Edmonton is a great place to host a conference. Getting here is simple, the planning is easy, and being here is amazing. But that's not enough. The conferences need to be inspiring. We believe a great DMO works with planners to build conferences that are more enriching and transformative for all. That's what our “all in” brand promise is about. Edmonton Meetings and Conventions operates under the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, and that's a big advantage. It means that when you work with Edmonton Tourism, you are also working alongside the great people at Innovate Edmonton, TEC Edmonton, StartUp Edmonton, and the Edmonton Research Park. We continue to incubate a robust start-up culture on top of our entrepreneurial mindset, and the city is relatively inexpensive when compared with other large cities. Our integration helps us keep clients connected to everything that's happening, and on the horizon, in our city.
As Alberta's capital city, Edmonton is known for its great shopping and vibrant arts and cultural scene. Known throughout Canada as "Festival City," Edmonton hosts more than 40 annual festivals every year, including the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the Servus Heritage Festival, and Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the largest fringe theater festival in North America. Clearly, Edmonton is a city that knows how to celebrate. It's also known for its spacious and lush outdoor surroundings. The city is set among gently rolling hills and a deep river valley. The North Saskatchewan River Valley runs through the heart of the city and is the largest urban park system in North America. Visitors can take advantage of a metropolitan city that's also a step away from the great outdoors.
In Edmonton, our Conference Services team is here to help. They'll introduce you to the city's best vendors, find unique offsite venues for delegates, help you with pre- and post-planning, and — here's the best part — introduce you to all the incredible Edmontonians who can take your conference to a whole new level. If your aim is to get outside the boardroom, there are several unique Edmonton event venues that our team can help you discover. The priMED Mosaic Centre is a model of sustainable construction and Alberta's first net-zero, LEED Platinum-certified commercial building. It offers a bright, positive environment for special events. For the adventurer, the Edmonton Aerial Park at Snow Valley opened in 2017 and is now offering customized group experiences. This incredible tower of obstacles and games is the first of its kind in Canada and the third in North America. You can also check out the massive 8,000-square-foot Ranch Roadhouse, a testament to Alberta's cowboy era, or the action-packed environment of Edmonton's REC Room, an adult playground with upscale touches and gourmet eats.
Edmonton's restaurants are reinventing the food scene, as young chefs view the city as the best market to try new concepts and work with local, ethical producers. Our restaurants cover the culinary spectrum, with over 3,000 dining options and 97 authentically Edmonton restaurants to enjoy. Three Edmonton restaurants have been named among the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Canada by EnRoute magazine, making us the only city to have three entries included. Bar Clementine, Cafe Linnea, and Alder Room are the latest must-try establishments for your next visit to the city.
Along with the performing arts, Edmonton has a strong focus on visual arts, as seen in over 80 museums and cultural centers, which showcase not only Albertan artists but those from around the world. Construction on the new Royal Alberta Museum is complete, and the new downtown location will open in 2018. It will be the largest museum in western Canada, with over 84,000 square feet of programmable space and galleries that tell 14,000 years of Albertan history. The architecturally iconic Art Gallery of Alberta offers endless opportunities to explore the arts and dive deeper into culture, including over 5,000 works that range from painting to sculpture to photography. Fort Edmonton Park is Canada's largest living history museum. Nestled on 158 acres of river valley property, it gives the distinct impression of being far away from it all and offers meeting spaces for more than 2,000 delegates. Provincial funding allowed for the realization of the planned Indigenous Peoples' Experience and the expansion of the Hotel Selkirk accommodations.