American Express -- The office at 10180 101st St. (at 102nd Ave.; tel. 780/421-0608; LRT: Corona), is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Area Code -- Edmonton and Northern Alberta are in the 780 area code.

Business Hours -- Most banks are open weekdays 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays for a few hours in the morning or afternoon. Most shopping centers are open Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sunday noon to 5pm.

Dentist -- Many dental clinics are open evenings and weekends. Ask your hotel to recommend one or visit the Alberta Dental Association website at www.abda.ab.ca to find one.

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Doctors & Hospitals -- Medicentres offers walk-in medical services daily at 15 locations throughout the city; go to www.medicentres.com for the location nearest you. There is one downtown at 11087 Jasper Ave. (tel. 780/488-1222). The hospital with emergency service closest to downtown Edmonton is the Royal Alexandra Hospital (10240 Kingsway Ave.; tel. 780/477-4111; bus: 9).

Fishing Licenses -- If you're planning to fish, either in the city or outside of it, you need to obtain a license. They're available at most sporting goods stores, convenience stores, and gas stations at a cost of C$26. Seniors and children 16 and under don't need a license

Newspapers -- The Edmonton Journal (www.edmontonjournal.com) and Edmonton Sun (www.edmontonsun.com) are the local daily papers. Arts, entertainment, and nightlife listings can be found in the weekly See (www.seemagazine.com).

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Police -- The 24-hour number is tel. 780/421-3333. Dial tel. 911 in emergencies.

Post Office -- The main post office is at 103A Avenue and 99th Street (LRT: Churchill).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.