These Cities Add the “Great” to “Greater Edmonton”

These Cities Add the “Great” to “Greater Edmonton”

We all know Edmonton is a fantastic place to live, work and play with oodles of opportunity for all three activities. With some of the most affordable housing in the country, an array of nearby industrial hubs  and festivals for every season, there’s a lot to love. In fact, this Global report shows Edmonton’s satellite communities rank at the top of the best places to start a business in Canada.

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What surprises many, however, are the terrific options also available in Oil Town’s surrounding areas. From big, bustling, urbane St. Albert to the industrial and commercial powerhouse of Leduc/Nisku, and from the vibrant twins Spruce Grove and Stony Plain to the rural-flavoured duo of Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan, the lifestyle choices are plentiful and varied.

St Albert

Boasting a modern city centre, a population pushing 70,000 and a little more upscale vibe than Edmonton, St Albert is an attractive place for full-service urban living at a somewhat slower pace. Conveniently located immediately north of Edmonton, St. Albert offers a panorama of arts and cultural activities, including an annual Children’s Festival which is one of the largest in North America.
Check out St Albert’s official website here.


Just south of Edmonton with a population just topping 30K and one of the most significant industrial centres in Alberta in their backyard, Leduc /Nisku is experiencing unprecedented growth in all business sectors. Partially driving this sudden expansion is the addition of a gigantic outlet mall at the adjacent Edmonton International Airport. Leduc also features lively cultural events including an annual Art Walk, Community Theatre, a yearly, CPRA sanctioned, summer rodeo among others, and has been the site of the Alberta Summer Games.
Click this link for the Leduc City official website

Fort Saskatchewan/Sherwood Park/Strathcona County

Part of “Alberta’s Industrial Heartland”, these three municipalities offer great places to work, recreate and live. With a more rural flavour than the provincial capital, Heartland communities still provide the majority of amenities available in any modern city but more space to enjoy nature. Besides popular multi-use recreational facilities, the area also boasts many kilometers of walking trails, numerous parks and an impressive, nationally-recognized museum.  Proximity to Elk Island National Park is an added bonus.
Here’s a link to the Heartland’s official website.

Spruce Grove/Stony Plain

Spruce Grove and its next-door neighbor, Stony Plain feature most big city amenities but with the feel of small town living, despite a combined population of over 50K. Less industrial than Heartland sites, these two closely-connected communities focus on quality of living with art galleries, the Performing Arts Centers, and the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre offering a kaleidoscope of family-focused recreational options.
Click for more on Spruce Grove. Click for more about Stony Plain.

Howdy, Neighbour!

Edmonton’s satellite communities offer an awesome array of lifestyle options to suit every taste. Each features their own subtle flavor which ensures you will likely find the amenities you want for yourself and your loved ones. Visit each community and see for yourself!
And, of course, Aura agents are happy to travel to areas outside the Capital Region to provide expert valuations to protect you, your lender and your investment.


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  • Edmonton
  • Sherwood Park
  • St. Albert
  • Fort Saskatchewan
  • Spruce Grove
  • Stony Plain
  • Leduc
  • Beaumont
  • Devon
  • Calmar
  • Rural Properties within 50 miles of Edmonton


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