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How Edmonton Rediscovered Its Love of Winter

This very northern city found love in a freezing place.
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In Edmonton, Alberta, it snows 52 days out of the year. On winter nights, the temperature often dips down to about 5° Fahrenheit.

Once, this was something that the residents of the Canadian city preferred to ignore. When the massive West Edmonton Mall—one of the largest in the world—opened its doors in 1981, it created, as the urban planner Simon O’Byrne puts it, “a big bunker for the winter.”