Oil was discovered in the Edmonton area shortly after World War II, near Leduc just south of Edmonton. The area around Edmonton became home to most of Alberta's oil production. The oil boom gave Edmonton new status as the Oil Capital of Canada.
Since the Arab Oil Boycott of 1973, the city has grown dramatically with an area population now around 800,000. As Alberta's capital, Edmonton is home to the provincial government offices and staff. The oil refineries and oil production are the basis of many Edmonton jobs.
Edmonton's modern downtown overlooks the beautiful river valley and its parklands on both shores. Edmontonians are proud of their city and its reputation as "Canada's Festival City" with virtually non-stop summertime celebrations, which draw visitors from far and wide.
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