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Saskatchewan River: End of Steel

Canada's northernmost metropolis

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Last Stand:
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End of Steel:
Canada's northernmost metropolis

Dirty Thirties:
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Unwild West:
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Dream of Wheat:
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Wonder City:
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Edmonton is the northernmost big city in North America. Once, it was called “End of Steel,” known for little more than the fact that the railway went no further north.

Calgary was directly on the main Canadian Pacific Railway line and boomed as a cattle and railway centre. Then the competing Canadian Northern pushed through Edmonton to the Pacific Coast and the city joined the mainstream of western development. Edmonton became the capital of the young province of Alberta.

At the turn of the 20th century, Edmonton is a city that likes to keep starting afresh. Few older buildings survive amid the sparkling glass towers of its downtown. The West Edmonton Mall is the world's biggest shopping centre and visitors drive and fly from far away to experience its size and theme-park-style attractions.

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