Alberta is the most westerly of the plains provinces and is bordered
by Saskatchewan to the East and the Rocky Mountains and British
Columbia to the west. The province has lofty mountains, thousands
of lakes, major rivers, badlands, deserts, tarsands, sand dunes
and vast forests. Albertans are lucky to be living in a province
very rich in natural resources including oil (3 million barrels
produced per day and the second largest reserves in the World), coal,
forestry, water and some of the richest farmland in North America.
Major industries include tourism, medical research, cattle, farming
HISTORY AND CULTURE
Alberta boasts a first-class road and highway
system. Rail service from Edmonton spans across Canada to
the East and West with 3 times a week service and domestic and
international airflights which connect travelers to destinations
around the World. Rail service also links the extreme southern and northern reaches of the province.
The two major cities are Edmonton and Calgary each with a population
of 1.1 million and there are many smaller communities thriving
throughout the province. Edmonton is the provincial capital
and is located in the southern half of the province.