The city of Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Situated on the North Saskatchewan River, the city is widely recognized as the second most populous provincial capital following Toronto and is home to a lot of world-class festivals.
The newly renovated Churchill Square, which was named to honor Sir Winston Churchill, is the center of all the events in the downtown Arts District. The Francis Winspear Centre for Music is well-known as amongst the most "acoustically perfect concert halls in Canada." The Centre is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the $3 million Davis Concert Organ, the biggest concert organ within Canada. The Citadel Theatre is taken from the Salvation Army Citadel. It is among the largest theatre complexes within Canada with halls that specialize in different productions. Alberta Craft and Council organizes publications, exhibitions, educational projects meant for the public and marketing ventures. The Art of Gallery of Alberta is a museum for visual arts in Western Canada and throughout the country. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is amongst Canada's foremost orchestral ensembles. It has a present roster of fifty six musicians from Canada and the rest of the globe, performing a wide-range repertoire of music. The orchestra's musicians not just play, but also contribute to the educational development of the artistic community.
The Heritage Ampitheatre is the largest of its kind in western Canada. The Great Divide Waterfall has a man-made waterfall, that is seven times higher than Niagara Falls. John Janzen Nature Centre supports understanding and awareness of nature with hands-on classes and programs. Muttart Conservatory is home to a lot of species of exotic and domestic plants. Valley Zoo is home to more than three hundred exotic animals of over one hundred various species.
The city is the most essential economic centre for northern and central Alberta. It is also a major hub for the oil and gas industry. The city has earned its nickname "Oil Capital of Canada" as it has conventionally been a centre for Albertan petrochemical industries. Also, its economy is derived from the technology sector, like General Electric, Stantec Inc., Bioware, Matrikon, Intuit Canada, Canadian Western Bank, Telus, and IBM. Edmonton is even considered Canada's premier research and education hub.