City Modern

Beginning in the 1970s, Edmonton saw boom times that outpaced any prior era, riding high on the increasing price of oil on the global market. Before long, Edmonton would become the fastest growing Canadian city.

Edmonton’s place on the world scale was tied not only to oil, but also to culture, with the 1978 Commonwealth Games bringing the city unprecedented levels of media attention. Meanwhile, eastern Canada’s poor economic climate pushed hundreds of thousands westward to the booming prairies, and Edmonton and the rest of the province entered into a familiar boom and bust cycle that shaped the history and economy of the region to the present.