What You Need to Know about Edmonton Folks

Posted on: 29 September 2016

If this is your first time to Edmonton, or if you grew up here, you need to know these important facts about the proud citizens of the City of Champions. It'll help you understand and appreciate the northern Alberta city and be able to connect with the locals by sharing this insightful knowledge. Here are some must-know facts about the Alberta capital city and its people.

First off, the weather. Winters aren’t cold – toughen up. We wear minus-35 on our sleeves like a frost-bitten badge of honour!

We love our festivals – dubbed Festival City for a reason – when the snow melts we only have so many days to take it all in, so we make it count. With over 30 'official' festivals (and a whole bunch of unofficial ones), there literally is a festival for everything. Heck, even in the winter, we have festivals. We just can't remember them because of the moonshine that kept us warm.

Our summer days are long and glorious. The advantage of being Canada’s most northern major city is that those summer days last forever. Sunsets at 11pm in June – yes, please. It more than makes up for the short, dark days of winter.

Everybody from here is at least a fraction of Ukrainian heritage. Thus, the nickname 'Edmonchuk'. Also, pretty sure we are all related somehow.

City of Champions: at one time we won everything. Now, not so much. Ok the Eskimos did win the Grey Cup in 2015 ending a decade of futility. But we’re still living in the glory years of the 80’s where the Esks had 5 championships in a row, then the Oilers won 5 Stanley Cups and people felt that it was going to continue forever. Yeah… It hasn’t.

Commonwealth Stadium

Speaking of the Oilers, everybody here believes that THIS is the year when the ‘kids’ get it together on the ice, and the playoffs – and the Cup – are once again in our sights. Don’t mention that the Oilers have the longest active playoff drought in the NHL. Our rebuttal: See above re: 5 Stanley Cups.

People think that our economy is too dependent on oil. Our rebuttal: We won 5 Stanley Cups.

Other indisputable facts: Wayne Gretzky is Canadian Royalty, Mark Messier is the greatest leader in the history of mankind, and the "I promised Mess I wouldn't do this" clip was the biggest reality television moment in history. Even Donald Trump would agree, saying "It was huuuuuuuuuuuuge!"

Everybody drives a pick-up truck. Ok, maybe that’s not 100% true. There’s the odd oversized SUV in the family also. The only actual cars you see in the city are from tourists. It’s part of our tough culture, wild west roots, and the fact we are supporting the local economy by burning that fuel. Plus, if global warming is true, we’ll take it. After all, did we mention it’s minus-35 here!!??

Fact: Calgary sucks.

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