If you’ve been considering renting in Edmonton, there are a few things to consider before moving out to this great city.
With a modest population of 981,000 (in comparison to Calgary’s 1.3 million residents), geographically Edmonton is the largest Northernmost city in Canada with easy access to the Rocky Mountains, with a large selection of fun outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and skiing in the winters.
Notably, Edmonton rental prices are much more affordable than cities of comparable size and population such as Calgary, or Vancouver. Combine the affordable rentals in Edmonton with the dense city surrounded by nature and mountains close by, and Edmonton is a wonderful place to call home – no matter the season!
Five Reasons That Make Edmonton Great
While this list is by no means exhaustive, we wanted to share our favourite parts about living in Edmonton, and our four favourite things about the city that make it such a great place to live.
Museums, art galleries, and festivals in Edmonton
While we may still be navigating our way through physical distancing measures and learning our ‘new way of normal’, there’s no reason why we can’t all safely enjoy the features Edmonton has to offer. Festivals and large public gatherings may be put on hold for now, but Edmonton has incredible art galleries such as the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Royal Alberta Museum, and the yearly Fringe Festival, hopefully, to return in 2021.
Provincial parks, lakes, and trails in Edmonton
Wildlife in Edmonton varies season to season, and most commonly found are small animals such as skunks, gophers, squirrels, and even porcupines. If you’re not careful on the trails you might even run into a coyote or a moose! Any of these can be encountered on any famous trails or parks in Edmonton.
Edmonton’s premier hiking trail is the Waskahegan Trail, which runs a whopping 309km (broken up into smaller parts) and full of wildlife, shrubbery, and runs to access North Hermitage Park, Whitemud Creek, Blackmud Creek, Coal Lake, Saunders Lake, and many more Edmonton landmarks that make up the rich city. Waskahegan Trail celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017 and runs largely through private properties in the city. The trail is maintained by volunteer associations in Edmonton to preserve it for those who want to visit.
Edmonton rents are more affordable than other cities
With average two-bedroom rental prices sitting at $1183, Edmonton rentals are more affordable than many other major cities in Canada. In comparison, two-bedroom rentals in Ontario are $2141, Calgary $1330, Montreal $1805, and Vancouver at a whopping $2638, giving Edmonton a more inexpensive price point for rentals.
Edmonton weather can be mostly mild
As far as average climates, Edmonton weather has much milder winters than other large Canadian cities such as Winnipeg or Regina. While it may not be as warm as Vancouver, Edmonton climate is a lot drier – meaning there’s nowhere near the rainfall that Vancouver has. This also makes for more enjoyable summers, reaching 30 °C, as the air is less humid. As an added bonus, the winters are dry as well, and while they may hit -20 °C for a few days in the winter, it’s one of those fabled ‘dry winters’ you’ve heard so much about – which are a lot more mild than wet and damp!
West Edmonton Mall
Who could forget the West Edmonton Mall? Until 2004, the West Edmonton Mall was the world’s largest shopping mall. Today it still remains the largest shopping mall in North America. Featuring over 800 stores spread out across 5.3 million square feet, and attractions such as the Fantasyland Hotel, the World Waterpark, the Toyota Ice Palace, indoor shooting ranges, 24-hour fitness centers, dinner theaters, and more, you’ll forget you’re even in a shopping center. Taking into consideration the current pandemic, your visit to the West Edmonton Mall may not be a typical experience until all attractions are open again.
Looking For No-Stress Rentals In Edmonton?
We’ve got you covered. The Luxury Nautical Suites at Summerside are located in South Edmonton, surrounded by local amenities and restaurants within walking distance, and near the desirable Lake Summerside Beach Club and lake. Our luxury suites are built with you in mind and feature secured underground parking, storage lockers, on-site gym facilities, eco-friendly appliances and lighting, and a community of residents who are waiting to welcome you home to the Nautical Luxury Suites at Summerside.
Contact us today to view one of the floor plans of our available units, and learn first-hand what makes Edmonton such a great city to live in!