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The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
10065 - 100 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0N6

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Thursday
More sun than clouds. Chilly.
19/10 °F
-7/-12°C
Friday
Flurries late. Afternoon clouds. Chilly.
23/10 °F
-5/-12°C
Saturday
Light icy mix early. Decreasing cloudiness. Chilly.
24/17 °F
-4/-8°C
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About Edmonton, AB

Alberta's capital, an inviting city located on the vast northern prairie, is both cosmopolitan and down-to-earth. From its early days as a fur-trading outpost, to its rise to prominence as a center for coal and oil, the city has been a mainstay in western Canada. As a result of the oil booms in the last century, Edmonton grew increasingly wealthy, and the money gave rise to a town of culture and sophistication. These days, oil-related technology businesses anchor the local economy, and the city is also home to Alberta's legislature. Downtown, the Arts District has a variety of cultural offerings; across the river, the Old Strathcona neighborhood features terrific shopping and entertainment options. Thanks to the North Saskatchewan River valley, which bisects the city, Edmonton also has a wealth of green space, popular for outdoor festivals and recreational activities.
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In 1947, rapid growth in the oil and gas industry took Edmonton by storm; it is still the economic mainstay in Western Canada. The resulting boom was followed by extensive cultural growth with arts programs and new venues.

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