Virtual Tourist of Alberta and the Canadian
Nature, History, Heritage Sites, Interesting Places
Welcome to Alberta, one of the Westernmost provinces of Canada. With our
mix of prairies, rolling hills and snowy mountains, small towns and cosmopolitan
cities, and ancient history and modern attractions, we are sure to have
something to interest everyone.
The province of Alberta covers an area of over 600,000 square
kilometers, and is home to more than 2.5 million people. The capital is
Edmonton, located in north central Alberta.
Alberta has an official
coat-of-arms, flag, flower, motto, fish, bird, mammal, tree, stone and
tartan . The province is bordered to the east by the province of Saskatchewan,
to the west by the Rocky Mountains and British Columbia, to the north by
the Northwest Territories and to the south by the state of Montana in the
Banff National Park
Mountain Nature Network - The Field Guide For The Next Millennium
Rocky Mountain Recreation:Hiking,
Backpacking, Riding Photos, wildlife, wildflowers, Banff, Jasper, Willmore
Wilderness. ( Ray's Web )
David Thompson Things
Rocky Mountain House, Howse pass.
Nordegg Historical Society.
History, scenery, wildlife and flowers.
University of Calgary Virtual
Field Trip of Kananaskis Country
Jasper National Park
British Columbia Rockies
Parks and Heritage Sites
Alberta' Six Bio-regions and
Alberta Wilderness Association
Information on National
Parks from U of Guelph
Ghost Towns of
Alberta Alderson, Anthracite, Bankhead, Bellevue, Blairmore, Bow Fort,
Buffalo Jump, Burmis, Canmore, Crowsnest Pass, Dorothy, Georgetown, Hillcrest,
Mercoal, Mountain Park, Nordegg, Orion
Photos and Visitor's Memoirs
A little History
When missionaries and fur traders arrived from Europe in the eighteenth
century Alberta was inhabited by several "Indian" nations.Wrangling
between the French and British (a continuing theme in Canadian history)
kept Alberta from being fully exploited at first, but with the creation
of trading posts near Edmonton and up north
the squabbling subsided somewhat.
When Canada was formed in 1867, Alberta was still very much the uncontrolled
frontier. It was not until 1874 that the North West Mounted Police (precursors
to the modern Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)) established their presence
in the area.
With the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway ( completed 1885
) and the increasing flow of people into the area, a territorial government
was created in 1875. The vast herds of bison on which the Indians depended
were hunted nearly to extinction and the land was distributed to European
homesteaders. Several years later the region overlooked by the territorial
government was split into four portions, one being named after Princess
Louise Alberta, daughter of Queen Victoria and Albert.
Alberta became a province of Canada in 1905, when it joined confederation.
It's primary industries are natural resource based. Trapping opened up
the area, and agriculture followed (still remaining a strong point for
the Alberta economy).
was discovered at Turner Valley in 1914 and has been a center for growth
since then (give or take a "bust" in the 1980s).
Forest related industries are growing
increasingly important, but run the risk of impacting the tourism industry
(the third largest industry in Alberta).
Probably the biggest draw for tourists in Alberta is the natural beauty
of the province, and all the recreational possibilities inherent therein.
During the summer months the province (especially Banff
and Jasper national parks) offer numerous
chances for hiking, bicycling, mountain
climbing, caving, hang gliding, white water rafting, swimming, trail
riding and picnicking. In addition there are a number of hot springs, camping
areas, trophy lakes, trout streams and vacation resorts.
Winter visitors should
out Bob Bolt's Ski Canada page, as well as the numerous cross-country
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