Practical information about Edmonton
Riverside and country walking trails, an annual calendar of festivals, exciting cultural venues and a touch of history have turned Edmonton into a popular tourist destination. While Edmonton is often used as a stopover on the journey to Jasper National Park, it is worth adding a few city days to your itinerary.
The area around Edmonton has been home to an indigenous population for many centuries but was first settled in the late 18th century by Europeans using it as a fur trading post. The city became Alberta's capital in 1905, the discovery of oil in the 1940s saw a rapid expansion while tourism has been an important part of Edmonton's economy since the 1970s.
Edmonton is an enjoyable and welcoming destination. We want you to have a safe and pleasant stay so have put together some useful Edmonton information for you. Check out the overview below on the things every traveller should know when travelling to Edmonton!
Essential Edmonton information for visitors
Emergency numbers: Edmonton is considered a safe city providing sensible precautions are taken such as ensuring wallets are safely tucked away and bags are not left unattended. Dial 911 for emergency services.
Temperature and weather: Edmonton has a northern continental climate with four distinct seasons. With 2,300 hours of sunshine annually, it is Canada's sunniest city. In June and July, the sun doesn't set until after 11 p.m., perfect for alfresco evenings. Rainfall is low, especially in the summer months. Summer temperatures can peak at 25°C, warm enough for a full range of outdoor activities. Humidity is also low. Winters can be long and hard with temperatures occasionally falling well below zero. Wind-factor makes these days feel even colder but, in consolation, cold days are usually sunny with bright blue skies. With the right clothing and equipment, outdoor activities can still be enjoyed.
Currency: Edmonton's currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). It is usually written as C$ to distinguish it from other dollar currencies. Some places may accept US dollars. ATMs are widely available.
Local Time: The time zone in Edmonton is GMT-6 putting it seven hours behind London, two hours behind New York and 16 hours behind Sydney.
Electricity: Throughout Canada, power plugs and sockets are Type A and B with a standard voltage of 120V and a standard frequency of 60Hz. If the standard voltage of your country is between 110 and 127V (Canada, US, South America) your appliances will work. If your country's standard voltage is between 220 and 240V (UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia) you will need a voltage converter and a power plug adapter.
Language: The official language of Edmonton is English although you will hear a range of other languages spoken, especially French.
Required travel documents: Canadian law states that everyone entering Canada must carry a valid passport. These must be valid for at least three months from the date of entry. Visas are not needed for stays of less than 180 days.
Health: Public health and sanitation levels in Edmonton are high and there are no endemic diseases so visitors do not need vaccinations. You must, however, make sure your travel insurance is adequate enough to cover any emergency medical care you might need.
Tipping and taxes: Waiting staff are skillful and friendly, but in Canada are generally only paid a minimum wage which is topped up by tips. Tipping is very much part of the hospitality culture. The average tip is between 10% and 20% of the bill but feel free to tip more if your service has been excellent. Canada levies a 5% GST (Goods and Services Tax). On top of this, there is also a further 4% Tourism levy on hotel rooms in Edmonton.
To get the most out of your vacation in Edmonton, visit from June to August when the weather is mild and sunny and major festivals take place. Summer temperatures are warm enough for enjoying the beach without being too hot for sunbathing. As this is the peak tourist period, you are advised to book your flights and accommodation in advance. Winter] months are a good time to visit if you enjoy winter sports. Whenever you want to visit Edmonton, CheapTickets.sg is ready to help you find our best deals on flights and hotels.