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Edmonton is the second largest city & capital of Alberta. 

In the late 19th century the fertile soils surrounding Edmonton helped attract settlers & established Edmonton as a major regional commercial & agricultural centre. 

During World War II Edmonton become a major base for the construction of the Alaska Highway & the Northwest Staging Route.

Oil was discovered in Alberta in 1947 south of Edmonton. Most of Alberta's oil reserves were concentrated in central & northern Alberta so Edmonton has became home to most of Alberta's oil industry.

The North Saskatchewan River snakes its way through Edmonton cutting the city in half. The river valley parkland is a playground for all seasons & includes multi-use trails.