Saskatchewan River: End of Steel
Canada's northernmost metropolis
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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