Alberta is one of Canada's three Prairie Provinces. It is sandwiched between the provinces of British Columbia and Saskatchewan and it has a population of just over 3.5 million people. The two largest cities in Alberta are Calgary and Edmonton, the province's capital.
Alberta is the richest Canadian province and it is a great place in which to both work and live. It has a thriving petroleum industry as well as a prosperous agricultural industry and a growing tourism industry. Many people have moved to Alberta over the past few decades, from other provinces in Canada as well as from around the world, to work in one of these three booming industries.
Alberta is also full of a wide variety of exciting tourist attractions. Many people visit Alberta yearly to hike, ski or snowboard in the Rocky Mountains at such notable resort destinations as Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise. Others come to Alberta to shop in the famous West Edmonton Mall, to explore the dinosaur bones at Drumheller or to enjoy the festivities at the annual Calgary Stampede. Some other great festivals in Alberta that also attract many tourists are the Edmonton Fringe Festival, the Taste of Edmonton Festival, The Works Art & Design Festival and the Mountain Film Festival.