charms of that energetic downtown lifestyle.
  • Eclipsing Shinny - Tracey Urquhart
    As I played hockey with other rookie women of all ages and backgrounds one February several years ago, we watched a lunar eclipse unfold over the outdoor rink.
  • Edmonton by Bicycle - Amy Neufeld User submitted story
    I really began to understand Edmonton when I started cycling through it. About 4 years ago I adopted the bicycle as my primary, and favourite, mode of transportation.
  • Edmonton Chinese Garden - Marty Chan User submitted story
    Nothing fills my heart with dread more than the question, “Where are you from?” As a Chinese-Canadian, I know that when I answer “Alberta,” this will prompt the inevitable follow-up query: “no, where are you really from?”
  • Edmonton Gave Us Our Life Back - Heather Foster User submitted story
    Instead, his boss and another lady took it upon themselves to seek out help for Chris and find him a doctor accepting new patients. This was a turning point in Chris’s life.
  • Edmonton is the Place to Bee - Shannon Lee Ladouceur User submitted story
    The big fat industrious bumblebee itself is Edmonton as a whole - as hardworking and cheerful with a buzz and purpose much like this city I have grown to love so much.
  • Edmonton/Paradise - Kelly Jordan User submitted story
    Armed with nothing more than our bikes and sheer determination, my fifteen-year-old brother, Cory and I scale the hills and the lush forests that engulf our city.
  • Embrace - Lisa Hill User submitted story
    I moved to Edmonton in 1984, from Rhode Island. I was very nervous about my big move, and the only person I knew was my new husband, who had been an Albertan all his life.
  • Enduring an Edmonton Winter: Curling - Eric O'Brien User submitted story
    There are 2 types of curlers: one half conferences around the TSN curling broadcast and makes comments like, “Boy, that yellow rock is sure buried deep”; the other half watches a game out on the ice and strategizes, “If it were me, I’d have Linda peel that guard so that Terry doesn’t have a chance to score 2 and take it into extras.”
  • Everyday Champions - Kaitlyn Perrin User submitted story
    It wasn’t until I gave him my last toonie from my pocket and pointed him towards the next bus stop that I realized my wallet went with him on that bus.
  • Falling Head First - Monica Langille User submitted story
    I was not even into hockey, but I couldn’t help but to fall head first into this exciting world of hockey.
  • Feels Like Home To Me - Rachel Foley
    It’s been a long time since I actually felt that a place is home. I stood there realizing, “Yeah, this is home, and they are my friends.” I’m going to be hanging out with them for years.
  • Field Trip - Adrianne Thomson
    We were trying to figure out where in Canada we should live. And then I remember being somewhere in the McKernan area and seeing all these little kids from a daycare out on a field trip.
  • Fireworks and a Waterfall in Edmonton - Rachael Smillie User submitted story
    We truly do live in an amazing city; I can't think of too many with beautiful blue skies, waterfalls, and fantastic fireworks!
  • First Canadian Thanksgiving - Travis Groom User submitted story
    Everyone had the same idea that no-one should spend Thanksgiving alone. To my surprise, in support of me being American, they even offered to throw an American Thanksgiving in November.
  • First Snow in Canada - Michelle Ramos User submitted story
    I heard that Edmonton, Alberta has one of the coldest and longest winters, which is approximately half of the year. In my mind, that's absurd! Impossible!
  • Football Memories - Joanne Christie
    I’m a huge Edmonton Eskimos fan. I’m from a family of 3 daughters, so my poor father had to teach his daughters the rules of football. My world stops when the Eskimos are playing.
  • For ETS and Edmontonians - Abayomi Charles Roberts User submitted story
    I was relieved to hear what seemed like a chorus of murmurs: "No problem, go ahead," from the other passengers.
  • From India to Edmonton - Ananda Majumdar User submitted story
    I have been an international student at Grant MacEwan University since 2008, after arriving from Calcutta, India. This was my second trip to Canada, so I was not fearful of coming to Edmonton.
  • From Scratch - Eva Koppelhus
    So I really enjoy gardening. Even if we have been out at the bone bed working all day, I like coming home to my garden. And evenings are so nice in summer, because it’s light until late.
  • Fun on Ice - Edmonton Speed Skating Association Story has video
    On, February 15, 2010, the Edmontonstories team went to the Edmonton Speed Skating Association’s Fun on Ice event at Victoria Oval. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for this event. Families, couples, and speed skating fanatics skated around the oval enjoying the warm sunshine.
  • Gateway of Happy Arrival - Karen Carleton User submitted story
    Moving to Edmonton was only logical for me. I had long lived in the Northwest Territories, traveling to Edmonton for conferences, medical appointments, meetings, shopping and departures for exotic holidays.
  • Glimmering Moments - Stephen T. Berg User submitted story
    The conductor took as much time as needed and enthusiastically answered the copious questions of a curious and delighted child. My love for Edmonton comes to me through this glimmering minor moment.
  • Grant MacEwan Music Program - Bill Uren User submitted story
    In elementary school, I'd learned Edmonton was the capital city of Alberta, and that was pretty well it.
  • Green & Gold - Eric Hunter Story has video
    Eric Hunter came to study in Edmonton from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has since lived in the city for five years. On top of being a University of Alberta student, he plays on the university’s Golden Bears Mens hockey team.
  • Growing Up Edmontonian - Donna Hamilton User submitted story
    There were disorganised games of soccer baseball, football, tag, Mother-May-I, and red-light green-light. There were train tracks to explore, bridges to cross, and rocks to throw.
  • Half a Lion - Ian Meier
    When I was still taking kung fu, I had the opportunity to take part in Edmonton’s Chinese New Year celebrations. The community all comes out and the streets are just filled with people.
  • Happy Canada Day - Trevor Stenson Story has video User submitted story
    It made me glad my son is growing up in such a great community and proud as an Edmontonian, Albertan, and Canadian.
  • Having a Son in Edmonton - Lili Qin User submitted story
    Would you like to pursue a dream in new surroundings? Is it exciting, hard or scary? When I became an immigrant, first thing that I did was to have a baby in Edmonton.
  • Hello Neighbour - Ryan Middlemiss User submitted story
    She was the sweetest old lady who would babysit me. She would make me and only me cookies every weekend. No matter how busy she was, she would find time to make them for me.
  • Here to Stay - Luda Shmygelska
    Luda takes full advantage of all Edmonton has to offer, which means she's here to stay.
  • High Level Bridge Streetcar - Edmonton Radial Railway Society Story has video
    The Edmonton Radial Railway became famous throughout North America because of the unique streetcar ride over the North Saskatchewan River, the highest river crossing by streetcar in the world.
  • Home - Wendy Jensen User submitted story
    My grandfather had been sent to a concentration camp for 6 months during the Second World War after helping the British army hide weapons on his farm. My father was only 4½ years old at the time of grandfather’s arrest.
  • Home Is Where The Heart Is - David McNair User submitted story
    It was supposed to be a stepping stone, but it turned out to be home.
  • Homesick For Edmonton! - Olga Rojas Story has video User submitted story
    When I arrived to Edmonton for the first time, I was 19 years old. I had come with both my parents, and my three sisters and three brothers, all of us single.
  • How Does Edmonton MOVE You? Winners - How Does Edmonton Move You
    We asked Edmontonians “How does Edmonton MOVE you?” Entrants submitted stories and experiences about cycling, rollerblading, walking, taking transit and carpooling.
  • How the Dead Brought Me to Edmonton - Almond Aguila User submitted story
    I find it fascinating how flabbergasted some people are when I say I’ve moved to Edmonton for graduate studies. Several times, they’ve reminded me of the city’s well-earned nickname “Dedmonton.” Ironically, it was the dead that brought me here.
  • I Am At Home Now - Justina Keewatin User submitted story
    As a mother, I felt we needed to be together somewhere that everyone would be comfortable and I thought Edmonton might be that place.
  • I Am From Edmonton, Alberta - Ananda Majumdar User submitted story
    Ananda came to Edmonton in 2008, from Calcutta India and Edmonton is his home now.
  • I Didn't Even Notice the Cold - Tita Francisco
    My favourite season is Edmonton winters because that’s when I can watch hockey. It’s my favourite sport. I'm a big fan.
  • I Love Christmas in the City - Lisa Lunney User submitted story
    One of my favorite childhood memories is Christmastime. Even as an adult the city of Edmonton still holds a magnetic draw for me during the festive season.
  • I Love Edmonton's North Central Communities - Chris Hayduk User submitted story
    There aren't many places where you can get some of the best Ethiopian cuisine, excellent Thai food, then some of the best Mexican/Salvadorean fare and everything else you might want, all within a few blocks.
  • I Wanna Be A Rock Star and Stuff - Hannah Karvonen
    RockerGirl Camp is for girls who wanna rock. But 10-year-old Hannah Karvonen Parsons wasn’t sure about going. “I was afraid that everyone was gonna be older than me and that I wouldn’t know anyone.”
  • I Was Leaving For Good - Darlene Marchuk User submitted story
    My entire world turned upside down and I found myself in palliative care at the University of Alberta Hospital.
  • I'm Coming Home - Heather Riddell User submitted story
    My family and I have been lucky in the amount of world we have been able to travel to. As a child my grandmère traveled extensively and we saw many places vicariously through her.
  • In the Blink of an Eye - Nashtassia Esteban User submitted story
    Life can be so quick you don’t notice how much you've grown. But I must say: I'm lucky to have lived in Edmonton.
  • It's all in the Details - Alison Poole
    Edmonton's beauty can shine through in some surprising places.
  • Janelle, 13, on Janelle - Janelle Somerville
    You’ve got the mountains right there. They’re good for hiking, good for skiing. They just give you a lot of opportunity for things to do, a place to go away that’s not too far so it’s easy to only go away for a weekend.
  • Jasper Magpies - Caitlin Bauer User submitted story
    I consider the magpies of downtown Edmonton to be companions of sorts. Spring, summer, winter, or fall - the little pranksters can usually found dipping and weaving like feathered kites down the city.
  • Just Ordinary Citizens - Wayne Simmons User submitted story
    I ran to the car, and began a struggle with the man, thinking my daughter was still inside. He engaged the car and accelerated forward with me hanging on only to smash into another vehicle that had stopped to help.
  • Keeping Busy in Edmonton - Andrea Ryan
    I have known Edmonton my whole life. I was born here, I attended university here, I got married here. During this time, I have lived both in Edmonton and in its surrounding communities, and I love it.
  • Kindness For No Reason - Baba Bhangoo
    When I first came here to live in Edmonton, I'd step into the streets. People would stop. But I would expect them to because they stopped for other people. I was that guy.
  • Learning English: 1 2 3 - Xiaodong Gu User submitted story
    Do you know the I-love-you numbers game? Read about Xiaodong and her family's funny encounters with proper English and numbers.
  • Leaving a Legacy - Shirley Zago User submitted story
    Ethan Zago was only 5 years old when he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare and rapid type of cancer. After numerous tests, it was already at stage 3 and had spread to his chest, lungs, and abdomen.
  • Leaving Edmonton - Judy Chubbs User submitted story
    Several years ago on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, my husband and I left our home on the East Coast of Canada to drive to Edmonton for work.
  • Life in the Big City - Bonnie Caron User submitted story
    In 1999, the mine in Grand Cache went bankrupt. Along with about 400 other families, we were suddenly out of jobs and had to move somewhere else.
  • Life Journey - Hamid Tookhee User submitted story
    When I was young I had a dream of being a pilot but this dream was not possible because in my country there was lots of fighting. People have been fighting in Afghanistan for over 30 years.
  • Life, Hockey, and Bugs - Cam Somerville
    When I grow up I want to be a writer. Fiction. I really look up to Edmonton writer Marty Chan. I’ve read every single one of his books and he came to our school. He goes to all kinds of schools.
  • Like A Dream Come True - Rose Yoki
    My baby had major health problems, which is how we ended up in Edmonton. The Stollery Children’s Hospital is the only one in Western Canada that does pediatric liver transplants.
  • Living in #YEG - Alex G. Lee Story has video User submitted story
    This video is a combination of 10 interviews from new and old residents of Edmonton in different walks of life. I wanted a diverse sample space of opinions to show that Edmonton is truly a world class city.
  • Lottery Winners with Winter-Cold Noses - Bev Betkowski User submitted story
    As the human plaything of 3 cats myself, my heart warms when I see a news story about a rescued scrap of fur, and how the offers of a forever home pour in over the next few days.
  • Love Conquers All - Lisa Kozak User submitted story
    Never had I been more proud of my son. Or more ashamed of my own ignorance. It may have been the third day of school for them, but I was the one who learned the lesson that day.
  • Loving It - Tracy Gabriel User submitted story
    The other day I was walking to work and a monk was walking by, I passed him a friendly smile and he stopped and blessed me.
  • Making Good News - Sol Rolingher
    I’d always been in the river valley. I’d been in it every day, canoed it, gone up and down it in a Zodiac.
  • Match - Melanie Braund User submitted story
    I found an advertisement in the newspaper for Match.com and figured I should just check it out since I was not finding Mr. Right in grocery stores.
  • Maximum Experience - Kent McKay User submitted story
    Fast forward to 2009—those roots are growing deeper and the warmth of the community, along with the city's many experience-oriented gems make me increasingly proud to call Edmonton home.
  • McGrew Meets City Hall - Alice Major Story has video User submitted story
    At the Edmonton Poetry Festival, we’re always doing our best to get poetry out and around. So we had this bright idea to stage a flash mob during a City Council meeting. Of course, it had to be something of an inside job.
  • McKernan School's 100 Kilometre Club - Janet Harvey User submitted story
    Originally from Regina, Dr Doug Klein is dedicated to helping kids stay active.
  • Mill Creek Miscellany - Colin Kot User submitted story
    Growing up next to Mill Creek Ravine can teach you a thing or two about life. Colin recalls his never-ending creekside adventures.
  • Mini Donut Madness - Matthew Dringenberg Story has video User submitted story
    I was very excited when I found out there was a chance for me to go out with my video camera and film all the aspects of Edmonton and then share it with other people.
  • Monks Drive SUVs Too - Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe
    Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe has rights in Canada that he didn’t have in India, where he grew up after fleeing Tibet as a child.
  • Moose on the Loose - Lisa Shamchuk User submitted story
    What happens when a moose gets lost in Edmonton? Read Lisa's story to find out.
  • Moving to Edmonton? - Jay Palter User submitted story
    Are you thinking of moving to Edmonton? If you are, I’m your man. I’m just a lifelong Torontonian who moved to Edmonton with my family last year. So I understand a lot of the questions and concerns you may have - the doubts and the fears.
  • My All-New Heaven On Earth - Jennifer Bataga-Salvador User submitted story
    I can’t say I am a nature lover for certain because that would imply so much depth and would be a tall claim, but the reservoir truly gives me an extraordinary feeling of sensitivity.
  • My Backyard - Samia Jamal Story has video User submitted story
    My Backyard in the City of Edmonton is a story about how we don't really have to venture far, that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places, if we just take time to find it.
  • My Canadian Atlas - Rita Edison-White User submitted story
    While cleaning a closet last week, I came across the atlas we used when we left Halifax, westward-bound for Edmonton, Alberta. That was August 2001. What wonderful memories!
  • My City - Randy Lukian Story has video User submitted story
    These are some photos I took of Edmonton. The music is Tina Turner's Simply the Best. I have lived in Edmonton all my 51 years, and I must agree Edmonton is simply the best.
  • My First Time on the Mindbender - Marie Drake User submitted story
    The idea was hatched even before class had started. Me and my cousin are going to go ride the Mindbender after class today.
  • My Home in the Forest - Joy L. Magnusson Story has video User submitted story
    Some of my history books say the first people who walked here called this place “Amiskwaciwaskakikan.”
  • My Love Affair With the Library - Crystal Driedger User submitted story
    Regardless of the weather, there is a crowd waiting for the door to open. When my son sees the library he lights up the same way he lights up when he sees Grandma’s house. He laughs, claps and starts making the ASL sign for “book.”
  • My New Life - Lisa Holmes User submitted story
    My Edmonton story began on my day one—February 22, 1980.
  • My Roots in Edmonton - Phillip H. Walker User submitted story
    Phillip's roots are right here in Edmonton. Read about his railroad and train memories.
  • My Skate with the Oilers - M.A. Cox User submitted story
    I moved to Edmonton when I was 4 years old. My parents separated and I had to leave my father, my sister, my pit-bull Lassie, and our house in Montreal. I had trouble adjusting to my new and more humble surroundings.
  • Natural Bodybuilding - Aman Takhar
    The event was exciting, very nerve-wracking. The training itself up to the competition is quite intense. It takes a lot out of a person. It involves a strict diet and a rigorous workout schedule.
  • New Game Plan: Edmonton's Next Gen - Dianna User submitted story
    I came to Edmonton from Vancouver a few years ago to pursue my PhD. The program at the University of Alberta is world class and I was so excited. However, upon hearing I was relocating to Edmonton my friends were aghast.
  • No Need for Comparison - Kevin McLeod User submitted story
    People would often ask me, "Whoa, California!? Why did you come back?"
  • Not a Hockey Game or a Pile of Rocks - Paul Balanchuk User submitted story
    I was born in this city at Edmonton General Hospital in 1966 and after 43 years considering what was a defining moment that I felt truly an Edmontonian?
  • O Canada! My Canada! - Jennifer Senia User submitted story
    I have certainly acclimatized well to Edmonton’s culture - its sights and sounds, the diversity of the people, hockey, ETS, volunteerism, Tim Horton’s, the green environment, etc. Now, I feel so lucky to be living in Canada.
  • On Life and Sushi - Ron Elmeleh
    When Ron Elmeleh makes sushi he maintains a balance that is both appealing to the eyes and the mouth.
  • Once Upon a Time, in a Land Far Far Away... - International Day of Sharing Stories Story has video
    This video is not your average fairy tale. Meet 5 Edmontonians who attended the International Day of Sharing Stories.
  • One Common Thing - Lori Sharkey User submitted story
    Over 1000 people came. Young, old, able-bodied, wheelchair-bound; people of all shapes and sizes; people of all ethnic backgrounds. What did they all have in common?
  • Our Great City: Then and Now - Sherry Laderoute User submitted story
    I remember when my Dad was working on the Fort Edmonton replica when they were first building it. My Mom and a sister and a brother used to go and take him supper up that way sometimes.
  • Our Park - Taliah Budzilka User submitted story
    Of all the things there is to love about Edmonton my favourite would have to be the parks. Having lived here all my life, several of my fondest memories were held there.
  • Our Picturesque Valley - Lori Frank User submitted story
    Every morning I pinch myself with the beautiful view of our river valley and Victoria golf course. It is like going on a holiday every day.
  • Our Story is Far From Over - Jolanta Lapiak User submitted story
    Our story is far from over. There will be many more chapters to explore and to write.
  • Outdoor Culture - Shirley McCuaig
    I wanted to get back out West, where people like to do outdoor things. That’s how I ended up here.
  • Paralympian - Sonny Davis User submitted story
    I live a “walk and roll” lifestyle. Some days I feel good to walk and others I’ll take to the chair, ergo: “Sonny and Chair.” Sorry, bad wheelchair joke.
  • Peace in the Dog Park - Madeleine Howard Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton is a vibrant community with many hidden treasures. I find my peace at a local dog park. Mill Woods is a south-side neighborhood with great restaurants and walking trails.
  • Peaceful City of Nations - Bob Coe Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton’s Heritage Festival is a long midsummer weekend of cascading sounds, smells and colourful sights as nationalities from around the world display their foods, dances, traditions and histories.
  • People Can Live In Ice? - Joseph Florent Feulefack
    When I saw the snow, I remembered how we used to learn about the Inuit in my geography textbooks back in Cameroon. And I thought to myself, “So it’s really true. People can live in ice.”
  • Plugged into Edmonton - Christie Campbell User submitted story
    I asked her what she was doing for Thanksgiving. She said nothing. She had nothing to do on the most delicious holiday of the year.
  • Potluck - Nan Gai
    When I first arrived she helped me with the transition to this culture. To the community, and school especially. It saved a lot of time, because when you’re new to a country, sometimes you just don’t know what to do.
  • Pragmatism - Callum MacKendrick User submitted story
    Edmontonians have a reputation as pragmatists, so it is maybe not surprising that one of the things Edmonton does best (maybe better than anywhere else) is handling garbage.
  • Pulse of the City - Melanie Teichroeb User submitted story
    I'm a small-town girl, born in the Parkland County and raised on dreams I found etched in the prairie sky.
  • Purple City S'mores - Lisa Bromley User submitted story
    The security guards stopped by once or twice to see what exactly it was that we were up to. Each time we smiled sweetly and offered them a marshmallow, and each time they politely declined.
  • Queen of Trees - Sheena Moore User submitted story
    At 8 years old I had declared myself Queen of the Trees, and here I was about to go start a life in the city. I took one last look at my little town before it disappeared into its valley. Buildings and skyscrapers would become my new forest.
  • Reaching out from Edmonton - Caitlin Jackson
    In the summer of 2010 we decided that Project HOPE needed to facilitate more for our community so we founded a not-for-profit organization.
  • Rediscovering Edmonton - Sarah Beasley User submitted story
    I decided to approach living in Edmonton like I was in a new and exciting city I had never lived in before. I soon discovered I had more things to do than I had the time or money for.
  • Reveling in the Edmorgasbord - Tamara Soltykevych User submitted story
    Tamara is an Edmontonian who stays here because of the wonderful cultural diversity found in our city.
  • Ribbon of Green - David Hryciuk Story has video User submitted story
    For me, Edmonton has always been a wonderful, marvelous place to call home.
  • Room to Grow - Collette Featherstone
    I was born and raised in Edmonton, and though I’ve traveled the world, there’s just something about this city that always pulls me back.
  • Run! - Doreen Ryan
    If I have to I’ll walk...but my pride won’t allow me to do that. I’m terrible. I’m still competitive with myself. Oh yeah, I’ll just hold that torch up like it’s nothing. I know I’ll get emotional. It has such meaning to me. I’m getting teary just thinking about it.
  • Running Through the River Valley - Victoria Elliott User submitted story
    The sun is a crimson promise on the horizon as we set off on our jog through the River Valley. I hate running, but I love cheesecake. I need to do one to have the other.
  • Scooting Around Town - Igor Woroniuk Story has video
    I’m a visually inspired person, obviously, being an artist. The views in Edmonton really grab me. Standing on top of the river valley, you can see the whole city. Sunsets. The moon. Clouds sweeping through.
  • Secretly Terrified - Tina Farrell User submitted story
    I was secretly terrified to move! I am 20 years old and from a small city in British Columbia, and when my boyfriend told me we needed to move to Edmonton for his work, I was not even sure what to say or think.
  • Sense of Wonder - Amber Williams User submitted story
    I do not come from what anyone would call a well off family, and so the move was a little difficult.
  • Seven Seas Apart - Ali Dar User submitted story
    This is a story of similarities and differences; connection and disconnect; familiarity and fear of the unknown.
  • Smooth - Caitlin Bauer Story has audio User submitted story
    Smooth is a short, quirky Whyte Ave tale from a September night two years ago. The birthday girl's friends are an hour late, but a strange elderly man brightens her evening.
  • Snow-Oh-Oh-Oh - Caroline Stokes Story has video User submitted story
    Many of us see winter in Edmonton as a nuisance. I highly recommend taking a moment to recognize the beauty around us - we all see it a different way. I took a stroll around my neighbourhood and soaked it all in.
  • Sojourn - Alison Clarke User submitted story
    A poem about Edmonton's Whyte Avenue
  • Something for Every Taste - Kane Lambert User submitted story
    This event shows the true character of hockey fans in Edmonton. Minus 27 with an extreme wind chill and we still put 57,167 cold but excited butts in the seats.
  • Sound of the Olympic Flame - Rod Proudfoot User submitted story
    My senses are on full alert…the sounds, the sights, the feel of the pavement, the setting sun in a cloudless sky, even the sound of the Olympic flame in my torch as I’m jogging. With a huge smile, I look up at my lit torch…beautiful!
  • Spring 2005 - Kristen Finlay Story has video User submitted story
    In the spring of 2005 my family had a difficult decision to make.
  • Spring in the Park - Kaitlin Harrison User submitted story
    It was an unusually warm April morning in Edmonton, Alberta. My friends and I were enjoying a lazy Saturday morning after a night out celebrating the end of the semester and the beginning of summer.
  • Spring Tryouts - Guillaume Petit
    Imagine 4 football players in a car driving 48 hours nonstop to get here for spring camp. It was a cheap way to go, only about $700 for the car, gas and everything between Quebec City and Edmonton.
  • Start Anew - Dianne Lopez User submitted story
    Eagerly I walked the streets of Robson, went around in Stanley Park, and strolled by Granville Island, but I still felt like I didn’t belong. I missed Edmonton.
  • Stories From The Bench - Gord Sheppard
    The guys took care of my car and took me to the hospital and took care of that stretch of things. They’d been debating which hospital was the best to go to while I was still on the ice. There was a familiarity to it.
  • Subtle Aspects - Ryan Madej User submitted story
    Having grown up in Edmonton and lived here my whole life, I've learned what I love the most about this city is what it’s not in comparison to other cities of the world.
  • Summer at the Alberta Legislature - Alberta Legislature Story has video
    Edmontonians know how to embrace the city’s long, warm summer days – they head to the cooling waters of the pools and fountains at Edmonton’s Alberta Legislature Grounds.
  • Sunshine Sketches of a Beautiful City - Carolyn Hall User submitted story
    Looking for the best place on earth to live? Then focus your Google Earth search on north Edmonton and hone in on Beaumaris Lake.
  • Taking in Our River Valley - Eugene Ip User submitted story
    Flowing glacially in a traffic jam of metallic snails, I am a mesmerized sightseer in the comfort of my vehicle, just letting the sweeping river valley panorama impress me for a prolonged IMAX sensation.
  • The Bay of Canola Fields - Tanya Edison User submitted story
    I pulled over, turned off my car and stared out into the horizon. The endlessness, the openness, that feeling of no limits lifted my heart and waves of content swept away my doubts.
  • The Christie Story - Christie Campbell User submitted story
    Once you get familiar with Edmonton, she gets familiar with you. It only takes a few trips to the local shops before the workers recognize you. You’ll find a niche to fit in no matter how strange or normal you might think you are.
  • The Day The Whale Came By - Harley Reid User submitted story
    I live on the ninth floor of an apartment building perched on the south bank of the mighty North Saskatchewan River.
  • The Future's Wide Open - David Long
    My plane touched down at the Edmonton International Airport on a chilly evening in December 2005. It was a world away from the gentle dusting of snow we’d get in Brighton, England, where I’m from.
  • The Girl in the Hat - Wayne Arthurson User submitted story
    My first thought (and one shared by many Calgarians if and when they have to move to Edmonton) was, Okay, I'll move to Edmonton, but I'll only stay here a couple years at the most.
  • The Jackrabbit Made Me Do It - Rebecca Szoladi User submitted story
    I got a crappy job, had no friends, and it was -35. I was miserable and really missed the Okanagan weather and the life I'd had there. I wondered what the heck I had done to my life by moving to this godforsaken place.
  • The Other Oil in Town - Barbara Biro User submitted story
    Family time is important to the Biros. Here's how they compromised with the age difference in their children.
  • The People Make the City - Chris Brainerd User submitted story
    It's possible to look at Edmonton and simply see the sports teams with their championship legacies. Or just West Edmonton Mall, the river valley, and all the festivals. But those who only see these things are missing the most important aspect of the city – the people.
  • The Seasons Were Long - Nick Trieu User submitted story
    For a kid the summers were so long, and so were the winters. We came to Edmonton in 1980. Looking back I am so happy this country was willing to adopt us.
  • The Trip Across - Robina Zyp User submitted story
    I will never forget the look on our collie’s face at the sight. What the heck have you gotten me into? I wondered that myself.
  • The U of A Way - Dawn Ford User submitted story
    I didn't pay much attention to the young man as he knelt on his prayer shawl beneath a campus spruce tree. He was still and seemed at peace. It felt good just knowing that.
  • The Wedding Cup - Ann Moritz User submitted story
    That was the night that the Stanley Cup came to Edmonton for the first time out west, with Wayne Gretzky and the dream team on the ice.
  • The Wild West - Dr. David Bressler
    Edmonton is a young city in a lot of ways. I don’t want to say it’s the Wild West, but it kind of is. There’s a lot of opportunity for people who are ambitious and want to try and do things and make an impact themselves.
  • The Years at TELUS Field - Alex Karen User submitted story
    Got my Sprite. Got my soft pretzel. And one of my favorite players, Valentino Pascucchi, is up to bat. This...this is the life.
  • The Yellow Beetle - Ed Jones
    The most amazing thing about that game and that day was that I’d look up in the stands and see not one empty seat. I said, “These people are tough. Sitting out there for 3 to 4 hours in this kind of weather – these people are either tough or they’re crazy.”
  • There's No Place like HOME! - There's No Place like HOME! User submitted story
    Over the 17 years while I was abroad, I was asked where was home. Edmonton was always the answer. Funny how that is. I’ve lived in a lot of exotic places, but my family is all here, my best friends are here and even with some new additions, the city is still the same.
  • Things I Must Do - Sandy Mowat Story has video
    Sandy moved to Edmonton with her husband. She is getting to know Edmonton with new friends and getting involved in the community by volunteering.
  • This Is My City - Colin Nekolaichuk Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton is the perfect place to grow up. Quiet neighbourhoods, an abundance of parks, culture and festivals, and the amenities of a big city combine for year-round kid-friendly fun.
  • Three Gentle Men - Elise Vanovermeire User submitted story
    I always had this feeling like there was something or someone very important here, so I decided it was what was needed to be done, even though I was leaving all my friends back in Saskatoon.
  • Three Passions, One Lucky Lady! - Geneva Hamilton User submitted story
    Music Together has allowed me to combine my three passions – my love of children, my love of music, and my deep love of family – and to find a rich and rewarding career – all without having to leave my home town!
  • Tornado 1987 - Katherine Schwabenbauer User submitted story
    It was in 1987 when the tornado hit our city. I, along with many was in shock and disbelief over what had happened and I felt the need to help.
  • Trees Like Crystal - Shantelle Henderson User submitted story
    When I stepped off the plane it was January 21, 1999 and it was -28. It was soooo cold my whole body went into shock till I got to my dad’s house. But that all disappeared the next day when it started to snow.
  • Two-Wheeled Adventures - Sarah Chan Story has video User submitted story
    My bicycle has given me a new lease on life in Edmonton now that I leave the car key at home when I go out to visit my favourite haunts.
  • U of A Panda Bears - Anneka Baker Story has video
    Meet Anneka Baker. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario she came to Edmonton to play on the University of Alberta’s Panda Bears women’s basketball team.
  • Under the Bridge - Jerry Aulenbach Story has video User submitted story
    With this story, I hope that we will be reminded that the homeless are not nameless or faceless. I wish I knew how we could help them all become self-reliant and take care of themselves, but I don't know of any magic formula.
  • Virtue Is Its Own Reward - LaVerne Quennell User submitted story
    The wallet contained several hundred dollars but he refused a reward. He represents what Edmonton is about.
  • We're Almost a Family - Anthony Matthews User submitted story
    It feels some days like we're almost a family, like somehow everyone here is contributing their part to making this city into something great, which is in no doubt the direction it is going.
  • Where a Country Boy Can Stay - Dylan Pitman User submitted story
    The Edmonton river valley is what makes Edmonton a city unlike any other, a city a country boy can live in and stay sane.
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Name - Janet LeBlanc User submitted story
    I grew up in the neighbourhood with Daryl Katz, went to the same school and played tennis together at our community courts.
  • Why I Love Edmonton: A Poem - Dan Lokhorst User submitted story
    But if I had to choose a single spot to call my own, Then I'd have to say it's Edmonton, my river city home.
  • Winter Light - Winter Light Festival Story has video
    The Winter Light festival is a winter celebration featuring events that showcase our beautiful winter city. The festival was created to encourage Edmontonians to get outdoors and enjoy winter events.
  • You Don't Know What You Got - Bill User submitted story
    Bill had dreams of living a wonderful life in the city of Vancouver after he received his degree in Edmonton. But living in the ultra urban city proved to be disappointing with long commutes and high costs of living. He found out that you really don’t know what you got….
  • You Grow Up One Way Or The Other - Emmy Stuebing User submitted story
    When you grow up in Red Deer, you are either an Edmonton fan or a Calgary fan.
  • A Ride to Remember User submitted story
    Chris is an Edmontonian, a constable with the Edmonton Police Service, and a Harley enthusiast. He is riding his bike across Canada to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis.
  • For ETS and Edmontonians - Abayomi Charles Roberts User submitted story
    I was relieved to hear what seemed like a chorus of murmurs: "No problem, go ahead," from the other passengers.
  • Field Trip - Adrianne Thomson
    We were trying to figure out where in Canada we should live. And then I remember being somewhere in the McKernan area and seeing all these little kids from a daycare out on a field trip.
  • Summer at the Alberta Legislature - Alberta Legislature Story has video
    Edmontonians know how to embrace the city’s long, warm summer days – they head to the cooling waters of the pools and fountains at Edmonton’s Alberta Legislature Grounds.
  • Living in #YEG - Alex G. Lee Story has video User submitted story
    This video is a combination of 10 interviews from new and old residents of Edmonton in different walks of life. I wanted a diverse sample space of opinions to show that Edmonton is truly a world class city.
  • The Years at TELUS Field - Alex Karen User submitted story
    Got my Sprite. Got my soft pretzel. And one of my favorite players, Valentino Pascucchi, is up to bat. This...this is the life.
  • Seven Seas Apart - Ali Dar User submitted story
    This is a story of similarities and differences; connection and disconnect; familiarity and fear of the unknown.
  • McGrew Meets City Hall - Alice Major Story has video User submitted story
    At the Edmonton Poetry Festival, we’re always doing our best to get poetry out and around. So we had this bright idea to stage a flash mob during a City Council meeting. Of course, it had to be something of an inside job.
  • Change - Alison Cairns User submitted story
    Gradually, as time passed, I came to be more comfortable living on my own, dining at a table for one, and going to movies without anyone to share my popcorn.
  • Sojourn - Alison Clarke User submitted story
    A poem about Edmonton's Whyte Avenue
  • It's all in the Details - Alison Poole
    Edmonton's beauty can shine through in some surprising places.
  • How the Dead Brought Me to Edmonton - Almond Aguila User submitted story
    I find it fascinating how flabbergasted some people are when I say I’ve moved to Edmonton for graduate studies. Several times, they’ve reminded me of the city’s well-earned nickname “Dedmonton.” Ironically, it was the dead that brought me here.
  • Natural Bodybuilding - Aman Takhar
    The event was exciting, very nerve-wracking. The training itself up to the competition is quite intense. It takes a lot out of a person. It involves a strict diet and a rigorous workout schedule.
  • Sense of Wonder - Amber Williams User submitted story
    I do not come from what anyone would call a well off family, and so the move was a little difficult.
  • A Place to Call Home - Amy Carter User submitted story
    The very first day of school I missed the bus, waited for 40 minutes, and was 20 minutes late for class. But it got better.
  • Edmonton by Bicycle - Amy Neufeld User submitted story
    I really began to understand Edmonton when I started cycling through it. About 4 years ago I adopted the bicycle as my primary, and favourite, mode of transportation.
  • From India to Edmonton - Ananda Majumdar User submitted story
    I have been an international student at Grant MacEwan University since 2008, after arriving from Calcutta, India. This was my second trip to Canada, so I was not fearful of coming to Edmonton.
  • I Am From Edmonton, Alberta - Ananda Majumdar User submitted story
    Ananda came to Edmonton in 2008, from Calcutta India and Edmonton is his home now.
  • Keeping Busy in Edmonton - Andrea Ryan
    I have known Edmonton my whole life. I was born here, I attended university here, I got married here. During this time, I have lived both in Edmonton and in its surrounding communities, and I love it.
  • Crossing One Bridge - Ann Henry User submitted story
    As I crossed the High Level Bridge today, it reminded me why Edmonton is a great place to call home. My attention was drawn first by the bright blue sky and then the valley which stretches for miles in either direction.
  • The Wedding Cup - Ann Moritz User submitted story
    That was the night that the Stanley Cup came to Edmonton for the first time out west, with Wayne Gretzky and the dream team on the ice.
  • U of A Panda Bears - Anneka Baker Story has video
    Meet Anneka Baker. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario she came to Edmonton to play on the University of Alberta’s Panda Bears women’s basketball team.
  • We're Almost a Family - Anthony Matthews User submitted story
    It feels some days like we're almost a family, like somehow everyone here is contributing their part to making this city into something great, which is in no doubt the direction it is going.
  • Kindness For No Reason - Baba Bhangoo
    When I first came here to live in Edmonton, I'd step into the streets. People would stop. But I would expect them to because they stopped for other people. I was that guy.
  • The Other Oil in Town - Barbara Biro User submitted story
    Family time is important to the Biros. Here's how they compromised with the age difference in their children.
  • Lottery Winners with Winter-Cold Noses - Bev Betkowski User submitted story
    As the human plaything of 3 cats myself, my heart warms when I see a news story about a rescued scrap of fur, and how the offers of a forever home pour in over the next few days.
  • You Don't Know What You Got - Bill User submitted story
    Bill had dreams of living a wonderful life in the city of Vancouver after he received his degree in Edmonton. But living in the ultra urban city proved to be disappointing with long commutes and high costs of living. He found out that you really don’t know what you got….
  • Grant MacEwan Music Program - Bill Uren User submitted story
    In elementary school, I'd learned Edmonton was the capital city of Alberta, and that was pretty well it.
  • Peaceful City of Nations - Bob Coe Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton’s Heritage Festival is a long midsummer weekend of cascading sounds, smells and colourful sights as nationalities from around the world display their foods, dances, traditions and histories.
  • Life in the Big City - Bonnie Caron User submitted story
    In 1999, the mine in Grand Cache went bankrupt. Along with about 400 other families, we were suddenly out of jobs and had to move somewhere else.
  • Smooth - Caitlin Bauer Story has audio User submitted story
    Smooth is a short, quirky Whyte Ave tale from a September night two years ago. The birthday girl's friends are an hour late, but a strange elderly man brightens her evening.
  • Jasper Magpies - Caitlin Bauer User submitted story
    I consider the magpies of downtown Edmonton to be companions of sorts. Spring, summer, winter, or fall - the little pranksters can usually found dipping and weaving like feathered kites down the city.
  • Reaching out from Edmonton - Caitlin Jackson
    In the summer of 2010 we decided that Project HOPE needed to facilitate more for our community so we founded a not-for-profit organization.
  • Pragmatism - Callum MacKendrick User submitted story
    Edmontonians have a reputation as pragmatists, so it is maybe not surprising that one of the things Edmonton does best (maybe better than anywhere else) is handling garbage.
  • Life, Hockey, and Bugs - Cam Somerville
    When I grow up I want to be a writer. Fiction. I really look up to Edmonton writer Marty Chan. I’ve read every single one of his books and he came to our school. He goes to all kinds of schools.
  • Canada Day Criterium - Canada Day Criterium Story has video
    Host of the Canada Day Criterium, the Edmonton Juventus Cycling Club offers great riding and racing opportunities to all age groups. Members are beginner to national team level cyclists who enjoy track cycling, mountain biking, and cycle cross and road racing.
  • Snow-Oh-Oh-Oh - Caroline Stokes Story has video User submitted story
    Many of us see winter in Edmonton as a nuisance. I highly recommend taking a moment to recognize the beauty around us - we all see it a different way. I took a stroll around my neighbourhood and soaked it all in.
  • Sunshine Sketches of a Beautiful City - Carolyn Hall User submitted story
    Looking for the best place on earth to live? Then focus your Google Earth search on north Edmonton and hone in on Beaumaris Lake.
  • A City of Loving and Living - Cheryl Kerr User submitted story
    In fact, her son Tom’s friend, Tommy Banks, preferred Helen’s chocolate chip cookies to the ones his own mother made.
  • The People Make the City - Chris Brainerd User submitted story
    It's possible to look at Edmonton and simply see the sports teams with their championship legacies. Or just West Edmonton Mall, the river valley, and all the festivals. But those who only see these things are missing the most important aspect of the city – the people.
  • I Love Edmonton's North Central Communities - Chris Hayduk User submitted story
    There aren't many places where you can get some of the best Ethiopian cuisine, excellent Thai food, then some of the best Mexican/Salvadorean fare and everything else you might want, all within a few blocks.
  • Plugged into Edmonton - Christie Campbell User submitted story
    I asked her what she was doing for Thanksgiving. She said nothing. She had nothing to do on the most delicious holiday of the year.
  • The Christie Story - Christie Campbell User submitted story
    Once you get familiar with Edmonton, she gets familiar with you. It only takes a few trips to the local shops before the workers recognize you. You’ll find a niche to fit in no matter how strange or normal you might think you are.
  • Mill Creek Miscellany - Colin Kot User submitted story
    Growing up next to Mill Creek Ravine can teach you a thing or two about life. Colin recalls his never-ending creekside adventures.
  • This Is My City - Colin Nekolaichuk Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton is the perfect place to grow up. Quiet neighbourhoods, an abundance of parks, culture and festivals, and the amenities of a big city combine for year-round kid-friendly fun.
  • Room to Grow - Collette Featherstone
    I was born and raised in Edmonton, and though I’ve traveled the world, there’s just something about this city that always pulls me back.
  • My Love Affair With the Library - Crystal Driedger User submitted story
    Regardless of the weather, there is a crowd waiting for the door to open. When my son sees the library he lights up the same way he lights up when he sees Grandma’s house. He laughs, claps and starts making the ASL sign for “book.”
  • Why I Love Edmonton: A Poem - Dan Lokhorst User submitted story
    But if I had to choose a single spot to call my own, Then I'd have to say it's Edmonton, my river city home.
  • I Was Leaving For Good - Darlene Marchuk User submitted story
    My entire world turned upside down and I found myself in palliative care at the University of Alberta Hospital.
  • Ribbon of Green - David Hryciuk Story has video User submitted story
    For me, Edmonton has always been a wonderful, marvelous place to call home.
  • The Future's Wide Open - David Long
    My plane touched down at the Edmonton International Airport on a chilly evening in December 2005. It was a world away from the gentle dusting of snow we’d get in Brighton, England, where I’m from.
  • Home Is Where The Heart Is - David McNair User submitted story
    It was supposed to be a stepping stone, but it turned out to be home.
  • The U of A Way - Dawn Ford User submitted story
    I didn't pay much attention to the young man as he knelt on his prayer shawl beneath a campus spruce tree. He was still and seemed at peace. It felt good just knowing that.
  • An Active, Outspoken Community - Debbie Appleby User submitted story
    Not my baby! This is NOT happening to my child, was Debbie's first reaction when she found her son Kent would be severely handicapped. Kent is now 30 and thanks to the special needs community he is able to enjoy a high quality of life. Read more about Debbie's experience in our city.
  • Caring for Canines - Debbie Ward
    I never thought I’d be living with nine greyhounds. But after falling in love with this often inhumanely treated breed there was no turning back.
  • A Salute to Your History - Denise Daubert User submitted story
    I'm proud to say that my family is a part of Edmonton's history and has been since my paternal and maternal great-grandparents settled in Edmonton in the early 1900s. I'm grateful they chose Edmonton!
  • A Day I Will Never Forget - Deserae Kehler User submitted story
    So maybe it wasn’t the best day of my life, but who else in Edmonton has a wedding story like that?
  • New Game Plan: Edmonton's Next Gen - Dianna User submitted story
    I came to Edmonton from Vancouver a few years ago to pursue my PhD. The program at the University of Alberta is world class and I was so excited. However, upon hearing I was relocating to Edmonton my friends were aghast.
  • A Spontaneous Decision - Dianna Bowes User submitted story
    This city has changed, and I was only a few miles away and had no idea. Around every corner is an opportunity to discover something new.
  • Start Anew - Dianne Lopez User submitted story
    Eagerly I walked the streets of Robson, went around in Stanley Park, and strolled by Granville Island, but I still felt like I didn’t belong. I missed Edmonton.
  • A Big Giant Hippie Sport - Disa Brownfield
    It’s a good way to meet people. You don’t socialize just with your team. You talk to the person who’s marking you. That’s completely not normal in other sports.
  • Growing Up Edmontonian - Donna Hamilton User submitted story
    There were disorganised games of soccer baseball, football, tag, Mother-May-I, and red-light green-light. There were train tracks to explore, bridges to cross, and rocks to throw.
  • Run! - Doreen Ryan
    If I have to I’ll walk...but my pride won’t allow me to do that. I’m terrible. I’m still competitive with myself. Oh yeah, I’ll just hold that torch up like it’s nothing. I know I’ll get emotional. It has such meaning to me. I’m getting teary just thinking about it.
  • Downtown Dwellers - Downtown Dwellers Story has video User submitted story
    What’s it like to live in downtown Edmonton? The Edmontonstories team met up with some downtown dwellers who wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Meet Kassie, Eric, Josh and Kent and learn what living in downtown Edmonton means to them.
  • The Wild West - Dr. David Bressler
    Edmonton is a young city in a lot of ways. I don’t want to say it’s the Wild West, but it kind of is. There’s a lot of opportunity for people who are ambitious and want to try and do things and make an impact themselves.
  • Where a Country Boy Can Stay - Dylan Pitman User submitted story
    The Edmonton river valley is what makes Edmonton a city unlike any other, a city a country boy can live in and stay sane.
  • The Yellow Beetle - Ed Jones
    The most amazing thing about that game and that day was that I’d look up in the stands and see not one empty seat. I said, “These people are tough. Sitting out there for 3 to 4 hours in this kind of weather – these people are either tough or they’re crazy.”
  • High Level Bridge Streetcar - Edmonton Radial Railway Society Story has video
    The Edmonton Radial Railway became famous throughout North America because of the unique streetcar ride over the North Saskatchewan River, the highest river crossing by streetcar in the world.
  • Fun on Ice - Edmonton Speed Skating Association Story has video
    On, February 15, 2010, the Edmontonstories team went to the Edmonton Speed Skating Association’s Fun on Ice event at Victoria Oval. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for this event. Families, couples, and speed skating fanatics skated around the oval enjoying the warm sunshine.
  • Three Gentle Men - Elise Vanovermeire User submitted story
    I always had this feeling like there was something or someone very important here, so I decided it was what was needed to be done, even though I was leaving all my friends back in Saskatoon.
  • You Grow Up One Way Or The Other - Emmy Stuebing User submitted story
    When you grow up in Red Deer, you are either an Edmonton fan or a Calgary fan.
  • Cleaning Up - Enid Botchett
    Edmonton Public Schools gave me fantastic opportunities before I even really knew I was ready for them. I was a music coordinator. I was a principal. We had the chance to live in Europe for three years.
  • Green & Gold - Eric Hunter Story has video
    Eric Hunter came to study in Edmonton from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has since lived in the city for five years. On top of being a University of Alberta student, he plays on the university’s Golden Bears Mens hockey team.
  • Enduring an Edmonton Winter: Curling - Eric O'Brien User submitted story
    There are 2 types of curlers: one half conferences around the TSN curling broadcast and makes comments like, “Boy, that yellow rock is sure buried deep”; the other half watches a game out on the ice and strategizes, “If it were me, I’d have Linda peel that guard so that Terry doesn’t have a chance to score 2 and take it into extras.”
  • Taking in Our River Valley - Eugene Ip User submitted story
    Flowing glacially in a traffic jam of metallic snails, I am a mesmerized sightseer in the comfort of my vehicle, just letting the sweeping river valley panorama impress me for a prolonged IMAX sensation.
  • Coming Back Home - Eva Cohen Story has video User submitted story
    This video is a personal narrative of my experience in Edmonton's natural parks. Upon going for a walk down Whitemud Creek, I truly realized how lucky I am to be from Edmonton.
  • From Scratch - Eva Koppelhus
    So I really enjoy gardening. Even if we have been out at the bone bed working all day, I like coming home to my garden. And evenings are so nice in summer, because it’s light until late.
  • 3-Day Novel Contest - Gayleen Froese
    The 3-Day Novel Contest was an Edmonton thing. And I thought that was pretty cool. As an Edmonton writer it felt really good to be involved in the city that way.
  • Three Passions, One Lucky Lady! - Geneva Hamilton User submitted story
    Music Together has allowed me to combine my three passions – my love of children, my love of music, and my deep love of family – and to find a rich and rewarding career – all without having to leave my home town!
  • Stories From The Bench - Gord Sheppard
    The guys took care of my car and took me to the hospital and took care of that stretch of things. They’d been debating which hospital was the best to go to while I was still on the ice. There was a familiarity to it.
  • Spring Tryouts - Guillaume Petit
    Imagine 4 football players in a car driving 48 hours nonstop to get here for spring camp. It was a cheap way to go, only about $700 for the car, gas and everything between Quebec City and Edmonton.
  • Life Journey - Hamid Tookhee User submitted story
    When I was young I had a dream of being a pilot but this dream was not possible because in my country there was lots of fighting. People have been fighting in Afghanistan for over 30 years.
  • I Wanna Be A Rock Star and Stuff - Hannah Karvonen
    RockerGirl Camp is for girls who wanna rock. But 10-year-old Hannah Karvonen Parsons wasn’t sure about going. “I was afraid that everyone was gonna be older than me and that I wouldn’t know anyone.”
  • The Day The Whale Came By - Harley Reid User submitted story
    I live on the ninth floor of an apartment building perched on the south bank of the mighty North Saskatchewan River.
  • Can't Fry A Hurricane - Harma-Mae Smit User submitted story
    I wasn’t really an Oilers' fan this year. It was my grade twelve year — my most important year of school — much more important than hockey.
  • Edmonton Gave Us Our Life Back - Heather Foster User submitted story
    Instead, his boss and another lady took it upon themselves to seek out help for Chris and find him a doctor accepting new patients. This was a turning point in Chris’s life.
  • I'm Coming Home - Heather Riddell User submitted story
    My family and I have been lucky in the amount of world we have been able to travel to. As a child my grandmère traveled extensively and we saw many places vicariously through her.
  • How Does Edmonton MOVE You? Winners - How Does Edmonton Move You
    We asked Edmontonians “How does Edmonton MOVE you?” Entrants submitted stories and experiences about cycling, rollerblading, walking, taking transit and carpooling.
  • Half a Lion - Ian Meier
    When I was still taking kung fu, I had the opportunity to take part in Edmonton’s Chinese New Year celebrations. The community all comes out and the streets are just filled with people.
  • Scooting Around Town - Igor Woroniuk Story has video
    I’m a visually inspired person, obviously, being an artist. The views in Edmonton really grab me. Standing on top of the river valley, you can see the whole city. Sunsets. The moon. Clouds sweeping through.
  • Once Upon a Time, in a Land Far Far Away... - International Day of Sharing Stories Story has video
    This video is not your average fairy tale. Meet 5 Edmontonians who attended the International Day of Sharing Stories.
  • 100-Mile Diet - Ivor MacKay
    One-hundred-mile diet-wise, I grew up doing that in Nova Scotia. That’s the way we lived. When I started doing it in Edmonton, it created a greater sense of community with the surrounding area.
  • A Bit Like Quicksand - Jan Slaski User submitted story
    Jan bet a colleague in Poland, he'd be back after a year spent in Edmonton. That was in 1993...
  • Janelle, 13, on Janelle - Janelle Somerville
    You’ve got the mountains right there. They’re good for hiking, good for skiing. They just give you a lot of opportunity for things to do, a place to go away that’s not too far so it’s easy to only go away for a weekend.
  • McKernan School's 100 Kilometre Club - Janet Harvey User submitted story
    Originally from Regina, Dr Doug Klein is dedicated to helping kids stay active.
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Name - Janet LeBlanc User submitted story
    I grew up in the neighbourhood with Daryl Katz, went to the same school and played tennis together at our community courts.
  • Moving to Edmonton? - Jay Palter User submitted story
    Are you thinking of moving to Edmonton? If you are, I’m your man. I’m just a lifelong Torontonian who moved to Edmonton with my family last year. So I understand a lot of the questions and concerns you may have - the doubts and the fears.
  • My All-New Heaven On Earth - Jennifer Bataga-Salvador User submitted story
    I can’t say I am a nature lover for certain because that would imply so much depth and would be a tall claim, but the reservoir truly gives me an extraordinary feeling of sensitivity.
  • O Canada! My Canada! - Jennifer Senia User submitted story
    I have certainly acclimatized well to Edmonton’s culture - its sights and sounds, the diversity of the people, hockey, ETS, volunteerism, Tim Horton’s, the green environment, etc. Now, I feel so lucky to be living in Canada.
  • Under the Bridge - Jerry Aulenbach Story has video User submitted story
    With this story, I hope that we will be reminded that the homeless are not nameless or faceless. I wish I knew how we could help them all become self-reliant and take care of themselves, but I don't know of any magic formula.
  • Football Memories - Joanne Christie
    I’m a huge Edmonton Eskimos fan. I’m from a family of 3 daughters, so my poor father had to teach his daughters the rules of football. My world stops when the Eskimos are playing.
  • Our Story is Far From Over - Jolanta Lapiak User submitted story
    Our story is far from over. There will be many more chapters to explore and to write.
  • People Can Live In Ice? - Joseph Florent Feulefack
    When I saw the snow, I remembered how we used to learn about the Inuit in my geography textbooks back in Cameroon. And I thought to myself, “So it’s really true. People can live in ice.”
  • My Home in the Forest - Joy L. Magnusson Story has video User submitted story
    Some of my history books say the first people who walked here called this place “Amiskwaciwaskakikan.”
  • Leaving Edmonton - Judy Chubbs User submitted story
    Several years ago on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, my husband and I left our home on the East Coast of Canada to drive to Edmonton for work.
  • A Soul Awakening in Edmonton - Judy Wollman User submitted story
    A profound moment happened that got me off the street: my neighbor offered to give me some light. I was very skeptical, yet her place was filled with joyous, beautiful, spiritual energy, and I wanted to experience more.
  • I Am At Home Now - Justina Keewatin User submitted story
    As a mother, I felt we needed to be together somewhere that everyone would be comfortable and I thought Edmonton might be that place.
  • Spring in the Park - Kaitlin Harrison User submitted story
    It was an unusually warm April morning in Edmonton, Alberta. My friends and I were enjoying a lazy Saturday morning after a night out celebrating the end of the semester and the beginning of summer.
  • Everyday Champions - Kaitlyn Perrin User submitted story
    It wasn’t until I gave him my last toonie from my pocket and pointed him towards the next bus stop that I realized my wallet went with him on that bus.
  • Something for Every Taste - Kane Lambert User submitted story
    This event shows the true character of hockey fans in Edmonton. Minus 27 with an extreme wind chill and we still put 57,167 cold but excited butts in the seats.
  • Gateway of Happy Arrival - Karen Carleton User submitted story
    Moving to Edmonton was only logical for me. I had long lived in the Northwest Territories, traveling to Edmonton for conferences, medical appointments, meetings, shopping and departures for exotic holidays.
  • Block Party - Karina Hurtado
    There are lots of opportunities in developing neighbourhoods: room for new initiatives, for people to promote change. Working together we transform the area. We’re attracting community to this neighbourhood.
  • Tornado 1987 - Katherine Schwabenbauer User submitted story
    It was in 1987 when the tornado hit our city. I, along with many was in shock and disbelief over what had happened and I felt the need to help.
  • Christmas Eve Kindness - Kathy Holler User submitted story
    We lived in 2 rooms with the luxury of sharing 1 shelf in a refrigerator which stood in the hallway, and it was rarely filled.
  • Edmonton/Paradise - Kelly Jordan User submitted story
    Armed with nothing more than our bikes and sheer determination, my fifteen-year-old brother, Cory and I scale the hills and the lush forests that engulf our city.
  • 95 & Jive: Dancing Dan! - Ken Strickland User submitted story
    Living here in the west end has given me occasion to become familiar with one of our celebrity locals, Dancing Dan.
  • Maximum Experience - Kent McKay User submitted story
    Fast forward to 2009—those roots are growing deeper and the warmth of the community, along with the city's many experience-oriented gems make me increasingly proud to call Edmonton home.
  • No Need for Comparison - Kevin McLeod User submitted story
    People would often ask me, "Whoa, California!? Why did you come back?"
  • Spring 2005 - Kristen Finlay Story has video User submitted story
    In the spring of 2005 my family had a difficult decision to make.
  • Coming Home - Kristi Tencarre User submitted story
    I admit there are times when I miss the ocean and green of the rainforest, but the constant sunshine is a bright reminder of why I love this area of Canada.
  • Monks Drive SUVs Too - Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe
    Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe has rights in Canada that he didn’t have in India, where he grew up after fleeing Tibet as a child.
  • Downtown Surprise - Lauren Ladner User submitted story
    Of course, living on the busiest street of downtown Edmonton meant that life was always moving, and Jasper Avenue provided all the charms of that energetic downtown lifestyle.
  • Virtue Is Its Own Reward - LaVerne Quennell User submitted story
    The wallet contained several hundred dollars but he refused a reward. He represents what Edmonton is about.
  • All the Small Things - Liane Little User submitted story
    It's all of the small things, the good people, that make Edmonton what it is.
  • Having a Son in Edmonton - Lili Qin User submitted story
    Would you like to pursue a dream in new surroundings? Is it exciting, hard or scary? When I became an immigrant, first thing that I did was to have a baby in Edmonton.
  • Purple City S'mores - Lisa Bromley User submitted story
    The security guards stopped by once or twice to see what exactly it was that we were up to. Each time we smiled sweetly and offered them a marshmallow, and each time they politely declined.
  • Embrace - Lisa Hill User submitted story
    I moved to Edmonton in 1984, from Rhode Island. I was very nervous about my big move, and the only person I knew was my new husband, who had been an Albertan all his life.
  • My New Life - Lisa Holmes User submitted story
    My Edmonton story began on my day one—February 22, 1980.
  • Love Conquers All - Lisa Kozak User submitted story
    Never had I been more proud of my son. Or more ashamed of my own ignorance. It may have been the third day of school for them, but I was the one who learned the lesson that day.
  • I Love Christmas in the City - Lisa Lunney User submitted story
    One of my favorite childhood memories is Christmastime. Even as an adult the city of Edmonton still holds a magnetic draw for me during the festive season.
  • Moose on the Loose - Lisa Shamchuk User submitted story
    What happens when a moose gets lost in Edmonton? Read Lisa's story to find out.
  • Our Picturesque Valley - Lori Frank User submitted story
    Every morning I pinch myself with the beautiful view of our river valley and Victoria golf course. It is like going on a holiday every day.
  • One Common Thing - Lori Sharkey User submitted story
    Over 1000 people came. Young, old, able-bodied, wheelchair-bound; people of all shapes and sizes; people of all ethnic backgrounds. What did they all have in common?
  • Here to Stay - Luda Shmygelska
    Luda takes full advantage of all Edmonton has to offer, which means she's here to stay.
  • My Skate with the Oilers - M.A. Cox User submitted story
    I moved to Edmonton when I was 4 years old. My parents separated and I had to leave my father, my sister, my pit-bull Lassie, and our house in Montreal. I had trouble adjusting to my new and more humble surroundings.
  • Peace in the Dog Park - Madeleine Howard Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton is a vibrant community with many hidden treasures. I find my peace at a local dog park. Mill Woods is a south-side neighborhood with great restaurants and walking trails.
  • A City of Many Paths - Margot Ross-Graham
    Margot enjoys her life in Edmonton and she believes that the city’s extensive river valley trails could be a metaphor for the boundless opportunities here.
  • My First Time on the Mindbender - Marie Drake User submitted story
    The idea was hatched even before class had started. Me and my cousin are going to go ride the Mindbender after class today.
  • City Canvas: A Wonderful Surprise - Mark Wilson Story has video
    What does the Garneau Tree, art, and getting your start in radio have in common? Watch Mark's videos to find out.
  • Coincidence? Maybe not... - Martin Galba User submitted story
    I couldn't find the location of the studio; the way the whole address system works was totally new to me. I was about to give up when something in the back of my mind told me to look one last time.
  • Edmonton Chinese Garden - Marty Chan User submitted story
    Nothing fills my heart with dread more than the question, “Where are you from?” As a Chinese-Canadian, I know that when I answer “Alberta,” this will prompt the inevitable follow-up query: “no, where are you really from?”
  • An Encounter with Kindness - Mary Pat Barry User submitted story
    It was Thursday, March 30th, 2006 in Edmonton. I was in the day surgery waiting room at the city’s University of Alberta Hospital with my sister, Leslie. Like many in that room it was my first encounter with cancer and I was scared.
  • A Night Closer Than Our Days - Maslah Abdirahman User submitted story
    We all sang the same song holding hands and hugging. The funny thing was when we left downtown after we saw the fireworks we still sang together with a lot of random people on the train.
  • Mini Donut Madness - Matthew Dringenberg Story has video User submitted story
    I was very excited when I found out there was a chance for me to go out with my video camera and film all the aspects of Edmonton and then share it with other people.
  • An Aussie in Edmonton - Meg McCready User submitted story
    The day the temperature reached an inconceivable -36 C, I stayed in bed and missed class. (They say only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. I say only mad Canadians go out in those temperatures.) Luckily for my studies, that only happened once during the first winter.
  • Match - Melanie Braund User submitted story
    I found an advertisement in the newspaper for Match.com and figured I should just check it out since I was not finding Mr. Right in grocery stores.
  • Pulse of the City - Melanie Teichroeb User submitted story
    I'm a small-town girl, born in the Parkland County and raised on dreams I found etched in the prairie sky.
  • A City of Urban Villages - Michael Janz User submitted story
    Meet the Marketing Director of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and learn how you can get more involved with your neighbourhood.
  • First Snow in Canada - Michelle Ramos User submitted story
    I heard that Edmonton, Alberta has one of the coldest and longest winters, which is approximately half of the year. In my mind, that's absurd! Impossible!
  • Beautiful Way to Move - Miriam Hak User submitted story
    One of the coaches described speed skating as “a beautiful way to move”. It truly is. And it is extremely exhilarating – someone recently told me it’s the fastest human-propelled sport in existence today!
  • Falling Head First - Monica Langille User submitted story
    I was not even into hockey, but I couldn’t help but to fall head first into this exciting world of hockey.
  • Potluck - Nan Gai
    When I first arrived she helped me with the transition to this culture. To the community, and school especially. It saved a lot of time, because when you’re new to a country, sometimes you just don’t know what to do.
  • In the Blink of an Eye - Nashtassia Esteban User submitted story
    Life can be so quick you don’t notice how much you've grown. But I must say: I'm lucky to have lived in Edmonton.
  • The Seasons Were Long - Nick Trieu User submitted story
    For a kid the summers were so long, and so were the winters. We came to Edmonton in 1980. Looking back I am so happy this country was willing to adopt us.
  • Homesick For Edmonton! - Olga Rojas Story has video User submitted story
    When I arrived to Edmonton for the first time, I was 19 years old. I had come with both my parents, and my three sisters and three brothers, all of us single.
  • Coincidences - Patrice Thomas-Crate User submitted story
    Before my father’s illness I never understood organ donation. I went with my father for a workshop on organ donation. There were hundreds of people there who needed a transplant just like my father.
  • Cappuccino Affair - Patti Navarro User submitted story
    This story/poem occurred on April 29, 2000. That is a very important fact as the cafe I mention is no longer opened. This captures a special moment I had in Edmonton.
  • Not a Hockey Game or a Pile of Rocks - Paul Balanchuk User submitted story
    I was born in this city at Edmonton General Hospital in 1966 and after 43 years considering what was a defining moment that I felt truly an Edmontonian?
  • A Year or Two - Penny Ritco Story has video
    My husband and I thought we’d be here for a year or two. That was fifteen years ago.
  • My Roots in Edmonton - Phillip H. Walker User submitted story
    Phillip's roots are right here in Edmonton. Read about his railroad and train memories.
  • Fireworks and a Waterfall in Edmonton - Rachael Smillie User submitted story
    We truly do live in an amazing city; I can't think of too many with beautiful blue skies, waterfalls, and fantastic fireworks!
  • Feels Like Home To Me - Rachel Foley
    It’s been a long time since I actually felt that a place is home. I stood there realizing, “Yeah, this is home, and they are my friends.” I’m going to be hanging out with them for years.
  • Book + Dog = Reader - Rachel Sentes
    I watched a boy – he was around 12 – who’d never seen this before. There were about 5 dogs in the room. His mom was pushing him. And he’s going “Ah no, too old for this.” Too manly, you know.
  • My City - Randy Lukian Story has video User submitted story
    These are some photos I took of Edmonton. The music is Tina Turner's Simply the Best. I have lived in Edmonton all my 51 years, and I must agree Edmonton is simply the best.
  • The Jackrabbit Made Me Do It - Rebecca Szoladi User submitted story
    I got a crappy job, had no friends, and it was -35. I was miserable and really missed the Okanagan weather and the life I'd had there. I wondered what the heck I had done to my life by moving to this godforsaken place.
  • A Strange Way of Growing On You - Riki Roy User submitted story
    We were living in Tanzania when our young son decided he wanted to do nanotechnology. I found that the University of Alberta would be starting this program. But where was this place called Edmonton?
  • My Canadian Atlas - Rita Edison-White User submitted story
    While cleaning a closet last week, I came across the atlas we used when we left Halifax, westward-bound for Edmonton, Alberta. That was August 2001. What wonderful memories!
  • The Trip Across - Robina Zyp User submitted story
    I will never forget the look on our collie’s face at the sight. What the heck have you gotten me into? I wondered that myself.
  • Sound of the Olympic Flame - Rod Proudfoot User submitted story
    My senses are on full alert…the sounds, the sights, the feel of the pavement, the setting sun in a cloudless sky, even the sound of the Olympic flame in my torch as I’m jogging. With a huge smile, I look up at my lit torch…beautiful!
  • An Unusual Move - Roman Doshchak
    Obviously moving to Edmonton is a little bit unusual for someone who had it as good as I did.
  • On Life and Sushi - Ron Elmeleh
    When Ron Elmeleh makes sushi he maintains a balance that is both appealing to the eyes and the mouth.
  • Like A Dream Come True - Rose Yoki
    My baby had major health problems, which is how we ended up in Edmonton. The Stollery Children’s Hospital is the only one in Western Canada that does pediatric liver transplants.
  • Subtle Aspects - Ryan Madej User submitted story
    Having grown up in Edmonton and lived here my whole life, I've learned what I love the most about this city is what it’s not in comparison to other cities of the world.
  • Hello Neighbour - Ryan Middlemiss User submitted story
    She was the sweetest old lady who would babysit me. She would make me and only me cookies every weekend. No matter how busy she was, she would find time to make them for me.
  • My Backyard - Samia Jamal Story has video User submitted story
    My Backyard in the City of Edmonton is a story about how we don't really have to venture far, that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places, if we just take time to find it.
  • A Daily Feast - Sandra L. Hatch User submitted story
    I discovered the secret ingredient to Edmonton. It is and always will be generated from the heart.
  • Things I Must Do - Sandy Mowat Story has video
    Sandy moved to Edmonton with her husband. She is getting to know Edmonton with new friends and getting involved in the community by volunteering.
  • Rediscovering Edmonton - Sarah Beasley User submitted story
    I decided to approach living in Edmonton like I was in a new and exciting city I had never lived in before. I soon discovered I had more things to do than I had the time or money for.
  • Two-Wheeled Adventures - Sarah Chan Story has video User submitted story
    My bicycle has given me a new lease on life in Edmonton now that I leave the car key at home when I go out to visit my favourite haunts.
  • Edmonton is the Place to Bee - Shannon Lee Ladouceur User submitted story
    The big fat industrious bumblebee itself is Edmonton as a whole - as hardworking and cheerful with a buzz and purpose much like this city I have grown to love so much.
  • Trees Like Crystal - Shantelle Henderson User submitted story
    When I stepped off the plane it was January 21, 1999 and it was -28. It was soooo cold my whole body went into shock till I got to my dad’s house. But that all disappeared the next day when it started to snow.
  • Queen of Trees - Sheena Moore User submitted story
    At 8 years old I had declared myself Queen of the Trees, and here I was about to go start a life in the city. I took one last look at my little town before it disappeared into its valley. Buildings and skyscrapers would become my new forest.
  • Our Great City: Then and Now - Sherry Laderoute User submitted story
    I remember when my Dad was working on the Fort Edmonton replica when they were first building it. My Mom and a sister and a brother used to go and take him supper up that way sometimes.
  • Outdoor Culture - Shirley McCuaig
    I wanted to get back out West, where people like to do outdoor things. That’s how I ended up here.
  • Leaving a Legacy - Shirley Zago User submitted story
    Ethan Zago was only 5 years old when he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare and rapid type of cancer. After numerous tests, it was already at stage 3 and had spread to his chest, lungs, and abdomen.
  • Making Good News - Sol Rolingher
    I’d always been in the river valley. I’d been in it every day, canoed it, gone up and down it in a Zodiac.
  • Paralympian - Sonny Davis User submitted story
    I live a “walk and roll” lifestyle. Some days I feel good to walk and others I’ll take to the chair, ergo: “Sonny and Chair.” Sorry, bad wheelchair joke.
  • Glimmering Moments - Stephen T. Berg User submitted story
    The conductor took as much time as needed and enthusiastically answered the copious questions of a curious and delighted child. My love for Edmonton comes to me through this glimmering minor moment.
  • All-Season City - Sunny & Ishpreet Lamba Story has video
    Sunny and Ishpreet Lamba weren't sold on the move to Edmonton until they realized the lifestyle advantages. For Sunny and Ishpreet, Edmonton is an all-season city.
  • A Simple Story - Susan Purdy User submitted story
    My story is simple. It's about a 17-year-old girl 3000 miles from home.
  • Our Park - Taliah Budzilka User submitted story
    Of all the things there is to love about Edmonton my favourite would have to be the parks. Having lived here all my life, several of my fondest memories were held there.
  • Reveling in the Edmorgasbord - Tamara Soltykevych User submitted story
    Tamara is an Edmontonian who stays here because of the wonderful cultural diversity found in our city.
  • The Bay of Canola Fields - Tanya Edison User submitted story
    I pulled over, turned off my car and stared out into the horizon. The endlessness, the openness, that feeling of no limits lifted my heart and waves of content swept away my doubts.
  • There's No Place like HOME! - There's No Place like HOME! User submitted story
    Over the 17 years while I was abroad, I was asked where was home. Edmonton was always the answer. Funny how that is. I’ve lived in a lot of exotic places, but my family is all here, my best friends are here and even with some new additions, the city is still the same.
  • Discovering Two Sides of Edmonton - Tiffany Kemp
    I’ve discovered if you get involved, there's a lot to keep you busy in Edmonton. When I first got here I volunteered, met some really great people and made some fabulous friends. It's how my social network started.
  • Secretly Terrified - Tina Farrell User submitted story
    I was secretly terrified to move! I am 20 years old and from a small city in British Columbia, and when my boyfriend told me we needed to move to Edmonton for his work, I was not even sure what to say or think.
  • I Didn't Even Notice the Cold - Tita Francisco
    My favourite season is Edmonton winters because that’s when I can watch hockey. It’s my favourite sport. I'm a big fan.
  • A Lesser Known Edmonton - Todd Smith User submitted story
    Within the next year I had come out to my family, which was only possible with the great friends I had met and grown to love, both within the gay and greater Edmonton communities.
  • Eclipsing Shinny - Tracey Urquhart
    As I played hockey with other rookie women of all ages and backgrounds one February several years ago, we watched a lunar eclipse unfold over the outdoor rink.
  • Loving It - Tracy Gabriel User submitted story
    The other day I was walking to work and a monk was walking by, I passed him a friendly smile and he stopped and blessed me.
  • First Canadian Thanksgiving - Travis Groom User submitted story
    Everyone had the same idea that no-one should spend Thanksgiving alone. To my surprise, in support of me being American, they even offered to throw an American Thanksgiving in November.
  • A Pink Year - Treena Fenniak Story has video User submitted story
    Suddenly, a crushing blow hit. I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, and everything stopped.
  • Happy Canada Day - Trevor Stenson Story has video User submitted story
    It made me glad my son is growing up in such a great community and proud as an Edmontonian, Albertan, and Canadian.
  • Running Through the River Valley - Victoria Elliott User submitted story
    The sun is a crimson promise on the horizon as we set off on our jog through the River Valley. I hate running, but I love cheesecake. I need to do one to have the other.
  • The Girl in the Hat - Wayne Arthurson User submitted story
    My first thought (and one shared by many Calgarians if and when they have to move to Edmonton) was, Okay, I'll move to Edmonton, but I'll only stay here a couple years at the most.
  • Just Ordinary Citizens - Wayne Simmons User submitted story
    I ran to the car, and began a struggle with the man, thinking my daughter was still inside. He engaged the car and accelerated forward with me hanging on only to smash into another vehicle that had stopped to help.
  • Bridging Generations with Language - Wei Wong Story has audio
    You kind of have to know where you come from. That gives you, I guess, your character ... If this program wasn’t here, I would not have been able to teach my kids any part of their culture really, myself, right?
  • Home - Wendy Jensen User submitted story
    My grandfather had been sent to a concentration camp for 6 months during the Second World War after helping the British army hide weapons on his farm. My father was only 4½ years old at the time of grandfather’s arrest.
  • Winter Light - Winter Light Festival Story has video
    The Winter Light festival is a winter celebration featuring events that showcase our beautiful winter city. The festival was created to encourage Edmontonians to get outdoors and enjoy winter events.
  • Learning English: 1 2 3 - Xiaodong Gu User submitted story
    Do you know the I-love-you numbers game? Read about Xiaodong and her family's funny encounters with proper English and numbers.
  • A Pink Year - Treena Fenniak Story has video User submitted story
    Suddenly, a crushing blow hit. I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, and everything stopped.
  • A Year or Two - Penny Ritco Story has video
    My husband and I thought we’d be here for a year or two. That was fifteen years ago.
  • All-Season City - Sunny & Ishpreet Lamba Story has video
    Sunny and Ishpreet Lamba weren't sold on the move to Edmonton until they realized the lifestyle advantages. For Sunny and Ishpreet, Edmonton is an all-season city.
  • Bridging Generations with Language - Wei Wong Story has audio
    You kind of have to know where you come from. That gives you, I guess, your character ... If this program wasn’t here, I would not have been able to teach my kids any part of their culture really, myself, right?
  • Canada Day Criterium - Canada Day Criterium Story has video
    Host of the Canada Day Criterium, the Edmonton Juventus Cycling Club offers great riding and racing opportunities to all age groups. Members are beginner to national team level cyclists who enjoy track cycling, mountain biking, and cycle cross and road racing.
  • City Canvas: A Wonderful Surprise - Mark Wilson Story has video
    What does the Garneau Tree, art, and getting your start in radio have in common? Watch Mark's videos to find out.
  • Coming Back Home - Eva Cohen Story has video User submitted story
    This video is a personal narrative of my experience in Edmonton's natural parks. Upon going for a walk down Whitemud Creek, I truly realized how lucky I am to be from Edmonton.
  • Downtown Dwellers - Downtown Dwellers Story has video User submitted story
    What’s it like to live in downtown Edmonton? The Edmontonstories team met up with some downtown dwellers who wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Meet Kassie, Eric, Josh and Kent and learn what living in downtown Edmonton means to them.
  • Fun on Ice - Edmonton Speed Skating Association Story has video
    On, February 15, 2010, the Edmontonstories team went to the Edmonton Speed Skating Association’s Fun on Ice event at Victoria Oval. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for this event. Families, couples, and speed skating fanatics skated around the oval enjoying the warm sunshine.
  • Green & Gold - Eric Hunter Story has video
    Eric Hunter came to study in Edmonton from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has since lived in the city for five years. On top of being a University of Alberta student, he plays on the university’s Golden Bears Mens hockey team.
  • Happy Canada Day - Trevor Stenson Story has video User submitted story
    It made me glad my son is growing up in such a great community and proud as an Edmontonian, Albertan, and Canadian.
  • High Level Bridge Streetcar - Edmonton Radial Railway Society Story has video
    The Edmonton Radial Railway became famous throughout North America because of the unique streetcar ride over the North Saskatchewan River, the highest river crossing by streetcar in the world.
  • Homesick For Edmonton! - Olga Rojas Story has video User submitted story
    When I arrived to Edmonton for the first time, I was 19 years old. I had come with both my parents, and my three sisters and three brothers, all of us single.
  • Living in #YEG - Alex G. Lee Story has video User submitted story
    This video is a combination of 10 interviews from new and old residents of Edmonton in different walks of life. I wanted a diverse sample space of opinions to show that Edmonton is truly a world class city.
  • McGrew Meets City Hall - Alice Major Story has video User submitted story
    At the Edmonton Poetry Festival, we’re always doing our best to get poetry out and around. So we had this bright idea to stage a flash mob during a City Council meeting. Of course, it had to be something of an inside job.
  • Mini Donut Madness - Matthew Dringenberg Story has video User submitted story
    I was very excited when I found out there was a chance for me to go out with my video camera and film all the aspects of Edmonton and then share it with other people.
  • My Backyard - Samia Jamal Story has video User submitted story
    My Backyard in the City of Edmonton is a story about how we don't really have to venture far, that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places, if we just take time to find it.
  • My City - Randy Lukian Story has video User submitted story
    These are some photos I took of Edmonton. The music is Tina Turner's Simply the Best. I have lived in Edmonton all my 51 years, and I must agree Edmonton is simply the best.
  • My Home in the Forest - Joy L. Magnusson Story has video User submitted story
    Some of my history books say the first people who walked here called this place “Amiskwaciwaskakikan.”
  • Once Upon a Time, in a Land Far Far Away... - International Day of Sharing Stories Story has video
    This video is not your average fairy tale. Meet 5 Edmontonians who attended the International Day of Sharing Stories.
  • Peace in the Dog Park - Madeleine Howard Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton is a vibrant community with many hidden treasures. I find my peace at a local dog park. Mill Woods is a south-side neighborhood with great restaurants and walking trails.
  • Peaceful City of Nations - Bob Coe Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton’s Heritage Festival is a long midsummer weekend of cascading sounds, smells and colourful sights as nationalities from around the world display their foods, dances, traditions and histories.
  • Ribbon of Green - David Hryciuk Story has video User submitted story
    For me, Edmonton has always been a wonderful, marvelous place to call home.
  • Scooting Around Town - Igor Woroniuk Story has video
    I’m a visually inspired person, obviously, being an artist. The views in Edmonton really grab me. Standing on top of the river valley, you can see the whole city. Sunsets. The moon. Clouds sweeping through.
  • Smooth - Caitlin Bauer Story has audio User submitted story
    Smooth is a short, quirky Whyte Ave tale from a September night two years ago. The birthday girl's friends are an hour late, but a strange elderly man brightens her evening.
  • Snow-Oh-Oh-Oh - Caroline Stokes Story has video User submitted story
    Many of us see winter in Edmonton as a nuisance. I highly recommend taking a moment to recognize the beauty around us - we all see it a different way. I took a stroll around my neighbourhood and soaked it all in.
  • Spring 2005 - Kristen Finlay Story has video User submitted story
    In the spring of 2005 my family had a difficult decision to make.
  • Summer at the Alberta Legislature - Alberta Legislature Story has video
    Edmontonians know how to embrace the city’s long, warm summer days – they head to the cooling waters of the pools and fountains at Edmonton’s Alberta Legislature Grounds.
  • Things I Must Do - Sandy Mowat Story has video
    Sandy moved to Edmonton with her husband. She is getting to know Edmonton with new friends and getting involved in the community by volunteering.
  • This Is My City - Colin Nekolaichuk Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton is the perfect place to grow up. Quiet neighbourhoods, an abundance of parks, culture and festivals, and the amenities of a big city combine for year-round kid-friendly fun.
  • Two-Wheeled Adventures - Sarah Chan Story has video User submitted story
    My bicycle has given me a new lease on life in Edmonton now that I leave the car key at home when I go out to visit my favourite haunts.
  • U of A Panda Bears - Anneka Baker Story has video
    Meet Anneka Baker. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario she came to Edmonton to play on the University of Alberta’s Panda Bears women’s basketball team.
  • Under the Bridge - Jerry Aulenbach Story has video User submitted story
    With this story, I hope that we will be reminded that the homeless are not nameless or faceless. I wish I knew how we could help them all become self-reliant and take care of themselves, but I don't know of any magic formula.
  • Winter Light - Winter Light Festival Story has video
    The Winter Light festival is a winter celebration featuring events that showcase our beautiful winter city. The festival was created to encourage Edmontonians to get outdoors and enjoy winter events.
  • 95 & Jive: Dancing Dan! - Ken Strickland User submitted story
    Living here in the west end has given me occasion to become familiar with one of our celebrity locals, Dancing Dan.
  • A Bit Like Quicksand - Jan Slaski User submitted story
    Jan bet a colleague in Poland, he'd be back after a year spent in Edmonton. That was in 1993...
  • A City of Loving and Living - Cheryl Kerr User submitted story
    In fact, her son Tom’s friend, Tommy Banks, preferred Helen’s chocolate chip cookies to the ones his own mother made.
  • A City of Urban Villages - Michael Janz User submitted story
    Meet the Marketing Director of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and learn how you can get more involved with your neighbourhood.
  • A Daily Feast - Sandra L. Hatch User submitted story
    I discovered the secret ingredient to Edmonton. It is and always will be generated from the heart.
  • A Day I Will Never Forget - Deserae Kehler User submitted story
    So maybe it wasn’t the best day of my life, but who else in Edmonton has a wedding story like that?
  • A Lesser Known Edmonton - Todd Smith User submitted story
    Within the next year I had come out to my family, which was only possible with the great friends I had met and grown to love, both within the gay and greater Edmonton communities.
  • A Night Closer Than Our Days - Maslah Abdirahman User submitted story
    We all sang the same song holding hands and hugging. The funny thing was when we left downtown after we saw the fireworks we still sang together with a lot of random people on the train.
  • A Pink Year - Treena Fenniak Story has video User submitted story
    Suddenly, a crushing blow hit. I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, and everything stopped.
  • A Place to Call Home - Amy Carter User submitted story
    The very first day of school I missed the bus, waited for 40 minutes, and was 20 minutes late for class. But it got better.
  • A Ride to Remember User submitted story
    Chris is an Edmontonian, a constable with the Edmonton Police Service, and a Harley enthusiast. He is riding his bike across Canada to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis.
  • A Salute to Your History - Denise Daubert User submitted story
    I'm proud to say that my family is a part of Edmonton's history and has been since my paternal and maternal great-grandparents settled in Edmonton in the early 1900s. I'm grateful they chose Edmonton!
  • A Simple Story - Susan Purdy User submitted story
    My story is simple. It's about a 17-year-old girl 3000 miles from home.
  • A Soul Awakening in Edmonton - Judy Wollman User submitted story
    A profound moment happened that got me off the street: my neighbor offered to give me some light. I was very skeptical, yet her place was filled with joyous, beautiful, spiritual energy, and I wanted to experience more.
  • A Spontaneous Decision - Dianna Bowes User submitted story
    This city has changed, and I was only a few miles away and had no idea. Around every corner is an opportunity to discover something new.
  • A Strange Way of Growing On You - Riki Roy User submitted story
    We were living in Tanzania when our young son decided he wanted to do nanotechnology. I found that the University of Alberta would be starting this program. But where was this place called Edmonton?
  • All the Small Things - Liane Little User submitted story
    It's all of the small things, the good people, that make Edmonton what it is.
  • An Active, Outspoken Community - Debbie Appleby User submitted story
    Not my baby! This is NOT happening to my child, was Debbie's first reaction when she found her son Kent would be severely handicapped. Kent is now 30 and thanks to the special needs community he is able to enjoy a high quality of life. Read more about Debbie's experience in our city.
  • An Aussie in Edmonton - Meg McCready User submitted story
    The day the temperature reached an inconceivable -36 C, I stayed in bed and missed class. (They say only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. I say only mad Canadians go out in those temperatures.) Luckily for my studies, that only happened once during the first winter.
  • An Encounter with Kindness - Mary Pat Barry User submitted story
    It was Thursday, March 30th, 2006 in Edmonton. I was in the day surgery waiting room at the city’s University of Alberta Hospital with my sister, Leslie. Like many in that room it was my first encounter with cancer and I was scared.
  • Beautiful Way to Move - Miriam Hak User submitted story
    One of the coaches described speed skating as “a beautiful way to move”. It truly is. And it is extremely exhilarating – someone recently told me it’s the fastest human-propelled sport in existence today!
  • Can't Fry A Hurricane - Harma-Mae Smit User submitted story
    I wasn’t really an Oilers' fan this year. It was my grade twelve year — my most important year of school — much more important than hockey.
  • Cappuccino Affair - Patti Navarro User submitted story
    This story/poem occurred on April 29, 2000. That is a very important fact as the cafe I mention is no longer opened. This captures a special moment I had in Edmonton.
  • Change - Alison Cairns User submitted story
    Gradually, as time passed, I came to be more comfortable living on my own, dining at a table for one, and going to movies without anyone to share my popcorn.
  • Christmas Eve Kindness - Kathy Holler User submitted story
    We lived in 2 rooms with the luxury of sharing 1 shelf in a refrigerator which stood in the hallway, and it was rarely filled.
  • Coincidence? Maybe not... - Martin Galba User submitted story
    I couldn't find the location of the studio; the way the whole address system works was totally new to me. I was about to give up when something in the back of my mind told me to look one last time.
  • Coincidences - Patrice Thomas-Crate User submitted story
    Before my father’s illness I never understood organ donation. I went with my father for a workshop on organ donation. There were hundreds of people there who needed a transplant just like my father.
  • Coming Back Home - Eva Cohen Story has video User submitted story
    This video is a personal narrative of my experience in Edmonton's natural parks. Upon going for a walk down Whitemud Creek, I truly realized how lucky I am to be from Edmonton.
  • Coming Home - Kristi Tencarre User submitted story
    I admit there are times when I miss the ocean and green of the rainforest, but the constant sunshine is a bright reminder of why I love this area of Canada.
  • Crossing One Bridge - Ann Henry User submitted story
    As I crossed the High Level Bridge today, it reminded me why Edmonton is a great place to call home. My attention was drawn first by the bright blue sky and then the valley which stretches for miles in either direction.
  • Downtown Dwellers - Downtown Dwellers Story has video User submitted story
    What’s it like to live in downtown Edmonton? The Edmontonstories team met up with some downtown dwellers who wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Meet Kassie, Eric, Josh and Kent and learn what living in downtown Edmonton means to them.
  • Downtown Surprise - Lauren Ladner User submitted story
    Of course, living on the busiest street of downtown Edmonton meant that life was always moving, and Jasper Avenue provided all the charms of that energetic downtown lifestyle.
  • Edmonton by Bicycle - Amy Neufeld User submitted story
    I really began to understand Edmonton when I started cycling through it. About 4 years ago I adopted the bicycle as my primary, and favourite, mode of transportation.
  • Edmonton Chinese Garden - Marty Chan User submitted story
    Nothing fills my heart with dread more than the question, “Where are you from?” As a Chinese-Canadian, I know that when I answer “Alberta,” this will prompt the inevitable follow-up query: “no, where are you really from?”
  • Edmonton Gave Us Our Life Back - Heather Foster User submitted story
    Instead, his boss and another lady took it upon themselves to seek out help for Chris and find him a doctor accepting new patients. This was a turning point in Chris’s life.
  • Edmonton is the Place to Bee - Shannon Lee Ladouceur User submitted story
    The big fat industrious bumblebee itself is Edmonton as a whole - as hardworking and cheerful with a buzz and purpose much like this city I have grown to love so much.
  • Edmonton/Paradise - Kelly Jordan User submitted story
    Armed with nothing more than our bikes and sheer determination, my fifteen-year-old brother, Cory and I scale the hills and the lush forests that engulf our city.
  • Embrace - Lisa Hill User submitted story
    I moved to Edmonton in 1984, from Rhode Island. I was very nervous about my big move, and the only person I knew was my new husband, who had been an Albertan all his life.
  • Enduring an Edmonton Winter: Curling - Eric O'Brien User submitted story
    There are 2 types of curlers: one half conferences around the TSN curling broadcast and makes comments like, “Boy, that yellow rock is sure buried deep”; the other half watches a game out on the ice and strategizes, “If it were me, I’d have Linda peel that guard so that Terry doesn’t have a chance to score 2 and take it into extras.”
  • Everyday Champions - Kaitlyn Perrin User submitted story
    It wasn’t until I gave him my last toonie from my pocket and pointed him towards the next bus stop that I realized my wallet went with him on that bus.
  • Falling Head First - Monica Langille User submitted story
    I was not even into hockey, but I couldn’t help but to fall head first into this exciting world of hockey.
  • Fireworks and a Waterfall in Edmonton - Rachael Smillie User submitted story
    We truly do live in an amazing city; I can't think of too many with beautiful blue skies, waterfalls, and fantastic fireworks!
  • First Canadian Thanksgiving - Travis Groom User submitted story
    Everyone had the same idea that no-one should spend Thanksgiving alone. To my surprise, in support of me being American, they even offered to throw an American Thanksgiving in November.
  • First Snow in Canada - Michelle Ramos User submitted story
    I heard that Edmonton, Alberta has one of the coldest and longest winters, which is approximately half of the year. In my mind, that's absurd! Impossible!
  • For ETS and Edmontonians - Abayomi Charles Roberts User submitted story
    I was relieved to hear what seemed like a chorus of murmurs: "No problem, go ahead," from the other passengers.
  • From India to Edmonton - Ananda Majumdar User submitted story
    I have been an international student at Grant MacEwan University since 2008, after arriving from Calcutta, India. This was my second trip to Canada, so I was not fearful of coming to Edmonton.
  • Gateway of Happy Arrival - Karen Carleton User submitted story
    Moving to Edmonton was only logical for me. I had long lived in the Northwest Territories, traveling to Edmonton for conferences, medical appointments, meetings, shopping and departures for exotic holidays.
  • Glimmering Moments - Stephen T. Berg User submitted story
    The conductor took as much time as needed and enthusiastically answered the copious questions of a curious and delighted child. My love for Edmonton comes to me through this glimmering minor moment.
  • Grant MacEwan Music Program - Bill Uren User submitted story
    In elementary school, I'd learned Edmonton was the capital city of Alberta, and that was pretty well it.
  • Growing Up Edmontonian - Donna Hamilton User submitted story
    There were disorganised games of soccer baseball, football, tag, Mother-May-I, and red-light green-light. There were train tracks to explore, bridges to cross, and rocks to throw.
  • Happy Canada Day - Trevor Stenson Story has video User submitted story
    It made me glad my son is growing up in such a great community and proud as an Edmontonian, Albertan, and Canadian.
  • Having a Son in Edmonton - Lili Qin User submitted story
    Would you like to pursue a dream in new surroundings? Is it exciting, hard or scary? When I became an immigrant, first thing that I did was to have a baby in Edmonton.
  • Hello Neighbour - Ryan Middlemiss User submitted story
    She was the sweetest old lady who would babysit me. She would make me and only me cookies every weekend. No matter how busy she was, she would find time to make them for me.
  • Home - Wendy Jensen User submitted story
    My grandfather had been sent to a concentration camp for 6 months during the Second World War after helping the British army hide weapons on his farm. My father was only 4½ years old at the time of grandfather’s arrest.
  • Home Is Where The Heart Is - David McNair User submitted story
    It was supposed to be a stepping stone, but it turned out to be home.
  • Homesick For Edmonton! - Olga Rojas Story has video User submitted story
    When I arrived to Edmonton for the first time, I was 19 years old. I had come with both my parents, and my three sisters and three brothers, all of us single.
  • How the Dead Brought Me to Edmonton - Almond Aguila User submitted story
    I find it fascinating how flabbergasted some people are when I say I’ve moved to Edmonton for graduate studies. Several times, they’ve reminded me of the city’s well-earned nickname “Dedmonton.” Ironically, it was the dead that brought me here.
  • I Am At Home Now - Justina Keewatin User submitted story
    As a mother, I felt we needed to be together somewhere that everyone would be comfortable and I thought Edmonton might be that place.
  • I Am From Edmonton, Alberta - Ananda Majumdar User submitted story
    Ananda came to Edmonton in 2008, from Calcutta India and Edmonton is his home now.
  • I Love Christmas in the City - Lisa Lunney User submitted story
    One of my favorite childhood memories is Christmastime. Even as an adult the city of Edmonton still holds a magnetic draw for me during the festive season.
  • I Love Edmonton's North Central Communities - Chris Hayduk User submitted story
    There aren't many places where you can get some of the best Ethiopian cuisine, excellent Thai food, then some of the best Mexican/Salvadorean fare and everything else you might want, all within a few blocks.
  • I Was Leaving For Good - Darlene Marchuk User submitted story
    My entire world turned upside down and I found myself in palliative care at the University of Alberta Hospital.
  • I'm Coming Home - Heather Riddell User submitted story
    My family and I have been lucky in the amount of world we have been able to travel to. As a child my grandmère traveled extensively and we saw many places vicariously through her.
  • In the Blink of an Eye - Nashtassia Esteban User submitted story
    Life can be so quick you don’t notice how much you've grown. But I must say: I'm lucky to have lived in Edmonton.
  • Jasper Magpies - Caitlin Bauer User submitted story
    I consider the magpies of downtown Edmonton to be companions of sorts. Spring, summer, winter, or fall - the little pranksters can usually found dipping and weaving like feathered kites down the city.
  • Just Ordinary Citizens - Wayne Simmons User submitted story
    I ran to the car, and began a struggle with the man, thinking my daughter was still inside. He engaged the car and accelerated forward with me hanging on only to smash into another vehicle that had stopped to help.
  • Learning English: 1 2 3 - Xiaodong Gu User submitted story
    Do you know the I-love-you numbers game? Read about Xiaodong and her family's funny encounters with proper English and numbers.
  • Leaving a Legacy - Shirley Zago User submitted story
    Ethan Zago was only 5 years old when he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare and rapid type of cancer. After numerous tests, it was already at stage 3 and had spread to his chest, lungs, and abdomen.
  • Leaving Edmonton - Judy Chubbs User submitted story
    Several years ago on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, my husband and I left our home on the East Coast of Canada to drive to Edmonton for work.
  • Life in the Big City - Bonnie Caron User submitted story
    In 1999, the mine in Grand Cache went bankrupt. Along with about 400 other families, we were suddenly out of jobs and had to move somewhere else.
  • Life Journey - Hamid Tookhee User submitted story
    When I was young I had a dream of being a pilot but this dream was not possible because in my country there was lots of fighting. People have been fighting in Afghanistan for over 30 years.
  • Living in #YEG - Alex G. Lee Story has video User submitted story
    This video is a combination of 10 interviews from new and old residents of Edmonton in different walks of life. I wanted a diverse sample space of opinions to show that Edmonton is truly a world class city.
  • Lottery Winners with Winter-Cold Noses - Bev Betkowski User submitted story
    As the human plaything of 3 cats myself, my heart warms when I see a news story about a rescued scrap of fur, and how the offers of a forever home pour in over the next few days.
  • Love Conquers All - Lisa Kozak User submitted story
    Never had I been more proud of my son. Or more ashamed of my own ignorance. It may have been the third day of school for them, but I was the one who learned the lesson that day.
  • Loving It - Tracy Gabriel User submitted story
    The other day I was walking to work and a monk was walking by, I passed him a friendly smile and he stopped and blessed me.
  • Match - Melanie Braund User submitted story
    I found an advertisement in the newspaper for Match.com and figured I should just check it out since I was not finding Mr. Right in grocery stores.
  • Maximum Experience - Kent McKay User submitted story
    Fast forward to 2009—those roots are growing deeper and the warmth of the community, along with the city's many experience-oriented gems make me increasingly proud to call Edmonton home.
  • McGrew Meets City Hall - Alice Major Story has video User submitted story
    At the Edmonton Poetry Festival, we’re always doing our best to get poetry out and around. So we had this bright idea to stage a flash mob during a City Council meeting. Of course, it had to be something of an inside job.
  • McKernan School's 100 Kilometre Club - Janet Harvey User submitted story
    Originally from Regina, Dr Doug Klein is dedicated to helping kids stay active.
  • Mill Creek Miscellany - Colin Kot User submitted story
    Growing up next to Mill Creek Ravine can teach you a thing or two about life. Colin recalls his never-ending creekside adventures.
  • Mini Donut Madness - Matthew Dringenberg Story has video User submitted story
    I was very excited when I found out there was a chance for me to go out with my video camera and film all the aspects of Edmonton and then share it with other people.
  • Moose on the Loose - Lisa Shamchuk User submitted story
    What happens when a moose gets lost in Edmonton? Read Lisa's story to find out.
  • Moving to Edmonton? - Jay Palter User submitted story
    Are you thinking of moving to Edmonton? If you are, I’m your man. I’m just a lifelong Torontonian who moved to Edmonton with my family last year. So I understand a lot of the questions and concerns you may have - the doubts and the fears.
  • My All-New Heaven On Earth - Jennifer Bataga-Salvador User submitted story
    I can’t say I am a nature lover for certain because that would imply so much depth and would be a tall claim, but the reservoir truly gives me an extraordinary feeling of sensitivity.
  • My Backyard - Samia Jamal Story has video User submitted story
    My Backyard in the City of Edmonton is a story about how we don't really have to venture far, that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places, if we just take time to find it.
  • My Canadian Atlas - Rita Edison-White User submitted story
    While cleaning a closet last week, I came across the atlas we used when we left Halifax, westward-bound for Edmonton, Alberta. That was August 2001. What wonderful memories!
  • My City - Randy Lukian Story has video User submitted story
    These are some photos I took of Edmonton. The music is Tina Turner's Simply the Best. I have lived in Edmonton all my 51 years, and I must agree Edmonton is simply the best.
  • My First Time on the Mindbender - Marie Drake User submitted story
    The idea was hatched even before class had started. Me and my cousin are going to go ride the Mindbender after class today.
  • My Home in the Forest - Joy L. Magnusson Story has video User submitted story
    Some of my history books say the first people who walked here called this place “Amiskwaciwaskakikan.”
  • My Love Affair With the Library - Crystal Driedger User submitted story
    Regardless of the weather, there is a crowd waiting for the door to open. When my son sees the library he lights up the same way he lights up when he sees Grandma’s house. He laughs, claps and starts making the ASL sign for “book.”
  • My New Life - Lisa Holmes User submitted story
    My Edmonton story began on my day one—February 22, 1980.
  • My Roots in Edmonton - Phillip H. Walker User submitted story
    Phillip's roots are right here in Edmonton. Read about his railroad and train memories.
  • My Skate with the Oilers - M.A. Cox User submitted story
    I moved to Edmonton when I was 4 years old. My parents separated and I had to leave my father, my sister, my pit-bull Lassie, and our house in Montreal. I had trouble adjusting to my new and more humble surroundings.
  • New Game Plan: Edmonton's Next Gen - Dianna User submitted story
    I came to Edmonton from Vancouver a few years ago to pursue my PhD. The program at the University of Alberta is world class and I was so excited. However, upon hearing I was relocating to Edmonton my friends were aghast.
  • No Need for Comparison - Kevin McLeod User submitted story
    People would often ask me, "Whoa, California!? Why did you come back?"
  • Not a Hockey Game or a Pile of Rocks - Paul Balanchuk User submitted story
    I was born in this city at Edmonton General Hospital in 1966 and after 43 years considering what was a defining moment that I felt truly an Edmontonian?
  • O Canada! My Canada! - Jennifer Senia User submitted story
    I have certainly acclimatized well to Edmonton’s culture - its sights and sounds, the diversity of the people, hockey, ETS, volunteerism, Tim Horton’s, the green environment, etc. Now, I feel so lucky to be living in Canada.
  • One Common Thing - Lori Sharkey User submitted story
    Over 1000 people came. Young, old, able-bodied, wheelchair-bound; people of all shapes and sizes; people of all ethnic backgrounds. What did they all have in common?
  • Our Great City: Then and Now - Sherry Laderoute User submitted story
    I remember when my Dad was working on the Fort Edmonton replica when they were first building it. My Mom and a sister and a brother used to go and take him supper up that way sometimes.
  • Our Park - Taliah Budzilka User submitted story
    Of all the things there is to love about Edmonton my favourite would have to be the parks. Having lived here all my life, several of my fondest memories were held there.
  • Our Picturesque Valley - Lori Frank User submitted story
    Every morning I pinch myself with the beautiful view of our river valley and Victoria golf course. It is like going on a holiday every day.
  • Our Story is Far From Over - Jolanta Lapiak User submitted story
    Our story is far from over. There will be many more chapters to explore and to write.
  • Paralympian - Sonny Davis User submitted story
    I live a “walk and roll” lifestyle. Some days I feel good to walk and others I’ll take to the chair, ergo: “Sonny and Chair.” Sorry, bad wheelchair joke.
  • Peace in the Dog Park - Madeleine Howard Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton is a vibrant community with many hidden treasures. I find my peace at a local dog park. Mill Woods is a south-side neighborhood with great restaurants and walking trails.
  • Peaceful City of Nations - Bob Coe Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton’s Heritage Festival is a long midsummer weekend of cascading sounds, smells and colourful sights as nationalities from around the world display their foods, dances, traditions and histories.
  • Plugged into Edmonton - Christie Campbell User submitted story
    I asked her what she was doing for Thanksgiving. She said nothing. She had nothing to do on the most delicious holiday of the year.
  • Pragmatism - Callum MacKendrick User submitted story
    Edmontonians have a reputation as pragmatists, so it is maybe not surprising that one of the things Edmonton does best (maybe better than anywhere else) is handling garbage.
  • Pulse of the City - Melanie Teichroeb User submitted story
    I'm a small-town girl, born in the Parkland County and raised on dreams I found etched in the prairie sky.
  • Purple City S'mores - Lisa Bromley User submitted story
    The security guards stopped by once or twice to see what exactly it was that we were up to. Each time we smiled sweetly and offered them a marshmallow, and each time they politely declined.
  • Queen of Trees - Sheena Moore User submitted story
    At 8 years old I had declared myself Queen of the Trees, and here I was about to go start a life in the city. I took one last look at my little town before it disappeared into its valley. Buildings and skyscrapers would become my new forest.
  • Rediscovering Edmonton - Sarah Beasley User submitted story
    I decided to approach living in Edmonton like I was in a new and exciting city I had never lived in before. I soon discovered I had more things to do than I had the time or money for.
  • Reveling in the Edmorgasbord - Tamara Soltykevych User submitted story
    Tamara is an Edmontonian who stays here because of the wonderful cultural diversity found in our city.
  • Ribbon of Green - David Hryciuk Story has video User submitted story
    For me, Edmonton has always been a wonderful, marvelous place to call home.
  • Running Through the River Valley - Victoria Elliott User submitted story
    The sun is a crimson promise on the horizon as we set off on our jog through the River Valley. I hate running, but I love cheesecake. I need to do one to have the other.
  • Secretly Terrified - Tina Farrell User submitted story
    I was secretly terrified to move! I am 20 years old and from a small city in British Columbia, and when my boyfriend told me we needed to move to Edmonton for his work, I was not even sure what to say or think.
  • Sense of Wonder - Amber Williams User submitted story
    I do not come from what anyone would call a well off family, and so the move was a little difficult.
  • Seven Seas Apart - Ali Dar User submitted story
    This is a story of similarities and differences; connection and disconnect; familiarity and fear of the unknown.
  • Smooth - Caitlin Bauer Story has audio User submitted story
    Smooth is a short, quirky Whyte Ave tale from a September night two years ago. The birthday girl's friends are an hour late, but a strange elderly man brightens her evening.
  • Snow-Oh-Oh-Oh - Caroline Stokes Story has video User submitted story
    Many of us see winter in Edmonton as a nuisance. I highly recommend taking a moment to recognize the beauty around us - we all see it a different way. I took a stroll around my neighbourhood and soaked it all in.
  • Sojourn - Alison Clarke User submitted story
    A poem about Edmonton's Whyte Avenue
  • Something for Every Taste - Kane Lambert User submitted story
    This event shows the true character of hockey fans in Edmonton. Minus 27 with an extreme wind chill and we still put 57,167 cold but excited butts in the seats.
  • Sound of the Olympic Flame - Rod Proudfoot User submitted story
    My senses are on full alert…the sounds, the sights, the feel of the pavement, the setting sun in a cloudless sky, even the sound of the Olympic flame in my torch as I’m jogging. With a huge smile, I look up at my lit torch…beautiful!
  • Spring 2005 - Kristen Finlay Story has video User submitted story
    In the spring of 2005 my family had a difficult decision to make.
  • Spring in the Park - Kaitlin Harrison User submitted story
    It was an unusually warm April morning in Edmonton, Alberta. My friends and I were enjoying a lazy Saturday morning after a night out celebrating the end of the semester and the beginning of summer.
  • Start Anew - Dianne Lopez User submitted story
    Eagerly I walked the streets of Robson, went around in Stanley Park, and strolled by Granville Island, but I still felt like I didn’t belong. I missed Edmonton.
  • Subtle Aspects - Ryan Madej User submitted story
    Having grown up in Edmonton and lived here my whole life, I've learned what I love the most about this city is what it’s not in comparison to other cities of the world.
  • Sunshine Sketches of a Beautiful City - Carolyn Hall User submitted story
    Looking for the best place on earth to live? Then focus your Google Earth search on north Edmonton and hone in on Beaumaris Lake.
  • Taking in Our River Valley - Eugene Ip User submitted story
    Flowing glacially in a traffic jam of metallic snails, I am a mesmerized sightseer in the comfort of my vehicle, just letting the sweeping river valley panorama impress me for a prolonged IMAX sensation.
  • The Bay of Canola Fields - Tanya Edison User submitted story
    I pulled over, turned off my car and stared out into the horizon. The endlessness, the openness, that feeling of no limits lifted my heart and waves of content swept away my doubts.
  • The Christie Story - Christie Campbell User submitted story
    Once you get familiar with Edmonton, she gets familiar with you. It only takes a few trips to the local shops before the workers recognize you. You’ll find a niche to fit in no matter how strange or normal you might think you are.
  • The Day The Whale Came By - Harley Reid User submitted story
    I live on the ninth floor of an apartment building perched on the south bank of the mighty North Saskatchewan River.
  • The Girl in the Hat - Wayne Arthurson User submitted story
    My first thought (and one shared by many Calgarians if and when they have to move to Edmonton) was, Okay, I'll move to Edmonton, but I'll only stay here a couple years at the most.
  • The Jackrabbit Made Me Do It - Rebecca Szoladi User submitted story
    I got a crappy job, had no friends, and it was -35. I was miserable and really missed the Okanagan weather and the life I'd had there. I wondered what the heck I had done to my life by moving to this godforsaken place.
  • The Other Oil in Town - Barbara Biro User submitted story
    Family time is important to the Biros. Here's how they compromised with the age difference in their children.
  • The People Make the City - Chris Brainerd User submitted story
    It's possible to look at Edmonton and simply see the sports teams with their championship legacies. Or just West Edmonton Mall, the river valley, and all the festivals. But those who only see these things are missing the most important aspect of the city – the people.
  • The Seasons Were Long - Nick Trieu User submitted story
    For a kid the summers were so long, and so were the winters. We came to Edmonton in 1980. Looking back I am so happy this country was willing to adopt us.
  • The Trip Across - Robina Zyp User submitted story
    I will never forget the look on our collie’s face at the sight. What the heck have you gotten me into? I wondered that myself.
  • The U of A Way - Dawn Ford User submitted story
    I didn't pay much attention to the young man as he knelt on his prayer shawl beneath a campus spruce tree. He was still and seemed at peace. It felt good just knowing that.
  • The Wedding Cup - Ann Moritz User submitted story
    That was the night that the Stanley Cup came to Edmonton for the first time out west, with Wayne Gretzky and the dream team on the ice.
  • The Years at TELUS Field - Alex Karen User submitted story
    Got my Sprite. Got my soft pretzel. And one of my favorite players, Valentino Pascucchi, is up to bat. This...this is the life.
  • There's No Place like HOME! - There's No Place like HOME! User submitted story
    Over the 17 years while I was abroad, I was asked where was home. Edmonton was always the answer. Funny how that is. I’ve lived in a lot of exotic places, but my family is all here, my best friends are here and even with some new additions, the city is still the same.
  • This Is My City - Colin Nekolaichuk Story has video User submitted story
    Edmonton is the perfect place to grow up. Quiet neighbourhoods, an abundance of parks, culture and festivals, and the amenities of a big city combine for year-round kid-friendly fun.
  • Three Gentle Men - Elise Vanovermeire User submitted story
    I always had this feeling like there was something or someone very important here, so I decided it was what was needed to be done, even though I was leaving all my friends back in Saskatoon.
  • Three Passions, One Lucky Lady! - Geneva Hamilton User submitted story
    Music Together has allowed me to combine my three passions – my love of children, my love of music, and my deep love of family – and to find a rich and rewarding career – all without having to leave my home town!
  • Tornado 1987 - Katherine Schwabenbauer User submitted story
    It was in 1987 when the tornado hit our city. I, along with many was in shock and disbelief over what had happened and I felt the need to help.
  • Trees Like Crystal - Shantelle Henderson User submitted story
    When I stepped off the plane it was January 21, 1999 and it was -28. It was soooo cold my whole body went into shock till I got to my dad’s house. But that all disappeared the next day when it started to snow.
  • Two-Wheeled Adventures - Sarah Chan Story has video User submitted story
    My bicycle has given me a new lease on life in Edmonton now that I leave the car key at home when I go out to visit my favourite haunts.
  • Under the Bridge - Jerry Aulenbach Story has video User submitted story
    With this story, I hope that we will be reminded that the homeless are not nameless or faceless. I wish I knew how we could help them all become self-reliant and take care of themselves, but I don't know of any magic formula.
  • Virtue Is Its Own Reward - LaVerne Quennell User submitted story
    The wallet contained several hundred dollars but he refused a reward. He represents what Edmonton is about.
  • We're Almost a Family - Anthony Matthews User submitted story
    It feels some days like we're almost a family, like somehow everyone here is contributing their part to making this city into something great, which is in no doubt the direction it is going.
  • Where a Country Boy Can Stay - Dylan Pitman User submitted story
    The Edmonton river valley is what makes Edmonton a city unlike any other, a city a country boy can live in and stay sane.
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Name - Janet LeBlanc User submitted story
    I grew up in the neighbourhood with Daryl Katz, went to the same school and played tennis together at our community courts.
  • Why I Love Edmonton: A Poem - Dan Lokhorst User submitted story
    But if I had to choose a single spot to call my own, Then I'd have to say it's Edmonton, my river city home.
  • You Don't Know What You Got - Bill User submitted story
    Bill had dreams of living a wonderful life in the city of Vancouver after he received his degree in Edmonton. But living in the ultra urban city proved to be disappointing with long commutes and high costs of living. He found out that you really don’t know what you got….
  • You Grow Up One Way Or The Other - Emmy Stuebing User submitted story
    When you grow up in Red Deer, you are either an Edmonton fan or a Calgary fan.

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