Regional Adventures: Alberta, Canada
Alberta is one of ten provinces of Canada ( Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you would like to read some of my other blogs about Canada click on the links below: