The city of Edmonton is one of the top tourist destinations in Canada thanks to abundant shopping, a gorgeous green outdoor setting and a reputation for going all out in everything it does - including hosting meetings and events. A bustling center with excellent access from all over the world, Edmonton is located at the northern end of Alberta's central region. It is only a three-hour drive from Calgary, the province's largest city, and it sits along one of Canada's busiest north/south thoroughfares, as well as along a major east/west transportation route. Serviced by an international airport and Canada's VIA Rail, Edmonton boasts easy access and a central location for both local and international travelers.
The city of Edmonton offers numerous lodging options for travelers including more than 12,000 hotel rooms, 3,000 of which are located in the city's core. Accommodations range from luxury hotel rooms to bed and breakfasts to themed rooms at the world-famous Fantasy Land Hotel located in West Edmonton Mall, where guests can stay in Polynesian rooms, Igloos and more.
Though many hotels offer elegant and practical spaces for meetings and events, the Shaw Conference Centre is the city's leading facility for large-scale productions. With a total of 110,000 square feet of floor space, the centre can accommodate up to 6,000 delegates at one time. Hosting hundreds of events yearly, the Shaw Convention Centre features unique and exciting architecture, world class cuisine and all of the technology needed to make an event successful.
To get outside the boardroom, there are several unique Edmonton event venues. Indulge in the glitz and glamour of the Palace Casino. Home to not only extensive gaming options, the casino features restaurants such as Booker's Steak and Prime Rib for private events. The Valley Zoo, with its Picnic Site for 100 guests and its Saito Centre for 80 people, makes for a lively outdoor venue, while the Edmonton Queen Riverboat dinner cruises combine the outdoors with elegance, escalating any cocktail or dinner reception to a higher level of class. No visit to the city is complete without a taste of famous Alberta beef, served at a number of restaurants throughout Edmonton. The Harvest Room in the chic Fairmont Hotel serves top cuts of this regional specialty and offers an ideal setting for partaking in this Canadian tradition, regardless of the size of the party.
Edmonton is at the heart of Western Canada's economy. A number of large corporations such as TELUS, IBM, Intuit Canada, Epcor and General Electric have offices in the city.