Edmonton is known as the city of festivals. We have lived here for over 30 years and I can honestly tell you - winters are cold! Summers are full of fun!

Our biggest attractions are

West Edmonton Mall located in the Summerlea community. It takes more than a day to walk the mall and to accomadate you, there is the fantasy hotel inside West Edmonton Mall with themed suites from polenisian to space themes. The mall's main attractions are the zipline which crosses through the waterpark, Galaxyland's indoor amusment park and the underground aqaurium.

The Telus World of Science in Westmount is a place of dreams! The Zeidler Dome is the best experience to feel the night sky. Imax experiences are so real, you can feel your chairs move. There are alway new exhibits and events here. Plan to stay for a day or more.

The snow Valley Arial Park between Lansdowne and Brookside has a 15 metre high tower to crawl, climb, swing, and step your way through locally-themed elements up to the rainbow wall, ski-bridge and swinging picnic table.

In the downtown Edmonton area, there is also plenty of places to check out from the Rogers Place Ice District, Royal Alberta Museum, Boulders Rock Climbing Gym and the Art Gallery of Alberta.

The Muttart Conservatory in Cloverdale is one of Canada's largest bontanical gardens. You can enjoy unique themed displays and fabulous seasonal celebrations in the pyramids. Nearby is where the Edmonton Folk Music festivals are held and the freindship bench hiking trail.

Fort Edmonton Park in Brander Gardens has just undergone major upgrades. Here you can learn the story of why people were relocating to Edmonton while taking a ride on the historic street car or riding in a buggy driven by horses.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo and Saito Centre in Laurier Heights is home to more than 350 animals, focused on conservation, and offers fun and education for the whole family.

Learn about the The Royal Canadian Air Force who built the aircraft hangar that houses the museum during the Second World War in the Blatchford Aviation Museum. Explore the evolution of flight in Alberta from bush planes and bombers to jets.

No matter where you choose to relocate, there is something special about every Edmonton community. 


Posted to the Edmonton Garrison? Congratulations!

If you are posted to CFB Garrison and need to book your house hunting trip, contact us anytime. We are here for our DND members! This is a great military base base and offers ample facilities including:

  • The Twin Rinks Arena features an NHL standard rink and an outdoor community rink open year-round for rentals, community skating, and military activities.
  • A Hobby Shop includes a woodshop and a fully functional Auto Shop with a wash bay, paint booth, and hoists. 
  • A Community Centre that offers several facilities including the Military Family Resource Centre, a licensed Day Care, Playschool, Library, Youth Centre, and several multi-purpose rooms used for social functions and events.
  • A community garden for individual horticultural efforts where you can grow a wide variety of plants and flowers.

The Garrison Memorial Equestrian Centre is home to the Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop. CFB Garrison Equestrian Centre includes a large indoor riding arena, several outdoor riding arenas, and a 42 stall barn. Boarding for your horses is available for reasonable prices.

The Memorial Golf & Curling Club for a great golf experience that prides itself on course conditions, quality of service, and products. Although it is catered to the military, it is also open to the public. The golf course has now been stretched with championship tees totaling near 7000 yards.

The Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), established in 1989 is committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) through positive action, education, and support. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of military spouses, CF members, and ex-officio members. 

The Officers' Mess hosts a wide variety of functions for military members throughout the year. The Mess has a very relaxing lounge that can accommodate up to 200+ persons. There are two conference rooms that can hold up to 40 people. The formal dining room can seat 200 people for your dining pleasure.

The Garrison warrant officer's & sergeant officer's Mess has two rooms on the upper level that are available for private and unit functions and can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 300 guests.

The Jr Ranks Mess has 2 rooms on the upper level that are available for private and unit functions and can accommodate up to 200+ persons, as well as a Sports Bar on the lower level for Members. The Jr Ranks Mess also has a comfortably furnished patio area that features patio heaters and two BBQs for use.

Edmonton Garrison Fitness Centre is a full-service recreation center with a wide range of facilities and services that are also open to the general public. CFB Garrison Fitness Centre includes an aquatic facility with a 25-yard main pool basin, a temperate leisure pool basin, and a whirlpool. There is a climbing wall of concrete construction with 12 lanes of top-rope climbing, ample bouldering space, and a limited number of lanes for leading climbing..

The Tactical Athlete Room includes a brand new training room with a large rig and an extensive selection of equipment to meet the needs of any functional fitness enthusiast. The Unarmed Combat Room and martial arts facilities include an unarmed combat room that features padded floors suitable for wresting or grapple forms of martial arts, gymnastics and yoga programs.

The Fieldhouse is a multi-functional facility that includes 3 regulation size basketball courts, a 200m indoor running track, a regulation size soccer pitch, and all the basketball courts can be converted to suit a variety of other sports including tennis, floor hockey, and badminton. The upper gym is a standard hardwood floor gymnasium suitable for a variety of sports including volleyball, badminton, and basketball. Squash Courts are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The large Weights & Cardio Room is continuously updated according to modern trends and the demands of our users.  The weights & cardio room is equipped with every piece of equipment to satisfy the needs of the most discerning fitness enthusiast.

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Posted to CFB Edmonton Garrison?

Welcome to Edmonton Canadian Armed Forces Base

CFB Edmonton Garrison is also known as the "Steele Barracks". It is located a few minutes north of Edmonton in Sturgeon County and there are plenty of homes to choose from on your house hunting trip from no-maintenance condominiums for a simpler lifestyle to newer houses that have recently been constructed over the last few years to quiet family-oriented properties with large lots in nearby towns. Book your Edmonton House Hunting Trip.

Morinville Alberta has always been an attractive place for our DND members to purchase a detached home due to the house prices and the commute to CFB Garrison. Morinville is a growing community and over the last few years has become more popular for civilians and our aging population which has increased real estate values. It is located less than ten minutes from St. Albert which is now the second-largest city in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

There are still a few nearby towns that are more affordable for our younger military members and their families offering the small rural hometown ambiance. These towns include Bon Accord, Gibbons, and Legal. A bit further northwest of our city is another desirable place for our DND members to purchase property on house hunting trips in the city of Fort Saskatchewan which offers all municipal amenities. One of the main features of Fort Saskatchewan is one of the largest metropolitan river valley park systems in the world.

If you prefer the city life but want to stay within minutes of our military base, view our homes for sale in Northeast Edmonton or add a few more minutes to your commute and live in Northwest Edmonton. Popular military districts include Pilot Sound and the Lake District.

If you are posted and would like a jump start on your house hunting trip, contact us and we will set you up with a customized property search that will save you time and eliminate those undesirable houses once you arrive.

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History of Canadian Armed Forces Base Edmonton Garrison

The third Canadian Division Support Base is a great place to be posted, CFB Edmonton is a Canadian Forces base located in Sturgeon County north Edmonton and east of St. Alberta municipality. CFB Edmonton Garrison is also known as the Steele Barracks. The history of this Canadian Armed force Edmonton Base begins in the old Blatchford Field airfield, named after Kenny Blatchford who was a former mayor of Edmonton.

During the First World War, this airfield began operating and became vital to the development of the Canadian north, a staging point for the U.S. defense of Alaska and was heavily used by the U.S. military. and during the Second World War, the Blatchford Field was a training station under the British Commonwealth which formed a Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Training School and used the aerodrome.

Since the Blatchford Field airfield could not be expanded due to the proximity of Edmonton, the United States Government built a new air facility at Namao, a hamlet within Sturgeon County located approximately seven kilometers north of our city limits. It was the namesake of RCAF Station Namao, now CFB Edmonton, which is directly south of the hamlet.

The RCAF Station Namao was used by the United States Strategic Air Command, during the Cold War. It constructed a "Nose Dock" capable of servicing the nose and wings of heavy jet bombers and tankers on the south side of the airfield and also hosted the Rescue Coordination Center, and served as home base for United Nations Food Aid flights, delivering much-needed aid third world countries, and was a designated an emergency Space Shuttle landing site by NASA.

When Canada's armed forces were amalgamated in 1968, the RCAF Station Namao was re-designated CFB Edmonton and was under command of the new Air Transport Command. Today, both runways are still visible, but they are no longer in use with the exception of helicopters.

Edmonton is a great place to make a relocation move and offers several outdoor amenities and summer festivals. Today, this Canadian Armed Forces Military base, now known as the community of Griesbach has completely transformed. 

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

About Edmonton Alberta

In 1904, Edmonton was declared a city. The following year our city was named the provincial capital of Alberta. Today, it is Canada's 6th largest city, offering all the amenities of a major urban center plus a family-friendly environment that is safe, stimulating, and rich with opportunity. Edmonton is one of Canada's most ethnically diverse cities with more than 60 ethnic and cultural groups. Well known for its vibrant cultural life, the diverse business community, and outstanding river valley park system, this is a great place to call home. People who live in here are called "Edmontonians"

Edmonton Geography

Edmonton is located geographical in the middle of the province at an elevation of 668 meters. The terrain is flat to gently rolling, with ravines and deep river valleys, such as the North Saskatchewan River valley. The North Saskatchewan River bisects the city and originates at the Columbia Ice field in Jasper National Park. It runs from the southwest to the northeast and is fed by numerous creeks throughout the city, such as Whitemud and Mill Creek. This creates numerous ravines for living in our neighborhoods.

Edmonton Climate

Edmontonians have a saying here - "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" Edmonton has a northern continental climate with extreme seasonal temperatures. It has mild summers and chilly winters. New Buyers sometimes ask "When does it snow?." Truth be told - Edmonton has had snow every month. It is not unusual for tempatures to flexuate 20-25 degrees within a few days.

Edmonton History

Around 3,000 BC and perhaps as early as 10,000 BC, when an ice-free corridor opened up as the last ice age ended and timber, water, and wildlife became available in the region. In 1754, Anthony Henday, an explorer working for the Hudson's Bay Company, may have been the first European to enter the area. His expeditions across the Canadian Prairies were mainly to seek contact with the aboriginal population for the purpose of establishing fur trade, as the competition was fierce between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. By 1795, Fort Edmonton, located in the Brander Gardenscommunity was established as a major trading post for the Hudson's Bay Company./p>

The war years

During the early 1910s, we grew very rapidly due to rising speculation in real estate prices. In 1912, Edmonton amalgamated with the city of Strathcona south of the North Saskatchewan River. As a result, the city extended south of the river. Just prior to World War I, the real estate boom ended suddenly, causing the city's population to decline sharply from over 72,500 in 1914 to under 54,000 only two years later. Recruitment to the Canadian military during the war also contributed to the drop in population. Afterward, the city was slow to recover in population and economy during the twenties and thirties, until World War II. During this time, Highlands was begining to develop.

The oil boom years

The first major oil discovery in Alberta was made on February 13, 1947, near the town of Leduc to the south. As early as 1914, oil reserves were known to exist in the southern parts of Alberta but they produced very little oil compared to those around our municipality. Additional oil reserves were discovered during the late forties and the fifties near the town of Redwater. Because most of Alberta's oil reserves were concentrated in central and northern Alberta, Edmonton became home to most of the oil industry.

The oil boom of the seventies and eighties ended abruptly with the sharp decline in oil prices on the international market and the introduction of the National Energy Program in 1981. The population had reached 521,000 that same year. Although the National Energy Program was later scrapped by the federal government in the mid-eighties, the collapse of world oil prices in 1986 and massive government cutbacks kept the city from making a full economic recovery until the late nineties.

Edmonton Education

Edmonton has become one of Canada's major educational centers with more than 60,000 full-time post-secondary students spread over several institutions and campuses. The University of Alberta, whose main campus is situated on the south side of the river valley, is a board-governed, public institution. The main campus consists of more than ninety buildings on 890,000 square meters of land, with buildings dating back to the university's establishment in 1908.

Relocating Edmonton Alberta

Finding a home in our city is not an easy task. Unlike most cities, Edmonton's neighborhoods are extremely deverse. The best way to find a place to live when making a relocation move is to first decide on what type of lifestyle you want. Then choose a relocation REALTOR® who specializes in the community you want to live in.

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