Edmonton, Alberta is a unique city that has managed to combine many great aspects of community and togetherness that small towns offer, with all the convenience of big city services. Sure, it can get a bit cold in one of the world's most major northern cities, but it is a place marked by activity, friendliness, opportunity, and a great fabric of cultures. Winter or summer, night or day, Edmonton has a lot of offer those who call it home. Read below for a list of the five best things about living in Edmonton.

1. Easy Access to Nature via the River Valley

The River Valley is basically Edmonton's crown jewel. It is easy to forget that not many other cities in North America have such easy access to nature, or such an elaborate trail system. The…

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Edmonton is a creative city full of great local talent. Society's artists are said to be the dreamers, the rebels, and the people who point the way. Art Fuse, advertised as "an explosion of local word, image, and sound," is a weekly arts event in Edmonton that welcomes artists of all stripes to come and share their gifts. Here's what you need to know about Art Fuse if you're looking to break into Edmonton's arts scene.

The Vital Details: When and Where to Find Art Fuse

Art Fuse isn't just about art in performance. It's also about being in an environment that promotes creativity. Art Fuse is held in the café and lounge area of the Art Stream Centre at 11434-120 Street Northwest. PageMaster Publishing Services sponsors the event. PageMaster has been…

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Are you considering buying a new home now that you are planning on having children? When you are going to buy a new home, there are numerous things to consider when starting a family. One must take into account various factors including child safety, community and comfort. Buying a home at any stage in life is a major responsibility and if you are thinking of adding a few kids to the mix, then you might want to consider some of these "baby friendly" home-buying tips.

Don’t Compromise on Your Home’s Safety

Of course you will put safety measures into place to protect your baby, but what about the safety of the environment you are going to be living in? For example, it is probably not advisable to choose a home with a pool until your babies are grown…

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St Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and there will be a variety of fun community events to celebrate this Irish holiday. Edmonton has developed a tight-knit community of Irish expatriates and immigrants, dating all the way back to the 1950s and the creation of the Edmonton Irish Sports & Social Society. Whether you're an Irish expat looking for a slice of home or a native Edmontonian eager to celebrate, you're sure to find some fun activities in Edmonton this March 17. Here's a quick sampling of the great community events that will be happening.

Promote Local Fitness With the Running Room’s St. Patrick's Day Run

On Sunday, March 16, The Running Room on 109 Street will be hosting its St. Patrick's Day Run. There will be a 10K walk starting at…

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You can feel it in the air, that wonderful hint of spring floating around Edmonton this week. While I'm sure winter will come screaming back at least once before we can really start to celebrate spring, the weather is set to stay on the plus side of zero for the foreseeable future. So it's excellent timing for the "Farewell to Winter Patio Party" happening around Edmonton this weekend. 

Snuggle up with a blanket, a glass of mulled wine or a café mocha with a friend on one of Edmonton's beautiful patios, March 14-16. Or celebrate at home - sweep off the deck, uncover the barbeque, and soak up some much needed Vitamin D (now available thanks to Daylight Savings Time). If you're one of the lucky ones, off to do some spring skiing this weekend, at least we…

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In the Strathcona County area, Sherwood Park is an excellent place to get fit while being close to nature. The vast size of the region itself provides plenty of space to get away from the hustle of modern life and focus on exercising in an environment that is secluded, calm, and filled with plenty to explore. So, to help get you started, here are a few exercise ideas you can use across Sherwood Park that will get you into great shape without costing a dime.

Miles of Paths for Running or Biking

One effective way to get a full workout that costs zero dollars is by doing some simple cardio exercises, such as biking or running. In Sherwood Park, there are countless paths that extend across the region for miles, running between trees and lakes, providing…

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Whether you’re moving to Edmonton from across the country, or just moving across town, a little preparation can make moving day, and the days that follow a lot easier on young kids. While you’re probably excited about moving to a new home, remember that moving means leaving behind a place your child knows and loves. Kids are very adaptable beings though, so here’s some things to keep in mind while you’re preparing to move:

1. Give them lots of notice, preferably before you even start packing. They’re going to know something is going on once things are put into boxes, especially if some of their favourite things go missing. Tell them in language they understand - this depends on their age but toddlers will probably get “we’re going to live a different…

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Continuing in its tradition of consistently finding reasons and occasions to celebrate, Edmonton is playing host to the Expanse Festival again in 2014, an exciting celebration of art in motion, March 6-9, 2014, at the TransAlta Barns (10330 84 Ave). Though many people would not intuitively associate Edmonton with a bursting arts scene, the fact is that the city has a thriving artistic community. As a cultural center, Edmonton is constantly surprising the world with the quality of art that comes out of it, and Expanse Festival is no exception. Here’s what you need to know about the Expanse Festival – including how you can get involved!

Expanse Festival Recognizes Body Made Art

You might never have stopped to consider what "body made art" was before,…

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