Edmonton is the largest city in North America this far north. It is the capital of Alberta, home to the University of Alberta, has a diverse culture and arts scene, and one of the fastest growing economies in Canada. Edmonton enjoys 17 hours of daylight in mid summer. Its 53rd latitude location provides many nights with the dancing Northern Lights.
Approximately 1/4 of the lands within the city limits are not developed or have any development plans in place. Edmonton is the distribution and transportation center of the region and considered one of the best places to live by Places Rated Almanac.
West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in the world and literally a city within a city, has over 830 stores and features a 10-acre in-door wave pool, biggest of its kind. Although many people maintain mixed feelings about the mall, it is a major tourist attraction and economic generator for the City.