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Alberta is one of Canada’s three Prairie Provinces with British Columbia to the west, Saskatchewan to the east, the Northwest Territories to the North and Montana to the south.

Alberta covers 661,185 sq km (255,303 sq mi), slightly smaller than Texas' 695,624 sq km (268,601 sq mi), but 3 times the size of Great Britain and equal to the combined areas of France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The  population of over 3 million people reside primarily in the international gateway cities of Calgary and Edmonton. Smaller urban centres include Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.

About half the population of Alberta has an English or French background and the rest are predominantly German, Ukrainian, Scandinavian and Dutch. About 3 per cent of the population are First Peoples.

The most common way to Alberta is via Calgary by plane. Daily non-stop flights from Europe, Eastern Canada, British Columbia, and major cities in the United States. Americans can drive to Alberta through Montana on Interstate 15, which becomes Highway 2 once you cross the border. The Trans Canada Highway runs right through the centre of Calgary.

Alberta can be travelled year round, however the peak season is in the months of July and August.

Visitors from USA: Important Notice on crossing the border

Aurora Borealis, Fort McMurryAlberta is home to Canada's largest mountain national park (Jasper), Canada's first and oldest national park (Banff), the World's second largest and Canada's largest national park (Wood Buffalo), the World's first International "Peace Park" (Waterton Lakes/Glacier National Park), the largest ski area in Canada (Lake Louise), the second largest glacier fed lake in the world (Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park), one of the World's most photographed lakes (Moraine Lake in Banff National Park), the World's largest herd of free roaming bison (Wood Buffalo National Park), one of the richest dinosaur finds in the world (Dinosaur Provincial Park), and North America's largest, oldest and best preserved buffalo jump site ( Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump).

In Calgary alone you will find the Glenbow Museum (largest museum in Western Canada), the Calgary Zoo (second largest zoo in Canada), the Olympic Hall of Fame (World's largest Olympic museum), the Olympic Saddledome (World's largest cable suspended roof "reverse hyperbolic paraboloid", the Olympic Speed Skating Oval (North America's first covered speed skating oval), The Masters (richest show jumping contest in the world) and The Calgary Stampede (Greatest outdoor show on earth).

In Edmonton there is the Fringe Festival (North America's largest theatre festival), the West Edmonton Mall (One of the world's largest shopping and entertainment complex), the World's first Indoor bungy jump (West Edmonton Mall) and more park land per capita than any other North American city.

Among other Alberta attractions there is North America's largest outdoor music festival (Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose), one of the most scenic highways in the world (Icefields Parkway), the World's largest Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanka in Vegreville), the World's largest Tyrannosaurus Rex (Drumheller), Canada's largest public display of live reptiles (Reptile World in Drumheller), One of North America's largest collections of antique and classic cars, trucks and planes (Reynolds Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin) and North America's largest collection of horse drawn vehicles (Remington Alberta Carriage Centre).

Alberta's attractions are limitless. Plan a trip to this vibrant and exciting province. You won’t regret it! And don’t forget to say “Howdy Pardner”.

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