Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River, and is considered to be the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is usually known as the second most densely inhabited provincial capital after Toronto, and plays host to numerous world-class festivals.
The newly renovated Churchill Square, is the center of all the events within the downtown Arts District. The square was named so as to honor Sir Winston Churchill. The Francis Winspear Centre is a place for Music and in known as good place for a concert. It is said of this center that it is among the most "acoustically perfect concert halls in Canada." The Centre is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the $3 million Davis Concert Organ, the biggest concert organ in Canada. The Citadel Theatre is taken from the Salvation Army Citadel. It is one of the largest theatre complexes within Canada with halls which specialize in different productions. Alberta Craft and Council organizes exhibitions, publications, marketing ventures, and educational projects meant for the public. The Art of Gallery of Alberta is a museum for visual arts within Western Canada and throughout the country. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is among Canada's foremost orchestral ensembles. It has an existing roster of fifty six musicians from Canada and the rest of the globe, performing various repertoire of music. The orchestra's musicians not just play, but also contribute to the educational development of the artistic community.
The Heritage Ampitheatre is the biggest of its kind in western Canada. The Great Divide Waterfall has a man-made waterfall, which is seven times higher as opposed to Niagara Falls. John Janzen Nature Centre supports understanding and awareness of the environment with hands-on programs and classes. Muttart Conservatory is home to thousands of species of domestic and exotic plants. Valley Zoo is home to more than 300 exotic animals of more than 100 various species.
Edmonton is most important economic hub for northern and central Alberta, and is the major hub for the gas and oil industry. Since this area has conventionally been a hub for Albertan petrochemical industries, the city has been referred to as the "Oil Capital of Canada." Moreover, its economy is derived from the technology sector, such as Stantec Inc., General Electric, Bioware, Matrikon, Canadian Western Bank, Intuit Canada, IBM and Telus. Edmonton is likewise considered Canada's premier education and research centre.