All Stories About Visiting Edmonton

  • A Different Type of City - Brad Fossen
    I came here from rural Alberta. Back home it’s a different kind of life. I don’t want to say Edmonton’s like a small town, but it’s a different type of city.
  • A Family Destination - Stephanie Sewap User submitted story
    Every year, Stephanie Sewap visits Edmonton with her husband and four children. Their favourite spot? West Edmonton Mall.
  • A Man With A Crush - Barry DeFord Story has video
    I could draw you a map of the world right now. I love history. I love all the stuff you’re really not supposed to talk about at work, so I figure I should work in a place where I can talk about it all the time.
  • A Memorable Journey to Edmonton - Catherine Zhou User submitted story
    Read some entries Catherine wrote in her diary during her stay in Edmonton. She was visiting from Chengdu in China's Sichuan province. Her friends call her Rabbit.
  • A Place for Movies - Guy Lavallee Story has video
    Lights. Camera. Action! At the Edmonton International Film Festival, it’s is all about the people behind the scenes – directors, writers, producers – who bring stories to life.
  • A Resident of Edmonton As A Plant - Budd User submitted story
    I grew out of one of Edmonton’s lush ravines, a quiet place. A place that cultivated my roots at my most absorbent phase of life. A place, much like the rest of Edmonton, that is sensitive to the changing seasons.
  • A Small Holiday - Patricia Proskurniak User submitted story
    The first night out for my daughter after having her first child was at The Rev (now the Starlite Room), where we had to leave Sarah Slean’s performance early.
  • A Sunny Day in Edmonton - Janet Simister User submitted story
    You Edmontonians are really awesome people. When I was walking along the streets trying to get in as many sights as I could, people were going out of their way to help me experience their beautiful city.
  • All Aboard! - Glenn Kubish User submitted story
    It was the day of Sonia and Raoul’s wedding, and that happy event was what got us into Fort Edmonton Park.
  • Art is a Lifestyle - Sandra Sing Fernandes Story has video
    Edmonton's such a creative town. You really don't have to go sit in a big scary city by yourself and work incredibly hard and maybe not get anywhere. There's a strong and thriving arts community.
  • Beauty in the Heart of Edmonton - Heather Kennedy-Plant Story has video User submitted story
    Any amateur photographer should agree that Edmonton has so much to offer for scenery and superb images. The natural beauty Edmonton offers makes learning photography an enjoyable hobby.
  • Blessings and gratitude - Sharon Ingraham User submitted story
    There is magic here where the aurora dances and cultures mix with abandon...
  • Bucking Broncos - Canadian Finals Rodeo Story has video
    The Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is a world-class event that attracts some of the best in the bucking business. In the CFR videos, you’ll meet 4 of the 2009 contestants, as well as rodeo clown CrAsh Cooper.
  • Cabbage Soup is Very Normal - K. Maryniak User submitted story
    In 2003, after 22 years away from home, K. Maryniak came home to Edmonton. She's convinced there is no better place in the world to live as a Ukrainian.
  • Canadian Finals Rodeo 2005 - Nancy Villegas Story has video User submitted story
    When I remember November 9, 2005, cowboys and cowgirls, beautiful horses and big cows, a lot of colours and lights, a lot of sounds and smiles come to mind.
  • Carrying On Like Idiots - Jason Allsopp
    My first time trip to Edmonton was with an ex. We wanted to go to the water park at West Edmonton Mall. So we drove up from Calgary and stayed in one of West Edmonton Mall’s theme rooms.
  • Dancing with the Lions - Paula Kirman Story has video User submitted story
    One of the most exciting aspects of Edmonton, for me, is the multicultural face of the city.
  • dEdmonton: City of Halloween Horrors - Derek Clayton
    DEDFest is actually Canada’s only true horror film festival. There’re other festivals that go on, but they’re all genre.
  • Discovering Live Theatre - Mack D. Male User submitted story
    You can do that here, and it’s awesome. I’m glad I had a friend who was keen to introduce me to the local scene, but don’t let that hold you back.
  • Ed-Ventures - Sheila Edmonds User submitted story
    My first experiences in Alberta's Capital City felt like a resort holiday.
  • Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival - Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival Story has video
    If you’re a street performer or a fan of street performers, coming to Edmonton is a must. This festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2009, and has entertained 4 million visitors in that time.
  • Edmonton is Not Cold - Sheng Xue User submitted story
    Oh, it's cold there! Really cold! This was the only thing I heard about Edmonton when I told people in Toronto that I was going to be the Writer in Exile in Edmonton for 1 year. I was scared of the cold in Edmonton.
  • Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival - Blues International Story has video
    Edmontonians love their blues music. Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival is Western Canada’s premier blues event. The festival takes place for 3 days every August in Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre.
  • Edmonton: An Awesome Place for Kids - David & Katie Carlson Story has video User submitted story
    Katie thinks Edmonton is the greatest city. From the Valley Zoo to the WEM waterpark, Edmonton has tons of things for kids. In the attached video Katie shares some of her favourites!
  • Edmonton: City of Discovery - Erin Despas User submitted story
    When I do go into Edmonton though, with my mother as I don't drive, I am forever being amazed at something new that I find.
  • Everyone Loves a Farmers' Market - Edmonton Farmers’ Market Story has video
    You may not know this, but Edmonton is a bit of a foodie town. Our entrepreneurial growers of fresh produce stock the city's many farmers markets with plenty of locally-grown food.
  • Eyes Wide-Open with Klondike Mike - Heather Riddell User submitted story
    All of us cousins were thrilled to see our parents dress in Klondike-style clothing—long dresses, but also a little melancholy as we waved good-bye and our parents left for a night on the town.
  • Fab Fringe Festival Experience Contest Winners - The Fab Fringe Festival Contest
    Entrants from across Canada shared their memorable Edmonton/Fringe moment for the chance to win the ultimate Fringe VIP prize package featuring a stay at Metterra Hotel on Whyte, Fringe Ticket Packages, Fringe swag, Edmonton Attractions Family Passes and more!
  • Feats Festival of Dance - Alberta Dance Alliance Story has video
    There are endless opportunities to learn all types of dance in Edmonton. There are province- and city-wide competitions, festivals, and workshops as well as many studios to help perfect your technique. And if you like to watch dance from around Canada and the world, the annual Feats Festival of Dance is a must-attend festival.
  • Festival for Kids - Lucien Levesque Story has video User submitted story
    St. Albert in the greater Edmonton area recently hosted the International Children's Festival. I had such an amazing time and enjoyed so much being a part of a great festival for kids.
  • Highland Gathering - Fort Edmonton Highland Gathering Story has video
    If you’ve a yen to listen to bagpipers and drummers, see Highland dancing, or watch guys muscle up for the caber toss, this is the festival for you.
  • Hot to Huddle in Edmonton - Grey Cup Festival Story has video
    Edmonton has some great 2010 Grey Cup memories from everyone who came out to celebrate with us. We captured the pre-game excitement on Churchill Square at Edmonton’s Hot to Huddle 2010 Grey Cup Festival.
  • I WILL Visit Edmonton Again! - Geny Heywood User submitted story
    Geny Heywood arrived in Edmonton as a young immigrant woman. Although she no longer lives here, she vows she will visit again.
  • Impact Edmonton - Grant Shepherd User submitted story
    Little did I know that 27 years later, I was going to marry one of the girls who rode at that stable. (I know - I am a fast mover for sure).
  • It was About Friendship - William Wang
    I’ve been here for so many years, and I thought I knew Edmonton, but after these two trips, well, I know it even better now.
  • Magical Volunteer Army - The Magical Volunteer Army Story has video
    What does it take to become one of the world's best folk festivals? Blood, sweat, toil, and tears? Definitely. Volunteers? Absolutely. Watch 2 short videos to find out what keeps everyone coming back each year.
  • Marveling at the Muttart - Paula Kirman User submitted story
    The Muttart has always been one of my favourite attractions in Edmonton. No matter what the season, you can enjoy the flora and fauna of different countries and climates.
  • Meeting the Love of my Life at WEM...Who Knew? - Tammy Farkes User submitted story
    It was during my first visit to Edmonton that I met the love of my life. Back in April 1996, I was at the tail end of a vacation with friends.
  • More Than a Whirlwind - Marilyn Martin User submitted story
    I had returned to visit treasured friends I had made in the early 80s while working at University of Alberta Hospital. I will never forget that hot afternoon.
  • Motorcycling in Edmonton - Tony Oostenbrink Story has video User submitted story
    This ride took me from our home in Capilano (Capilano is the neighbourhood above the southeast corner of the Capilano Bridge) to Groat Road & 107 Avenue with no stops!
  • My Edmonton - Kat Flannery User submitted story
    It is here, I can be a part of the world that lived so long before me. It is where I can bring my children to learn the history of Edmonton.
  • My Edmonton Has It All - Sheila Butterwick User submitted story
    When I think of Edmonton, I think of home. I say we’ve got it all. A remarkable skyline, an incomparable conservatory, and one of the grandest bridges I’ve ever seen.
  • My Fab Fringe Festival Experience - The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival User submitted story
    Edmonton is a wonderful place in summer for festivals. Read what the people we asked about their Fab Fringe Festival Experience said and check out what they had to say!
  • My Fab Fringe Festival Experience - Part II - The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival User submitted story
    Edmonton is a wonderful place in summer for festivals. Here's more what people have to say about their Fab Fringe Festival Experience!
  • My most adrenaline-filled Edmonton moment... User submitted story
    Suddenly my eyes popped wide open as a Formula Ford spun out of control and started heading directly for our marshal station.
  • My most memorable Edmonton Indy moment... Story has video User submitted story
    We asked people to share their most memorable Indy moment for the Race to the Honda Indy Edmonton Contest. The response we got was fantastic. Check out the cool experiences racing fans have had in Edmonton.
  • One Small Step - Lalaine Quinto User submitted story
    I applied as a nanny here in Canada and ended up in a farm in Fallis, Alberta. I have relatives and college friends living in different places in Canada, compared to the place where I was living in is boring.
  • Passionate About Responsible Tourism - Laura McGowan
    Edmonton is a Responsible Tourism destination. This is a shift from traditional tourism and goes beyond just being green, it supports the community socially and financially and much more.
  • Perfect Edmonton Summer Experience User submitted story
    Bang! A flash in the air and colours are flying all over the place. I was standing watching it all happen.
  • Picture This - Roy Blumenthal Story has video
    What do a South African caricaturist and the City of Edmonton IT Department have in common? Read how visual facilitation and an open and honest approach help the city keep it real.
  • Race to the Honda Indy Edmonton Winners - Honda Indy Edmonton Story has video
    Entrants from across Canada shared their memorable Edmonton/Indy moment for the chance to win an ultimate Indy prize package featuring a hair-raising ride in an Indy Pace Car.
  • Red Light, Green Light - Shelley Switzer Story has video
    Shelley grew up in Calgary, and remembers coming to Edmonton for the weekend as a child. In the video below, she recalls a funny story about being a kid and preparing for the Edmonton traffic light experience.
  • Rent At The Jube - Christian Mena
    There’s something about the concept of coming to do a show like Rent in your hometown, at the Jubilee Auditorium, a place I’d never performed at. I mean I’d performed in that space but not on the actual stage.
  • River, Light, Snow & Art - Randall Stout Story has video
    And then, of course, the presence of snow throughout so many months of the year. We took the position that it’s something we ought not to hide, but rather celebrate. Even at the time of the competition, we started doing renderings of our design proposal in a snowstorm, trying to think about the aesthetic of the building in that winter condition.
  • Russian Literature: Cadence Weapon - Roland Pemberton Story has video
    I played a show in Charlottetown, PEI, and I met a girl with a hat on that said Republic of Alberta. I thought this was hilarious, so I asked her where she got it.
  • Skipping Stone - Dean McKenzie Story has video
    Dean McKenzie is a poet and retired English teacher. He has made 2 CDs, Prairie Hejira and The Silver Apples of the Moon, and is working on a 3rd CD entitled The Jazz Poet.
  • The Chengdu Visit - Ashley Chung User submitted story
    When the Chengdu youths arrived in Edmonton, there was a welcoming dinner. It was nerve wracking as I reluctantly made my way to sit amongst them. I was thinking of so many different things at once! Would they like me? Was my Chinese good enough?
  • The Citadel Theatre - The Citadel Theatre Story has video
    I love what I do and I love being able to do it at the Citadel in Edmonton.
  • The Legislature Through the Seasons - Danica Klewchuk Story has audio User submitted story
    This is an audio piece about the Alberta Legislature and the way it brings people in the city together through the seasons.
  • The Rule of a Royal Dog - Matthew Tognet User submitted story
    Royal dog Cadence is refined in bearing and temperament, yet, as is the practice of tyrants, becomes agitated when his whims are not fulfilled.
  • This Art Thing - Dawn Detarando Story has video
    I'm from Boston originally, so when I came to Red Deer years ago, they said, “Oh yeah, there's this thing, this art thing, you might want to go to.”
  • Tour of Edmonton - John McLaughlin User submitted story
    I’ll never forget the 10-day visit from my folks – Ted, my Dad, Uncle Harold and Aunt Eileen, and 11-year-old nephew Ben. They arrived via Air Canada on a warm, beautiful Canada Day.
  • Tweeting in the Fast Lane - Dreena Guptill & Paula Kirman Story has video
    See what happened when Edmontonstories gave a camera to the winners of our Twitter Indy contest.
  • We Shared a Secret Smile - Jacqueline Ashmore User submitted story
    Good old West Edmonton Mall. We looked at each other while it dawned on us what she was talking about. We shared a secret smile only Edmontonians can have.
  • We're Not Gonna Do Shakespeare... - Nextfest Story has video
    Nextfest runs for approximately 10 days every year. The festival provides professional development opportunities for artists, and has over 80 performances in several venues in Edmonton’s downtown area.
  • Where My Heart Is - Teresa Fisher Story has video User submitted story
    What can I say about Edmonton? I was born and bred here. I used to think that I wanted nothing more than to leave and explore the world. Well, I still do - the exploring part that is.
  • With Both Feet on the Ground - Ellen Notbohm User submitted story
    What can you say when you land in a place you’ve never been and it feels like home? My week in Edmonton unfolded as if I were expected company. In a way, I was.
  • Yardbird Suite - Yardbird Suite Story has video
    Hear about one of Canada's hippest Jazz venues.
  • Perfect Edmonton Summer Experience User submitted story
    Bang! A flash in the air and colours are flying all over the place. I was standing watching it all happen.
  • My most adrenaline-filled Edmonton moment... User submitted story
    Suddenly my eyes popped wide open as a Formula Ford spun out of control and started heading directly for our marshal station.
  • My most memorable Edmonton Indy moment... Story has video User submitted story
    We asked people to share their most memorable Indy moment for the Race to the Honda Indy Edmonton Contest. The response we got was fantastic. Check out the cool experiences racing fans have had in Edmonton.
  • Feats Festival of Dance - Alberta Dance Alliance Story has video
    There are endless opportunities to learn all types of dance in Edmonton. There are province- and city-wide competitions, festivals, and workshops as well as many studios to help perfect your technique. And if you like to watch dance from around Canada and the world, the annual Feats Festival of Dance is a must-attend festival.
  • The Chengdu Visit - Ashley Chung User submitted story
    When the Chengdu youths arrived in Edmonton, there was a welcoming dinner. It was nerve wracking as I reluctantly made my way to sit amongst them. I was thinking of so many different things at once! Would they like me? Was my Chinese good enough?
  • A Man With A Crush - Barry DeFord Story has video
    I could draw you a map of the world right now. I love history. I love all the stuff you’re really not supposed to talk about at work, so I figure I should work in a place where I can talk about it all the time.
  • Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival - Blues International Story has video
    Edmontonians love their blues music. Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival is Western Canada’s premier blues event. The festival takes place for 3 days every August in Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre.
  • A Different Type of City - Brad Fossen
    I came here from rural Alberta. Back home it’s a different kind of life. I don’t want to say Edmonton’s like a small town, but it’s a different type of city.
  • A Resident of Edmonton As A Plant - Budd User submitted story
    I grew out of one of Edmonton’s lush ravines, a quiet place. A place that cultivated my roots at my most absorbent phase of life. A place, much like the rest of Edmonton, that is sensitive to the changing seasons.
  • Bucking Broncos - Canadian Finals Rodeo Story has video
    The Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is a world-class event that attracts some of the best in the bucking business. In the CFR videos, you’ll meet 4 of the 2009 contestants, as well as rodeo clown CrAsh Cooper.
  • A Memorable Journey to Edmonton - Catherine Zhou User submitted story
    Read some entries Catherine wrote in her diary during her stay in Edmonton. She was visiting from Chengdu in China's Sichuan province. Her friends call her Rabbit.
  • Rent At The Jube - Christian Mena
    There’s something about the concept of coming to do a show like Rent in your hometown, at the Jubilee Auditorium, a place I’d never performed at. I mean I’d performed in that space but not on the actual stage.
  • The Legislature Through the Seasons - Danica Klewchuk Story has audio User submitted story
    This is an audio piece about the Alberta Legislature and the way it brings people in the city together through the seasons.
  • Edmonton: An Awesome Place for Kids - David & Katie Carlson Story has video User submitted story
    Katie thinks Edmonton is the greatest city. From the Valley Zoo to the WEM waterpark, Edmonton has tons of things for kids. In the attached video Katie shares some of her favourites!
  • This Art Thing - Dawn Detarando Story has video
    I'm from Boston originally, so when I came to Red Deer years ago, they said, “Oh yeah, there's this thing, this art thing, you might want to go to.”
  • Skipping Stone - Dean McKenzie Story has video
    Dean McKenzie is a poet and retired English teacher. He has made 2 CDs, Prairie Hejira and The Silver Apples of the Moon, and is working on a 3rd CD entitled The Jazz Poet.
  • dEdmonton: City of Halloween Horrors - Derek Clayton
    DEDFest is actually Canada’s only true horror film festival. There’re other festivals that go on, but they’re all genre.
  • Tweeting in the Fast Lane - Dreena Guptill & Paula Kirman Story has video
    See what happened when Edmontonstories gave a camera to the winners of our Twitter Indy contest.
  • Everyone Loves a Farmers' Market - Edmonton Farmers’ Market Story has video
    You may not know this, but Edmonton is a bit of a foodie town. Our entrepreneurial growers of fresh produce stock the city's many farmers markets with plenty of locally-grown food.
  • Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival - Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival Story has video
    If you’re a street performer or a fan of street performers, coming to Edmonton is a must. This festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2009, and has entertained 4 million visitors in that time.
  • With Both Feet on the Ground - Ellen Notbohm User submitted story
    What can you say when you land in a place you’ve never been and it feels like home? My week in Edmonton unfolded as if I were expected company. In a way, I was.
  • Edmonton: City of Discovery - Erin Despas User submitted story
    When I do go into Edmonton though, with my mother as I don't drive, I am forever being amazed at something new that I find.
  • Highland Gathering - Fort Edmonton Highland Gathering Story has video
    If you’ve a yen to listen to bagpipers and drummers, see Highland dancing, or watch guys muscle up for the caber toss, this is the festival for you.
  • I WILL Visit Edmonton Again! - Geny Heywood User submitted story
    Geny Heywood arrived in Edmonton as a young immigrant woman. Although she no longer lives here, she vows she will visit again.
  • All Aboard! - Glenn Kubish User submitted story
    It was the day of Sonia and Raoul’s wedding, and that happy event was what got us into Fort Edmonton Park.
  • Impact Edmonton - Grant Shepherd User submitted story
    Little did I know that 27 years later, I was going to marry one of the girls who rode at that stable. (I know - I am a fast mover for sure).
  • Hot to Huddle in Edmonton - Grey Cup Festival Story has video
    Edmonton has some great 2010 Grey Cup memories from everyone who came out to celebrate with us. We captured the pre-game excitement on Churchill Square at Edmonton’s Hot to Huddle 2010 Grey Cup Festival.
  • A Place for Movies - Guy Lavallee Story has video
    Lights. Camera. Action! At the Edmonton International Film Festival, it’s is all about the people behind the scenes – directors, writers, producers – who bring stories to life.
  • Beauty in the Heart of Edmonton - Heather Kennedy-Plant Story has video User submitted story
    Any amateur photographer should agree that Edmonton has so much to offer for scenery and superb images. The natural beauty Edmonton offers makes learning photography an enjoyable hobby.
  • Eyes Wide-Open with Klondike Mike - Heather Riddell User submitted story
    All of us cousins were thrilled to see our parents dress in Klondike-style clothing—long dresses, but also a little melancholy as we waved good-bye and our parents left for a night on the town.
  • Race to the Honda Indy Edmonton Winners - Honda Indy Edmonton Story has video
    Entrants from across Canada shared their memorable Edmonton/Indy moment for the chance to win an ultimate Indy prize package featuring a hair-raising ride in an Indy Pace Car.
  • We Shared a Secret Smile - Jacqueline Ashmore User submitted story
    Good old West Edmonton Mall. We looked at each other while it dawned on us what she was talking about. We shared a secret smile only Edmontonians can have.
  • A Sunny Day in Edmonton - Janet Simister User submitted story
    You Edmontonians are really awesome people. When I was walking along the streets trying to get in as many sights as I could, people were going out of their way to help me experience their beautiful city.
  • Carrying On Like Idiots - Jason Allsopp
    My first time trip to Edmonton was with an ex. We wanted to go to the water park at West Edmonton Mall. So we drove up from Calgary and stayed in one of West Edmonton Mall’s theme rooms.
  • Tour of Edmonton - John McLaughlin User submitted story
    I’ll never forget the 10-day visit from my folks – Ted, my Dad, Uncle Harold and Aunt Eileen, and 11-year-old nephew Ben. They arrived via Air Canada on a warm, beautiful Canada Day.
  • Cabbage Soup is Very Normal - K. Maryniak User submitted story
    In 2003, after 22 years away from home, K. Maryniak came home to Edmonton. She's convinced there is no better place in the world to live as a Ukrainian.
  • My Edmonton - Kat Flannery User submitted story
    It is here, I can be a part of the world that lived so long before me. It is where I can bring my children to learn the history of Edmonton.
  • One Small Step - Lalaine Quinto User submitted story
    I applied as a nanny here in Canada and ended up in a farm in Fallis, Alberta. I have relatives and college friends living in different places in Canada, compared to the place where I was living in is boring.
  • Passionate About Responsible Tourism - Laura McGowan
    Edmonton is a Responsible Tourism destination. This is a shift from traditional tourism and goes beyond just being green, it supports the community socially and financially and much more.
  • Festival for Kids - Lucien Levesque Story has video User submitted story
    St. Albert in the greater Edmonton area recently hosted the International Children's Festival. I had such an amazing time and enjoyed so much being a part of a great festival for kids.
  • Discovering Live Theatre - Mack D. Male User submitted story
    You can do that here, and it’s awesome. I’m glad I had a friend who was keen to introduce me to the local scene, but don’t let that hold you back.
  • More Than a Whirlwind - Marilyn Martin User submitted story
    I had returned to visit treasured friends I had made in the early 80s while working at University of Alberta Hospital. I will never forget that hot afternoon.
  • The Rule of a Royal Dog - Matthew Tognet User submitted story
    Royal dog Cadence is refined in bearing and temperament, yet, as is the practice of tyrants, becomes agitated when his whims are not fulfilled.
  • Canadian Finals Rodeo 2005 - Nancy Villegas Story has video User submitted story
    When I remember November 9, 2005, cowboys and cowgirls, beautiful horses and big cows, a lot of colours and lights, a lot of sounds and smiles come to mind.
  • We're Not Gonna Do Shakespeare... - Nextfest Story has video
    Nextfest runs for approximately 10 days every year. The festival provides professional development opportunities for artists, and has over 80 performances in several venues in Edmonton’s downtown area.
  • A Small Holiday - Patricia Proskurniak User submitted story
    The first night out for my daughter after having her first child was at The Rev (now the Starlite Room), where we had to leave Sarah Slean’s performance early.
  • Marveling at the Muttart - Paula Kirman User submitted story
    The Muttart has always been one of my favourite attractions in Edmonton. No matter what the season, you can enjoy the flora and fauna of different countries and climates.
  • Dancing with the Lions - Paula Kirman Story has video User submitted story
    One of the most exciting aspects of Edmonton, for me, is the multicultural face of the city.
  • River, Light, Snow & Art - Randall Stout Story has video
    And then, of course, the presence of snow throughout so many months of the year. We took the position that it’s something we ought not to hide, but rather celebrate. Even at the time of the competition, we started doing renderings of our design proposal in a snowstorm, trying to think about the aesthetic of the building in that winter condition.
  • Russian Literature: Cadence Weapon - Roland Pemberton Story has video
    I played a show in Charlottetown, PEI, and I met a girl with a hat on that said Republic of Alberta. I thought this was hilarious, so I asked her where she got it.
  • Picture This - Roy Blumenthal Story has video
    What do a South African caricaturist and the City of Edmonton IT Department have in common? Read how visual facilitation and an open and honest approach help the city keep it real.
  • Art is a Lifestyle - Sandra Sing Fernandes Story has video
    Edmonton's such a creative town. You really don't have to go sit in a big scary city by yourself and work incredibly hard and maybe not get anywhere. There's a strong and thriving arts community.
  • Blessings and gratitude - Sharon Ingraham User submitted story
    There is magic here where the aurora dances and cultures mix with abandon...
  • My Edmonton Has It All - Sheila Butterwick User submitted story
    When I think of Edmonton, I think of home. I say we’ve got it all. A remarkable skyline, an incomparable conservatory, and one of the grandest bridges I’ve ever seen.
  • Ed-Ventures - Sheila Edmonds User submitted story
    My first experiences in Alberta's Capital City felt like a resort holiday.
  • Red Light, Green Light - Shelley Switzer Story has video
    Shelley grew up in Calgary, and remembers coming to Edmonton for the weekend as a child. In the video below, she recalls a funny story about being a kid and preparing for the Edmonton traffic light experience.
  • Edmonton is Not Cold - Sheng Xue User submitted story
    Oh, it's cold there! Really cold! This was the only thing I heard about Edmonton when I told people in Toronto that I was going to be the Writer in Exile in Edmonton for 1 year. I was scared of the cold in Edmonton.
  • A Family Destination - Stephanie Sewap User submitted story
    Every year, Stephanie Sewap visits Edmonton with her husband and four children. Their favourite spot? West Edmonton Mall.
  • Meeting the Love of my Life at WEM...Who Knew? - Tammy Farkes User submitted story
    It was during my first visit to Edmonton that I met the love of my life. Back in April 1996, I was at the tail end of a vacation with friends.
  • Where My Heart Is - Teresa Fisher Story has video User submitted story
    What can I say about Edmonton? I was born and bred here. I used to think that I wanted nothing more than to leave and explore the world. Well, I still do - the exploring part that is.
  • The Citadel Theatre - The Citadel Theatre Story has video
    I love what I do and I love being able to do it at the Citadel in Edmonton.
  • My Fab Fringe Festival Experience - The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival User submitted story
    Edmonton is a wonderful place in summer for festivals. Read what the people we asked about their Fab Fringe Festival Experience said and check out what they had to say!
  • My Fab Fringe Festival Experience - Part II - The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival User submitted story
    Edmonton is a wonderful place in summer for festivals. Here's more what people have to say about their Fab Fringe Festival Experience!
  • Fab Fringe Festival Experience Contest Winners - The Fab Fringe Festival Contest
    Entrants from across Canada shared their memorable Edmonton/Fringe moment for the chance to win the ultimate Fringe VIP prize package featuring a stay at Metterra Hotel on Whyte, Fringe Ticket Packages, Fringe swag, Edmonton Attractions Family Passes and more!
  • Magical Volunteer Army - The Magical Volunteer Army Story has video
    What does it take to become one of the world's best folk festivals? Blood, sweat, toil, and tears? Definitely. Volunteers? Absolutely. Watch 2 short videos to find out what keeps everyone coming back each year.
  • Motorcycling in Edmonton - Tony Oostenbrink Story has video User submitted story
    This ride took me from our home in Capilano (Capilano is the neighbourhood above the southeast corner of the Capilano Bridge) to Groat Road & 107 Avenue with no stops!
  • It was About Friendship - William Wang
    I’ve been here for so many years, and I thought I knew Edmonton, but after these two trips, well, I know it even better now.
  • Yardbird Suite - Yardbird Suite Story has video
    Hear about one of Canada's hippest Jazz venues.
  • A Man With A Crush - Barry DeFord Story has video
    I could draw you a map of the world right now. I love history. I love all the stuff you’re really not supposed to talk about at work, so I figure I should work in a place where I can talk about it all the time.
  • A Place for Movies - Guy Lavallee Story has video
    Lights. Camera. Action! At the Edmonton International Film Festival, it’s is all about the people behind the scenes – directors, writers, producers – who bring stories to life.
  • Art is a Lifestyle - Sandra Sing Fernandes Story has video
    Edmonton's such a creative town. You really don't have to go sit in a big scary city by yourself and work incredibly hard and maybe not get anywhere. There's a strong and thriving arts community.
  • Beauty in the Heart of Edmonton - Heather Kennedy-Plant Story has video User submitted story
    Any amateur photographer should agree that Edmonton has so much to offer for scenery and superb images. The natural beauty Edmonton offers makes learning photography an enjoyable hobby.
  • Bucking Broncos - Canadian Finals Rodeo Story has video
    The Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is a world-class event that attracts some of the best in the bucking business. In the CFR videos, you’ll meet 4 of the 2009 contestants, as well as rodeo clown CrAsh Cooper.
  • Canadian Finals Rodeo 2005 - Nancy Villegas Story has video User submitted story
    When I remember November 9, 2005, cowboys and cowgirls, beautiful horses and big cows, a lot of colours and lights, a lot of sounds and smiles come to mind.
  • Dancing with the Lions - Paula Kirman Story has video User submitted story
    One of the most exciting aspects of Edmonton, for me, is the multicultural face of the city.
  • Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival - Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival Story has video
    If you’re a street performer or a fan of street performers, coming to Edmonton is a must. This festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2009, and has entertained 4 million visitors in that time.
  • Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival - Blues International Story has video
    Edmontonians love their blues music. Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival is Western Canada’s premier blues event. The festival takes place for 3 days every August in Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre.
  • Edmonton: An Awesome Place for Kids - David & Katie Carlson Story has video User submitted story
    Katie thinks Edmonton is the greatest city. From the Valley Zoo to the WEM waterpark, Edmonton has tons of things for kids. In the attached video Katie shares some of her favourites!
  • Everyone Loves a Farmers' Market - Edmonton Farmers’ Market Story has video
    You may not know this, but Edmonton is a bit of a foodie town. Our entrepreneurial growers of fresh produce stock the city's many farmers markets with plenty of locally-grown food.
  • Feats Festival of Dance - Alberta Dance Alliance Story has video
    There are endless opportunities to learn all types of dance in Edmonton. There are province- and city-wide competitions, festivals, and workshops as well as many studios to help perfect your technique. And if you like to watch dance from around Canada and the world, the annual Feats Festival of Dance is a must-attend festival.
  • Festival for Kids - Lucien Levesque Story has video User submitted story
    St. Albert in the greater Edmonton area recently hosted the International Children's Festival. I had such an amazing time and enjoyed so much being a part of a great festival for kids.
  • Highland Gathering - Fort Edmonton Highland Gathering Story has video
    If you’ve a yen to listen to bagpipers and drummers, see Highland dancing, or watch guys muscle up for the caber toss, this is the festival for you.
  • Hot to Huddle in Edmonton - Grey Cup Festival Story has video
    Edmonton has some great 2010 Grey Cup memories from everyone who came out to celebrate with us. We captured the pre-game excitement on Churchill Square at Edmonton’s Hot to Huddle 2010 Grey Cup Festival.
  • Magical Volunteer Army - The Magical Volunteer Army Story has video
    What does it take to become one of the world's best folk festivals? Blood, sweat, toil, and tears? Definitely. Volunteers? Absolutely. Watch 2 short videos to find out what keeps everyone coming back each year.
  • Motorcycling in Edmonton - Tony Oostenbrink Story has video User submitted story
    This ride took me from our home in Capilano (Capilano is the neighbourhood above the southeast corner of the Capilano Bridge) to Groat Road & 107 Avenue with no stops!
  • My most memorable Edmonton Indy moment... Story has video User submitted story
    We asked people to share their most memorable Indy moment for the Race to the Honda Indy Edmonton Contest. The response we got was fantastic. Check out the cool experiences racing fans have had in Edmonton.
  • Picture This - Roy Blumenthal Story has video
    What do a South African caricaturist and the City of Edmonton IT Department have in common? Read how visual facilitation and an open and honest approach help the city keep it real.
  • Race to the Honda Indy Edmonton Winners - Honda Indy Edmonton Story has video
    Entrants from across Canada shared their memorable Edmonton/Indy moment for the chance to win an ultimate Indy prize package featuring a hair-raising ride in an Indy Pace Car.
  • Red Light, Green Light - Shelley Switzer Story has video
    Shelley grew up in Calgary, and remembers coming to Edmonton for the weekend as a child. In the video below, she recalls a funny story about being a kid and preparing for the Edmonton traffic light experience.
  • River, Light, Snow & Art - Randall Stout Story has video
    And then, of course, the presence of snow throughout so many months of the year. We took the position that it’s something we ought not to hide, but rather celebrate. Even at the time of the competition, we started doing renderings of our design proposal in a snowstorm, trying to think about the aesthetic of the building in that winter condition.
  • Russian Literature: Cadence Weapon - Roland Pemberton Story has video
    I played a show in Charlottetown, PEI, and I met a girl with a hat on that said Republic of Alberta. I thought this was hilarious, so I asked her where she got it.
  • Skipping Stone - Dean McKenzie Story has video
    Dean McKenzie is a poet and retired English teacher. He has made 2 CDs, Prairie Hejira and The Silver Apples of the Moon, and is working on a 3rd CD entitled The Jazz Poet.
  • The Citadel Theatre - The Citadel Theatre Story has video
    I love what I do and I love being able to do it at the Citadel in Edmonton.
  • The Legislature Through the Seasons - Danica Klewchuk Story has audio User submitted story
    This is an audio piece about the Alberta Legislature and the way it brings people in the city together through the seasons.
  • This Art Thing - Dawn Detarando Story has video
    I'm from Boston originally, so when I came to Red Deer years ago, they said, “Oh yeah, there's this thing, this art thing, you might want to go to.”
  • Tweeting in the Fast Lane - Dreena Guptill & Paula Kirman Story has video
    See what happened when Edmontonstories gave a camera to the winners of our Twitter Indy contest.
  • We're Not Gonna Do Shakespeare... - Nextfest Story has video
    Nextfest runs for approximately 10 days every year. The festival provides professional development opportunities for artists, and has over 80 performances in several venues in Edmonton’s downtown area.
  • Where My Heart Is - Teresa Fisher Story has video User submitted story
    What can I say about Edmonton? I was born and bred here. I used to think that I wanted nothing more than to leave and explore the world. Well, I still do - the exploring part that is.
  • Yardbird Suite - Yardbird Suite Story has video
    Hear about one of Canada's hippest Jazz venues.
  • A Family Destination - Stephanie Sewap User submitted story
    Every year, Stephanie Sewap visits Edmonton with her husband and four children. Their favourite spot? West Edmonton Mall.
  • A Memorable Journey to Edmonton - Catherine Zhou User submitted story
    Read some entries Catherine wrote in her diary during her stay in Edmonton. She was visiting from Chengdu in China's Sichuan province. Her friends call her Rabbit.
  • A Resident of Edmonton As A Plant - Budd User submitted story
    I grew out of one of Edmonton’s lush ravines, a quiet place. A place that cultivated my roots at my most absorbent phase of life. A place, much like the rest of Edmonton, that is sensitive to the changing seasons.
  • A Small Holiday - Patricia Proskurniak User submitted story
    The first night out for my daughter after having her first child was at The Rev (now the Starlite Room), where we had to leave Sarah Slean’s performance early.
  • A Sunny Day in Edmonton - Janet Simister User submitted story
    You Edmontonians are really awesome people. When I was walking along the streets trying to get in as many sights as I could, people were going out of their way to help me experience their beautiful city.
  • All Aboard! - Glenn Kubish User submitted story
    It was the day of Sonia and Raoul’s wedding, and that happy event was what got us into Fort Edmonton Park.
  • Beauty in the Heart of Edmonton - Heather Kennedy-Plant Story has video User submitted story
    Any amateur photographer should agree that Edmonton has so much to offer for scenery and superb images. The natural beauty Edmonton offers makes learning photography an enjoyable hobby.
  • Blessings and gratitude - Sharon Ingraham User submitted story
    There is magic here where the aurora dances and cultures mix with abandon...
  • Cabbage Soup is Very Normal - K. Maryniak User submitted story
    In 2003, after 22 years away from home, K. Maryniak came home to Edmonton. She's convinced there is no better place in the world to live as a Ukrainian.
  • Canadian Finals Rodeo 2005 - Nancy Villegas Story has video User submitted story
    When I remember November 9, 2005, cowboys and cowgirls, beautiful horses and big cows, a lot of colours and lights, a lot of sounds and smiles come to mind.
  • Dancing with the Lions - Paula Kirman Story has video User submitted story
    One of the most exciting aspects of Edmonton, for me, is the multicultural face of the city.
  • Discovering Live Theatre - Mack D. Male User submitted story
    You can do that here, and it’s awesome. I’m glad I had a friend who was keen to introduce me to the local scene, but don’t let that hold you back.
  • Ed-Ventures - Sheila Edmonds User submitted story
    My first experiences in Alberta's Capital City felt like a resort holiday.
  • Edmonton is Not Cold - Sheng Xue User submitted story
    Oh, it's cold there! Really cold! This was the only thing I heard about Edmonton when I told people in Toronto that I was going to be the Writer in Exile in Edmonton for 1 year. I was scared of the cold in Edmonton.
  • Edmonton: An Awesome Place for Kids - David & Katie Carlson Story has video User submitted story
    Katie thinks Edmonton is the greatest city. From the Valley Zoo to the WEM waterpark, Edmonton has tons of things for kids. In the attached video Katie shares some of her favourites!
  • Edmonton: City of Discovery - Erin Despas User submitted story
    When I do go into Edmonton though, with my mother as I don't drive, I am forever being amazed at something new that I find.
  • Eyes Wide-Open with Klondike Mike - Heather Riddell User submitted story
    All of us cousins were thrilled to see our parents dress in Klondike-style clothing—long dresses, but also a little melancholy as we waved good-bye and our parents left for a night on the town.
  • Festival for Kids - Lucien Levesque Story has video User submitted story
    St. Albert in the greater Edmonton area recently hosted the International Children's Festival. I had such an amazing time and enjoyed so much being a part of a great festival for kids.
  • I WILL Visit Edmonton Again! - Geny Heywood User submitted story
    Geny Heywood arrived in Edmonton as a young immigrant woman. Although she no longer lives here, she vows she will visit again.
  • Impact Edmonton - Grant Shepherd User submitted story
    Little did I know that 27 years later, I was going to marry one of the girls who rode at that stable. (I know - I am a fast mover for sure).
  • Marveling at the Muttart - Paula Kirman User submitted story
    The Muttart has always been one of my favourite attractions in Edmonton. No matter what the season, you can enjoy the flora and fauna of different countries and climates.
  • Meeting the Love of my Life at WEM...Who Knew? - Tammy Farkes User submitted story
    It was during my first visit to Edmonton that I met the love of my life. Back in April 1996, I was at the tail end of a vacation with friends.
  • More Than a Whirlwind - Marilyn Martin User submitted story
    I had returned to visit treasured friends I had made in the early 80s while working at University of Alberta Hospital. I will never forget that hot afternoon.
  • Motorcycling in Edmonton - Tony Oostenbrink Story has video User submitted story
    This ride took me from our home in Capilano (Capilano is the neighbourhood above the southeast corner of the Capilano Bridge) to Groat Road & 107 Avenue with no stops!
  • My Edmonton - Kat Flannery User submitted story
    It is here, I can be a part of the world that lived so long before me. It is where I can bring my children to learn the history of Edmonton.
  • My Edmonton Has It All - Sheila Butterwick User submitted story
    When I think of Edmonton, I think of home. I say we’ve got it all. A remarkable skyline, an incomparable conservatory, and one of the grandest bridges I’ve ever seen.
  • My Fab Fringe Festival Experience - The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival User submitted story
    Edmonton is a wonderful place in summer for festivals. Read what the people we asked about their Fab Fringe Festival Experience said and check out what they had to say!
  • My Fab Fringe Festival Experience - Part II - The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival User submitted story
    Edmonton is a wonderful place in summer for festivals. Here's more what people have to say about their Fab Fringe Festival Experience!
  • My most adrenaline-filled Edmonton moment... User submitted story
    Suddenly my eyes popped wide open as a Formula Ford spun out of control and started heading directly for our marshal station.
  • My most memorable Edmonton Indy moment... Story has video User submitted story
    We asked people to share their most memorable Indy moment for the Race to the Honda Indy Edmonton Contest. The response we got was fantastic. Check out the cool experiences racing fans have had in Edmonton.
  • One Small Step - Lalaine Quinto User submitted story
    I applied as a nanny here in Canada and ended up in a farm in Fallis, Alberta. I have relatives and college friends living in different places in Canada, compared to the place where I was living in is boring.
  • Perfect Edmonton Summer Experience User submitted story
    Bang! A flash in the air and colours are flying all over the place. I was standing watching it all happen.
  • The Chengdu Visit - Ashley Chung User submitted story
    When the Chengdu youths arrived in Edmonton, there was a welcoming dinner. It was nerve wracking as I reluctantly made my way to sit amongst them. I was thinking of so many different things at once! Would they like me? Was my Chinese good enough?
  • The Legislature Through the Seasons - Danica Klewchuk Story has audio User submitted story
    This is an audio piece about the Alberta Legislature and the way it brings people in the city together through the seasons.
  • The Rule of a Royal Dog - Matthew Tognet User submitted story
    Royal dog Cadence is refined in bearing and temperament, yet, as is the practice of tyrants, becomes agitated when his whims are not fulfilled.
  • Tour of Edmonton - John McLaughlin User submitted story
    I’ll never forget the 10-day visit from my folks – Ted, my Dad, Uncle Harold and Aunt Eileen, and 11-year-old nephew Ben. They arrived via Air Canada on a warm, beautiful Canada Day.
  • We Shared a Secret Smile - Jacqueline Ashmore User submitted story
    Good old West Edmonton Mall. We looked at each other while it dawned on us what she was talking about. We shared a secret smile only Edmontonians can have.
  • Where My Heart Is - Teresa Fisher Story has video User submitted story
    What can I say about Edmonton? I was born and bred here. I used to think that I wanted nothing more than to leave and explore the world. Well, I still do - the exploring part that is.
  • With Both Feet on the Ground - Ellen Notbohm User submitted story
    What can you say when you land in a place you’ve never been and it feels like home? My week in Edmonton unfolded as if I were expected company. In a way, I was.

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