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Alberta is located in Western Canada between the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east. At our northern border is the Northwest Territories and at our southern border is Montana USA.
Alberta is 1175 kilometres (734 miles) north to south and 634 kilometres (396 miles) wide, making it similar in size to Texas, USA. It can be compared to three times the size of Great Britain or equal to the combined areas of France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Three million people live in Alberta. Our international gateway cities are Calgary and Edmonton and smaller urban centres include Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Alberta has a large rural population as well, which reflects our prominent agricultural industry. Rolling foothills and the majestic Rocky Mountains in the west facilitate the world famous resort towns of Banff, Jasper, Canmore, Kananaskis, Lake Louise and Waterton. Farmland and wide-open prairie skies in the east yield countless dinosaur fossils and prehistoric discoveries. Dinosaur enthusiasts flock to the eastern town of Drumheller and to Dinosaur Provincial Park. Visit world-class Aboriginal heritage sites in the south and vast lakes in the northern National Parks of Wood Buffalo and Elk Island. Alberta really does have something to offer for everyone!
There are four distinct seasons in Alberta:
Spring – March to May: averages 9° C (48° F)
Summer – June to August: averages 15° C to 23° C (60° F to 73° F)
Fall – September to November: averages 11° C (52° F)
Winter – November to Feb: averages -8° C to -25° C (18° F to -13° F)
See a general map of Alberta
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