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About Alberta

Located in western Canada, the province of Alberta is bordered by the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the west and vast prairies and badlands to the east. To the north lie the Northwest Territories. The state of Montana is our nearest southern neighbour in the United States with which we share an international peace park.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Population and Geography

Alberta has a population of more than four million, concentrated in our major urban centres of Calgary and Edmonton. It is the fourth largest province in Canada, covering an area of 661,000 sq km (255,214 sq mi). We are known as a prairie province but our landscapes vary from towering mountains, glacial lakes and vast boreal forests to rolling foothills, fertile prairies and desert badlands. Alberta has 245 rivers and more than 600 lakes.

Spirit Island Maligne Lake Jasper National Park

Parks

Alberta has 27,525 sq km (10,627 sq mi) of protected land in over 500 sites including 75 provincial parks. Our five national parks encompass an additional 63,000 sq km (24,000 sq mi) and three of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Grizzly bear Banff National Park

Wildlife

There are 587 species of wildlife, many of which are endangered or protected, that migrate through or make their home in the province. Keep a lookout for Alberta’s big seven wildlife all-stars – elk, moose, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, bison, cougar and wolf. You may even be lucky enough to view our more elusive animals such as lynx, bobcat and wolverine.

Language

English is the predominant language in Alberta but because of our multicultural roots, many other languages are spoken here including French, German, Ukrainian, Dutch, and just about everything in between.

Alberta Public Holidays 2017

New Year's Day - January 1, Family Day - February 20, Good Friday - April 14, Victoria Day - May 22, Canada Day - July 1, Labour Day - September 4, Thanksgiving Day - October 9, Remembrance Day - November 11, Christmas Day - December 25