Edmonton West is about 3,460 km from Parliament Hill. The drive would take between 35 and 36 hours via the Trans-Canada Highway.
About 13% of the riding’s labour force uses Edmonton’s public transit system. There is a plan to extend light rail transit to Edmonton West in the future.
Edmonton West is located on the western edge of the city and is bordered by the North Saskatchewan River. The riding is mainly urban and residential, with some rural and industrial areas.
The climate is dry with sunny and warm summers. Winters are harsh and long, with over 140 days of snow.
A quarter of the population of are immigrants. The Philippines is the largest country of origin, followed by China and Hong Kong, India, and the United Kingdom.
Tagalog, Cantonese, Spanish, and Russian are the riding’s top non-official languages.
The riding’s median age is 36.6.
The West Edmonton Mall is North America’s largest mall and home to many recreational activities. They include a water park, amusement park, sea lion lagoon, ice rink, movie theatre, miniature golf course, bowling alley, arcade, indoor shooting range, and over 800 stores.
The Edmonton Country Club is located here.
West Edmonton Mall was the world’s largest mall until 2004, but is now tenth in size as of 2017. The mall spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks and covers 492,000 square metres. The mall still holds the world record for largest parking lot – it can hold 20,000 vehicles, and an overflow lot can fit another 10,000.
The West Edmonton Mall, the city’s most visited tourist attraction, is the riding’s main economic driver. Employing over 24,000 workers, the mall can see up to 200,000 shoppers in one day and an estimated 30.8 million annually. For every dollar spent at the mall, it’s said the same tourists spend another $1.25 outside the mall.
The average home price is $386,356.
The West Edmonton Mall has a green initiative to help reduce the environmental impact of the huge structure. The program recycles products such as batteries and electronics, while individual stores are encouraged to recycle paper and cardboard.
The Edmonton Watershed Contaminant Reduction Index was created to monitor the state of the North Saskatchewan River.
The Jasper Place neighbourhood used to be its own town known as West Jasper Place, founded in 1910. People flocked here in the 1930s to escape Edmonton’s high taxes. The town’s population would continue to rise due to the post-Second World War population boom and the discovery of oil nearby. Eventually changing its name to Jasper Place, it was Canada’s largest hamlet when amalgamated into Edmonton in 1964.
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