Alberta's bustling little capital is often overlooked in favour of its flashier neighbour, Calgary. Despite its million-plus inhabitants, Edmonton retains a somewhat small-town feel. Ironically for a city set in such stunning natural surroundings, Edmonton is perhaps best known for the West Edmonton Mall: the largest shopping centre in North America.
That said, Edmonton has other attractions such as the Alberta Railway Museum, the Telus World of Science, the Alberta Aviation Museum and the Royal Alberta Museum. It also contains Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum.
The city has a rich cultural scene, with the Francis Winspear Centre for Music hosting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The Old Strathcona is home to a number of theatre groups, while the Edmonton International Fringe Festival is an incredible celebration of the arts. The city is home to a number of other festivals, including K-Days, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
Although not the biggest, Edmonton still packs a hefty bunch. It's perfect for those who are partial to both a bit of nature and a bit of cultural delight.