The “steppe” province of Alberta is located in the western part of Canada. Most of the oil is produced here, and there are also numerous agricultural lands. The Rocky Mountains run along the western border of the province, and the prairies stretch in its eastern part.
According to JUSTINSHOES, the capital of the province of Alberta is Edmonton. It serves as a starting point for many of the region’s natural attractions. This is a small town, however, here is one of the most famous shopping areas in the world and the largest shopping center on the planet – West Edmonton , which has an area of 48 hectares. In addition, the historical part of the city is interesting – Old Straskona. It has been built up since the end of the 19th century. Today, many buildings of the late 19th century – early 20th century have been preserved in the historic quarter. Among the sights of Edmonton, one can also highlight the building of the Legislative Assembly of 1913, the complex of buildings of the City Theater of 1978, City Hallfor 1900 seats, Fort Museum Park Edmonton with expositions on the history of the city and its environs (the largest open-air historical museum in the country), an art gallery with a collection of more than 5,000 works of ancient and modern art, and a zoo with about 400 species of animals. The city’s main museum is the Royal Albert Museum. Edmonton is full of parks. One of the most extensive park areas of the city is the parks on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, united under the common name Ribbon of Green. The parks cover an area of 111 sq. km, there are about 98 km of cycling and jogging paths and hiking trails.
In Edmonton There are several ski resorts in and around the hilly areas. In the southern part of the city there is Ski club, which has existed since 1911 and is more suitable for family holidays, a little to the south is Ski Eria Canyon with a height difference of up to 150 m. South of Edmonton is a historical place – the town of Leduc. This is one of the oldest districts of the province, which was formed on the basis of proven oil fields. Fort Saskatchewan is located 17 km northeast of Edmonton, which grew out of a fort built for mounted police in 1875. Also near Edmonton is Elk Island National Park.where you can see endangered bison and other large animals. The city of St. Alberta is also worth a visit, where a large vegetable market and a market for handicrafts are open.
Despite the fact that Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta, it is not its largest city. Calgary is the largest city in the province and the capital of Canada ‘s oil industry. Calgary is located 298 km south of Edmonton. This is a modern city with skyscrapers, which has preserved the spirit of the Wild West. Every year in mid-July for 10 days, the famous Rodeo is held in Calgary – Calgary Stampede. These days the city fills with people in cowboy hats, fringed jackets, plaid shirts and jeans who compete in taming angry bulls. In 1988, Calgary and its environs became the venue for the Winter Olympics. For this event, the Olympic Park with a luge and bobsleigh track was built in the city. The park has expanded greatly in recent years. Of the cultural and historical attractions of Calgary, one can single out the Historic Village with old houses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Calgary ‘s hallmark is the Calgary Tower. Until the second half of the 20th century, it was the tallest building in the city. The height of the tower reaches 190 m. Calgary is also home to the largest museum in western Canada, the Glenbow Museum. Adjacent to Calgary are the Devon Botanic Gardens. On the territory of the gardens, you can see not only the fate of wild vegetation, but also a traditional Japanese tea house, a souvenir shop and a restaurant with homemade food. 130 km northeast of Calgary , the Dinosaur Provincial Park is interesting. Adjacent to the park in Drumheller is the Royal Museum of Paleontology.
In western Alberta on the border with British Columbia some of the most famous Rocky Mountain national parks, Jasper and Banff , are located. The parks are accessible from the cities of Edmonton and Calgary. Rocky Mountain parks are known for their wide variety of recreational opportunities. Here you can engage in hiking, photography, rock climbing, fishing, mountain biking, mountain and cross-country skiing, canoeing and boating on rivers and lakes, watching animals and going horseback riding. The rivers and lakes of the Rocky Mountains are considered some of the best for fishing. Waterton Lakes National Park is located 270 km south of the city of Calgary on the border with the United States.. In 1932, it was merged with the American Montana Glacier National Park to form the International Park. Waterton Lakes National Park is known for its grizzly population and is home to the deepest lake in the Rocky Mountains, Upper Waterton Lake.
In the very north of Alberta, on the border with the Northwest Territories, Wood Buffalo National Park extends.. This is the largest national park in the country and one of the largest in the world, its area is 44,807 square meters. km. The park was established in 1922 to protect the world’s largest population of wild bison. Bears, wolves, moose, wolverines, martens and beavers also live here. The Peace and Athabasca rivers form the world’s largest inland river delta in the park. In addition, this delta is the world’s last breeding ground for sandhill cranes and home to many other birds.