Bounded by British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, the district of Alberta was recognized as a province in 1905 and is the most densely populated of Canada's three prairie provinces. While Edmonton is Alberta's capital and the city of Calgary constitutes its largest city, both are popular metropolitan destinations for visitors and locals alike. Forestry, agriculture and oil are important industries for the region, but the province is home to a variety of tourist destinations like Canmore, Drumheller and Banff, where many geographical treasures and recreational opportunities can be found.
A Little About Alberta
The area now known as Alberta was initially settled by a variety of different First Nations tribes, and it was after the arrival of the Europeans that settlements like Lac Le Biche and Bonnyville first sprung up. While there were many battles within the province's parameters between the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and the North West Company (NWC) for control of the fur trade, the two merged in 1821. In 1882, Alberta became a part of the North-West Territories. With the boreal forest in the province's northern region, the plains of the south and the Rocky Mountains rising along the southern border of the province, there is much opportunity for recreation and industry in this western province.
Entertainment & Attractions
Tourism is one of Alberta's primary industries, and there are many unique attractions that bring visitors into the province throughout the year. The Royal Tyrell Museum and the badlands located close to Calgary showcase geographical evidence of the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The province's metropolitan centres are also home to many famous events like the Fringe Festival and the Jazz Festival. However, few events are better known than the annual Calgary Stampede rodeo, where activities like chuck wagon racing, calf roping and bull riding are the highlights.
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