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Regional Adventures: Alberta, Canada

August 31, 2013
Banff Gardens, Alberta, Canada

Banff Gardens, Alberta, Canada

Alberta is one of ten provinces of Canada ( AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNova ScotiaOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebec, and Saskatchewan). The population in the Province of Albert is almost 4 million people and is located in Western Canada with British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east.

Oil is one of Alberta's main industries.

Oil is one of Alberta’s main industries.

Edmonton is the Capital of the Province of Alberta and is located in the center of the Province. It is the primary supply and service hub Canada’s oil sands. Everything in Alberta is country-like. It’s like the Texas of the north and Alberta’s economy is one of the strongest in Canada supported mostly by the oil industry.

The Calgary Stampede Festival is not only an event but also an identity here.

The Calgary Stampede Festival is not only an event but also an identity here.

One of the major annual events here in Alberta is the Calgary Stampede Festival. It is held every July and is a 10-day event. It bills itself as ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’ and attracts over one million people per year. It has the world’s largest rodeo, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions. You can watch the 2-minute video below to get a taste of what this festival is like:

Calgary is known as ‘Stampede City’ and its nickname is ‘Cowtown’. That is how ingrained the Calgary Stampede Festival is into its identity. During the Festival the whole city participates by decorating houses and businesses in cowboy themes and people don cowboy hats and outfits.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Alberta is also known for its beautiful nature scenes and the province boasts over 500 parks and protected areas. Some of the more well-known parks are Banff National Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Elk Island National Park and Jasper National Park.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is known for its Badlands topography as seen above.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is known for its Badlands topography as seen above.

If you would like to read some of my other blogs about Canada click on the links below:

City Hopper: Calgary, Canada

City Hopper: Victoria, B.C.

Regional Adventures: Vancouver Island

City Hopper: Vancouver, B.C.

World Travels: Canada

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