Heart Mountain
The province of Alberta is located in western Canada, sandwiched between British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Although provinces such as Quebec and o­ntario tend to be sought out more by international tourists, Alberta is an appealing place to explore. This province is the site of great cultural heritage and a great destination for outdoors enthusiasts.

Historic Attractions

Alberta features a variety of distinct historic sites, 18 of which are officially recognized and preserved by the Alberta government. Provincial historic sites in Alberta include the following:

-Father Lacumbe Chapel
-Fort George and Buckingham House
-Lougheed House
-Remington Carriage Museum
-Royal Alberta Museum
-Okotoks Erratic
-Turner Valley Gas Plant
-Ukranian Village
-Victoria Settlement
-Carmangay Tipi Rings
-Oil Sands Discovery Centre
-Stephansson House
-Royal Tyrrell Museum
-Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Other prominent historic sites can be found in Calgary, a city best known for hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics. A favorite historical attraction here is Fort Calgary, which features the Deane house, several log cabins and large historic windmill.

Parks and Recreation

Alberta is the home of a variety of natural landscapes, which are preserved in several local ecological reserves, wildnerness areas, provincial parks, heritage rangelands and recreation areas. o­ne favorite, Willmore Wilderness Park features diverse wildlife, including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears and caribou. The Rocky Mountains provide recreational opportunities for hikers, backpackers, skiers, campers and rock climbers. Winter recreation thrives in Alberta, partly due to the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival, which is the largest classical cross country ski festival in all of North America.

Urban Attractions

Lake Minnewanka
Calgary and Edmonton are the two main cities of Alberta. A thriving urban life can be found at the heart of these cities. Popular shopping centers include West Edmonton Mall, the Southgate Centre and Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, and Cross Iron Mills, Market Mall and Chinook Centre in Calgary.

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