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Alberta is dramatic, both its landscape and its people. Exhilarating sky-high skiing can be found in the Rocky Mountains, and cutting edge theatre is performed in its capital city of Edmonton. Whether visiting the world's biggest shopping mall, or learning about the dinosaurs that use to claim Alberta as home, you can be sure that you'll experience legendary "Western Hospitality"!

Quick Facts

Population: over 3.2 million

Capital City: Edmonton

Rival City: Calgary, host of the 1988 Winter Olympics

GLBT Legislation: Although it is not expressly stated in the Alberta Human Rights Act, as of April 2, 1998, sexual orientation is "read in" to the Act by the Supreme Court of Canada as a protected ground of discrimination in Alberta.

Outdoor Space: Canada's first and oldest national park is Banff National Park; Canada's largest ski area is Lake Louise

Embrace the Grass: Alberta recently added a new provincial emblem - Rough Fescue grass, beating out the blue grama grass, green needle grass, june grass, and western wheat grass.

The Many Wonders: West Edmonton Mall is the world's largest shopping and entertainment complex; Vegreville is home to the world's largest Ukrainian Easter Egg; Drumheller houses the world's largest Tyrannosaurus Rex; the world's largest oil sands development is found in Fort McMurray; Edmonton is host to North America's largest theatre festival - Fringe Festival; Calgary Stampede is the greatest outdoor show on earth; St. Paul has the world's first and only U.F.O. landing pad; Edmonton has more park land per capita than any other North American city, and on and on...

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