Edmonton is not one of the biggest cities in North America, but it is definitely one of the most beautiful. Located in the gorgeous province of Alberta, Edmonton is known as Canada's "Festival City" because of it's numerous year-round festivals. The hostels in Edmonton are highly rated by customers, and the friendly staff will happily point you in the right direction of some local hotspots, such as Whyte Avenue. The road runs through Old Strathcona, the main arts and entertainment district of the city, and also acts as a shopping hub for locals. There is a rich arts scene in Edmonton, so take advantage of the Symphony Orchestra, the Citadel Theatre and the Art Gallery of Alberta easily accessible. The stunning scenery of the surrounding area will soothe your soul. There's nearby Elk Island National, Mill Creek Ravine, William Hawrelak, Rundle, Fort Edmonton Parks, and the Devonian Botanic Garden. Edmonton also boasts some great food, with excellent bakeries and coffee shops all over. As far as nightlife goes, there are plenty of awesome bars, comedy clubs taverns and night clubs to keep you busy.