From time to time people blather about whether or not Edmonton is a great place to live and where it stands on the world stage. Its an amazing place for people to live and for those who can't see the forest through the trees I'm truly sorry for you, but you really would be better off some where else. Not only is Edmonton an important city in terms of the world's economy, but for the new world (historically speaking) Edmonton is epic.
Believe it or not, Edmonton was once the epicenter for the new world. Long before the vikings stumbled onto Newfoundland, and eons before Coloumbus ever set sail, Edmonton was the spot for one of the most important discoveries in the history of man, and no, it wasn't oil. Just in case you think this is a joke, what I am about to tell you is a little known historical fact. According to Jared Diamond, who spoke at the windspear in Edmonton this some time ago, an amazing event took place but 14000 years ago or 12000 BC near Edmonton. The event he speaks of is the arrival of Man (most likely prodded off the cave couch by women) through the ice corridor from Alaska. In case you are too busy trolling real estate web sites to know who Jared Diamond is, he is currently professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA and is the best selling author of "Guns, Germs and Steel," and "Collapse: How societies chose to fail or succeed."
He suggests that as people migrated southwards they did so via a corridor in the glaciers that would have been thousands of feet high. They were most likely driven by their need to find more food. In his mind the corridor ended somewhere in the vicinity of Edmonton, and it was a beautiful sight for the new arrivals to the see plains with herds of bison, plenty of food and warmer, open spaces. Now I know some of you may doubt his theory, however the renowned author and scientist has won the american National Medal of Science so I'm going to go with him on this.
And now you know the beginning of the story of Edmonton on the world scene.